Harry Potter returns in short story
The 1,500 word story also features Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
LONDON - Harry Potter has returned, in a short story posted online by J.K. Rowling that features her best-selling hero at a school reunion, approaching the age of 34 and showing a few grey hairs.
Written as an article in the fictional Daily Prophet newspaper under the headline "Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final", the 1,500-word story also features the two other main characters in the Harry Potter trio, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley - now married to each other.
Potter, Rowling writes, has clung to some aspects of his youth:
"About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous ... black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient 12-year-old."
As the trio watch the final of the Quidditch contest, the celebrated Hogwarts sport involving flying broomsticks and enchanted balls, Rita Skeeter, a vicious journalist from previous novels, discusses their lives in a gossip column.
The seven Harry Potter novels, the first of which was published in 1997, became the best-selling book series ever and has been adapted into a multibillion-dollar film franchise.
The new story, is on Rowling's website Pottermore, an interactive site for fans.
Meanwhile, the Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando opened on Tuesday to crowds of fans eager to be among the first to experience the theme park's Diagon Alley expansion based on Rowling's books and the popular films about the boy wizard.
Fans began lining up before dawn for the public opening of the 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley attraction', modelled after the London shopping district for wizards that is featured in Rowling's book series.
The area quickly filled to capacity, leading to staggered admissions into the self-contained attraction.
The long waits and exuberant fans were reminiscent of the 2010 opening of Hogsmeade Village, the theme park's original Harry Potter attraction.
Heavily geared to shopping and eating, Diagon Alley guests can purchase collectible souvenirs, such as interactive wands that trigger special effects within the park.
Visitors can dine on traditional British dishes and purchase the popular butterbeer featured in the series, as well as try new drinks called Fishy Green Ale and Tongue Tying Lemon Squash.
The Diagon Alley expansion is connected to the Hogsmeade attraction by the new Hogwarts Express, a four-minute train ride based on a magical locomotive in the series.