J.K. Rowling expands the Potter theme

2014-04-03 00:00

LOS ANGELES — While she may have retired Harry Potter and his friends (although she hasn’t stopped thinking about their relationships and sex lives), J.K. Rowling never wandered far from Hogwarts.

In September 2013, she and Warner Brothers announced that she would be writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, used by students at the exclusive Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The book was fictitiously written by a so-called “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander.

She’s similarly continued to expand the wizarding world with her website Pottermore.com

Last month, Rowling released the first chapter in a new, 2 400-word story about the Quidditch World Cup.

Although Quidditch has been part of the Potter series from the beginning, and Harry and Ron even attend the massive World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was released in 2000, Rowling’s new story seems to take direct inspiration from the logistical struggles of the Sochi Olympics and upcoming Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

“The ICWQC [International Confederations of Wizards Quidditch Committee] has the unlucky job of regulating this contentious and anarchic competition,” Rowling writes.

“A source of vehement disagreements, a security risk for all who attend it and a frequent focus for unrest and protest, the Quidditch World Cup is simultaneously the most exhilarating sporting event on Earth and a logistical nightmare for the host nation.”

The chapter goes on to list some of the most controversial rules and moments in the tournament, which stretches back to 1473, including not just the Death Eater-driven events of Goblet of Fire, but also the “Attack of the Killer Forest” in 1809 and “Royston Idelwind and the Dissimulators” of 1971.

To find out more, visit www.pottermore.com

Meanwhile, according to the New York Daily News, fans can look forward to a trilogy of new films penned by Rowling.

The main character will be Newt Scamander and the trilogy will be set seven decades before the Harry Potter saga begins. — TheWrap.com/Books Editor.

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