JK Rowling's New Harry Potter Reunion Short Story Crashed the Pottermore Website

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JK Rowling's New Harry Potter Reunion Short Story Crashed the Pottermore Website

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 8, 2014 | Comments ()


J.K. Rowling surprised the world today by releases, with no advanced publicity, a 1,500 word short story about Harry Potter and the rest of the gang reunited — in their 30s — for a Quidditch Match. Rowlings Harry Potter website, Pottermore, could not, however, take the server load and crashed, although it does appear to be up and running now (and here’s a link to the short story).

The short story itself is an account of the reunion written by Rita Skeever, a journalist in the Harry Potter universe, and it appears to be taking the piss out of the media. From the Daily Mirror:

Skeeter writes: “One always hesitates to invade the privacy of young people, but the fact is that anyone closely connected with Harry Potter reaps the benefits and must pay the penalty of public interest.”

Previously, author JK Rowling appeared before the Leveson Inquiry saying she felt ‘under siege’ by journalists.

The fictional gossip column says Ron Weasley, played in the hit films by Rupert Grint, has aged less well with his ginger hair “thinning slightly”. His wife Hermione, Harry’s wife Ginny, and their children all feature in the story.

Rowling also gives fans a hint of Harry’s new life by describing a mysterious cut over his cheekbone which signifies his membership of a top-secret group of wizards called the Aurors.

Job-wise, it appears that the three friends all worked together in the Ministry of Magic, though Ron left his job to “co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.” Meanwhile, Hermione — “the femme fatale of the group,” according to Skeeter — is the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

A 1,500 word short story? Given what Peter Jackson has done with The Hobbit, I have no doubt that someone can — and will try — to turn those 1,500 words into a new Harry Potter trilogy.

Source: Time, Daily Mirror, Pottermore


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  • Temmere

    Far be it from me to suggest Rowling "wrote it wrong," but Hermione as a law enforcement officer doesn't feel right. She should be some kind of cutting-edge researcher, developing new magical techniques or something.

  • Emily Smith

    I've read a lot of fanfic where she becomes an Unspeakable, which seems far more up her ally.

  • Uriah_Creep

    1,500 words? Dan Carlson's reviews were longer than that.

  • Bryan

    God, I forgot what a horrendous b*tch Rita Skeeter was. It's like JK Rowling made her own version of Chelsea Handler.

  • Ruthie O

    The last sentence promotes Rita Skeeter's new book, which will be released July 31. IS THIS REAL?! IS THIS HAPPENING?!

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  • _Alexander_

    As a big fan of Hermionie and someone who can't stand Ron Weasely(I know I am a serious minority) I am still angry about the finale. She deserved so much better. Did they really have to hook her up with someone. Why couldn't she be simply left as a brilliant witch that ends up travveling the world and doing amazing discoveries without tying herself down and popping brats until she at least in her sixties?

  • Yeah, no way the Golden Trio got out of that without one of them having pretty severe PTSD.

  • PDamian

    I remember reading an HP fanfic a few years ago (Yes, I read fanfic. Shut up.) in which Ron had become a drink-til-you-blackout alcoholic about to lose his job as an Auror, and Hermione had become a judgmental workaholic, coping with Ron's drinking and her memories of the war by working overtime at the Ministry of Magic and policing Ron's intake. By the end of the story, they've agreed to split up after an afternoon of bittersweet conversation and nostalgia. It's still one of the best stories I've ever read about PTSD.

  • No judgement here. I *wrote* a story about Harry's PTSD.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Do not waaaaaaaaant... I'll probably read this later, but I just... I just hated that epilogue so much.

  • BobbFrapples

    I love it! I'm so glad that Harry kept up fighting the Dark Arts. I know he'd earned peace for the rest of his life, but I just couldn't picture him being a homebody forever more.

  • Art3mis

    God, I love her. That was a perfect takedown of the Daily Mail while also being an entertaining check-in on her characters.

    Also: "Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No -- look at her hair)" is just the best.

  • Berry

    I wish I could a. post gifs, and b. still find the gif of Lord Voldemort in MTV's Cribs. Because that was a thing of beauty. But I can't, so this post is pretty useless. But I did learn that the Chrome spell check recognizes Voldemort but not gif. So there's that.

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  • Berry

    Thank you!

  • Art3mis

    I never get tired of reading slams about Jackson butchering The Hobbit in unrelated articles. I will never not be angry about what he did to that book.

  • Classic


  • BlackRabbit

    The Aurors are secret? They have classes for the job in school!

  • foolsage

    They're secret in the sense that the CIA is secret. Everyone knows they exist, but we don't really know what they're doing.

    Also, as Berry noted, they didn't have Auror classes. Instead, you needed high marks overall, especially in DADA (not the art movement), Herbology, Potions, Transfigurations, and Charms.

  • BlackRabbit

    Fair enough, it's been a while.

  • Berry

    I might not remember this right, but I don't think they had Auror classes as such, but they were definitely told what classes to take if they wanted to become Aurors. Either way, your point still stands: not secret.

    Sorry to nit-pick. But it is fun.

  • Nice, but I still twitch just thinking about how the person(s) responsible for the horrendous "aging" makeup would present this.

  • I hope Rowling doesn't make it a thing to keep going back into the Potterverse for more. The end was a perfect way to tie it all up. The kids grew up and got the chance to live the lives they wanted -- and paid the price for.

    No sense ruining that by having the "next Dark Lord!!!"

  • NateMan

    I disagree with you on that one. Voldemort didn't happen in a vacuum, after all, and when you're in a universe with that kind of power available, there's bound to be other upstarts. I personally would like another set. It could be great to have a Dresdenesque Potter series.

  • LurkeyTurkey

    Dresdenesque Potterverse for the WIN! You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

  • prince_of_montagu

    I can totally imagine Hermione's eye-roll when hearing about that "femme fatale" nonsense.

  • "What's Harry up to in his 30s, anyway?"

    Living at home, struggling to make ends meet despite working 60 hours a week at a graphic design firm. Heromine is a Jagermesiter shot girl. Pretty depressing read, actually.

  • logan

    I love the fact she released it with no fanfare.

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  • BWeaves

    Thanks! That was a fun little diversion.

  • logan

    Thank you.

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