Should Harry Potter Make a Comeback?
Like millions and millions of others, I hungrily devoured every single one of the Harry Potter books, even joining a couple of midnight release parties at Barnes and Noble to get my copy first (back in the days when we all read hardbacks and our libraries didn't live in a Kindle) But the last book in series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published seven years ago (yes, it's been that long) so the world of Hogwarts has essentially been gone for a while.
Then a few weeks ago JK Rowling wrote a brief piece for the Pottermore site's 'Quidditch World Cup' series and all of the Potter fanboys and fangirls, myself included to be honest, were delighted to get a quick glimpse at the survivors of Dumbledore's Army all grown up.
Writing as the acerbic Rita Skeeter, Rowling's piece revealed a few interesting tidbits; Harry is going grey and Ron is a little bald, Neville may be a little bit of an alcoholic, Teddy Lupin is quite the rake and Luna Lovegood is as charmingly loopy as ever. It was just enough of a taste of the new world of Harry Potter that fans were left clamoring more. Which really begs the question, should JK Rowling just give up, give in and write another Potter book?
There are several scenarios that fans have suggested. One of the most popular is for the saga to go back in time, not forwards, to tell the tale of The Marauders; James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and the loathsome Peter Pettigrew, as well as that of Lily Evans and a younger Snape. Others would prefer that the narrative begun on Pottermore be expanded and the lives of the new generation of Hogwarts kids, as in Harry and Ginny's and Ron and Hermione's children, as well as Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley be chronicled.
Of one thing there is little doubt, such books would really sell. J.K Rowling's post Potter books have not fared anywhere near as well as people might have expected and the public thirst for all things Harry has not diminished, as the grand opening of a new Diagon Alley attraction at Universal Orlando recently proved. But would carrying on the series spoil everything, whether it goes forwards or backwards in time? Is it best to leave the saga where it ended?
Personally, I'm not too torn, I think that JK should really just go for it. Via Pottermore, she has expanded on the backstories of many of the characters and a movie based on the companion Potter volume 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' with a screenplay penned by Rowling in production she has certainly not divorced herself from the wizarding world by any means.
Would I prefer a Marauder's tale or the continuation of Harry's story? Now that one I am not so sure about. Much of the Maurader's tale was told through flashbacks and reminiscences in the original series, but exploring the events of the First Wizarding War would certainly be fascinating.
Then there is the fact that in the short Pottermore piece Rowling, as Rita, wrote “The famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone. Requests for information as to its provenance merely produced the usual response from the Ministry of Magic: ‘We do not comment on the top secret work of the Auror department, as we have told you no less than 514 times, Ms. Skeeter.’” Wouldn't it be interesting to find out who - or what - Harry is battling now? I think it would. Either way, I still hope that one way or another we all get to return to Hogwarts someday because to be honest, I still miss it.
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