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    As revealed in J.K. Rowling’s exclusive writing on the Quidditch World Cup 1990-2014 on Pottermore.com, 16 countries have made it through to the finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which begin this month.

    Which team will you be supporting in this year’s tournament? Nigeria or Norway, the two highest ranked teams? Or will you be cheering for Liechtenstein, who beat the runners-up from 2010, China, in the qualifiers? Don’t forget that Bulgaria has a secret weapon in Viktor Krum, who has come out of retirement to try to lead the team to victory!

    [Poll closed: The results as of April 17 can be found below]





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    Both Liechtenstein and the USA could be considered as being at a disadvantage entering this Quidditch World Cup quarter-final match, which might explain the raucous celebrations, more suited to a Quidditch World Cup final, currently piercing the Patagonian night.

    Historically the USA has under performed in international Quidditch, as a country that prefers the less conventional game of Quodpot, and Liechtenstein players are arguably still recovering from their three-day epic against Chad in the first round of the tournament.

    Which of these previously challenged teams prevailed? After a match filled with fast and competitive play, the match ended in its 148th minute. Read Ginny Potter’s full report in the Daily Prophet now, and find out which team is the third to secure a place in the quarter-finals.


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    Ginny Potter has reported the breaking news that in a shocking turn of events, the Liechtenstein team mascot, Hans the Augurey, has been kidnapped by high-spirited American fans following the result of their quarter-final match.  Followers of the bird, who has gained a remarkable fan-base since the beginning of this year’s Quidditch World Cup, will be wondering tonight where on earth he has been taken.  

    Visit the Daily Prophet to read more about the disappearance of the gloomy Augurey, and keep an eye on the Insider for more news!



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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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    We’re sure everyone will be delighted to hear that Hans the Augurey, the gloomy Liechtenstein team mascot who was kidnapped by enthusiastic American fans following the USA versus Liechtenstein quarter-final, is tonight back in his customised pen.

    Read Ginny Potter’s report about Hans’s return, and the negotiations between the Liechtenstein Minister for Magic and the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Available only in the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore.com!


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    The last match of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup quarter-finals has now been played, but who was the fourth team to make it through to the semi-finals?

    According to Ginny Potter, reporting live from Patagonia for the Daily Prophet, this match should be remembered as the Battle of the Beaters, with a veritable master class of Bludger work displayed by Nigerian pair Okoye and Ojukwu, and famous Japanese duo Hongo and Shingo.

    The winning team took advantage of their opponents’ distraction after a staggeringly powerful shot by their Beater, smashing the tail off the opposing Seeker’s broom, and brought the game to a close soon after.

    Visit the Daily Prophet offices to read Ginny Potter’s full report in today’s edition of the wizarding newspaper and find out which team has gone through to the next round of the tournament.


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    If you haven't yet heard the news, we’re sure you’ll be delighted to find out that Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in Europe this summer! Since it’s launch in 2009, over 2.5 million fans around the world have experienced this travelling exhibition, which has visited multiple cities, including New York, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.

    The exhibition features sets from the films’ most popular locations, including the Gryffindor common room and dormitory, the Potions and Herbology classrooms and the dark Forbidden Forest! There are also hundreds of authentic props, costumes and creatures that were used in the production of the eight films that you can get up close to, as well as several fun interactive experiences - try pulling a Mandrake in the Herbology classroom and or visit Hagrid’s hut and sit in his giant-sized armchair!

    The first of multiple stops is Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken, where the exhibition will be from now until 7 September 2014. After Sweden, the exhibition will premiere at the Adventure Museum Odysseum in Cologne, Germany, on 3 October 2014. Those visiting the exhibition in Sweden may even want to look out for some familiar Pottermore artwork in the foyer!

    Visit the Harry Potter: The Exhibition website now to find out more and buy your tickets!


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    The semi-final matches of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup begin next week! Four of the sixteen qualifying teams have made it through the first round and quarter-finals, and after the shock eliminations of pre-tournament favourites Norway and Nigeria, the race to the final has been thrown wide open.

    The first match of the semi-finals between USA and Brazil is on Friday 27 June, followed by Japan versus Bulgaria, scheduled for Sunday 29 June.

    Follow all the action from the semi-finals with Ginny Potter’s live match reports in the Daily Prophet offices on Pottermore.com.

    Before the quarter-finals began, we asked you to vote in our poll and tell us who you would be supporting in the four matches, and we were surprised to see how many of you chose the winning teams!

    53% of you backed Bulgaria against Norway, 63% of you supported the Japanese team against Nigeria and a whopping 69% were cheering on USA against Liechtenstein! The 59% who supported Wales against Brazil will have been sadly disappointed at the elimination of their team, but will they choose to show support for another team in the next round?

    Let us know who you will be cheering on in the semi-finals on Facebook or on Twitter if you have an account using #QuidditchWorldCup, or vote in our poll below!


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    Dear Pottermore Community,  

    We wanted to spotlight some important issues related to account deletions.  

