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article imageOp-Ed: JK Rowling surprise — Adult Harry Potter short story hits the web

By Paul Wallis     Jul 8, 2014 in Entertainment
Sydney - After a long hiatus, Harry Potter has re-emerged as an adult! The story has been posted on, which is now mysteriously down, possibly because of an IT spell.
To say that the new story has caused a new stampede of interest would be an understatement.
Sydney Morning Herald:
In an article published on the Pottermore website on Tuesday written in the form of a gossip column, Harry and his friends reunite at a tournament of the broomstick-riding game quidditch.
Harry's red-haired friend Ron Weasley is said to be thinning on top, while the 1500-word story raises questions over the state of Harry's marriage to Ron's sister Ginny Weasley.
Harry … sports a new scar on his cheek to go with the lightning-shaped one on his forehead.
"About to turn 34, there are a couple of 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," the story says.
Wired, in a tangled introspective article from a grown up fan says:
Please Let This New Harry Potter Short Story Be the Last
The story provides a range of updates which writers will recognize as storyline starters. Harry has a new scar, Ron’s marriage is looking iffy, and Hermione, whose career star is rising fast, is getting criticized for her hair.
To read the full story, you’ll find it here on
The other side of reviving Harry
Harry Potter was one of the biggest, and best, of its genre. It kept publishers off the streets and proved that good quality movies were still possible, even despite Hollywood. That said, reviving Harry, particularly as a middle aged family man, isn’t necessarily easy.
The original audience are now teenagers or a bit older. The characters have grown up faster than the audience, with a long interval which if convenient for story purposes creates a natural gap in continuity.
JK is no slouch as a storyteller, and a mysterious gap may well be very handy. The question is really whether the storyline is going to follow the movies. I thought the end scene of the last Harry Potter movie was a bit tacked-on, and that “The End” was more than a bit overemphasized.
The end, in which Harry and Ron’s new families set off to Hogwarts really didn’t need to be there and didn’t sit right - As though nothing happens to the three main characters over a period of at least 15 years and they merely became normal suburbanites.
At least Valdemort, the storyline nuisance, is out of the picture. He interfered with a lot of other, very interesting, imaginative storylines which could have been developed.
JK has a lot of options, and it’ll be interesting to see if this theme develops. I’d say the odds are 50/50 of any further evolution of the adult Harry. By rights, an interim story (or several) is needed, to create the adult characters.
These could be shorts, or mini-novels, and they’d fill in the gaps and allow a good movie of magical fun, too. Anything which brings some imagination to the stagnant cesspool of modern media has to be a plus. Stan Lee can’t do it all on his own.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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