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JK Rowling pens new Rita Skeeter Article: Harry and friends, and their children at the QWC.

SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
On Pottermore, JK Rowling has put a new article by Rita Skeeter about Harry and Co at the Quidditch World Cup.



DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL

By the Daily Prophet's Gossip Correspondent, Rita Skeeter.

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.

The Potter family and the rest of Dumbledore's Army have been given accommodation in the VIP section of the campsite, which is protected by heavy charms and patrolled by Security Warlocks. Their presence has ensured large crowds along the cordoned area, all hoping for a glimpse of their heroes. At 3pm today they got their wish when, to the accompaniment of loud screams, Potter took his young sons James and Albus to visit the players' compound, where he introduced them to Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.

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 famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone. Requests for information as to its provenance merely produced the usual response from the Ministry of Magic: ‘We do not comment on the top secret work of the Auror department, as we have told you no less than 514 times, Ms. Skeeter.' So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?

Or does his injury have a more humble origin, one that Potter is desperate to hide? Has his wife perhaps cursed him? Are cracks beginning to show in a union that the Potters are determined to promote as happy? Should we read anything into the fact that his wife Ginevra has been perfectly happy to leave her husband and children behind in London whilst reporting on this tournament? The jury is out on whether she really had the talent or experience to be sent to the Quidditch World Cup (jury's back in – no!!!) but let's face it, when your last name is Potter, doors open, international sporting bodies bow and scrape, and Daily Prophet editors hand you plum assignments.

As their devoted fans and followers will remember, Potter and Krum competed against each other in the controversial Triwizard Tournament, but apparently there are no hard feelings, as they embraced upon meeting (what really happened in that maze? Speculation is unlikely to be quelled by the warmth of their greeting). After half an hour's chat, Potter and his sons returned to the campsite where they socialised with the rest of Dumbledore's Army until the small hours.

In the next tent are Potter's two closest associates, the ones who know everything about him and yet have always refused to talk to the press. Are they afraid of him, or is it their own secrets they are afraid will leak out, tarnishing the myth of He Who Could Not Be Named's defeat? Now married, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger were with Potter almost every step of the way. Like the rest of Dumbledore's Army, they fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and no doubt deserve the plaudits and awards for bravery heaped upon them by a grateful wizarding world.

In the immediate aftermath of the battle Weasley, whose famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly, entered into employment with the Ministry of Magic alongside Potter, but left only two years later to co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Was he, as he stated at the time, ‘delighted to assist my brother George with a business I've always loved'? Or had he had his fill of standing in Potter's shadow? Was the work of the Auror Department too much for a man who has admitted that the destruction of He Who Could Not Be Named's Horcruxes ‘took its toll' on him? He shows no obvious signs of mental illness from a distance, but the public is not allowed close enough to make a proper assessment. Is this suspicious?

Hermione Granger, of course, was always the femme fatale of the group. Press reports of the time revealed that as a teenager she toyed with the young Potter's affections before being seduced away by the muscular Viktor Krum, finally settling for Potter's faithful sidekick. After a meteoric rise to Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, she is now tipped to go even higher within the Ministry, and is also mother to son, Hugo, and daughter, Rose. Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No – look at her hair.)

Then there are those members of Dumbledore's Army who receive slightly less publicity than Potter, Weasley and Granger (are they resentful? Almost certainly). Neville Longbottom, now a popular Herbology teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is here in Patagonia with his wife Hannah. Until recently the pair lived above the Leaky Cauldron in London, but rumour has it that Hannah has not only retrained as a Healer, but is applying for the job of Matron at Hogwarts. Idle gossip suggests that she and her husband both enjoy a little more Ogden's Old Firewhisky than most of us would expect from custodians of our children, but no doubt we all wish her the best of luck with her application.

Last of the ringleaders of Dumbledore's Army is, of course, Luna Lovegood (now married to Rolf Scamander, swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt). Still delightfully eccentric, Luna has been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries. Her twin sons are ‘at home with grandpa'. Is this a euphemism for ‘too disturbed to be seen in public'? Surely only the unkindest would suggest so.

Sundry other members of the Army are here, but it is on these six that most interest is focused. Wherever there is a red head one may make an educated guess that it belongs to a Weasley, but it is difficult to tell whether it is George (wealthy co-manager of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes), Charlie (dragon wrangler, still unmarried – why?) or Percy (Head of the Department of Magical Transportation – it's his fault if the Floo Network's too busy!). The only one who is easy to recognise is Bill who, poor man, is grievously scarred from an encounter with a werewolf and yet somehow (enchantment? Love potion? Blackmail? Kidnap?) married the undeniably beautiful (though doubtless empty-headed) Fleur Delacour.

