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    Ginny Potter is reporting live from the Patagonian desert every day over the next week with the latest action from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

    Starting tomorrow with the second match of the tournament, Nigeria versus Fiji, find out which teams will advance to the quarter-finals, and who will be heading home, in the latest editions of the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com.

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    The 2014 Quidditch World Cup has officially begun, and promises to be a tournament full of excitement for both players and spectators alike.

    Official Daily Prophet Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter is reporting from the Patagonian desert, and you can find results and post-game analysis in the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on Pottermore.com.

    Follow the progress of the 16 teams here on the Pottermore Insider as they compete to reach the final, and keep an eye on the chart above, which we’ll update when the results are in, to see whether your favourite team wins the prestigious Quidditch World Cup.

    Visit the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on Pottermore.com today to read more.

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    Official Daily Prophet Quidditch correspondent, Ginny Potter, is reporting live from the Patagonian desert every day over the next week. Visit the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on Pottermore.com to read her reports on all the action from the wizarding world’s most important sporting competition in the latest editions of Britain’s only wizarding newspaper.

    In the first match of the tournament, Norway defeated Ivory Coast to take their place in the quarter-finals. Find out which seven teams will be joining them in the next round, and which teams will be heading home.

    Joint tournament favourites Nigeria faced Fiji in the second match of the tournament. Read Ginny’s dramatic account of the match to find out which Seeker, to the bewilderment of commentators and the fury of his team’s supporters, chose to catch the Snitch when trailing 400-10* in a move reminiscent of Viktor Krum’s controversial Snitch capture during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup final. Did Nigeria justify their billing as joint tournament favourites, or did the Fijians pull off a surprise win?

    The next match sees Brazil and Haiti face-off, and Haitian fans will be eager to see the courage and agility of Keeper Lenelle Paraison, one of only three female Keepers flying in this year’s tournament, in action against Brazilian Chasers Diaz, Alonso and Flores. Keep an eye out for Ginny’s report and post-match analysis in tomorrow’s edition of the Daily Prophet!

    You can also follow the progress of your favourite team with Pottermore’s ‘Route to the Final’, which can be found on the Insider here.

    *For those whose Quidditch knowledge is rusty, whichever Seeker captures the Snitch wins their team 150 points, but capture of the Snitch also ends the game.


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    The brutal match between Brazil and Haiti resulted in a Keeper having their nose broken twice during the first sixty minutes of the match and an unfortunate disqualification for one team due to a breach of one of the oldest rules of Quidditch, which states:

    ‘Only the Seeker may capture the Snitch and any other player catching it will forfeit the game.’


    Find out which player provoked disappointment and anguish for their teammates and supporters alike by accidentally catching the Snitch when it flew up their sleeve, only in Ginny Potter’s latest report for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com.

    If you'd like to brush up on all things Quidditch why not consult a copy of Quidditch Through the Ages, written by renowned expert Kennilworthy Whisp.


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    We hope Professor Sprout doesn't celebrate her birthday by making her guests squeeze puss out of Bubotubers… nor by having Mandrakes take care of the musical arrangements for that matter!

    Even though Harry may have found some of Professor Sprout’s plants disgusting and alarming, they certainly proved to be useful throughout his time at Hogwarts, so we want you to celebrate Professor Sprout’s birthday by telling us which of her plants you think proved most useful in books 1-4?


    Happy birthday Professor Sprout!


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    If you’re planning a trip to see Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this half term, you might be interested to know that Wand Week is returning from Friday May 23 to Monday June 2!

    We know Pottermore users love finding out which wand chose them and duelling against other members on Pottermore.com, but how does the prospect of duelling a Death Eater at the official home of the Harry Potter films sound? We think you’ll have a good chance of victory after learning wand battle choreography in an interactive experience created by the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris, who composed the battle scene between Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix film amongst other scenes.

    As well as displaying the original moulds, concept art and wand designs, you will be able to see some of the techniques used by the prop team to hand-carve wands, and find out some spellbinding secrets from the films. Let us give you a teaser: did you know that in the films Professor Horace Slughorn’s wand has a slug-shaped handle and is inlaid with silver slug trails?

    We know that not everyone will be able to visit the tour, but you can watch the video below to get a glimpse of some of the highlights from the experience:



    If you’re planning to visit, remember that tickets must be pre-booked – visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London website now to get yours.


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    First Round: USA versus Jamaica


    The result of the USA versus Jamaica Quidditch match is currently under investigation after Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey, one of only three female Keepers playing this tournament, toppled from her broomstick moments before the capture of the Snitch brought the game to an end.

    Ginny Potter’s report in today’s edition of the Daily Prophet intrigues with details of the Keeper’s convenient blackout, which is being examined for the possibility of foul play. Spectators have been requested to hand over their Omnioculars to authorities to help with enquiries.

    You can read Ginny Potter’s account of the match in the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com, and keep an eye out for updates on the final result to see which team will pass into the quarter-finals.

