J.K. Rowling Reveals New ‘Harry Potter’ Short Story

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final chapter in the cinematic rendition of J.K. Rowling’s novels about The Boy Who Lived and his coming of age, released three years ago, but few people – if anyone – believed that would be the last time that we’d get to make a trip to the Wizarding World, either on the big screen or via the printed page.

Sure enough, since then a play about Harry (during his pre-Hogwarts years) has been produced, while over the past year Rowling has been working on the script for a Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them movie. Today, however, the author surprised the masses by unveiling a new short story (via the Pottermore site) that catches up with a 34-year old Harry and his companions – filling in a few of the cracks in her Deathly Hallows book epilogue (which is actually set some three years after this new material).

The new short story is presented as an article titled “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final” and written by the Daily Prophet‘s most infamous gossip columnist, Rita Skeeter (played by Miranda Richardson in the Harry Potter films). Those who are registered with Pottermore can read the full post over at the site, but we’ve broken down some of the highlights here – for your reading convenience (obviously, SPOILERS AHEAD):

  • Harry continues to work as a professional Auror (read: dark wizard catcher), but Ron now works with George running Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
  • Ginny is a sports reporter for the Daily Prophet, while Hermione is currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
  • Neville Longbottom, as indicated in the Deathly Hallows book epilogue, is a Herbology professor at Hogwarts, and is now married to Hanna Abbott.

There’re several additional tidbits in the “Dumbedore’s Army Reunites” that Potter fans should find quite enticing, so if you’re so inclined, head over to Pottermore and give the full post a look-over (assuming you haven’t already).

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Rowling still hasn’t budged on her commitment to not churning out any more Harry Potter book installments, but in all honesty I would prefer more stuff like the “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites” post – small, playful little peeks at what happened to Harry and Co. after they defeated Voldemort – to full-blown novels. The latter would put Rowling at greater risk of suffering from creative burnout, as opposed to the scenario where she only commits to writing far less time-consuming stories centered around Harry (saving her enthusiasm to continue exploring the Wizarding World for the Fantastic Beasts film(s)).

Indeed, much as Pixar has smartly followed up Toy Story 3 with cartoon shorts rather than Toy Story 4 (thus far, anyway…), this post could be the first of a handful of short stories about the older Harry Potter released by Rowling. The Pottermore site is already hinting that another post will be released this month on July 31st (a.k.a. Harry’s birthday) – when Skeeter is supposedly going to release her new “book”, Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob.

Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is scheduled to reach theaters on November 18th, 2016.

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  1. Sounds like this’ll be the age of the actors by the time this “beasts” trilogy wraps up.

  2. I’m glad she’s only releasing short stories but I have a feeling it’s mostly pressure from the Potter fans and a nugget of an idea that as a writer, you just can’t shake and finding yourself writing just to get it out of your head.

    As far as I’m concerned though, Potter was done when the 7th book released, I genuinely don’t want to know more about his childhood or adulthood. It’d be like releasing a prequel to Jaws in my opinion.

    • I prefer to look at it this way. Harry was 17 in book 7, and about 38 in that book’s epilogue(19 years later). So this short story with him being 34 actually fills in the gap between that 19 years. Some extra tidbits about the characters don’t hurt. She already said some of these in past interviews anyway.

      • If she writes another short story, it could be interesting to have it based on Tom Riddle before he became Lord Voldemort or during the crisis when he and his Death Eaters ran rampant in the early 80s.

        • You, my fellow Potter fan, are correct. That would be a really good idea!

    • Oh Dazz, always the critic. Never change, brother.

      • I don’t get why everyone gets on Dazz for having an opinion.

        Even if you don’t like his opinion, he backs it up in his own way. Not to prove it’s fact; just to show he’s not giving mindless criticism.

        • Exactly.

          I never said others had to use the same thought process, I’m just stating my personal opinion while giving my experience as a writer in explaining why she may be unable to walk away from the Potter world she created.

          It’s just immensely hilarious to me how people ignore the mostly positive things I say about books, TV shows and movies and focuses mainly on the negative as a way of attacking and criticising my opinion as if I’m being dictatorial and declaring that everyone else should feel the same way I do.

