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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.
It’s only one more week until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the end of the Potter saga. Lucky for us, Warner Bros has decided to ease the wait with some new clips from the final film. While the clips are great, we can’t help to get a little nostalgic- we won’t be able to break new Harry Potter news for much longer. Enjoy it while it lasts!
The Gringotts Break-In
This first clip comes from the trio’s foray into Gringotts Bank. Harry, Ron and Hermione break in to Death Eater and Voldemort fangirl Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault to search for the Hufflepuff horcrux, but instead stumble into a trap. Nerd Trivia- This is the scene that is recreated on the UK children’s covers of The Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter and the Gratuitous Shirtless Scene.
Through some exposition and dramatic camera spinning, Harry reveals to his friends that Voldemort is aware of their horcrux hunt, and that the remaining Ravenclaw horcrux is at Hogwarts. He reveals to his audience that Daniel Radcliffe does not have a bad body. Hooray for equal-opportunity fan service!
Neville Longbottom, Ultimate BAMF
I’m fairly certain that this scene, where Neville Longbottom taunts a group of death eaters unable to make it past the Hogwarts wards, isn’t originally in the book. But I am entirely in favor of it, because more screen time for Neville can only be a good thing. Neville Longbottom is so badass, he uses Nagini's blood as soy sauce.
Draco and The Prat Pack
In this clip, we get our first look at the Ravenclaw Diadem, one of Voldemort’s final horcruxes. (Why he hid it in the equivalent of Hogwarts’ junk drawer is beyond me.) We also get to see Draco Malfoy and his upgraded henchmen- he’s switched out Crabbe for the far more handsome Blaise Zabini. While Goyle advises Draco “don’t be a prat!”, we know it cannot be. Draco is prat down to his very prat-like bones.
Scene Were Ron Looks Like An Idiot #137
In this scene, the trio has tracked the Ravenclaw horcrux to the room of requirement, but Draco’s lackey Goyle unleashes some magical wildfire. You’d think that the room of requirement would be able to whip up some fire extinguishers, but no such luck.
Harry and the Headmaster
In this clip, we get our first good look at death-eater occupied Hogwarts. And, like all good villains, the first thing they upon taking over was to change the lighting in the Great Hall into something suitably grim. This scene progresses differently than in the books, where McGonagall and Snape duel in the halls of the castle, but this set-up seems far more dramatic. I hope they manage to keep the part where Snape flings himself out of a window, leaving (seriously) a “Snape-shaped hole” behind.
The Deathly Hallows
John Hurt returns in this film as Ollivander, the wand maker who Voldemort had kidnapped in order to learn the location of the immensely powerful Elder Wand. He also explains the purposes of the other two Deathly Hallows, for those who forgot about the gorgeously animated version of the fairy tale in the last film. Fortunately for the good guys, there’s more to wielding a Deathly Hallow than there originally appears.
In this dramatic scene, Harry ventures into the Forbidden Forest in order to confront Voldemort, who has threatened the lives of his friends. Well, he threatens Harry’s friends at least twice a week, but this time he’s got an army at Hogwarts to back it up. Can Harry Potter defeat the Dark Lord, and save Hogwarts? How will Harry get out of this one? I guess you’ll have to wait until next Friday to see. Or just read the book already.