British author J.K. Rowling as she poses for the photographers.
UPDATE, 9:54 a.m. ET The Pottermore site recovered by 9:30 a.m. ET and Rowling's Rita Skeeter post should be viewable by most site visitors. You may, however, need a free account to read the Daily Prophet article. As noted below, Skeeter, who is supposed to be reporting on the Quidditch finals, devotes this article to the arrival of Dumbledore's Army's original six members (along with countless other DA members) arriving at the tournament. Among them is a 34-year-old Harry Potter who has "a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror's hair."
Harry Potter is back! Well, sort of.
Potter scribe J.K. Rowling made millions of wishes come true on Tuesday morning when she penned a new short Harry Potter tale and posted it on the Pottermore website. Too bad that act of kindness crashed the site.
The seven-book Harry Potter series, which recounts the early life of a downtrodden boy who finds out he's a wizard, has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.
While it's unclear how long the story was live before bringing down the Harry Potter-themed fantasy and game-playing site, we can intuit a bit from the story's URL, which notes that it was posted on July 8 and is titled something like "Dumbledore's Army Reunites." Harry Potter fans will recall that Potter enlists fellow classmates in "Dumbledore's Army" (DA) for wizard training when the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry temporarily stops training them in "Defense Against the Dark Arts."
According to Business Insider, which glimpsed the post before Pottermore succumbed, the story is written as a news post by fictional Harry Potter reporter Rita Skeeter and relates to a Quidditch game where former DA members are in attendance. The publication of this story today is likely no coincidence. Diagon Alley at the Universal Studios amusement park in Orlando, Florida, officially opens to the public on July 8.
This isn't Pottermore's first brush with trouble. The site was delayed and, on launch, was buggy and offered only a handful of the promised features.
We'll update this post with details on the short story when Pottermore comes back online.
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