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.
“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.”
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.
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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