Are you sitting down? You might want to sit down.
J.K. Rowling just released a brand-new piece of writing set in the "Harry Potter" universe, taking place after the events of the series-ending "Deathly Hallows." The article is titled "Dumbledore's Army Reunites," written from the perspective of unscrupulous gossip columnist Rita Skeeter of The Daily Prophet, and focused on a 34-year-old Harry, now sporting "threads of silver" in his hair and a mysterious new scar over his cheek, attending the Quidditch World Cup final with his young sons James and Albus Potter.
Also in attendance: Ginny Weasley, Harry's wife, serving as a reporter at the Quidditch World Cup; Hermione and Ron, now an employee at the Ministry of Magic and the co-manager of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, respectively; and Neville Longbottom, quietly nursing a possible drinking problem.
It's the first time we've checked in on Harry, Ron and Hermione since their epilogue at the end of "Deathly Hallows," providing us with more insight into their post-Hogwarts lives than we ever expected to see.
However, two things of note: 1) The story is only available to Pottermore.com subscribers, and as of this writing, the site is on absolute overload; and 2) Rowling's spokesperson tells TheBookSeller.com that the author has "no plans" to write further stories about older Harry.
But that doesn't mean you can't send your share of Howlers imploring Rowling to continue. And if she doesn't continue, at least we have this new story to read over and over again — and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" in just a few short years.
What do you think of the new "Harry Potter" story?