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Skye’s capital Portree was recognised as an Honorary Quidditch Town this week in celebration of the new book, Quidditch Through The Ages Illustrated Edition, by Harry Potter author J K Rowling in her new guide to the famous boy wizard’s favourite sport.
To mark Tuesday’s release of the new book, written by Ms Rowling and illustrated by Emily Gravett, Bloomsbury Publishing presented Skye and Raasay Councillor and chairman of the Highland Council Education Committee John Finlayson with a decorative banner featuring gold Quidditch hoops celebrating the town’s fictitious Quidditch team Pride of Portree.
Pride of Portree feature in the wizarding world’s Quidditch league and the banner also bears the town’s Quidditch team crest, an eye-catching design featuring a regal gold star.
Bloomsbury Publishing has also delivered activity packs to local shops to ensure everyone can celebrate their Honorary Quidditch Town status.
In an outdoor, socially distanced presentation at The Lump, Councillor Finlayson was joined by Isle of Skye Pipe Band and two young Harry Potter fans complete with their ‘Nimbus 2000 broomsticks’.
A spokesperson for Bloomsbury Publishing said: ‘We’re really proud to recognise Portree as an Honorary Quidditch Town alongside 10 other towns and villages across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
‘Quidditch captured the imaginations of children and adults across the world and the new book Quidditch Through the Ages, beautifully illustrated by Emily Gravett, is a magical companion for those who want to immerse themselves in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.’
Councillor Finlayson commented: ‘We’re delighted to be recognised as an Honorary Quidditch Town. Harry Potter’s favourite sport Quidditch brings joy to children and adults across the world and this banner, emblazoned with the town’s team colours, shows our support for our beloved Quidditch team.’
Seamus MacDonald, aged nine, from Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh and Eilidh Murray, also nine, from Portree Primary School, joined Councillor Finlayson and Isle of Skye Pipe Band drum major Peter MacDonald for the presentation.
Eilidh said: ‘I’m obsessed with Harry Potter and dream of playing Quidditch so I’m really happy I now live in an Honorary Quidditch Town. I loved visiting the sign and it’s great Portree has been honoured in this way.’
Councillor John Finlayson was joined by Harry Potter fans Seamus MacDonald and Eilidh Murray, along with Isle of Skye Pipe Band drum major Peter MacDonald, for the presentation of the banner on Tuesday.
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