    Whilst deliberations are taking place, why not have your say? What do you think caused Bailey’s collapse? Vote in our poll below and let us know!


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    First Round: USA versus Jamaica


    Read all about it! In a special edition of the Daily Prophet, Ginny Potter reports on the final decision of the controversial first round match between USA and Jamaica in the Quidditch World Cup.

    The eventful match ended in an investigation by authorities after the (many felt, convenient) collapse of Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey moments before US Seeker Darius Smackhammer caught the Snitch, resulting in a narrow victory for the US team.

    An amendment to the rule of Quidditch in 1849 stipulates that any crowd member casting jinxes or spells on a player will result in an automatic forfeit of the match for their team, whether or not the team ordered or approved of the magic performed.

    Following an inquiry into Bailey’s collapse, authorities have now agreed on and confirmed the final match result. Read Ginny’s report in the Daily Prophet offices, and find out which team made it through to the quarter-finals!

    Earlier today we asked what you thought the reason for Jamaican Keeper Kquewanda Bailey’s collapse was. You may be interested to know that 42% thought it was sabotage by a US supporter in the crowd, 11% thought it was sabotage by a Jamaican supporter in the crowd and 47% thought it was caused by external factors not related to sabotage. Read today’s special edition of the Daily Prophet to find out who was right!

    Don’t forget you can also follow the progress of your favourite team with Pottermore’s ‘Route to the Final’ on the Insider.

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    First Round: Liechtenstein versus Chad

    The 2014 Quidditch World Cup match between Liechtenstein and Chad promises to be an exciting one. Eleven hours in, the longest match of the tournament so far shows no sign of ending anytime soon. In her daily report from the Patagonian desert, Ginny Potter updates on the progress of the match, which has showcased some exceptionally talented Quidditch skills from both sides.

    You can read the full report in today’s edition of the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com.



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    First Round: Liechtenstein versus Chad

    The longest match of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup so far has finally ended! The epic game between Liechtenstein and Chad lasted for three days, pausing twice to allow players to get some rest, before coming to a swift and brutal end.


    Both teams wept and embraced as the match finished and they flew to solid ground in a pleasing show of solidarity and sportsmanship. All members of the teams are now receiving medical treatment after their gruelling experience.

    Read Ginny Potter’s full post-match analysis, and find out which team was eventually victorious, in the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore.com.


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    It was a match steeped in the history of the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Renowned Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum, who recently came out of retirement, played alongside the children of two former teammates from the tournament that introduced him to the wizarding sporting world.

    Find out how the Bulgarian team fared against New Zealand in today’s edition of the Daily Prophet. Learn about the events during the match that caused Charlie Baverstock, manager of the New Zealand Quidditch team, to proclaim himself ‘madder than a bloke who’s been locked in a box of Fwoopers’.

    Did Bulgaria manage to snatch victory from the Kiwis, or were the critics right to warn against including the 38-year-old Seeker in this year’s team?

    Don’t forget you can follow the progress of all the teams with Pottermore’s ‘Route to the Final’, available to view here.

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    The stadium was bathed in red and white for the penultimate match in the first round of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup between Japan and Poland.

    Legendary Japanese players Hongo and Shingo, who were recently voted the wizarding world’s second best Beater duo, put their Polish counterparts under immense pressure, as did Polish Seeker Wladyslaw Wolfke to his opponent, Noriko Sato.

    Find out which team will be facing joint-favourites Nigeria in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Ginny Potter’s full account of the match, now available to read in the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore.com!


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    In the final game in the first round of the tournament, spectators at the Wales versus Germany match were horribly reminded of the dangers of playing Quidditch when one team’s Seeker attempted the life-threatening Wronski Feint*, with terrible consequences.

    The Wronski Feint is one of several Quidditch moves that, when performed successfully, can make the difference between victory and defeat. Whilst the unfortunate Seeker, who collided into the ground at an estimated sixty miles an hour, is likely to make a full recovery, it marked a chilling end to an eventful first round of the Quidditch World Cup.

    Read Ginny Potter’s full account of the match in today’s edition of the Daily Prophet.


    If you need a reminder of what each move consists of, remember to consult your copy of Quidditch Through the Ages

    * The Wronski Feint is a move where a Seeker hurtles towards the ground, pretending to have seen the Snitch, pulling up at the very last minute. It is intended to make the opposing Seeker copy them and crash.


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    The first round of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup is over, but you can find out which teams will be competing against each other in the quarter-finals with Pottermore’s ‘Route to the Final’:



    Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Insider and the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore.com for live reports on the quarter-finals from Ginny Potter, which will be coming soon…


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    The first round of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup has come to an end, and what an action-packed start to the tournament it proved to be! Ginny Potter’s reports for the Daily Prophet have captured all the action from the Patagonian Desert, including disputed results, disqualifications, fouls, accusations of skullduggery and one epic match that lasted three days.

