It’s the sound Potterheads everywhere exploding into tiny bits of magical confetti, all because Harry Potter is back.
I repeat: HARRY. POTTER. IS. BACK.
J.K. Rowling published a short story about the Boy Who Lived on Pottermore today, promptly crashing it, but not before I had chance to apply this new chapter to my giddy muggle eyes.
The world of witchcraft and wizardry that enthralled readers the world over has been shelved since the series concluded in 2007, making this the first update since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and my own personal memories of visiting Platform 9 3/4 almost a decade ago bittersweet.
Written as a gossip column/dispatch by master heckler and notorious Daily Prophet reporter, Rita Skeeter, Harry is now almost 34-years-old, has “threads of silver” in his hair, and sports a mysterious scar on his cheekbone – related to his “top secret” work as an Auror.
He’s headed to the Quidditch World Cup final between Brazil and Bulgaria with wife Ginny (Skeeter of course offers up unsolicited speculation as to the state of their relationship), their family and old friends Ron – who has taken over his brothers’ magical joke shop – and Hermione – who will forever be Hogwarts’ Most Likely to Succeed, especially now that she’s a working mum and Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
The story also includes a few spoilers about the series’ most beloved supporting characters (Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood), making it that much more frustrating that Rowling’s publicist insists she has “no plans” to delve further into the world of grown-up Harry and the rest of Dumbledore’s army.
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