Random News: Harry Potter Beyond the Books

Hello Lovely Readers,

Thank you for sticking with us through the break. As most of you will have heard this past week JK Rowling released a new short story/article about what has happened after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The original article is supposedly written by Rita Skeeter, so it has her usual snark to the reporting of information, and was posted on Pottermore. However, as not everyone has an account here is a link where you can read the article in full. Or if you are too busy to read the whole thing, Buzzfeed has an article that points out some of the most relevant information from the short story, and you can read that here.
While many fans celebrated this new information and new additions to the cannon from the books others have not been as happy. An article that talks about some people who aren’t as happy can be found here. I have to say I am very split on the new story. I am always happy to read new things that Rowling write, however, I really dislike all the information that comes after the Battle of Hogwarts. As I have talked about with several of my friends, Rowling has refused to allow the fans to take any ownership of the story after it is over. As I have mentioned previously I have a lot of problems with the Epilogue, because it limits my interpretations of the story and what happens later, and I am not the only one. So for anyone who is like me, I read the story, thought it was neat, but it will not factor into my idea of what happened after the last battle!
There was also a really great article that reminded me that no matter how fans reacted to Rowling’s new stories there is something in the story that has reached out to so many of us. A young girl who just lost her whole family and was injured herself by a crazy gun man, has drawn from Dumbledor’s quote about, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” You can read about her remarkable recovery and spirit here.
So what about you guys, what did you think of this new story? How do you feel about Rowling still dictating how the story goes after the last book?

Until next time,

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About Lynne

I am currently a PhD student of Forensic Psychology, which may explain the off mix of extremely morbid books sitting next to children’s books. Hailing from the Midwest in the United States of America, I have now lived in England for over 2 years (which will explain any strange grammar usage). From a very young age, my parents cultivated a love of reading, and never restricted what I read. When I reached middle school I began reading Shakespeare (a lifelong love affair), but had also discovered the wonders of young adult fiction. While the world may now expect me to read books more reflective of my age, I have fought this and am a strong supporter of the YA novel! Despite having very little free time, I still sets aside time for a reading every evening, and listens to books on my way to University. I dream of one day being a published novelist and published scientist!

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