    Click here to find out when each of the eight remaining teams will face their opponents.

    With the quarter-final line up and scheduled dates now in place, you can follow the action all the way to the final with Pottermore’s ‘Route to the Final’. Why not fill in the results as you discover them? Download and print the ‘Route to the Final’ wall chart in your chosen format below, and plot the path of the remaining teams as they enter the final stages of the tournament.


    Download and print the ‘Route to the Final’ wall chart

    Available as a PDF, PNG or JPG file, the ‘Route to the Final’ is available to download now!






    If your team has been knocked out – or failed to qualify for the tournament – then why not adopt another team to support? With the recent return of Viktor Krum many wizards are choosing to support Bulgaria, but which team would you choose? Vote in our poll, tell us on Facebook, if you have an account, or on Twitter using the hashtag #QuidditchWorldCup!


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    After an action-packed first round, eight countries made it through to the quarter-finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

    The first match of the quarter-finals, Brazil versus Wales, will take place this Wednesday June 4. Spectators in the Patagonian Desert are sure to be both excited and nervous about the upcoming match, after rival managers Gwenog Jones and José Barbozaclashed during the early days of the tournament. Jones famously threatened to ‘curse the face off’ Barboza after he called her Chasers ‘talentless hags’, and we’re sure Jones will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to prove him wrong.

    Scheduled dates of the other three quarter final matches are:

    Friday June 6: Bulgaria versus Norway
    Sunday June 8: USA versus Liechtenstein
    Tuesday June 10: Japan versus Nigeria

    Now you’ve backed your winners, download and print your very own ‘Route to the Final’ wall chart, available here, and plot the path of your chosen teams as the tournament progresses.

    Keep an eye on the Insider for more information about Ginny Potter’s upcoming live reports in the Daily Prophet


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    The 2014 Quidditch World Cup quarter-finals got off to a rocky start with the Brazil versus Wales match. Although the great skill of many players was excellently showcased, vicious fouls and violent behaviour coloured the game.

    The grudge between the two countries began during the early days of the tournament, when Brazilian manager José Barboza called the Welsh Chasers ‘talentless hags’, although he later claimed his remarks had been taken out of context.

    Welsh manager Gwenog Jones, whom many believe is the reason behind the International Confederation of Wizards’ Quidditch Committee’s ban on ‘managerial trash talk’, today caused even more trouble for her team, and is currently in custody after her disruptive behaviour before and after the match.

    Find out what happened in Ginny Potter’s full report in today’s Daily Prophet, and discover which team made it through to the semi-finals!

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  • 06/05/14--09:59: Happy Birthday Draco Malfoy!
  • ‘I’m the new Slytherin Seeker, Weasley,’ said Malfoy, smugly. 
    ‘Everyone’s just been admiring the brooms my father’s bought our team.’
    Ron gaped, open-mouthed, at the seven superb broomsticks in front of him.
    ‘Good, aren’t they?’ said Malfoy smoothly. ‘But perhaps the Gryffindor team will be able to raise some gold and get new brooms, too. You could raffle off those Cleansweep Fives, I expect a museum would bid for them.’

    - Chapter Seven, Mudbloods and Murmurs, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Today is Draco Malfoy’s birthday, and we're sure he is celebrating it in style, perhaps even enjoying a holiday in Patagonia for the Quidditch World Cup this year!

    We know how much he enjoyed flying and playing the popular wizarding sport at Hogwarts, and he will surely be excited to know the results of this year’s match between Bulgaria and Norway after seeing Viktor Krum’s team play in the 1994 Quidditch World Cup final. Don’t forget you can check the result of this match in the Daily Prophet offices tomorrow!

    Which country do you think Draco Malfoy would support in tomorrow’s clash between Bulgaria and Norway? Tell us on Facebook if you have an account or on Twitter using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayDracoMalfoy.

    Below are some of our favourite drawings of Draco playing Quidditch, submitted by members of the Pottermore community:


    Image uploaded by CatStrike7491 


    Image uploaded by CloakShield19750 

    Image uploaded by HazelCharm136 

    Image uploaded by RunaHeart9042 

    Image uploaded by VuelomediaNoche2743 

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    Lasting a scant 42 minutes, the quarter-final match between Bulgaria and Norway ended almost without warning. A strategic descent by one Seeker, which initially looked like simple Bludger-avoidance, marked the end of a hard-fought journey for their opponents.

    Find out which team has made it through to the semi-finals of the Quidditch World Cup in Ginny Potter’s live report for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com now!


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    Any US readers taking part in The Search for Diagon Alley™ Supplies can find today’s item here on the Pottermore Insider – eagle-eyed readers may have already spotted it! Just click on the banner to collect the item, and you’ll be entered to win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™!

    Unfortunately this sweepstakes is only open to US residents, but keep visiting the Pottermore Insider as we’ll be bringing you more exciting news on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ soon!

    To find out more visit this site.



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