J.K. Rowling has released a brand new short story featuring a going-on 34 year-old Harry, Hermione, Ron and other members of Dumbledore’s Army and the Order of the Phoenix. Jo has been regularly updating Pottermore with World Cup updates, with Daily Prophet match reports being written by Ginny Potter. The new 1,500-word story comes from the acerbic quill of Rita Skeeter, the Daily Prophet‘s gossip correspondent reporting from the Quidditch World Cup in the Patagonian Desert.
The Potter family and Dumbledore’s Army members have been given accommodation at the Quidditch World Cup in the VIP section, patrolled by Security Warlocks and protected by heavy charms, much to Rita’s disgust. She is dying to know how Harry got a cut over his right cheekbone “has his wife perhaps cursed him?” but the Ministry of Magic are not telling. Harry is still working for the Ministry as an Auror. Ginny is working for the Daily Prophet, which also disgust old Rita, who thunders “When your last name is Potter, doors open, international sporting bodies bow and scrape, and Daily Prophet editors hand you plum assignments.”
Harry seems to have a few silver hairs now, but Ron comes off slightly worse as usual, with Rita noting his famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly. Ron has left the Ministry to co-manage Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes with his older brother George. Ron seems to have made a public statement about the effect of Voldermort’s Horcruxes , saying it “took its toll” on him. Hermione had a “meteoric rise to Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement” and is now tipped to go even higher within the Ministry. Let’s hope she managed to take S.P.E.W. a bit further.
Victor Krum is still playing Quidditch. Harry takes his young sons James and Albus to meet Victor as they visit the players’ compound, where the pair embrace and engage in a half-hour chit-chat – leading Rita to speculate on “what really happened in the maze?”
Neville Longbottom and his wife Hannah are also in attendance. Neville is of course now a popular Herbology teacher at Hogwarts. Until recently the couple were living above the Leaky Cauldron. Rumour has it that Hannah Longbottom (née Abbott) has retrained as a healer and is applying for the job of Matron at Hogwarts. Rita snipes “Idle gossip suggests that she and her husband both enjoy a little more Ogden’s Old Firewhiskey than most of us would expect from custodians of our children.”
Luna Lovegood is now married to Rolf Scamander, “swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt” with twin sons back “at home with grandpa”. Luna has been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen countries that qualified for the World Cup. Who doesn’t love Luna?
More members of the Weasley family are in attendance. George is now wealthy, Charlie is still a dragon wrangler and still unmarried (why? asks Rita) and Percy has a suitably boring job as the Head of the Department of Magical Transportation. Bill and Fleur are there with their children, and it appears their daughter Victoire and Teddy Lupin are still going strong. The couple were last seen snogging in by young James Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rita describes Teddy as a “lanky half-werewolf with bright blue hair” – has been “behaving in a way unfitting of wizarding royalty since arriving on the VIP campsite” and “one shudders to think what will become of Master Lupin without urgent intervention”.
Do we have more to look forward to? Rita closes with “Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography: Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st.”
You can read the full story at Pottermore.