    First, we’re delighted to announce that we are modifying our policy regarding house points when users delete their accounts. As a one-time measure to our dedicated community, we’ve reinstated house points on accounts that were deleted from 1 August, 2013, through to the present.  This has resulted in the reinstatement of 400,000 points across all houses including a whopping 200,000-plus to Slytherin.  We are working on making this policy change permanent in the coming months.

    As many of you have heard by now, some Pottermore.com users have experienced challenges and frustrations relating to account deletions.  Even though this situation has affected a small percentage of our audience, we take your concerns very seriously.

    We have identified technical issues and we are actively addressing them now.  In the next several weeks, we will communicate with the Pottermore community through this section of our website and assorted social media channels to inform you about our progress resolving the account challenges. 

    Thank you for your loyalty and feedback.  We are listening to you and we are committed to creating the best Pottermore.com experience for all visitors. 

    Sincerely,

    The Pottermore Team

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    Dear Pottermore Community, 

    As many of you have heard by now, some Pottermore.com users have experienced challenges and frustrations relating to account deletions.  Even though this situation has affected a small percentage of our audience, we take your concerns very seriously and we apologise to members of the Pottermore community who have been impacted.

    Here are a few key facts to know:
    • We identified a technical bug that was causing a delay in processing user-requested account deletions.  We began our correction process in May 2014, working through a backlog of user accounts that needed to be deleted.
    • In some cases, the delay meant a lag of several months between when users requested for their account to be deleted, and when the accounts were actually deleted.  We have significantly decreased this delay and we are working to eliminate it completely.  We will notify the Pottermore community when the situation is completely resolved.  
    • As part of working through this backlog some members of the community may notice a reduction in the number of their Pottermore friends – don't be alarmed – large numbers of people aren't suddenly leaving Pottermore – this is simply as a result of the account deletion backlog described above.
    • We are also in the process of determining if any user accounts were accidentally deleted as has been suggested by some members of our community.  The Pottermore community will be informed as soon as we have more complete information about this. 
    • When users choose to leave Pottermore.com we will no longer deduct their hard earned house points from the house that they have left so that the wider Pottermore community is not impacted by account deletions.

    Queries about account deletions
    Any member of the Pottermore community who has had his or her account deleted and does not recall requesting for an account deletion can alert us by visiting the help section of our website.   Please click on "need more help" in the "Next Steps" section and complete the short form. 
    Remember, we can only correspond about your own account and we are unable to disclose another user's account status (except for the parents of children).

    What's next?
    Over the next several days and through the coming weeks we will be communicating with the Pottermore community through this section of our website and assorted social media channels to inform you about our progress resolving the account challenges and answer any further questions you may have. 

    Thank you for your loyalty and feedback.  We are listening to you and we are committed to creating the best Pottermore.com experience for all visitors. 

    Sincerely, 


    The Pottermore Team

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    Dobby mopped his bulging eyes and said suddenly, ‘Harry Potter must go home! Dobby thought his Bludger would be enough to make –’
    ‘Your Bludger?’ said Harry, anger rising once more. ‘What d’you mean, your Bludger? You made that Bludger try and kill me?’
    ‘Not kill you, sir, never kill you!’ said Dobby, shocked. ‘Dobby wants to save Harry Potter’s life! Better sent home, grievously injured, than remain here, sir! Dobby only wanted Harry Potter hurt enough to be sent home!’

    - Chapter Ten, The Rogue Bludger, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    We’re honouring Dobby’s birthday today, and remembering our favourite moments in the Harry Potter stories with the loveable house-elf.

    With the 2014 Quidditch World Cup in full swing, we’ve been remembering the mayhem Dobby caused for Harry Potter and his teammates in the match between Gryffindor and Slytherin in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We’re sure the World Cup Quidditch players will be relieved not to have to contend with a rogue enchanted Bludger when their matches commence (or at least we hope they won’t have to)!

    Another favourite is the chaos Dobby caused at number four, Privet Drive, when he bewitched Aunt Petunia’s whipped cream and sugared violet pudding in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    What’s your favourite Dobby moment from the Harry Potter series? Let us know our poll below!



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    The semi-finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup commence this Friday 4 July when the USA take on Brazil, followed by the Japan versus Bulgaria clash, which will take place on Sunday 6 July. Sixteen teams have now been whittled down to four, and only two matches stand between one of them and the coveted Quidditch World Cup trophy.

    Former England and Wimbourne Wasps Beater Ludo Bagman reckons he has the lowdown on every team in the semi-finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, and has rated their chances in today’s Daily Prophet. For those who have yet to decide which team to support in the semi-finals, check out our Quidditch World Cup infographic showing Ludo’s team statistics and ratings!



    You can read the complete article, new by J.K. Rowling, with Ludo Bagman’s ratings in today’s Daily Prophet article on Pottermore.com - it should help you decide which team you would bet your Galleons on (or not)!

    Share our infographic with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, and remember you can follow all the action from the semi-finals with Ginny Potter’s live reports for the Daily Prophet on pottermore.com.

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    The first semi-final match of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup got underway in the Patagonian desert, but it’s not over yet!