Word is that we shall see these and other members of Dumbledore's Army in the VIP boxes at the final, adding to the glitz and razzmatazz of a gala occasion. Let us hope that the behaviour of two of their younger hangers-on does not embarrass them, heaping shame on those who have previously brought honour to the name of wizard.

One always hesitates to invade the privacy of young people, but the fact is that anyone closely connected with Harry Potter reaps the benefits and must pay the penalty of public interest. No doubt Potter will be distressed to know that his sixteen-year-old godson Teddy Lupin – a lanky half-werewolf with bright blue hair – has been behaving in a way unbefitting of wizarding royalty since arriving on the VIP campsite. It might be asking too much that the always-busy Potter keep a tighter rein on this wild boy, who was entrusted to his care by his dying parents, but one shudders to think what will become of Master Lupin without urgent intervention. Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Bill Weasley might like to know that their beautiful, blonde daughter Victoire seems to be attracted to any dark corner where Master Lupin happens to be lurking. The good news is both of them seem to have invented a method of breathing through their ears. I can think of no other reason how they have survived such prolonged periods of what, in my young day, was called ‘snogging.'

But let us not be severe. Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography: Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st.

Text from http://www.pottermore.com/en/daily-prophet/qwc2014/2014-07-08/dumbledores-army-reunites

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The newest information I see there that could be taken from it is...

1. Hannah Longbottom seems to have replaced, or will soon replace Madam Pomfrey as the Hogwarts nurse.
2. Teddy and Victoire were dating when they were fifteen and sixteen.
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    Oh, and Ron was only an Auror for two years before he went to co-manage WWW.
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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,331 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So cool she released this short story!

    It's trending on twitter right now.
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  • JasonJason Posts: 7,279 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I love this. I wonder what gave Harry his new scar?
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    Life of an Auror. Moody had a ton of scars plus other injuries. He probably has others under his clothes.

    Definitely not domestic-related. Stupid Rita Skeeter and her tabloid gossip.
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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Now I want more. I'm sure there will be a slew of people who are "Thankful for this story but please no more Potter Mrs. Rowling."

    I for one have to say, without any doubt in my brain, that a new Potter book would be the single greatest thing that could happen right now. JK has shown she can write amazing adult characters... I feel like a new storyline isn't out of the question.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I died laughing when I read about Luna's robe. Classic Luna.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • Cathy2315Cathy2315 Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
    I thought it was a fun, little piece that put Harry and his friends in the present, three years before the epilogue. Why some people would consider this to be milking the story is beyond me.
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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wish I could write her an open letter of why I think she should continue the story.

    I would love a Dark Knight Returns of the wizarding world. She's great at writing in this world, millions upon millions love it... Why not? More charity money. Give me something to look forward too. Maybe I'll never grow up.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • WeasleytheKingWeasleytheKing Posts: 371 ✭✭✭
    Best thing to wake up to!
  • UniversHarryPotter.cUniversHarryPotter.c Posts: 4,205 ✭✭✭✭
    First i'm really happy she wrote this too short story but we learnt nothing we really know (she already give all this infos before) except the work of Percy

    In real i'm just sad about the fact that she prove one more she could give us more (WHY HARRY HAVE A SECOND SCAR ??? I want to know ^^)
    That like give me a chocolate tablet let me eat one piece and ask me to bring back grrrrrrrr
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    Actually we did learn a lot more than that. We didn't know quite a bit of stuff. For example:

    1. Hannah Longbottom replacing Madam Pomfrey as Hogwarts Nurse. It was assumed she would just be the owner of the Leaky Cauldron later in life.
    2. Teddy and Victoire dating long before we see them in the epilogue. Apparently they fancied each other, and perhaps snogged three years prior.
    3. Ron only being an Auror for two years before going to work at WWW with George. Some speculated she meant he worked for George for a while before going to be an Auror, instead of the other way around.
    4. Hermione being the Head (Deputy Head?) of the DMLE. It was said before that she just worked there I think.
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    So... I just realized something. JK Rowling contradicted herself.

    http://www.beyondhogwarts.com/harry-potter/articles/jk-rowling-goes-beyond-the-epilogue.html

    "Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department," Rowling said. "They are now the experts. It doesn't matter how old they are or what else they've done."

    Revolutionizing the department can't be done in two years. And according to her, Ron is now an "expert."

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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0
    And this is what happens when you don't access HPF anymore. I am always the last one to know about things regarding HP :'(
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    We'll never be forgiven for what we did.
    Trust me, I'm a Film Grad ;)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0
    And this short story brought tears to my eyes. :'(
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    We'll never be forgiven for what we did.
    Trust me, I'm a Film Grad ;)
  • NickNick Posts: 20,654 ✭✭✭✭✭
    WELCOME BACK HENRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)>- :)>-
  • JasonJason Posts: 7,279 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So... I just realized something. JK Rowling contradicted herself.

    http://www.beyondhogwarts.com/harry-potter/articles/jk-rowling-goes-beyond-the-epilogue.html

    "Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department," Rowling said. "They are now the experts. It doesn't matter how old they are or what else they've done."

