No, when I said Harry Potter Sequel, I was not talking about WB’s upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
J.K. Rowling’s flirted with the idea of a Harry Potter sequel over the past few years. Besides a few short stories concerning the history of Potter-verse, she’s yet to scribble tales concerning the later years of Harry’s life. Until now, that is.
She’s published a brand new Harry Potter short story through the POV of Rita Skeeter. You know, that annoying reporter from the Daily Prophet?
As if testing the waters for a proper sequel, Rowling informs us the Harry Potter is now a 30ish year old Auror. A few strands of gray in his hair, Potter sports several new scars, most probably from duels with various dark wizards. When we last saw Ron, in the Deathly Hallows epilogue, he was Harry’s colleague. Now, it seems, he’s joined the family business, “co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.” Hermoine remains the highest achiever. She’s a high-reaching bureaucrat, and even though my personal idol Ron Swanson would have a few choice words for her, I’m certainly proud of this member of the Triumvirate.
Oh, I suppose I should mention the other “Boy Who Lived. Neville’s still teaching Herbology at Hogwarts and his wife’s quickly climbing the ladder, perhaps en route to the Head Master’s office. If Rowling continues to write about these characters, I hope she reinvents Neville as a knightly figure. His chivalry was well documented in the original 7 novels. The dude used the Sword of Gryffindor to kill a giant snake! Now that these characters have matured into adults, allow them to actually ‘mature’. We’ve seen Neville develop from a courageous, although fearful youth, into a hero who challenged some of the nastiest witches and monsters in the Potterverse. I’d be pretty damn happy if, at the venerable age of 30-something, Neville’s an actual knightly figure. Dare I say, the most powerful wizard alive?
Head over to Pottermore.com to read the full story.
And for no particular reason (besides this being the coolest book cover ever) this is my favorite Harry Potter artwork.