Author J.K. Rowling released a new Harry Potter installment on her website on Tuesday, giving fans their first glimpse of the famous wizard all grown up.
According to NBC's Today.com
, which ran the full text of the new story, Potter was last seen in the final book of the 7-volume series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," published in 2007. The new, 1,500-word story takes place at final match of the Quidditch World Cup with old friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
In the short story Potter is 34 years old, married, and has "threads of silver" in his hair. He also has a mysterious cut on his cheek, likely sustained during his "top secret" work as an Auror.
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Rowling, who has since the completion of the Harry Potter series released a novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," and two detective thrillers under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, frames the new story as an article for the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of the fictional realm.
Reporter Rita Skeeter, a minor character in the novels, writes the article as a gossip piece, a style that The Associated Press said
"allows Rowling to poke fun at the tabloid press, a real-life bugbear that she has accused of invading her privacy and that of her family."
Through the fictional article, readers get updates about all their favorite characters. Ron now runs the family joke shop, while Hermione has become Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
Upon the release of the new short, Rowling's spokesman Mark Hutchinson preempted the inevitable question from the Harry Potter fan base, saying there are "no plans" for a new novel.
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