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The Boy Who Lived is back with a bang: Rowling entrances fans with a new Harry Potter story
"There are celebrities- and then there are celebrities." J.K. Rowling's latest short story on Harry Potter coming after 7 years of the final novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows begins thus. The Harry Potter legacy has not diminished one bit these seven years as can be seen by the enthusiastic response of potter fans all over the world to this glimpse into the older Harry's life.

The short story, written in the form of a news article in the Daily Prophet (the wizarding newspaper) by the wily, snooty and bitchy reporter Reeta Skeeter was published on the 8th of July in Pottermore- the official Harry Potter website offering games, trivia and inside information from the desk of J.K.Rowling. The story comes as a relief to several fans who found the epilogue of the last book a trifle disappointing, as it gave away very less about the adult lives of Harry and gang.

The story is set during the Quidditch World Cup, and gives us an insight into the lives of nearly every member of Dumbledore?s Army, and quite a bit of news about their children too. The Dumbledore?s Army is in the campsite to see the World Cup, and the entire wizarding community present there is eager to catch a glimpse of the famous wizards whose names they associate with the vanquish of the dark lord Voldemort.

The boy who lived is no longer a boy but a man of 34 years, his once jet black hair showing ?threads of silver? in it. He bears other scars in addition to the lightning bolt-shaped one on his forehead, indicative of his job as an auror in the Ministry Of Magic. Ginny Weasley works with the Daily Prophet, much to Rita Skeeter?s discernment and she wastes none of her typical scorn in telling us how Ginny just gets it easy being the wife of Potter.

Harry?s closest friends Ron and Hermione are spoken about as well. While it comes as a mild surprise that Ron decides to quit the ministry and join his brothers at Weasley?s Wizarding Wheezes (a joke shop) , nobody is shocked that Hermione, the brain of the trio is rising to further heights in the ministry. I was personally glad Rowling did not succumb to the influence of the movies here- though the stunning Emma Watson hardly has a shock of curly hair after the first couple of movies, Skeeter makes it a point to assert Hermione isn?t picture perfect.

The rest of the Weasley family- Percy, Bill, Charlie, Fred and George, and others from Harry?s year at Hogwarts are doing well, we learn as Rowling employs Reeta?s tone as the perfect tool to describe our characters in all their crankiness and glory. Rumours of a romance brewing between Lupin?s son, Ted (who has blue hair, reminding one very heartbreakingly of Tonks) and Bill and Fleur Weasley?s daughter Victoire provides a perfect ending to a story that could serve as a perfect epilogue to the Potter series- or a key to future stories.

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