As one of the biggest Harry Potter Fans in the world, I’m always on the lookout for any sort of news regarding J.K. Rowling and the Boy Who Lived. So when I saw today that J.K. Rowling had just published a new short story about 34-year-old Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and a lot of other familiar wizarding faces, I kind of nerded out a little bit and knew that I had to write about it here on Uncoached, because love for Harry Potter is universal (and if it isn’t, well it truly should be).
The story was released on J.K. Rowling’s own website for all things Harry Potter-related, Pottermore, this morning, and those with accounts can log right in and read it as soon as they get the chance. The new story is about 1,500 words and is written from the point of view of the vicious, ruthless, and rumor-spreading Daily Prophet reporter, Rita Skeeter, and covers what our favorite wizards and witches are doing during the Quidditch World Cup.
Here are some of the story’s best highlights (although, keep in mind, this is Rita Skeeter we’re talking about here so these tidbits could be more fiction than fact):
- Harry is still good pals with fellow Triwizard Tournament competitor, Viktor Krum. No word on whether Krum is still lovesick over Hermione, however.
- Ron’s ginger hair is apparently “thinning slightly,” while Hermione’s hair is still a mess, according to Rita, although that hasn’t topped her from rising “higher within the Ministry” after first becoming the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Hermione for Minister of Magic!
- Neville apparently has become a big drinker in his role as Herbology teacher at Hogwarts, as he reportedly enjoys “a little more Odgen’s Old Firewhisky than most us would expect from custodians of our children.”
- Teddy Lupin is still snogging it up with Victorie Weasley. Way to be, Teddy!
- And lastly, Luna Lovegood is still as fantastically weird and charming as she always has been, as she’s “been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries.”
To read the full story (without having a Pottermore account), check out the Today show’s website, where they have a full reproduction of the story, provided to them by Ms. J.K. Rowling. Enjoy, my fellow Muggles!
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