Rowling writes story about 30-plus Harry Potter

By Caroline Carpenter.
Published in The Bookseller 8th July 2014.
Original link can be found here.

J K Rowling has written a new piece about a thirty-something Harry Potter and his friends at the final of the Quidditch World Cup 2014 for her website Pottermore.com.

The 1,500-word long piece is being posted on the site today (8th July).

The story marks the first time Rowling has portrayed the characters as adults with careers and families since the epilogue of the final book in the Harry Potter series.

Rowling has written the article from the perspective of her character Rita Skeeter, gossip journalist of the wizarding world's newspaper, the Daily Prophet, whom Harry has encountered before in the books. It concludes a series of match reports and articles about the imaginary wizarding sport's World Cup written by the author for Pottermore.

In the article, Harry, now turning 34, has "threads of silver" in his black hair, and also sports a mysterious cut over his cheekbone, which Skeeter deduces has been inflicted as part of his top-secret career as an Auror, a specialist officer trained to apprehend evil wizards.

The career of his friend Ron Weasley, whose "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly", is also examined by Skeeter. Their wives Ginny and Hermione, their children, and their friends, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom, are all featured in the article.

Despite the departure, Rowling's spokesperson said the author had "no plans" to write any further stories about the older Harry.

Rowling has been writing about Quidditch for Pottermore since March 2014. Her final Quidditch World Cup article for Pottermore will be published on 11th July and will be a report on the final between Brazil and Bulgaria, echoing the FIFA World Cup Final in Brazil two days later.