    Careless errors and nerves have littered the match so far, with both teams feeling the pressure, and it is still anyone’s game as darkness falls in Patagonia.

    Visit the Daily Prophet offices on pottermore.com to read Ginny Potter’s daily match report in today’s special evening edition of the wizarding newspaper, and keep an eye out for more news as the match progresses!

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    After a night of gruelling play, both the Brazilian and US Quidditch team players proved exactly why they had reached the semi-finals. Dynamic play between both teams’ Chasers and furious work by the Keepers kept the game alive until its twentieth hour, when Seekers Smackhammer and Silva raced each other to the Snitch.

    Find out which team is the first to make it to the prestigious Quidditch World Cup final in Ginny Potter’s full match report for the Daily Prophet on pottermore.com now!


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    The second semi-final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup is over! One of the highest scoring matches of the tournament so far, with a combined total of 1,060 points, the match between Japan and Bulgaria is one that will live long in the memory of Quidditch fans everywhere.

    A triple-display of sportsmanship from Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum, Beater Boris Vulchanov and Japanese Seeker Noriko Sato coloured the semi-final, and the three players received a standing ovation by all the spectators midway through the match.

    Read Ginny Potter’s full report to find out which talented team will be facing Brazil in the Quidditch World Cup final, and which team will be playing the USA for third place in the tournament. Visit the Daily Prophet offices on pottermore.com now!


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    It’s Brazil versus Bulgaria for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final! The hotly anticipated match will take place this Friday, July 11 from 2.00pm Patagonia time (6.00pm BST, 1.00pm EDT, 10.00am PDT). The final will follow the play-off for third place between Japan and the USA this Wednesday, July 9.

    Daily Prophet Quidditch Correspondent Ginny Potter will be commenting live from the final as it happens, so get ready for tensions and excitement as the match progresses! Can Brazil claim a sixth tournament victory, or will Viktor Krum’s team pull another win out of the bag?

    Stay tuned to learn more about Ginny’s live commentary, which will be available here on the Pottermore Insider for all to enjoy.

    Ginny Potter will also be joined in the journalists’ enclosure by a familiar face for the World Cup final – who do you think it will be? Vote in our poll below or tell us on Facebook or Twitter if you have an account using #QuidditchWorldCup!



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    Rita Skeeter takes up her Quick-Quotes Quill for the Daily Prophet at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup!

    The notorious author and journalist is in Patagonia prior to the hotly anticipated final of the World Cup, and true to form she is providing Daily Prophet readers with all the gossip on the VIP visitors at the tournament.

    We're sure you’ll all be delighted to hear that amongst the celebrities visiting the tournament (singing sensation Celestina Warbeck and the controversial wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches to name but a few), Rita Skeeter reveals that many of the infamous gang of witches and wizards who were members of Dumbledore’s Army have arrived in Patagonia for the Quidditch final!

    Read Rita Skeeter’s gossip column in theDaily Prophetnow and find out which ex-Hogwarts student is rumoured to be applying for the job of Matron at Hogwarts, which relationship she believes is on the rocks, and her theories on why one famous Auror is sporting a nasty cut on his face…

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    The fourteen Quidditch players in the play-off for third place between Japan and the USA can hold their heads high after an exceptional show of talent to end their World Cup.

    A bloody and brutal match, spectators at the play-off were witnesses to one of the most spectacular dives of the tournament by one Seeker, resulting in a win for their team.

    Read Ginny Potter’s full match report in the Daily Prophet on pottermore.com now, and get ready for the last match of the tournament, the hotly anticipated 2014 Quidditch World Cup final, which is being played this Friday, July 11! You’ll be able to follow Ginny Potter’s live commentary on the Pottermore Insider!

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    The 2014 Quidditch World Cup final is taking place tomorrow, and the hotly anticipated match between Brazil and Bulgaria is sure to be an exciting one. Spectators in Patagonia will be eager to know who’ll be lifting the golden World Cup at the end of the match, and you will be able to find out at the same time they do with live reporting from Quidditch Correspondent Ginny Potter, and Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter!

    Well done to the 18% of you who guessed correctly in our poll on Monday that it is notorious Daily Prophet correspondent, Rita Skeeter, who will be joining Ginny Potter in the journalists’ enclosure for the World Cup final – we’re looking forward to some ‘enchantingly nasty’ observations on the goings on during the match!

    Their live match commentary for the Daily Prophet will be shown on the Pottermore Insider and in the Daily Prophet offices– make sure you keep an eye out for #QuidditchWorldCup on Pottermore’s Twitter account to find out when a new update has arrived.

    The opening ceremony of the final is due to begin at 2.00pm local time (6.00pm BST, 1.00pm EDT, 10.00am PDT).


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    Before the final begins, catch up on all the action from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup so far, reported by Daily Prophet correspondents Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter, by visiting the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on pottermore.com.

    Don’t miss out on Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter’s live updates throughout the final game between Bulgaria and Brazil on the Pottermore Insider or Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley on pottermore.com tomorrow, Friday, July 11, from 6.00pm BST (10.00am PST and 1.00pm EST)! #QuidditchWorldCup

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