    Revolutionizing the department can't be done in two years. And according to her, Ron is now an "expert."

    "An often asked question is what are Harry, Ron and Herione doing now? J.K. said that Harry, along with Ron, is working at the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic, and after all these years, Harry is now the department head."

    Yeah, that sounds like Ron was an Auror for a while. It is possible that they revolutionized the department in two years, seeing at they were working together and probably had leverage to do whatever they wanted.
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
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    Yeah, and the interview was questions toward what were the characters doing around epilogue time. There was no past-tense in that. That is why so many people thought Ron worked at WWW and then became an Auror, NOT the other way around. Seems like he was working as an Auror when Harry became department Head.
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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They could have revolutionized it in one year easily. The old methods were clearly faulty... Harry and co. Would often get things done in a much more fluent fashion than the Aurors were. It was Dumbledore's Army who basically brought down Voldemort. A simple change in philosophy and methodology would be enough to revolutionize it.


    Also... You never know.. He may be undercover, the WWW job could be a ploy.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • Samch92Samch92 Posts: 6,398 mod
    @Henrick are you coming back?!?! :D
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  • Sir_CadoganSir_Cadogan Posts: 89 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Henrick and you would have never known if it wasn't for your old pal ;)
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0

    @Henrick and you would have never known if it wasn't for your old pal ;)

    Thank you, Jeff-o <3


    And Sami... Well, I am here now. The story touched my heart and brought me so many memories. So... I don't know. :P It has been 10 months without opening HPF.

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    We'll never be forgiven for what we did.
    Trust me, I'm a Film Grad ;)
  • RyGuyRyGuy Posts: 7,872 mod
    "So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?"

    Is this a clue Jo? ;) haha
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  • RyGuyRyGuy Posts: 7,872 mod
    Henrick said:

    And this is what happens when you don't access HPF anymore. I am always the last one to know about things regarding HP :'(

    This is what happened to me too! haha I was up bored late tonight and figured Id post about something else for the first time in months and ended up finding out about this haha
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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    RyGuy said:

    "So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?"

    Is this a clue Jo? ;) haha

    She is so Meta sometimes. More Potter incoming.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2014
    Well... apparently "all was well" for nineteen years. And this article took place three years before the epilogue. So this is probably Rita Skeeter looking for a story that is not there.
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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's why JK is meta, Rita Skeeter represents the part of the fanbase that desperately wants more and will analyze every clue thinking more is possible....


    The second part of my comment is what I personally think. Just as Tolkien couldn't escape Middle Earth and Hideo Kojima stays tied to the Metal Gear universe, JK will eventually write more Potter despite what she says now. She has over 100 million fans worldwide to play with. I half expect there to be a new book announcement to go along with a director for Fantastic Beasts. My gut is based on what I would do. If I had created Harry's expansive world I would be bursting to tell my stories through that medium. She has a HUGE fanbase, if she has a story that she wants told to a great many people, what better way than to wrap it up in the magical world?

    More evidence... Look at the amount of info she has. She has three companion books and Pottermore with its vast array of info. She has notes upon notes and she spent over 13 years in this one world.... She's probably dying on the inside to write another epic storyline. Part of that internal drive is already coming out as a Fantastic Beasts trilogy. That drive is there. There will be more books. I'm calling it now based on the evidence.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    I really hate saying this, but... I fear more books about Harry's future at least, because for some reason it seems to me that she would kill off Ron somehow. Between Deathly Hallows being finished, and now at this very moment, something has happened to make her not like Ron as much. All of this stuff about saying how she thought about killing Ron off, and then this gripe about Ron and Hermione's marriage (she said they'd have problems!) just irks me! And then there is the fact she wrote him as basically balding... as a 34 year old wizard he probably isn't balding this early! Also she wrote in Rita's voice that Hermione settled for him.

    I do not like the way she's going down this road with Ron!
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 27,352 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I believe that if Jo was to kill Ron off, she would have done it in Deathly Hallows.

    Lord Stafford.
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  • TubbyToastTubbyToast Posts: 1,729 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st"

    We might just get a fairly nice present on Harry's Birthday this year, or am I taking this too far in my excitement now?
  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 27,352 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nothing would surprise me. As Brett says, it's clear that Jo isn't finished with Harry Potter.

    Lord Stafford.
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  • Darth LedgerDarth Ledger Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st"

    We might just get a fairly nice present on Harry's Birthday this year, or am I taking this too far in my excitement now?

