Today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is giving fans a rare glimpse into the lives of Harry and his friends post-Hogwarts.
In a new 1,500-word entry on her website Pottermore, J.K. Rowling writes from the perspective of the infamous Daily Prophet gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, who has been spying on Harry and his family and friends at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Rowling has been updating readers on the Quidditch World Cup since March, writing game reports as Daily Prophet Quidditch correspondent Ginny Potter.
In today's writing, readers get their first look at Harry and his friends since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published seven years ago, and we are not at Hogwarts anymore...
Harry is now 34 years old, with some silver thread clearly visible in his famous jet black hair. He's still wearing the round glasses, "that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old," as Rita Skeeter critiques. The lightning-bolt scar is still there as well, along with another cut over his cheekbone that's been attributed to his Auror work. (Aurors are equivalent to a Muggle police officer.)
At the Quidditch World Cup, Harry is accompanied by his sons, James and Albus, who get to meet famous Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum. Readers will recall that Krum played against Harry in the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Everyone knows that Harry is married to Ginny Weasley, now Potter, but what they don't know is that the wizarding world's power couple might be having some marital issues. Rita cites Ginny's decision to leave her family to report on the Quidditch World Cup as a problematic sign.
Along with Harry and Ginny, Skeeter lets readers in on another power couple's lives, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Harry's beloved sidekicks did pretty well after Hogwarts; Ron went to work with his brother George at the family's successful joke shop after leaving the Ministry of Magic, and Hermione quickly rose up the ranks of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (no surprise there). Skeeter suspects that Granger may be aiming even higher, leaving her to wonder, "Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all?" She answers her own question: "No – look at her hair."
Neville Longbottom, the unexpected hero of the Harry Potter series, also made an appearance in the Patagonian Desert, where this year's Quidditch tournament is taking place. Neville is now a Herbology professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and is married to Hannah Abbott, who may be up for the job of Matron at Hogwarts. Probably the most eye-catching statement in the whole piece, Rita implies that the couple has a slight drinking problem. Again, we're not at Hogwarts anymore...
Last but not certainly not least, Luna Lovegood is mentioned. Still her eccentric self, she's been seen "sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries." Lovegood is now married to Rolf Scamander, the grandson of the famous Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Last September, a film series based off of Newt's book, [Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them](movie:1112558), was announced.
The rest of the Weasley clan was in attendance as well. Young Teddy Lupin, godson of Harry Potter, was seen right where we saw him last in the epilogue: snogging Victoire Weasley, daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour.
You can read J.K. Rowling's full column as Rita Skeeter on Pottermore.com today. Rowling will be back tomorrow with more Quidditch World Cup coverage, so stay tuned! The final game between Brazil and Bulgaria will be live-blogged on Pottermore this Friday, July 11. If you're interested, you can subscribe to the Facebook event here.