J.K. Rowling debuts new ‘Harry Potter’ short story

J.K. Rowling

A new Harry Potter short story by J.K. Rowling has reinvigorated speculation about further adventures featuring the boy wizard, and though we’re talking about the world of literature here, whenever Harry is concerned, a film can’t be far behind.

The new story, published on Pottermore, takes the shape of a Daily Prophet column by the barb-tongued Rita Skeeter. (Spoilers for the series, ahoy.)

It tells of a 34-year-old Potter, his wife Ginny, and their married friends Ron and Hermoine visiting the Patagonian Desert for the Quidditch World Cup.

Though it’s mostly just an amusing venture back to their wizarding world, Rowling drops a few hints about stories still to be told. For instance, Harry is “sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone,” from some mysterious encounter, Hermione (despite her hair) has ascended to a powerful position at the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and Charlie Weasley is “unmarried” which is a not-so-secret reference by Skeeter to his sexual orientation.

“Skeeter” also hints at a new book coming out on July 31, which coincides with Potter’s birthday and fan-fathering LeakyCon. Might Rowling debut something fresh there?

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has plotted a new trilogy of Harry Potter spin-offs based on Rowling’s ‘Hogwarts textbook’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Should there be anything remotely close to a new Harry Potter-centric adventure in the works, expect to see it in film form before the end of the decade.

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