Pottermore, And More, And Too Much More

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In the six years since the publishing of the seventh and so-called final Harry Potter book and the three years since the final movie hit theaters, the world of magic and mayhem has become no less influential.

Quidditch teams have been forming at high schools and colleges across the world despite how utterly silly it makes all the players look, there has been the series of StarKid musical parodies with “A Very Potter Senior Year” premiering most recently and, of course, a whole theme park at Universal Studios has been built in honor of the beloved series.

The Boy Who Lived and his ever-lovable posse have truly become an international phenomenon.

Even if J.K. Rowling really wanted to leave the books behind for something else (see her slightly underwhelming attempt of The Casual Vacancy), it’s doubtful that she would be able to.

Luckily for her rabid fans, her mind has not quite left the winding halls and somewhat perilous stairways of Hogwarts.

Since the publication of her seventh installment, Rowling has written three books related to the franchise that were referenced within the stories of the original seven: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemQuidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

She has also confirmed the production of a stage play prequel, exploring Harry’s early years as an outcast and orphan–one would hope that magic would still somehow be included.

Her most recent foray has come through a note in her website Pottermore: two parts of a new book titled A History of the Quidditch World Cup that can be found in The Campsite and The Golden Stadium Moments of Book 4.

I have been having two frames of thought on this continued exploration of the wizarding world.

On the one hand, I do love the story and characters; I often go back to re-watch or re-read some of my favorite moments from the films or the books in a way to connect with my childhood past. For that side of me, it is relatively interesting to discover more about the world that captivated me for so long.

Yet, on the other hand, at some point I would like to be able to use my own imagination about what might happen to the characters, or formulate my own explanations for some of the mysteries of the Harry Potter universe.

Part of the fun of reading and writing is that each reader gets to form their own impressions about the books that are unique and precious to themselves alone, and Rowling’s continued promotion and press are pushing the limits of my post-Potter well-being.

Just leave Ron and Hermione together and happy if you would, please?

And I happen to like Harry and Ginny in the books too, even if the movie relationship is a tad unnerving.

All of that aside, A History of the Quidditch World Cup is a fascinating read. The excerpts were written in Rowling’s typical nonchalantly hilarious style as it transcribes the strange myths of the event since its conception in 1473. There was the cup where a moving forest murdered many of the players and spectators, and a cup that no one remembered ever occurring despite relatively clear proof that it did.

The somewhat dark subjects are touched upon with Rowling’s typical blasé, reminding us all of the style we had all come to love over the years of Harry Potter.

My final impression on Rowling’s continued works since Harry Potter’s “end?” It’s all always worth a read but, at some point, we’ve all just got to let it go.

After all, we have the Hunger Games now. THEEND

Emma Paquette
One of those quiet advocates that the world add just a few more hours to the day. Even if I don't live in the District, I'm close enough to pretend that I do.
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