Harry Potter is back in a new short story by author J.K. Rowling.
Set during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the 1,500-word story — now posted on Pottermore.com — is presented as a news piece by Rita Skeeter, who is the gossip correspondent for the Daily Prophet. Harry, now in his 30s, is attending the match with his wife, Ginny, and friends Ron and Hermione.
Skeeter describes Harry as having a mysterious scar on his right cheekbone and “threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old.”
Rowling last explored the world of Potter in 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in her seven-book fantasy series.
However, in 2013 Rowling was revealed to be working on a screenplay based on the adventures of Newt Scamander, who wrote one of Potter’s textbooks, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.”
With Potter back in the spotlight, could actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the character through eight films, be destined for a return to his famous role?
“My inclination is to say ‘no’ because I don’t think it’s even a hypothetical at the moment,” Radcliffe said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “What she’s written — and I haven’t read yet, but I will — I understand it’s a very short piece.”
Radcliffe also touched on Potter’s marriage to Ginny and the controversy started earlier this year by Rowling admitting that she believed Hermione should have married Harry instead of Ron.
“The idea that he’s having marital problems — if it’s like a Rita Skeeter report, then that’s probably nonsense anyway,” Radcliffe said. “So I’m sure they’re perfectly happily married.”