J.K. Rowling Is Publishing A New Harry Potter Story On Halloween

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J.K. Rowling is to publish a new Potter story online as a treat for Halloween.

The new 1,700-word tale will provide backstory to the life of malicious pink-wearing Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge, and will be published for free on Rowling’s website, Pottermore.

Rowling’s website, Pottermore

The story will include Rowling’s "revealing first-person thoughts" about Umbridge, who first appeared in the fifth Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" published in 2003. 

Dolores Umbridge

“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 on Harry,” a statement on the website posted Friday reportedly read. “The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Earlier this year, Rowling released another short story, about a grown-up Harry Potter.

It was the first time the author had written about her main characters as adults since the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. The short story, which was uploaded in July, revisited Harry as an adult in his thirties with greying hair attending the Quidditch World Cup final.

Rowling is reportedly working on the screenplay for a Harry Potter spin-off, based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which is scheduled for a November 2016 release.

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