Thursday, July 10, 2014

Potter Fans Unite!

While I doubt I'll be the first to tell you this, I still want to shout it from the rooftops: 

Harry Potter is back!

When I saw a post in my news feed telling me that J.K. Rowling had decided to grace us with a new Harry Potter story, I almost came out of my chair!

It has been seven years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (only three since the final film) and Potter fans everywhere have been waiting with bated breath for anything new out of Rowling. Of course, the announcement of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has sated some, while regular Daily Prophet articles on Pottermore have given us regular, fun insight into the Quidditch World Cup since April. But others want something more substantial - Potter himself.

J.K. Rowling has answered the cries of her devoted fans (though she has stated that she has no future plans for any follow-up stories) with a short story including Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, and Luna, as well as other beloved characters from the Potterverse.

Written as a gossip column from the perspective of Rita Skeeter, the article had me laughing out loud almost immediately. Skeeter speculates about everything from the origins of a new scar on Harry's face (a curse, perhaps?) to the mental stability of Luna's children. Her writing style remains as ridiculous and hilarious as fans have come to expect.

I loved the insight into the lives and careers of all of my favorite characters! I will admit, however, that I had to double check the relationship status of Neville and Luna. I had completely missed the announcement that Neville had ended up with someone else (maybe I'm not a real fan, after all) and was a little heartbroken.

Fun fact: I was not allowed to read the Harry Potter books or see the movies while living with my parents. I started watching the films in 2006 (at age 18) and finally read the books in 2011. 

I wish so much that J.K. Rowling would continue to feed us these little morsels of Pottery goodness, even if they do come sporadically, though I can understand that she's ready to move on to new things (but I'm still bitter about it).

The article can be read on Pottermore, though you must have an account in order to view it. Otherwise, the full article is also available at