Harry Potter Grows Up

In a new short story, Harry Potter is older and grayer, but still battling dark magic

July 09, 2014

In the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2, the film flashes forward to the future to show Ron, Hermione, and Harry as adults.

Beloved wizard Harry Potter has done a lot of growing up in the past seven years since we last saw him in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Author J.K. Rowling has published a new short story on her Pottermore website that brings us back into the life of Harry Potter, who is now 33 years-old, and married, but still battling dark magic.

In Rowling’s online story, Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final, Harry attends the final game of the Quidditch World Cup with his family and friends. He has three children with wife Ginny Weasley, and has maintained his long-time friendships with Ron and Hermione.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven-book Harry Potter series.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven-book Harry Potter series.

Life After Hogwarts

The 1,500-word story is written in the style of a gossip column for the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of the wizard world. The column is written by Potter character Rita Skeeter, who explains that Harry has been out of the Hogwarts school for years, and now has a career battling dark magic. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows left off with Harry as head of the Auror Office. The Aurors are an elite unit within the Department of Magical Law Enforcement of the Ministry of Magic, trained to investigate crimes related to the dark arts. In the story, Skeeter writes that Harry has a mysterious cut on his cheekbone, related to his “top secret” work battling against Dark wizards and witches 

The new story updates readers about Ron and Hermione’s careers as well. Ron is running the family joke shop, and Hermione is the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Throughout the story, readers get brief updates on the lives of characters like Viktor Krum, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood. A new generation of teenage wizards also makes an appearance.

Harry’s New Looks

Throughout the story, Skeeter observes that Harry and his friends no longer have their youthful appearances. The older Harry now has “threads of silver” in his hair. Harry’s friends have aged too. Ron Weasley’s “famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly.” She even criticizes Harry’s classic “distinctive round glasses,” saying that the style is better suited to a 12-year-old with no sense of fashion.

There have been seven books published in the wildly popular Harry Potter series. Rowling spokesman Mark Hutchinson said there are “no plans” for a new Potter novel. However, at the end of the article-style story Skeeter hints that there may be more information to come. At the end of the story, she writes:

“Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect the are, my new biography: Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available July 31.”

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