Rowling writes more Potter!

As some of you know, J.K. Rowling has been writing about the 2014 World Quidditch Cup at Pottermore through the pen of former Quidditch professional and now Daily Prophet sports writer Ginny Weasley Potter.

For the final match, however, we are treated to the Quick Quill of Rita Skeeter. Skeeter writes about former DA members, including the Trio and their spouses, attending the match. And as can be expected, she performs her usual hatchet job on all of them here. (The story was released on Tuesday, July 11).

Highlights:

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 famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone. Requests for information as to its provenance merely produced the usual response from the Ministry of Magic: ‘We do not comment on the top secret work of the Auror department, as we have told you no less than 514 times, Ms. Skeeter.’ So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?

And:

In the immediate aftermath of the battle Weasley, whose famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly, entered into employment with the Ministry of Magic alongside Potter, but left only two years later to co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Was he, as he stated at the time, ‘delighted to assist my brother George with a business I’ve always loved’? Or had he had his fill of standing in Potter’s shadow? Was the work of the Auror Department too much for a man who has admitted that the destruction of He Who Could Not Be Named’s Horcruxes ‘took its toll’ on him? He shows no obvious signs of mental illness from a distance, but the public is not allowed close enough to make a proper assessment. Is this suspicious?

And:

Last of the ringleaders of Dumbledore’s Army is, of course, Luna Lovegood (now married to Rolf Scamander, swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt). Still delightfully eccentric, Luna has been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries. Her twin sons are ‘at home with grandpa’. Is this a euphemism for ‘too disturbed to be seen in public’? Surely only the unkindest would suggest so.

But there is so much more joy to be found in Skeeter’s article. What does it say about me that I actually love reading Skeeter? I think she’s hilarious and a master at manipulative speculation.

That said, I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of her Quick Quill.

So what do you think? Does this only make you long for more Potter stories as it does me?

 

 

About Deborah Chan/Arabella

Deborah Chan, previously “Arabella Figg” I read the first three Harry Potter books in 1999 to see what the fuss was about and was hooked. After participating at HogwartsProfessor.com for several years, and then here at the pub, I joined the Blogengamot in 2009. I enjoy discussing and writing about the books I love, and particularly enjoy looking into characters' psychological and emotional motivations. My husband Rick and I live in Spokane, WA, where I’m a columnist for our newspaper, The Spokesman-Review. Our cat Casey Rose is my gravatar. Butterbeers all around!

14 thoughts on “Rowling writes more Potter!

  1. I love that Jo Rowling is giving snippets of information about the wizarding world while staying true to her intent to not write another Harry Potter book. Honestly, even though she has established herself as more than just a children’s book author–she’s become a successful adult author, philanthropist, and activist–she says she still has reams of information about the wizarding world she created. What better place than Pottermore for her to disseminate it? She’s not forcing these peeks at Harry’s world down every muggle’ s throat, but putting it in a place where it will be appreciated by her fans. How lucky can we get?

  2. Suzanne, I agree with you on everything—- so great that JKR allows us to enter back into the magical world at times like this.
    Arabella, I love Margaret Lyons’ comments, and I sure hope she is onto something! It would be so fantastic to get a new story from the wizarding world!
    I tried Pottermore for a while, a few chapters of the Philosopher’s Stone in order to get sorted into my house and get my wand. I enjoyed that. But then I just did not have time for it— it seemed more designed for kids, anyway. But now I’m wondering, am I missing out on any stories like this that would be enjoyable to read? Has anyone continued to play their way through Pottermore?

    1. You know, I’m really “peeved” at Pottermore. Finally I got a password it would accept and got in, but didn’t have time to do anything. Yesterday I tried getting in again and was refused. I changed my password three times, using the user name they gave me and each “successful” password and was refused. I give up, it’s not worth the hassle.

    2. I go there from time to time to “collect” the bits and pieces of background information she gives us there, but overall, I also think the site is more or less aimed at kids who enjoy all the games. However, since they did the site update, you can see which chapters contain additional information and skip the rest if you aren’t in the mood of looking at everything.

    1. Yes, I think the info is worth reading. Of course there are some “silly” bits, but most of it is the kind of stuff we are all craving for. The things that should have been collected in a companion book to the series.

  3. I never know where to post these things where everyone can see it. If you get the chance, watch the trailer for the movie Boyhood, first link below. Then watch the spoof trailer “Potterhood” in the link below it. The spoof is only funny if you see the Boyhood trailer first. Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys-mbHXyWX4

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/07/23/potterhood_trailer_a_boyhood_harry_potter_mashup_12_years_in_the_making.html

  4. I posted this 18 days ago WITH the links, but my comment “is still awaiting moderation.” I thought maybe if I send without the links it will be published:
    I never know where to post these things where everyone can see it. If you get the chance, watch the trailer for the movie “Boyhood.” Then watch the spoof trailer “Potterhood.” The spoof is only funny if you see the “Boyhood” trailer first. Enjoy!

  5. JKR has added a bio (to Pottermore, I think) about Celestina Warbeck. Fun!
    Paste “Read J.K. Rowling’s New Harry Potter story about a singing sorceress” into your browser and the article will come up.

    1. Thank for this article, Reyhan! I would love to see it too. Although, as a reader, I wish it had been a book.

      I’ll put it up as a post, although the pub’s been deserted for quite a while.

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