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Good News, Potterheads: J.K. Rowling Has Released a 'Harry Potter' Short Story

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Film "Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone" In United States In November, 2001-Harry Potter, Ron, Hermione .  (Photo by 7831/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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If you cried yourself to sleep after wrapping the seventh and final "Harry Potter" book (just us?), J.K. Rowling has returned to fill the void in your heart. The author released a short story on Pottermore Tuesday, featuring the grown-up wizard and his friends, together again to catch a game of Quidditch. (Because, what else?)

Written in the style of a news article penned by fictional reporter Rita Skeeter, the new short story finds the Hogwarts grads now in their thirties, with Harry sporting a few new strands of silver hair. (Gasp!) One other noteworthy detail: Skeeter notes that Harry now "sports a nasty cut over his right cheekbone." His lightening scar and trademark glasses, however, are still right where we left them.

As for Ron and Hermoine? Ron's co-managing a "highly successful wizarding joke emporium" called Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, and experiencing some noticeable premature balding. (Poor guy.) Meanwhile, our fearless Hermoine is now a mom of two and the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement – which sounds right up her alley. But we won't spoil the rest for you; we'll let you soak it all up for yourself.

As to be expected, diehard Potter fans freaked out as soon as news of the new story spread, and the site crashed within hours. But no worries: it's up again now, free for you to devour every last word. (Sadly, it's only 1,500 words in total. So read slow?) You can read an excerpt, but let's be honest, you're better off signing up as a member of the site so you can read the whole thing.

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