I, like my fellow muggles, was set into a spin yesterday when JK Rowling released a new short story with updates about Dumbledore's Army members. The story was written by the infuriating Rita Skeeter reporting live from the Quidditch World Cup in Patagonia.
The article contained some amazing updates for us Potter fanatics so I thought I'd take a closer look at the story to make sure we didn't miss anything.
Firstly to the Boy (Man?) Who Lived, Harry Potter and news of a new facial feature
About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror's black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old. The famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone.
As we know from the Deathly Hallows epilogue, Harry and Ron were instrumental in an overhaul of the Auror department (maybe the stress of overhaul contributed to those grey hairs?) but news of a cut on his right cheek indicates Harry has not been relegated behind a desk.
Rita goes on to theorize
Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?
Perhaps this is just pure speculation or perhaps it's Rowling herself dropping hints of further Potter adventures to come?! I hope so!
Next to receive the pointy end of the quill was Ron, with Skeeter making a less than favourable comment
Weasley, whose famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly, entered into employment with the Ministry of Magic alongside Potter, but left only two years later to co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
This is our first really huge piece of news- we already knew Ron was an Auror, but we didn't know that he left after only two years to help out his brother George. Ah bless him....and RIP Fred.
Next up was Hermione, who was always destined for great things.
Hermione Granger, of course, was always the femme fatale of the group...After a meteoric rise to Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, she is now tipped to go even higher within the Ministry
While we already knew where Hermione worked, Skeeter has mentioned her impressive title and also indicates that she will probably rise beyond that- maybe even becoming Minister for Magic after Kingsley Shacklebolt resigns? It's also interested to note that Hermione kept her last name rather than take Ron's. Wizarding world girl power!
Luna Lovegood also got a mention with news of her twin sons! Thankfully she seems to have lost none of her eccentricities.
Luna Lovegood (now married to Rolf Scamander, swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt). Still delightfully eccentric, Luna has been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries. Her twin sons are ‘at home with grandpa'.
Actress Evanna Lynch who played Luna was delighted to hear about Luna's goings-on.
Other Weasley's also got a mention, and one has the speculators going crazy
Wherever there is a red head one may make an educated guess that it belongs to a Weasley, but it is difficult to tell whether it is George (wealthy co-manager of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes), Charlie (dragon wrangler, still unmarried – why?) or Percy (Head of the Department of Magical Transportation – it's his fault if the Floo Network's too busy!).
Is this a confirmation that Charlie Weasley is gay? As we know Rowling hasn't shied away from this in the past with confirmation of Dumbledore being gay. Or perhaps it's simply that the Dragon's scare off any perspective wives?
And finally Skeeter finishes the article by talking about the new generation of Dumbledore's Army, Victoire and Teddy (daughter of Bill and Fleur and son of Remus and Tonks) and their teenage romance
The good news is both of them seem to have invented a method of breathing through their ears. I can think of no other reason how they have survived such prolonged periods of what, in my young day, was called ‘snogging.'
Skeeter wraps up by plugging her new biography: Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob available on July 31st. Whether or not this will happen no one knows but the date July 31st very auspicious one in the Harry Potter world. Not only is it Harry Potter AND JK Rowlings birthdays, but it will be the third anniversary of Pottermore and also when LeakyCon, a Harry Potter convention is being held.
So what does Harry Potter himself think of all this? Daniel Radcliffe was asked today whether he would consider reprising the role of Harry in a new movie he commented
He’s at least sorta 12 years older in it than I am now, so I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time
So, he doesn't think reprise the role YET but does that mean we could possibly see Radcliffe play Harry in ten years?! I'm holding out all hope! Perhaps on July 31st, JK herself will provide some sort of answers, we'll just have to wait and see!