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It's the time of year when folks like to scare one another for fun, but for millions of Harry Potter obsessives, nothing is more frightening than the prospect of waiting two years for the start of J.K. Rowling's forthcoming spin-off series.

J.K. Rowling at London Premiere

But while the first film in the Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise won't hit theaters until 2016, the beloved author is giving fans an unexpected treat this Halloween in the form of a short story based at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Back in July, Rowling brought Potter back in a fairly depressing short story that featured the Boy Who Lived as a balding, downtrodden man approaching middle-age.

Her forthcoming tale reportedly won't feature Harry himself, but will instead center upon a minor villain who's name likely sends a shiver down the spines of millions of Potter-philes:

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It's been over seven years since the publication of the last Harry Potter book, and fans desire for more of The Boy Who Lived seems to only grow stronger with the passage of time.

Sure, J.K. Rowling brought Harry back in a brief (and somewhat depressing) short story in which we saw him as a downtrodden 34-year-old shuffling to his seat at a quidditch match, but that only whet readers' appetites for a return to form for the hero of Hogwarts.

JK Rowling Photo

Now it looks as though legions of Potter-philes may finally get what they've been longing for, as Rowling posted a fan message that couldn't be more exciting if it was delivered via owl.

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After seven increasingly lengthy novels, fans said goodbye to Harry Potter with the "happily ever after..." conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Now it looks as though author J.K. Rowling has decided to give us one last look at The Boy Who Lived.

J.K. Rowling at London Premiere

In a short story posted to her Pottermore website today, Rowling has resurrected her most beloved character, and the frail, frightened boy we came to know and love way back in 1998 is long gone.

The Harry of today is a 34-year-old married man with "threads of silver" in his hair and a fresh scar on his face as the result of his "top secret" work battling evil.

Rowling's agent has confirmed that there are no plans for a new Potter novel, but the story posted today (that takes the form of a tabloid article by gossip columnist Rita Skeeter) provides updates on several beloved characters from the franchise:

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If it seems like the students and faculty of the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry have been in the news a lot lately, it's not because someone put you under a Confundus Charm.

Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter is opening its Diagon Alley attraction in a few weeks and the theme park has been hyping it up like it's the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

Last night, we got to see Jimmy Fallon quiz adults about Harry Potter on the Tonight Show (with hilarious results).  Today, we get to see some of the movie's most memorable cast members assemble for a photo that can only be described as magical:

Harry Potter Cast reunion Photo

Okay, so Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson didn't make it, but the list of who was on hand will surely warm any Potter-phile's heart:

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Call us crazy, but we somehow doubt the Harry Potter phenomenon would have exploded if the first book in JK Rowling's beloved series was actually titled... Harry Goes to School.

Or if Harry blew up upon reciting a certain spell.

But these were just a couple (way) wrong guesses parents interviewed by a Tonight Show staff member uttered last night, as Jimmy Fallon sent a reporter to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando to test the knowledge of various moms and dads.

What class does Snape teach? How do you spell Voldemort? What is the name of Harry's best friend?

Watch now to see how adults answered... and how their kids reacted in stunned shame:

Fallon himself attending a different amusement park earlier in the week, riding a roller coaster with Kevin Hart.

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JK Rowling believes that she made a mistake by not having Hermione Granger and Harry Potter end up together forever in her best-selling books.

The author disclosed that she brought Hermione and Ron Weasley together for “very personal reasons,” not because they were a “credible” couple.

Harry Potter and Hermione

She said this weekend in an interview: "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really."

“For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."

Rowling revealed in an epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the series' seventh and final installment, that Ron and Hermione were endgame.

They were to marry and have two children, while Harry would wed Ron’s younger sister, Ginny. That's all she wrote ... until she changed her mind?

The novelist has now said that she believes Ron and Hermione would have ended up needing relationship counseling, The Sunday Times reported.

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First, J.K. Rowling announced a Harry Potter spinoff.

Now, the author has announced plans to take her beloved franchise in the opposite direction.

Rowling has confirmed that she's co-producing a stage production about the boy wizard’s pre-Hogwarts years, one that will ask and answer: “What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs?”

JK Rowling Movie Premiere Pic

The play promises to ”explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” offering ”a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.”

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More magical news today out of Hollywood:

With JK Rowling announcing last month that she'll be writing a Harry Potter spinoff film based on the fictional Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," movie fans now have strong reasons to believe that many more Potter-based movies are also on the way.

Warner Bros. has trademarked not only the title "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," but also a couple other names:

  • "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"
  • "Quidditch Through the Ages"

Both written and published as a spinoff novels by Rowling, while the studio has also trademarked Quidditch team names Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels.

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Harry Potter lives! Sort of!

In an unexpected piece of movie news, J.K. Rowling has announced that she'll make her screenwriting debut by penning a series of films based on the fictional Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

In a Facebook post, the author explained how she's "protective" of textbook scribe Newt Scamander and told Warner Bros. that she'd like a crack at turning his work into a movie.

"An idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.," Rowling explained, adding of the project:

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Yesterday was Harry Potter's birthday and who better to wish him a happy 33rd than his best friend Ron Weasley?

No one, that's who. Which is why Ron himself stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to congratulate Harry on 33 years with a song.

Awww, such sad news. Hermione has left him. Perhaps it's because he is in his 30's, getting drunk on national television, and still wearing his high school robes. Get your act together Mr. Weasley!

Simon Pegg is the inebriated Ron Weasley and is making the rounds for his upcoming movie. Check him out in this The World's End featurette now!

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