February 22, 2018

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JK Rowling Posts New Story About Harry Potter, Age 34, on ‘Pottermore’ Blog


Author JK Rowling posted an entry on July 8 about a grown up Harry Potter visiting the World Quidditch Cup Finals with his family in Patagonia on her “Pottermore” website. Image courtesy of Scholastic.

JK Rowling is at it again, with a new post on her “Pottermore” website—an online expansion of the world of Harry Potter after the seven book series ended—according to a post on Today.com on July 8—that revealed her latest entry on Harry Potter.

Rowling’s post, written as an observation-driven gossip column by the familiar reporter Rita Skeeter, who plagued Harry in the book series, ties into the real-life World Cup Fever going on. However, in Pottermore-world it’s World Quidditch Cup Fever taking place in the Patagonia region of South America with Harry as a silver-streaked 34-year-old married to Ginny Weasley, a reporter at the Daily Prophet, with two kids, James and Albus. Harry, still known as “The Chosen One,” is now an auror in the Ministry of Magic and sports a new scar on his cheek that conjures speculation. And still intact is Harry’s trademark round wire frame glasses from when he was 12.

Rowling has been posting entries about the World Quidditch Cup Final since March 2014, and this latest snapshot of Harry Potter shows him and many of his familiar wizard cohorts from the series as “no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognizable”—Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, now married, also have two kids. Weasley, who quit working at the Ministry of Magic, now runs the enormously successful joke emporium for wizards with his brother, George, and Hermione is the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.


The “Pottermore” website is an extension of the “Harry Potter” series.

Rowling touches upon the post-scripts of other familiar characters, like Neville Longbottom and Fleur Delacour, and provides a  who-married-who run down, like a high school reunion. The old gang from Dumbledore’s Army are still an object of fascination in Rita Skeeter’s eyes, but not necessarily the eyes of actor Daniel Radcliffe, who when asked about Rowling’s latest 1,500 word Pottermore post and if it would lead to further film work for him, was quoted as saying in the July 9 UK Guardian:

“My inclination is to say ‘no’ because I don’t think it’s even a hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written—and I haven’t read it yet but I will—I understand it’s a very short piece. And he’s 10 years older than I am now.”

Radcliffe, now age 24 and currently in the BBC series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” and the Broadway play The Cripple of Inishmaan, says, “We can’t be doing these characters when we’re 40. So there has to be a line drawn.”

Rowling’s last novel under her actual name, Casual Vacancy (U.S. publisher: Little, Brown, 2013), was her first published adult novel about an unexpected council seat vacancy in an idyllic English countryside town and the class war and disruption that ensues. Since Vacancy, the prolific author  has published two mysteries under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm (2014) and Cuckoo’s Calling (both Hachette, 2013). Returning to the bosom of YA fantasy, the author has scripted the new fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Brothers), featuring the swashbuckling character, Newt Scamander, to be released in November 2016.

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