Harry is born again for a short spell in Rowling's magic blog
Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30
Harry Potter is going grey, Ron Weasley is losing his hair and Hermione Granger is a successful working mother, it has been revealed in a short story JK Rowling has written for her website.
The 1,500-word piece on Pottermore reunites the trio to give a glimpse of what they are doing now, but Rowling appears to have another motive – the story is also a thinly-veiled attack on tabloid newspapers.
The scene is the Quidditch World Cup finals, where Harry, Hermione and Ron are guests in the VIP tent surrounded by adoring crowds.
Harry is a 34-year-old married father with "a couple of threads of silver" in his hair. He is now an Auror, a member of an elite unit trained to apprehend Dark Wizards.
Ron, whose "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly", runs a joke shop and is married to Hermione, who has enjoyed a swift rise to deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. The couple have two children, Hugo and Rose.
However, the new Pottermore story is not simply an update, but is written in the style of a tabloid gossip columnist.
Rowling is no fan of tabloids, appearing before the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics in 2011 to claim that a reporter had once tried to contact her by putting a note into her five-year-old daughter's schoolbag.
The fictional columnist writes: "Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No – look at her hair.)"
Finally she speculates that a mysterious cut on Harry's cheekbone could be the result of a fight with his wife, Ginny Weasley. "Are cracks beginning to show in a union that the Potters are determined to promote as happy?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)