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Harry Potter is back in new J.K. Rowling story

By Jill Lawless
Harry Potter fans wearing robes and hold

LONDON (AP) - Harry Potter is back - mysterious, married, and going gray.

J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of the grown-up boy wizard in a new story posted Tuesday on her Pottermore website - the first update since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published in 2007.

The 1,500-word story describes Harry, about to turn 34, attending the final of the Quidditch World Cup with his family and old friends Ron and Hermione.

Harry now has "threads of silver" in his hair and a mysterious cut on his cheekbone, related to his "top secret" work as an evil-battling Auror.

The story is written in the style of a gossip column for the Daily Prophet by reporter Rita Skeeter, a minor character in the novels.

The style allows Rowling to poke fun at the tabloid press, a real-life bugbear that she has accused of invading her privacy and that of her family.

Skeeter observes that Harry and friends are "no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday" and speculates about the state of Harry's marriage to Ginny Weasley.

She says Ron Weasley's red hair "appears to be thinning slightly," and notes witheringly that Harry still wears "the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient 12-year-old."

The story discloses that Ron now runs the family joke shop, while Hermione is a - literally - high-flying civil servant, Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

There are also updates on other characters, including Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood, as well as glimpses of a new generation of teenage wizards. Rowling has long said that "Deathly Hallows," would be the last Potter novel, but the new story will raise fans' hopes.

Since 2007 the author has produced other Potter-related material, including spin-off story collection, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard."

Rowling has also published a novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," and two detective novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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quarterz25 July 08 2014 at 9:42 AM

Great news, I liked all the novels and hope she releases more.

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aristocat101 July 08 2014 at 11:29 AM

Im glad she is doing this, she is great.

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laclone July 08 2014 at 6:30 PM

Very nice!

I enjoy reading her words and wit.

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LewTag July 08 2014 at 7:18 PM

This woman is full of it...

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Annika July 08 2014 at 4:50 PM

I'd love a sequel to the Harry Potter series. Just because Voldemort is dead doesn't mean there can't be a new threat.

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williemdensc3 July 08 2014 at 3:32 PM

she wanted to move away from the Harry Potter franchise.But her publisher and possibly the film studio waved a huge contract and check in her face with large numbers to continue writing the Harry Potter books.

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bienhoa72alum July 08 2014 at 3:27 PM

She may have written her last "Harry" novel, but that doesn't mean there aren't other wizarding stories broomsticking around in that marvelous brain of hers. The fact that Harry, Ron, and Hernoine happen to make a guest appearance here and there does not make it a "Harry novel"

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chuzzlawit July 08 2014 at 3:24 PM

What a no talent hack. Come up with new characters and stories, instead of always going back to the same old stuff. Harry P is over, done with, let him die. Try doing something new!!

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the london co July 08 2014 at 1:05 PM

i mean even j m barrie who wrote peter pan look at all the books he wrote also look at the cricket team he played on
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After the First World War Barrie sometimes stayed at Stanway House. He paid for the pavilion at Stanway cricket ground. Barrie also founded an amateur cricket team for his friends. H. G. Wells along with other luminaries such as Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse, Jerome K. Jerome, G. K. Chesterton, A. A. Milne, E. W. Hornung, A. E. W. Mason, Walter Raleigh, E. V. Lucas, Maurice Hewlett, Owen Seaman, Bernard Partridge, Augustine Birrell, Paul Du Chaillu, Henry Herbert La Thangue, George Cecil Ives, George Llewelyn Davies (see below) and the son of Alfred Tennyson all played in the team at various times. The team was called the Allahakbarries, under the mistaken belief that "Allah akbar" meant "Heaven help us"

thats a cricket team-imagine the club house-we didn't' have that caliber at hagley hall cricket team when i played-more about beers

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boyle1034 the london co July 08 2014 at 2:36 PM

Nice critique london co. Interesting run down of the literary scene!

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the london co July 08 2014 at 1:02 PM

never read the books but one of my sons has but love the movies-i like them because they are entertaining with out all the language and violence so you don't feel guilty about watching them -even starwars indiana jones and jaws
i dont' know why the cinema industry doesn't lower prices and just fill evry seat all day and night i mean yes you make less per ticket but more money overall from quantity sales and more confectionery bought-rerun all the old classics as well i think loved a film called whiskey galore and pale face

i mean all movies come from books -they are all written or scripts but it allways starts with the written word

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