It comes as no surprise that the youngest Seeker that Hogwarts has seen in a century made an appearance at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup with his family and friends. Harry Potter, now 34, attended the Cup with his two sons, along with other members of Dumbledore's Army. This is the first sighting of Harry since the publication of the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in 2007, and the release of the final movie in 2011.
J.K. Rowling on her site, Pottermore, released an update for fans via the notorious Rita Skeeter, who is
gossiping about “covering” the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Thanks to the much-debated epilogue at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we know that Harry, Ron, and Hermione all went to work for the Ministry of Magic—Harry and Ron as Aurors, and Hermione in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. However, the article reveals that Ron, after only two years as an Auror, left to co-manage Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
The joke shop seems more of a fit, to me, than Ron becoming an Auror ever did, and working with George (the remaining Weasley twin *sob*) is a nice ode to fans who are still not over Fred's death, myself among them.
Other updates included scathing remarks about the “femme fatale of the group,” Hermione Granger, saying that she has had a meteoric rise in her department (are we looking at the next Minister—or perhaps Mistress—of Magic?) and that she was seen flirting with Viktor Krum, who is still Seeker for Bulgaria.
With Rita Skeeter as the author of the column, that must be taken with a grain of salt, of course, but it does bring to mind that recently, Rowling said she wouldn't have ever paired Ron and Hermione together if it weren't for fan pressure. Is this her once again hinting that Hermione belongs elsewhere? For me, Hermione and Ron were the One True Pairing in the Harry Potter Universe—I didn't even have strong feelings about Ginny and Harry getting together. So when Rowling said that last year, I was personally outraged, along with many others in the fandom. However, Rowling did give us a glimmer that things are all well between Ginny and Harry, who, according to Skeeter's derisive article, are very happy—despite the addition of new scars on Harry's face, and Ginny's absences as a Quidditch-player-turned-reporter.
We also got updates on Neville Longbottom, who continues to be a popular Herbology teacher at Hogwarts, and his wife, Hannah, who is applying to be Matron at Hogwarts. “Idle gossip” suggest that the couple enjoy Ogden's Old Firewhisky a little too much for those who are custodians of wizarding children.
The final update came from Luna Lovegood, who is married to Rolf Scamander (grandson to the “celebrated Magizoologist,” Newt). We will get a more in-depth look Rolf's ancestor in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a trilogy of movies that will focus on Newt Scamander as he searches the world for...fantastic beasts, of course! The movie will be released November 18, 2016, but no word yet on who will play the lead.
Did you get a chance to read the article on Pottermore? What do you think of the updates? Were you a Harry/Hermione or Hermione/Ron shipper?
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