          • You always say at the bottom of your posts “In my opinion” and it is your opinion! I disagree though, I would love more Harry Potter stories! But that is just me being selfish.

            Also, not sure if you will see what I said below, but there is a Tom Riddle back story! ;)

    • It was over for me at film 5. After that it went downhill. Too visually dark. It didn’t get me hooked by then and I couldn’t care for the characters. Voldemort was a joke the last film was a money maker and joke. Compare this to The Red Wedding on Game Of Thrones and It’s hilarious. The films were well made and the books well written but I didn’t like them. I liked the world just not the characters or story. Might even go to Hogwarts over the summer and I would get a Wand and Gryffindor scarf- it’s compulsorily!

  3. Sounds like this will turn into a movie trilogy.

    • Yup, everyone knows that HP franchise is Warner Bros. cashcow.
      Personally I don’t mind as long as Rowling writes the story, not someone else.

  4. That was nice

  5. Sooner or later a follow up of these guys will happen and when it does I’ll have my tickets in hand!

  6. Just an FYI…these short stories can be found on Pottermore, which is a website designed by J.K Rowling herself. Pottermore is where Harry Potter fans can start their own journey through Hogwarts. J.K Rowling made it so that she can write short stories/back stories of characters from the series. These things do not pop up because fans are begging for them, (I saw someone thought that, just wanted to clarify!) she made this sight specifically for the fans, and so that she can post things randomly, so that the world of Harry Potter can live on. :)

    And for the person who asked for the background on Tom Riddle, there is one! But in order to read all about it, you have to make it to the level containing it.

    I hope this was helpful! Was not trying to come of snotty.

  7. I really hope Dumbledore’s Army reunites in the near future for one more run. There is never enough when it comes To Harry Potter!

  8. when did 1-2 page faux articles become short stories? Don’t stories have to have plots? some semblance of a through-line? This is a fun writing sample, but to call it a short story is kind of click-bait, no?

    • Technically there is a genre of short story that can be as short as a paragraph or two. Micro stories.

  9. 34? They are suppose to be 34 in that picture? Geeeeez they need to lay off the meth haha

    • Well, they’re supposed to be 37 in that picture, but the article by Rita is from the Quiddditch World Cup Final which is happening right now in 2014 and Harry is about to turn 34, Hermione and Ron already are, and well Ron’s ‘famous ginger’ hair appears to be thinning slightly in that picture, never noticed that before.

  10. I, personally, would love just one more film or even a trilogy with the adult versions of Harry Potter and gang. It would be awesome if maybe strange occurrences were happening in the magical world. Then the ministry of magic discovered it was due to another realm, a darker, foreign realm so they decided to approach Harry, since he is the only living wizard, with a track record for strange things — and ask him to travel to this other dimension to investigate. Then he asks his friends for help: Ron, Hermoine, Ginny, Neville, Luna and two new characters, to travel with him to investigate. Let the adventure begin….

  11. Please, no more stories about Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army already. I want to see more of the world, a different set of characters that exist in the same universe. What irked me about the series towards the end is that the whole story turned out to be a rivalry between 2 political parties, told in a very biased perspective.

  12. if you want this other realm business you might as well read the James Potter books

  13. Seems like she can’t walk away from it

  14. Hey i m a big fan of harry potter and want to make my pottermore i.d . Bt i don’t know hw to make it.

  15. there should be a story about how snape became the halfblood prince.
    Cause that part has no details at all

  16. “Rowling still hasn’t budged on her commitment to not churning out any more Harry Potter book installments”

    I guess Neil Gaiman got sick of writing them for her.

  17. Quite frankly, she should write at least one more novel to do with Harry and Co. Maybe just a short novel with six or eight chapter; the length of a children’s nnovel. And they’ve filmed Harry Potter, LOTR, Fifty Shades, Eragon, and a few others, but where’s Rangers Apprentice!!!?

  18. No more harry potter movies five how about movie\book for his kids I Wana see their adventures through hogwarts

  19. Great can’t want to read it

  20. I prefer to look at it this way. Harry was 17 in book 7, and about 38 in that book’s epilogue(19 years later). So this short story with him being 34 actually fills in the gap between that 19 years. Some extra tidbits about the characters don’t hurt. She already said some of these in past interviews anyway.