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.
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:
Dolores Umbridge was first introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the latest in the long line of ill-fated Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers.
While she's not quite as vicious as He Who Must Not Be Named, Umbridge's fondness for grotesque punishments (coupled with her toad-like appearance and love of the color pink) made her one of the most reviled characters in the Potter canon.
Earlier this month, there were rumors that Rowling hinted at a new Harry Potter book on Twitter.
That turned out not to be the case the case, so while the Umbridge story is certainly short (only about 2,000 words) it looks like for the time being, that's the only way we'll be able to return to Hogwarts.
Unless, of course, someone locates platform 9 3/4.
Rowling's newest story in the Potter universe will reportedly debut on the Pottermore website on October 31.