caused quite a stir at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup when
Harry Potter showed up.
fictional world championship of the fictional sport
invented by J.K. Rowling for her beloved series of
bestselling books is unfolding in Rowling’s
imagination this month in Patagonia, and on her "Pottermore"
website (registration required).
the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small
children mown down," Rowling wrote in the voice of
"Rita Skeeter," the gossip columnist for the
newspaper of the wizarding world, The Daily Prophet.
Fans were "desperate above all else for a glimpse
of the man they still call the Chosen One."
wrote her first dispatch from Patagonia this April, in
the voice of Potter’s wife, Ginny Weasley, giving us a
glimpse of the lives of her characters some seven
real-world years after the last of the "Harry
Potter" books was published.
Tuesday, Harry Potter himself was back. In the last
Harry Potter book (published in 2007), Harry was a
teenager. Now, in Rowling’s account, Harry is 34 with
"threads of silver" in his black hair, but
still sporting "the distinctive round glasses that
some might say are better suited to a style-deficient
twelve-year-old," as Skeeter writes.
dispatch proceeds in that snarky (jealous?) tone for
1,500 words, commenting on the reunion in the Potter
tent of the famous Dumbledore’s Army, including Ron
Weasley and Hermione Granger. And Rowling can’t help
but drop in a small detail that could serve as the
premise for another series of "Harry Potter"
Potter, in addition to the famous lightning-bolt-shaped
scar on his forehead, is sporting a new scar on his
cheek. Skeeter wrote that her attempts to discover the
source of the mysterious cut were rebuffed by the
Ministry of Magic. "So what are they hiding?"
Skeeter writes. "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?"
has shared Skeeter’s latest dispatch with the
"Today" show website, where it can be read
without having to register.