While we muggles might be tuning in at 4 p.m. to watch Germany go head-to-head with Brazil in the semi-finals of the World Cup today, there is a much more magical tournament going on in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
That tournament, if you haven’t already guessed, would be the finals of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Surprising guests include Harry Potter, his wife Ginny Potter, their three children, his two best friends Ronald (Ron) Weasley and Hermione Granger and their two children. Some of Harry’s other pals from Dumbledore’s Army are there as well.
This is all according to J.K. Rowling’s new 1,500 word short story on Pottermore. Written in the form of a gossip column by reporter Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet, the article delves into the lives of Harry and the gang all grown up.
It’s been 3 years since Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but fans of the series might remember exactly where the film left off. While we were bidding our goodbyes to our childhood heroes, they were bidding their goodbyes to their children as they left for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardy.
Rowling’s new short story has not only reunited many fans with the magical world of wizardry, but has also given us the opportunity to feel as though we are catching up with an old friend.
According to Skeeter, Harry is now on the cusp of turning 34 and there are visible “threads of silver” in his hair. He continues to wear his trademark glasses and has developed a new mysterious cut on his cheekbone, which is related to his “top secret” work as an Auror (a wizarding police). Ron’s hair, as opposed to Harry’s, “appears to be thinning.” Ron has also recently opened up a joke emporium by the name of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Hermione, proving that women really can have it all, is now the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
Though Rowling has said that "Deathly Hallows" would be the last Harry Potter novel, she has continued her efforts in producing Potter-related materials.
This won’t be the last we see of Harry and the gang.
A goodbye, but not a farewell.