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'Harry Potter' returns in a J.K. Rowling short story

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 8:59 AM EDT, Wed July 9, 2014
Although Daniel Radcliffe and his "Harry Potter" co-stars graduated from the franchise in 2011, studio Warner Bros. is planning additional films set in the Potter-verse. One spinoff <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/showbiz/movies/jk-rowling-new-movie-potter/index.html?iref=allsearch' target='_blank'>will be based on a fictional Hogwarts textbook,</a> and another "Harry Potter" spinoff <a href='http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/jk-rowlings-quidditch-through-the-ages-earmarked-as-next-harry-potter-spinoff-film-8849021.html' target='_blank'>potentially could examine Quidditch</a>. Radcliffe, who has been busy with movies like "Kill Your Darlings," <a href='http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/daniel-radcliffe-says-no-to-new-harry-potter-film-20130918' target='_blank'>doesn't plan to make an appearance</a>. But what's the rest of the cast up to these days? Although Daniel Radcliffe and his "Harry Potter" co-stars graduated from the franchise in 2011, studio Warner Bros. is planning additional films set in the Potter-verse. One spinoff will be based on a fictional Hogwarts textbook, and another "Harry Potter" spinoff potentially could examine Quidditch. Radcliffe, who has been busy with movies like "Kill Your Darlings," doesn't plan to make an appearance. But what's the rest of the cast up to these days?
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rowling posted a "Potter" short story on her fan site
  • In it, Potter is attending the 2014 Quidditch World Cup
  • The author has continued to whet fans' appetites

(CNN) -- "Harry Potter" is back, albeit briefly.

J.K. Rowling has posted a short story on her "Pottermore" site which gives a glimpse into the life of a 30-something Potter.

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The 1,500-word story is presented as an item in the Daily Prophet by gossip correspondent Rita Skeeter, who notes, "About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror's black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old."

The setting is the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which Harry is attending with friends including Ron and Hermione. Also in attendance is Ron's sister Ginny, who is now Mrs. Potter. Skeeter informs the reader that Ron is not aging all that gracefully, and the "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly." Harry now sports a mysterious scar on his right cheekbone.

According to The Guardian, the story is part of a series of pieces written by Rowling about the 2014 Quidditch Cup for the site, which features all things "Potter"-related.

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It's not the first time Rowling has whetted the appetite of "Potter" fans since the publication of the final novel in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," in 2007.

In 2013 it was announced that the author would be making her screenwriting debut with a movie centered around one of Harry Potter's textbooks, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them," and the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander. Rowling also stirred conversation among "Potter" devotees in February 2014 when she revealed she believed Hermione should have married Harry instead of Ron.

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