I’m writing about this the day after it’s release, mainly because I needed 24 hours to stop freaking out and over analyzing everything that I read in the story. Yes, the frequently denied was casually granted to us by way of Pottermore in the form of a short story. After 7 years of trying to cope with the idea that I would be getting no more Harry Potter stories, I along with everyone else was treated to a brand new story. At this point, I’ve read the short story a few times, and did my best from not squealing as I did so.
What it was
The short story was titled: “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites At Quidditch World Cup Final“. The story takes place in present day 2014 meaning it was 16 years after the events of the final book and 3 years before the epilogue. Like the straightforward title implies it is in fact an article written for the Daily Prophet by everyone’s favorite journalist, Rita Skeeter. The story focused on the main members of Dumbledore’s Army as Ms. Skeeter made suppositions about all those involved. There was Harry and his graying hair and scar on his cheek. Ginny was absent from the event, but his children James, Albus, and godson Teddy were present. There were was the implication that Neville and Hannah had become alcoholics and that Luna is still “delightfully eccentric” as her children may be too unfit to be seen in public. Yes, there were nasty accusations and assumptions mixed in with information about where characters were in their lives.
At the end of the short story, Rita Skeeter plugged the release of her latest book, Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob, on July 31st. The combination of the sudden release of this short story, along with this dated tease set in the present year has people in a frenzy. Many people have wanted another Harry Potter story for a long time. While this was not a proper Harry Potter story, it was another glimpse into his life now that he’s grown up a bit. I’ll admit I’d love to read a single novel about Harry Potter and his new life being a father figure to three kids and living the life of a Auror. (But’ I’d also be happy to learn that he got that scar from something silly James, Albus, or Lily was doing.) I don’t believe that we will be seeing a full fledged Harry Potter novel come The Boy Who Lived’s 34th birthday. Instead, this seems like J.K. Rowling dipping her toes back into the Wizarding World. Over the past few years we’ve seen how eager she is to delve into it and explore the world even further, despite her insistence that she isn’t going to go into another Harry Potter story. It could be possible that she is slowly changing her mind or it could be that the Wizarding World is going to come back in some way.
If there is going to be any sudden release of a new story as Joshua Yehl of IGN described as “pulling a Beyonce” it would likely be in the form of The book Rita Skeeter was plugging in the article. If that is the case, we will be in for more off beat macabre humor as we plow through Rita Skeeter’s interpretation of Dumbledore’s Army. While it wouldn’t exactly be a true Harry Potter story as we wouldn’t be getting straight details, but gossip and slander in book form, there would inevitably some grains of truth that we can learn about the gang years after the series’ events ended. I would be totally down for that as it would be a thrill to sort through the lies to find the truth. That and anything that can throw me fully into the world of Harry Potter is welcome.
Why People Want This So Bad
Harry Potter is one of the most popular children’s/ teen books around. It has a death grip on an entire generation, while also reaching older generations. From the looks of it, it’s popularity isn’t so fleeting as young children who weren’t even alive when the final book was released are now embracing the story. This is largely because Rowling created a fantastical world that felt genuine and was filled with millions of things to explore. Add the wonderfully simple yet complex story and it makes sense that it is such a hit. Harry Potter is able to relate to kids and how they feel while also eliciting a sense of wonder. And it isn’t purely a children’s book as it touches on darker themes and sneaks in wonderful references and implications that make it enjoyable for older audiences. All in all it was a job well done and the result was a massive fanbase that is constantly clamoring for more Harry or more world.
How did you like the new short story? Do you think there will be more Wizarding World stories on the horizon?