J.K. Rowling Writes New HARRY POTTER Story Providing Update on 34-Year-Old Harry and Friends

     July 8, 2014


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out almost seven years ago, and ended with a touching epilogue where the main characters were now sending their children off to Hogwarts.  There were minor clues about what they chose to do after saving the world, but it was summed up wonderfully with the final line, “All was well.”  While Rowling has stated on multiple occasions that Harry Potter’s story is finished and that there won’t be any more books, there’s nothing wrong with checking in on the characters, especially if you do it in a fun way.

Rowling has taken to Pottermore, the official interactive Harry Potter website, to provide an update on a 34-year-old Harry Potter and other members of Dumbledore’s Army.  However, you have to cut through Rita Skeeter’s poison pen to gleam the truth.  Hit the jump for more.

harry-potter-deathly-hallows-book-coverPeople who are registered at Pottermore can read Skeeter’s full gossip column, but here are the highlights [spoilers, I guess?]

  • The reunion takes place at the Quidditch World Cup
  • Harry has “a couple threads of silver” in his hair, and sports a new scar over his right cheekbone, but still wears his distinctive round-frame glasses.  He continues to work as an Auror, and his missions are top secret.
  • Ginny is a sports reporter for the Daily Prophet.
  • Harry and Victor Krum are still friends, and Krum plays for the Bulgarian Quidditch Team, who are in the World Cup.
  • Ron went to work in the Ministry of Magic with Harry, but left after two years to work with George running the “highly successful” Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
  • As for the rest of the Weasley clan, Charlie is an unmarried dragon wrangler, Bill is still married to Fleur, and Percy is the Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, which is so perfect for his character.  It’s an important job but in no way glamorous or cool.
  • Hermoine (who is still near the top of Rita’s enemies list judging by the gossip columnist’s tone) has had a meteoric rise through the Ministry of Magic, and she’s currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
  • Neville Longbottom remains a popular Herbology teacher at Hogwarts and married Hannah Abbott, who is applying to be a Matron at the school.
  • Luna Lovegood married Rolf Scamander, “swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt (who is also the protagonist of the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).  They have twin sons.
  • And what about the next generation of wizards?  Teddy Lupin, Harry Potter’s sixteen-year-old godson, is a bit of a “wild child” (although who knows when it comes to Skeeter’s nasty bent), and has been “snogging” heavily with Bill and Fleur’s daughter, Victoire.

So this “update” technically takes place three years before the final chapter of Deathly Hallows since the book ends nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, but Teddy, who was born just before the battle, is only sixteen.

Nevertheless, I was surprised at how overjoyed I was to learn new details about the lives of these beloved characters.  I don’t want a new Harry Potter book, but I would love to keep checking in with characters who feel like old friends.

  • VicManMan

    I want a Teddy Lupin book. To me he’d be the most interesting Next gen kid. Plus he has a cool name.

    • Pernell Whitaker

      It was heavily implied in the unreleased book Harry Potter and the Philanderer’s Cock that Teddy Lupin is actually Harry’s real son…. So yeah I agree, that’d be a great follow on

      • JCubs79


  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Milking the cash cow… Milking the cash cow… All day loooooong!

    • Spanky

      So if you had the brain cells to create something that makes money, are you saying that you wouldn’t try and profit as much as you could?

      If you say no, you are lying

      • huey

        how’s JK’s asshole taste, Spanky?

      • Mike


    • Ceaser

      Yeah, no. It’s completely free. You just have to sign up for the website, which is actually pretty fun. You get to learn a lot about the characters and world that Rowling has created. She isn’t making money off of this, it’s a free service to the fans. And besides, any money she makes now, she just give straight to charity. She has so much money, she doesn’t need or want it anymore. She just writes now because she enjoys and loves doing it. Her last two books were written under a pseudonym named Robert Galbraith.

      • milo

        Yeah, it’s kind of nonsensical to complain that something free is milking the cash cow. Haters gonna hate.

    • sdkfj

      Are you disabled? Rowling is so rich that she gave most of her money away and she’s still a multi-millionaire. This story is FREE for all to see on Pottermore which is a FREE service/game.

    • Falco

      When is an epic story like this finished?

    • Grendal Sven

      Wow, okay, she wrote a short story out of love for her characters and put it up for free on her website, how the hell is that “milking the cash cow?

  • Johnson

    This is awesome, but this information isn’t anything new. She anounced the fates of all these characters in an interview long long ago. Probably slightly after the book was released.

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    How many movies will they make this short story into then?

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  • hey

    Move on, bitch.

    • Leon

      She has put out three novels in the last couple years. It’s not like this is all she is doing.

      • bidi

        it took George Lucas almost 40 years to move on from Star Wars. i think we can cut Rowling some slack

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  • d

    That epilogue was awful you dumb piece of shit! You are the absolute worst Goldberg.

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