JK Rowling Posts Harry Potter Story to Pottermore, World Freaks Out

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JK RowlingJ.K. Rowling once said she wouldn’t write another Harry Potter book and…that’s still totally true. Hey, maybe tomorrow she’ll say differently, but as of now it’s totally not happening. Sure, we’re getting a series of films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them written by Rowling herself and a prequel play (sadly not written by her), but we’re not getting another Harry Potter book. Sorry. We haven’t even gotten that encyclopedia she promised years ago, though we did get Pottermore.

Pottermore isn’t quite an encyclopedia and it isn’t quite a game (and it isn’t quite what many fans had hoped it’d be either, but I digress). It’s a place where Rowling offers fans little bits of backstory and world-building information that she hadn’t been able to fit into the books. Most recently, Rowling has been writing updates on the Quidditch World Cup via Ginny Weasley’s reports for the Daily Prophet section of the site. These updates have been exciting for Potterheads desperate for something new in the Potterverse. But then the other day Rowling posted a gossip column penned by none other than Rita Skeeter, in which Skeeter wrote about Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna attending the World Cup as adults. And it being written by Skeeter, she has some scathing remarks about the now grown-up Dumbledore’s Army.

Que the world freaking out about Rowling writing a new Harry Potter story.

It’s a cute little piece (one you’ll need to register at Pottermore to read), but it’s not that unusual for the site (or for Rowling–remember that 800 word prequel she wrote for charity?). In fact, many of the tidbits of Harry’s future life revealed in the story are things that Rowling has discussed elsewhere, but it’s great to see the Boy Who Lived in action again even if it was just a short outing. However, just to reiterate, it’s NOT a new book. Just a bit more added to the fun on Pottermore.

Have you read the story yet? Think Rowling might write more? Sound off in the comments!