Wizards and witches have something to celebrate this October 31st...
Potter fans worldwide woke up to the magical news that their beloved wizard will be returning to the literary spotlight this Halloween.
The author of the massively successful Harry Potter series announced on her website Pottermore.com that she would be releasing a 1,500 word spin-off that will be published online on October 31st. Giving a few hints of what to expect, J.K Rowling has dubbed the spin off as a "special Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans."
Based on the hints disclosed by Rowling, the story is believed to revolve around the life of the cruel Dolores Umbridge, the Minister for Magic’s Senior Undersecretary, who made her first appearance in the series in 2003’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. "Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar," reads the online statement.
Characterised as the ruthless professor often hiding behind her gaudy pink exterior, Umbridge is often remembered for her role of ordering a young Harry Potter to use a blood quill to write “ I must not tell lies,” into his skin. According to the online statement, the spin-off promise reveal Rowling’s “first-person thoughts and reflections about the character."
This spin-off is not the first for Rowling or the Potter series, as just this past summer Rowling published a tale that envisioned a grown up and married Harry attending the final of the Quidditch World Cup with his family and old friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger. The spin-off tale was so eagerly anticipated that when it was published online it temporarily crashed the website.
Currently, Rowling is also working on a film adaptation of another Potter spin-off entitled the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter franchised ranks amongst the highest-grossing film franchise in history, while the book series ranks among the top-selling books of all time, so it is no surprise that J.K Rowling will be milking this cash cow for as long as she can, which why we assume this Halloween release will also in time be adapted for screen. If this does happen the only question left on Potter-holics mind will be if British actress Imelda Staunton, who played Umbridge in the films, will be reprising her role.