J.K. Rowling Reunites Older Harry Potter With Hogwarts Friends in Pottermore Post

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UPDATED: The author's new story, set at the final of the Quidditch World Cup, briefly crashed her Pottermore website.

LONDON – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has posted her latest story on website Pottermore.com, featuring her protagonist and his old friends in their thirties.

Published seven years after the last book in the Potter franchise, the 1,500-word story reunites Harry with his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and other pals from Hogwarts, including Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom. The story also features Potter's wife (and Ron's sister), Ginny, their children, and the kids of Weasley and Granger.

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Pottermore said the article "offers a snapshot of the current lives of the former Hogwarts friends, as well as a tantalizing glimpse into the next generation."

The friends gather at the final of the Quidditch World Cup 2014 in the post, which is part of a series of match reports and articles about the imaginary wizarding sport's big tournament, according to a brief summary released by Pottermore. The reunion is described in the article by Rita Skeeter, the gossip correspondent of wizarding world newspaper The Daily Prophet.

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The article describes Potter, now turning 34, as having "threads of silver" in his black hair. He also sports a mysterious cut over his cheekbone, which Skeeter deduces has been inflicted on him as part of his career as an auror, or a wizard trained to apprehend dark wizards.

Weasley's description mentions that his "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly."

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Rowling's final Quidditch World Cup article for Pottermore will be published on July 11 and will be a report on the final between Brazil and Bulgaria, ahead of the soccer World Cup final in Brazil two days later, according to Pottermore.

Rowling's new story about her famous wizard generated so much interest that Pottermore's website reportedly crashed shortly after the author posted her latest entry. The site was working again as of 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, according to Mashable.

Hilary Lewis contributed to this report

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