New JK Rowling Short Story Updates Us on the Lives of Grown-Up Dumbledore’s Army Members


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

While the FIFA World Cup has been happening in the Muggle world, a far more magical tournament has been happening in the wizard world – that is, the Quidditch World Cup. Throughout the games, JK Rowling has kept fans up-to-date with reports on Pottermore as written by Ginny Weasley Potter, who has served as The Daily Prophet’s Quidditch correspondent. But this morning, Rowling published a short story “written” by Rita Skeeter that updates fans on the lives of grown-up Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army.

Skeeter is notorious for being unreliable, so it’s no surprise the dates are a little wonky – Harry is mentioned to be 34 in the story, but the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows takes place 19 years after he is 17 at the Battle of Hogwarts, which would make him 36. Nevertheless, Skeeter offers fun tidbits about the current lives of our favorite characters, all while keeping in line with the real-life trend of British tabloid journalism (which is terrible and also known to be inaccurate).

The full story can be read on Pottermore or on the Today show’s website. And Skeeter wouldn’t be herself if she didn’t take the opportunity in the article to plug her new book called Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of Demob, which she says will be available at Flourish and Blotts on July 31 (Harry’s birthday!).

Coverage of the Quidditch World Cup final between Bulgaria and Brazil will take place this Friday on Pottermore from 12:30 pm Eastern to 4:30 pm Eastern. Fans can RSVP on Facebook to remind themselves of the event at which Ginny and a “special guest” will be commentating.

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