Halloween surprise! J.K. Rowling to release new ‘Harry Potter’ story
Attention Harry Potter fans: anticipate more witchcraft and wizardry in J.K. Rowling’s coming 1,500 word spin-off, due to be published online on Oct 31.
Author J.K. Rowling, 49, announced the “special Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans” on her website Pottermore.com and dropped a few hints about the content of the tale.
The story will revolve around the life of cruel Dolores Umbridge, who first appeared in the 2003 “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” as the Minister for Magic’s Senior Undersecretary. British actress Imelda Staunton played Umbridge in the film adaptations.
Umbridge – a ruthless Hogwarts professor who often hides behind her gaudgy pink exteriror -is a perfect Halloween character. She is one of the series’ main antagonists; often remembered for ordering young Harry Potter to use a blood Quill to write “I must not tell lies” into his skin.
“Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar,” reads the online statement.
The statement also promised the tale would reveal Rowling’s “first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.”
The news came after Rowling published a tale on Pottermore.com earlier this summer featuring a grown up, married Harry attending the final of the Quidditch World Cup with his family and old friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger. The tale reportedly attracted so much traffic that the website temporarily crashed.
Rowling is currently working on the screenplay to the spin-off films based on her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is currently in development.
Harry Potter film series is known to have become one of the highest-grossing film franchise in history; the book series ranked as one of the top-selling books of all time.