Wait, Harry Potter is 34 already?

Harry shows up for the first time in seven years in an installment on the author's Pottermore website. Is it the start of something more to come?

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Potter's all grown up now, and going a bit gray. Video screenshot by Michael Franco/CNET

A 34-year-old Harry Potter has recently shown up with "a couple of threads of silver" in his otherwise black hair and a "nasty cut over his right cheekbone" at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final. The Chosen One made his appearance in a piece written by J. K. Rowling on her website Pottermore, where she posed as gossip columnist Rita Skeeter reporting on the fictional event.

Potter, who makes his first appearance in print in seven years, was accompanied by the rest of "Dumbledore's Army": husband-and-wife team Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasly; Potter's wife Ginevra and sons James and Albus; Luna Lovegood; and Neville Longbottom, "now a popular Herbology teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

Rowling-as-Skeeter is her usual snippy self, letting lose with critiques of all the aging heroes whose appearance at the Quidditch Cup apparently caused a stampede in which "tents were flattened and small children mowed down."


She notes that Potter "continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old"; that Weasley's "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly"; and that Potter's "sixteen-year-old godson Teddy Lupin -- a lanky half-werewolf with bright blue hair -- has been behaving in a way unbefitting of wizarding royalty since arriving on the VIP campsite."

Through all of the sniping, fans have to wonder if Rowling is tipping future fiction.

She says of Potter's cut: "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?" Of Hermione's career she says: "After a meteoric rise to Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, she is now tipped to go even higher within the Ministry..." Neville's wife Hannah "is applying for the job of Matron at Hogwarts."

It could just be all fun and games with her old favorites, but it certainly has the air of a rekindling. Would you welcome a new Potter book, or do you think the series' spell is over and it should be left alone? Let me know in the comments below.

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Freelancer Michael Franco writes about the serious and silly sides of science and technology for Crave and other pixel and paper pubs. He's kept his fingers on the keyboard while owning a B&B in Amish country, managing an eco-resort in the Caribbean, sweating in Singapore, and rehydrating (with beer, of course) in Prague. E-mail Michael.

 

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