    That would be a nice surprise... I started reading PS the other day with intentions of reading through the whole series before July 21. I'm going to be writing some emotional stuff in my journal leading up to that date.... 7 years ago a part of my soul died. Should it be that serious? It was for me... I can't even pass DH in a bookstore without getting puffy.
    "If you make yourself more than just a man... If you devote yourself to an ideal... You become something else entirely- A Legend."

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  • Cathy2315Cathy2315 Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
    edited July 2014

    "Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st"

    We might just get a fairly nice present on Harry's Birthday this year, or am I taking this too far in my excitement now?

    This is Flourish and Blotts we're talking about here, not Scholastic or Bloomsbury or any other real life publisher.

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  • Cathy2315Cathy2315 Posts: 122 ✭✭✭

    I really hate saying this, but... I fear more books about Harry's future at least, because for some reason it seems to me that she would kill off Ron somehow. Between Deathly Hallows being finished, and now at this very moment, something has happened to make her not like Ron as much. All of this stuff about saying how she thought about killing Ron off, and then this gripe about Ron and Hermione's marriage (she said they'd have problems!) just irks me! And then there is the fact she wrote him as basically balding... as a 34 year old wizard he probably isn't balding this early! Also she wrote in Rita's voice that Hermione settled for him.

    I do not like the way she's going down this road with Ron!

    Even the best marriages have their share of problems. Or is it because it's Ron and Hermione you think they are immune to that?

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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 27,352 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st"

    We might just get a fairly nice present on Harry's Birthday this year, or am I taking this too far in my excitement now?

    That would be a nice surprise... I started reading PS the other day with intentions of reading through the whole series before July 21. I'm going to be writing some emotional stuff in my journal leading up to that date.... 7 years ago a part of my soul died. Should it be that serious? It was for me... I can't even pass DH in a bookstore without getting puffy.
    7 years! :(

    Lord Stafford.
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    Cathy2315 said:

    I really hate saying this, but... I fear more books about Harry's future at least, because for some reason it seems to me that she would kill off Ron somehow. Between Deathly Hallows being finished, and now at this very moment, something has happened to make her not like Ron as much. All of this stuff about saying how she thought about killing Ron off, and then this gripe about Ron and Hermione's marriage (she said they'd have problems!) just irks me! And then there is the fact she wrote him as basically balding... as a 34 year old wizard he probably isn't balding this early! Also she wrote in Rita's voice that Hermione settled for him.

    I do not like the way she's going down this road with Ron!

    Even the best marriages have their share of problems. Or is it because it's Ron and Hermione you think they are immune to that?

    No, but I don't see it being as bad as she thought it was. Notice how every time they argued, they still came back together and were still the best of friends. No fight too bad broke them apart for very long. This is the sign of a marriage that can last the ages. I understand that they would argue like many couples do, but I don't think any argument they would have would lead to such serious problems such as counseling. Harry, and their family, would help them before it came to that.

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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 27,352 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Cathy2315 said:

    "Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st"

    We might just get a fairly nice present on Harry's Birthday this year, or am I taking this too far in my excitement now?

    This is Flourish and Blotts we're talking about here, not Scholastic or Bloomsbury or any other real life publisher.
    That may be the point.

    Lord Stafford.
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  • JasonJason Posts: 7,279 ✭✭✭✭✭
    RyGuy said:

    "So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?"

    Is this a clue Jo? ;) haha

    She's such a tease, lol.
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  • Martin1Martin1 Posts: 7,844 ✭✭✭✭✭
    THIS CONFIRMS LONG AWAITED ENCYCLOPEDIA

    i wish :(
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  • SoulxxBondSoulxxBond Posts: 2,079 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2014
    This made me cry tears of laughter... :))

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    They do realize the article was done by Rita Skeeter, right? She will do anything to stir up gossip, especially against such people she has a vendetta against.

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  • Cathy2315Cathy2315 Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
    Meh. I think it's nothing more than Rita Skeeter trying to sensationalize something that doesn't need to be.
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  • TubbyToastTubbyToast Posts: 1,729 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Cathy2315 said:

    "Dumbledore's Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st"

    We might just get a fairly nice present on Harry's Birthday this year, or am I taking this too far in my excitement now?

    This is Flourish and Blotts we're talking about here, not Scholastic or Bloomsbury or any other real life publisher.

    Who was talking about a flesh and blood book? I was thinking F&B on Pottermore, and that she'd keep the Daily Prophet page up-to-date with monthly posts or something. It certainly has more potential to actually be active as it's easier done than the animated book parts with new information.
    Maybe she'll give us a Rita Skeeter book on Harry and his friends that would be some 20 pages in book form? I for one thing am getting my hopes up... (:
  • UniversHarryPotter.cUniversHarryPotter.c Posts: 4,205 ✭✭✭✭
    One thing make my day Neville is Albus godfather !!
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