Quidditch World Cup: Wales and Germany in Game Eight

qwcthumbIn the final game of the first round of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, Wales and Germany played against each other for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Quidditch Correspondent Ginny Potter (J.K. Rowling) reported the game for the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com.

The match’s most memorable moment was when one team’s seeker unsuccessfully performed the Wronski Feint, leading to the arrival of Healers onto the pitch. The Pottermore Insider explains the Feint as “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.” In this occasion, however, the seeker failed to pull out in time and collided with the ground at a sixty miles per hour speed. Potter reports though that the seeker will make a full recovery.

Eleven minutes after the seeker was taken off the pitch, one team prevailed and the snitch was caught.

Read the Daily Prophet on Pottermore.com to find out who won the final game in the first round

Starting on Wednesday, Pottermore will be releasing the author’s reports on the quarter final round of the Cup. A report on Brazil’s game with the victor of the Germany-Wales game will be released on Wednesday, and the other articles will be released throughout the next week. You can predict who will win the quarter final round here on the Pottermore Insider.

Correction: An earlier edition of this article reported that the Wales and Germany game was the ninth match of the round, but it was eighth. We apologize for our misinformation.

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Hype for The Casual Vacancy; Pictures of printing surface online, HuffPost boasts about receiving their copy

Excitement for J.K. Rowling’s new book is at an all-time high as millions of fans, readers, and booksellers count down to the publication of the most anticipated title of the year. Today we have a new batch of pictures to make your mouth water even more.

First off, pictures have surfaced of a German factory where thousands of copies of The Casual Vacancy are being packaged to be distributed across the country. The pictures are a first to give us an idea of the size of the novel, even though the German edition is nearly 70 pages longer than the English editions. Check out the pics below!

In related news, HuffPost Books seemed to be on a mission today to get us angry. They were boasting on Twitter about receiving their copy of the book, and uploaded a few Instagram pictures of the book and the hand-delivered package. Check out that story here on our Tumblr.

The Casual Vacancy hits store shelves this Thursday, September 27.

Pottermore CEO to speak at Frankfurt Book Festival

Publishers Launch Frankfurt, in Germany, has announced that Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne will be speaking at their event as part of the Frankfurt Book Festival.

The program takes an in-depth look at the global opportunities, challenges and lessons for trade publishing professionals. It is made up of speeches from the most experienced players in the publishing market who contribute their insight to the discussion.

The event takes place on Monday, October 8, 2012 and runs from 10:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. Redmayne will be wrapping up the event, taking the stage at 6:10 p.m.

From Publisher’s Launch website:

Pottermore made a great stir when it launched last April as the first major author-centric publishing initiative, delivering innovative propositions around DRM, cross-platform distribution, and how to interact with the retailers. Now, six months into their development, CEO Charlie Redmayne sees them developing the model for “the digital publisher of the future”. Redmayne believes this goes way beyond ebooks sold through existing vendors but must also include the digital exploitation of IP across a range of platforms and formats (and languages): the web, apps, and a host of specialized platforms for devices, games, educational use, and even in-flight entertainment and interactive TV. Redmayne is building capabilities at Pottermore to tell stories and deliver fictional worlds in ways far beyond what is on most publishers’ roadmaps. And he has ideas about how other storytellers and brands might use the capabilities Pottermore is developing that are bound to pique the interest of every publisher of stories in the world.

Pottermore News will give a full report on Redmayne’s speech the same day, following his speaking. Be sure to stick with us for complete coverage on it.