JK Rowling must have felt it was about time that Potterheads (including myself) got a little bit of new Harry Potter content. An article was uploaded to Pottermore, the online Harry Potter experience, on Tuesday. It was quickly picked up by fans and news outlets, and within hours #HarryPotterIsBack had began trending on Twitter. (This post will include facts revealed in the article so if you haven’t read it yet, don’t read on as it may spoil things for you!)
The article was made out to be written by reporter Rita Skeeter – a character in the Harry Potter books – for the Wizard newspaper The Daily Prophet. The ‘gossip column’ gives us an outsiders view on the lives, appearances and careers of Dumbledore’s Army, who are all present at the big Wizarding sports event the Quidditch World Cup. Still writing with her old and traditional habits, Rita tries to stir everything she has observed into potential drama as she writes – it is the gossip column after all.
It draws upon the epilogue in the seventh and final Harry Potter book ‘The Deathly Hallows’, which gave readers an insight into the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermione nineteen years after they defeated The Dark Lord.
After all that time, Harry Potter is still a celebrity in the Wizarding world, along with the others in the group termed ‘Dumbledore’s Army’. Described as ‘Wizarding Royalty’, they get the obvious VIP treatment, as well as a nosy crowd of fans waiting outside their tent, just to spot them.
Harry, now 33 and a father of two boys, was described as having ‘a couple of threads of silver’ running through his black hair as well as ‘a nasty cut over his right cheekbone’, suggested to be a result of his career as an Auror.
His wife, Ginny, was also present at the event. Revealing a potential career for her, Ginny appears to have been sent to the Quidditch Cup to report on the events, much to Rita Skeeter’s dislike.
Ron and Hermione also receive some of Rita Skeeter’s attention. It is revealed that Ron (described to have ‘thinning hair’) left his job as an Auror at the Ministry of Magic, in favour of co-running the business ‘Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes’ with his brother George. Here it tries to imply that he also struggled with poor mental health after the ordeal that was defeating Lord Voldemort, but as a huge Ron Weasley supporter, I don’t want to read too much into this!
Hermione, of course, lived up to her reputation and became incredibly successful as the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement within the Ministry of Magic.
Neville and Luna also get a mention but much to my disappointment (and despite my previous knowledge) they do not end up together. It seems Neville marries a witch called Hannah and also continues to teach his talent of Herbology, as suggested in the seventh book’s epilogue. Luna also finds a partner although her job is not mentioned.
Not much is revealed about the children of these heroes; James, Albus, Rose and Hugo, as well as Luna’s twins boys, are simply only mentioned. Rita Skeeter does however find a scoop on Harry’s godson and troublemaker Teddy Lupin and the daughter of Bill Weasley and ex-Beauxbaton student Fleur Delacour. Teddy and Victoire have apparently sparked a romance which, no doubt, Rita Skeeter is very happy to unveil to the Wizarding World.
The article ends with a plug by Rita Skeeter, promoting her new book – a biography about the lives of the members in Dumbledore’s Army. Could this mean more new Harry Potter content in the future? Let’s hope so!
(Although, I don’t JK Rowling will write much more when it comes to Harry and the others; I think she is leaving it to us to decide on our own futures for our favourite characters.)
As for now, I’m sure I speak for all Potterheads when I say Thank You JK Rowling for this wonderful surprise and I hope the brilliant reaction for the world will inspire you to write even a little bit more!
(If you haven’t read the new content, head to Pottermore and the Daily Prophet section to read the article titled ‘Dumbledore’s Army Reunites At Quidditch World Cup Final’.)