J.K. Rowling is at it again, teasing Harry Potter fans with details of what happens in the characters’ lives after the end of the series in a new short story posted on the Harry Potter fansite Pottermore. The piece sees a middle-aged Harry, Ron, and Hermione attending the Quidditch World Cup final with their families and is written as a fake gossip column from the Potter world tabloid reporter Rita Skeeter.
Potter is described by Skeeter as: “About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better-suited to a style-deficient 12-year-old.” Potter still has his lightning bolt shaped scar, but is sporting a new cut on his cheek that Skeeter speculates could be from some top-secret Auror work — “Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging into a new age of terror and mayhem?” — or from a domestic dispute with his wife Ginny, who is now a sports reporter for the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet.
Ron Weasley, “whose famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly,” has left the Ministry of Magic to help his older brother George run his joke shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a decision that Skeeter chalks up to either frustration from “standing in Potter’s shadow” or lingering mental effects from the events battling Lord Voldemort in the seventh Harry Potter book. Hermione, married to Ron, is Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and the mother of two children. “Does Hermione Granger really prove a witch can have it all? (No — look at her hair),” is Skeeter’s assessment of Hermione’s accomplishments. Many other characters from the Harry Potter world are also given updates in the 1,500 word story.
The entire piece is a satire on tabloid journalism, which Rowling is not a fan of and has used the character of Rita Skeeter to poke fun at in the Harry Potter series. Throughout the new piece, Skeeter makes wild accusations based on little to no evidence, all the while creepily spying on Potter and company while they attempt to enjoy themselves at a sporting event. “One always hesitates to invade the privacy of young people, but the fact is that anyone closely connected with Harry Potter reaps the benefits and must pay the penalty of public interest,” Skeeter says, before plugging her upcoming book on Harry’s story.
Though the final novel and the final film in the Harry Potter series have been long-finished, Rowling occasionally returns to the wizarding world of Hogwarts, and fans go crazy for new information on the beloved characters. Earlier this year, the author made waves when she suggested that she should have had Hermione marry Harry instead of Ron.
Rowling is also set to write her first screenplays for the planned film trilogy based on the Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Those films will take place in the Harry Potter universe, but will follow different characters in New York City 70 years before Potter’s story begins.
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