The iconic Hogwarts gang returned for the first time this morning in print since 2007's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published, with author J.K. Rowling bringing Harry, Hermione and Ron back to watch Quidditch World Cup 2014, which successfully crashed the official Pottermore site.

J.K. Rowling was writing as gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, who penned a 1,500 essay that appears on the Daily Prophet section of the site. The old friends brought their families along to watch the Quittich match just one week out from the Muggle World Cup in Brazil next weekend. This is the first time these characters have been brought back to life in seven years. Going along with this latest piece, there are also a number of new articles chronicling the wizarding sport's tournament, which have all been penned by J.K. Rowling.

Today, Harry Potter is approaching 34 years of age. He sports threads of silver in his black hair, and now has a mysterious cut over his cheekbone. It is speculated that he has a top-secret career as an Auror, but it may also indicate new mysteries. Rita Skeeter also teases that Harry's wife Ginny might have cursed him. Ron, on the other hand, is cursed himself with a bout of thinning red hair. The piece goes onto mention Hermione, all of the children, ex-Dumbledore's Army members Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom, giving an update on their lives.

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J.K. Rowling will return on July 11 to write about the Quidditch World Cup, which finds Brazil and Bulgaria competing.

She will next visit the world of Harry Potter on the big screen with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which she is writing the screenplay for herself.

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