In the new update, written as a gossip column dispatch from Potter’s Rita Skeeter in the Daily Prophet, Harry is now in his thirties, married to Ginny and showing “a couple of threads of silver” in his hair.
The tale, which was written as part of Quidditch World Cup series — a tie-in to the championship in Brazil — marks the first time the fzmous author has stepped out, telling a new story about her characters as adults since the last Harry Potter novel, Deathly Hallows, was published.
It appears that the three friends all worked together in the Ministry of Magic, though Ron left his job to “co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.”
Meanwhile, Hermione — “the femme fatale of the group,” — is the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
However, don’t expect Daniel Radcliffe will appear as th beloved wizard again if a film version is made — at least not anytime soon.
Radcliffe, spoking via satellite from New York at the summer gathering of the Television Critics Association, gently shrugged off suggestions he might play Potter again in a film version, if it were made.
“He’s 12 years older than I am right now,” Radcliffe said, gently. “I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time, I’m hoping.”
The new story, which was published on the Pottermore site, crashed it down because of a high amount of saga’s curious fans, willing to read the update.
The Pottermore site recovered by 9:30 a.m. ET and Rowling’s Rita Skeeter post should be viewable by most site visitors.
Earlier this year the talented “Harry Potter” author wrote a new book for adults which appeared to be absolutely not for children as it contains scenes of racism, self-harm, domestic violence and child abuse.
“The Casual Vacancy” contains regular combinations of four-letter words and such phrases as “that miraculously unguarded vagina” – which has already caused a wave of jokes on social networks about Harry Potter and the Miraculously Unguarded Vagina.
However, Rowling’s new book is still a generally well-written one whose central theme is “responsibility for those less fortunate, all the time imbued with ever-present British themes of class and notions of propriety,” writes The Huffington Post.
“The Casual Vacancy” shows a ‘snobbish’ middle class community at war over a local election in a West Country village. The Harry Potter author said: “It’s been billed as a black comedy, but to me it’s more of a comic tragedy.
The new book has already received mixed reviews: positive as well as those negative. “No doubt there will be reviewers who have already decided to pour vitriol upon [The Casual Vacancy] no matter its merits,” said Jonathan Ruppin, of Foyles.
Michiko Kakutani, reviewing The Casual Vacancy for the New York Times, was obviously unimpressed. “It’s as though writing about the real world inhibited Ms Rowling’s miraculously inventive imagination, and in depriving her of the tension between the mundane and the marvelous constrained her ability to create a two-, never mind three-dimensional tale,” the critic wrote.
Jan Moir of The Daily Mail spoke of Rowling’s attack on the middle classes. “More than 500 pages of relentless socialist manifesto masquerading as literature crammed down your throat,” found Moir.
The Express joined those who found the book well-written and composed. The paper suggested that “some readers will be shocked at Rowling’s departure from wizardry and magic but The Casual Vacancy is a highly readable morality tale for our times.”