But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
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We feel as though we just caught the Golden Snitch (in our mouth or otherwise), because this brief history of our favorite fictional sport's epic tourney is funny, interesting, and exactly the Harry Potter fix we needed today.
J.K. Rowling released part one of two installments of the History of the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.com, and it is full of AH-Mazing stories! Siriusly, this piece of writing is a Keeper…get it?!
While you wait for the second installment to come out next week (or just use a Time-Turner), read up HERE!
1. The rulebook regarding the use of magic on and off the field extends to 19 volumes, bans the use of dragons as a team mascot, coach, or cup warmer, and prohibits modifying the body of a referee (whether they asked for it or not).
2. In order to qualify for the Quidditch World Cup, international teams are separated into 16 groups and must play all other teams over a two-year period. The top 16 teams with the most points advance to the QWC!
3. The Quidditch World Cup Final of 1809 ended up with one ill-tempered player from New Spain (Mexico) jinxing an entire forest, which then sprang to life and marched upon the stadium, and resulted in a human versus tree battle.
4. Although the Quidditch World Cup tournament of 1877 definitely occurred, none of the players, or fans could remember a single game. It is referred to as the Tournament That Nobody Remembers!
5. At one point a strict International Director of the International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee outlawed wands, but fans snuck them into the tournament by changing them into a musical instrument called the Dissimulator, which they then turned back into wands upon his arrival.