Friday, 21 March 2014

Part two of the history of the Quidditch World Cup is now available on

Last week we brought you the first part of J.K. Rowling’s exclusive writing on the history of the Quidditch World Cup, and today we’re pleased to announce that the second part of this entry is now available on! Visit ‘The Golden Stadium’ Moment in Chapter 8 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to read all about the Quidditch World Cup (1990-2014)!

Well done to those of you who correctly guessed in our poll yesterday* that Viktor Krum is the Quidditch player who has come out of retirement for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. As revealed today on, after a disappointing defeat against Egypt in 2002, “a tearful Krum announced his retirement” from the game. However this year the talented Seeker has returned to the game:

            “Much interest has been generated by the return to the Bulgarian side of the previously retired Viktor Krum, who at 38 is old for a Seeker but whose stated aim is ‘to win the World Cup before I die.’ For this reason, Bulgaria is attracting support from those whose own countries have not qualified.”
Alongside other interesting anecdotes from recent Quidditch World Cup finals, discover which Scottish Seeker famously blamed his father, ‘Stubby’ Lamont, for his failure to catch the Snitch in the nail-biting final against Canada in 1990.

Prepare yourself for the Quidditch World Cup 2014, which begins in April, by reading about the qualifying stages of the tournament. Find out which country is rumoured to have used Inferi to intimidate their opposition during the qualifying stages of the tournament, and which 16 countries will be competing.

If you’re keen to brush up on your Quidditch knowledge before this year’s tournament begins, why not consult your copy of Quidditch Through the Ages, written by the renowned Quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp.

*Poll results can be found here