It looks like Rita Skeeter is still at it.
As part of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup coverage on Pottermore, The Daily Prophet has published a new Rita Skeeter column revolving around Harry Potter – who turns 34 this month – and his friends, giving us a look at characters we haven’t seen since the events of Deathly Hallows. Among the familiar faces are Harry, Ron (who is confirmed to be co-running Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes), Hermione, Neville, Luna (who is “still delightfully eccentric” and a mother to twins), and Viktor Krum (who Harry introduces to his sons).
The column follows our favorite Hogwarts graduates as they reunite at the World Cup. Rita Skeeter notes that the crowds – and, presumably, the wizarding world at large – still call Harry “The Chosen One.”
Though much of the article is Rita Skeeter’s trademark nonsense, it feels like a brief reunion with old friends nonetheless.
There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities. We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, Celestina Warbeck, controversial American wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach the VIP boxes over the heads of the crowd.
But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen. As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down. Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.
You can read the full article at Pottermore.com.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Daniel Radcliffe has already been asked about the new release:
According to HitFix, one journalist asked the actor about the possibility of playing the boy wizard again. “I don’t know,” Radcliffe reportedly answered. “My inclination is to say ‘no.’”
Could Radcliffe perhaps be under the influence of some sort of dark hex? Yeah, no: “It’s not even hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written, I haven’t read it yet. I am going to read it,” he said of the new tale, which is just 1,500 words long and written in the voice of notorious gossip writer Rita Skeeter. “But [it is], as I understand it, a very short piece that I’m not sure it, of itself, worthy of adaptation to film.”
But don’t lose hope entirely, fellow muggles: “He’s at least sorta 12 years older in it than I am now, so I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time, I’m hoping,” Radcliffe concluded. So… that means the return of a mature Harry in about a decade? Maybe? Please?