Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has World Cup fever.
Well, maybe not for the actual World Cup, where her native England was eliminated in the group stage, but the fictional Quidditch World Cup where her latest Harry Potter story released Tuesday is set. The last short story in the series will be published on Friday, according to the Huffington Post.
The aptly timed tale is “written” by Rita Skeeter, the gossip columnist for the Daily Prophet — the newspaper of choice in the Potter universe. The story brings a bit of off-the-field intrigue to the Quidditch field as Harry, Ron and Hermione reunite at the World Cup final.
…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.
Harry is about to turn 34 in the story (Rowling’s attempt to make her readers feel old?) and the presence of the group of Wizard celebrities is causing quite the scene. Skeeter describes Ron Weasley’s “famous ginger hair” as “thinning slightly” and questions whether Harry’s wife, Ginny Potter, has what it takes to cover the Quidditch World Cup as a sports reporter (she votes no.)
Rowling’s story appears to be mocking the insatiable British tabloid press, which is not exactly known for its discretion.
You can read the full article over at Today. In the meantime, which celebrity sightings at Sunday’s World Cup would make as big a stir as the ones at the Quidditch Cup final?