J.K. Rowling Will Publish a New Harry Potter Story on Halloween, Focus Will Be on Nemesis

J.K. Rowling Will Publish a New Harry Potter Story on Halloween
J.K. Rowling will publish a new Harry Potter story on her Pottermore website come Halloween, Oct. 31. Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage

Raise your butterbeers, Harry Potter fans! Author J.K. Rowling announced Friday, Oct. 24, that she will publish a brand-new story on her Pottermore website on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Rowling shared the news with fans in a Pottermore update, adding that her latest work will not be centered on the series’ hero Harry Potter — but rather, one of his biggest foes, Dolores Umbridge.

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“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,” the update read. “The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word 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.”

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The character was introduced in the fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as a new professor at Hogwarts. In the movies, Umbridge was portrayed by Imelda Staunton.

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Dolores Umbridge
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Her latest work comes after Rowling successfully released an epilogue to the seventh and final book, 2007’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this past June. The story was a fabricated news story written by salacious reporter Rita Skeeter about the grown-up versions of Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.

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