JK ROWLING WRITING MORE ABOUT HARRY AND THE GANG
JK Rowling has revealed she is writing new material for her dedicated all-things-Hogwarts website, Pottermore – with a special tale that released in mid- December to bring readers up to date with what happened to blond-haired baddie Draco Malfoy.
Malfoy, played by Tom Felton in the film series, was Potter’s sworn enemy at Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. By the final episode films, he had grown into a real villain, in league with Potter’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort. A change in character for Malfoy would not be altogether surprising: Rowling described him as being “not wholly bad, just a moral coward”, and in one of the final scenes of the series, an adult Malfoy is seen taking his own children to catch the Hogwarts Express train at King’s Cross station at the same time as Harry and his gang.
To mark Halloween, the author released via the site an essay that revealed her views on one of the stories’ characters, the teacher Dolores Umbridge, played in the films by Imelda Staunton. She said the teacher was modeled on two people she had encountered in real life. She has also used Pottermore to expand on such characters as the ice-cream selling Florean Fortescue, who appears in “The Chamber of Secrets” and “The Prisoner of Azkaban” before meeting a sticky end.
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