Pottermore has made available new moments from the final book in the Harry Potter series, featuring new content from J.K. Rowling.

The new writing by the author gives new details on Vernon and Petunia Dursley, Extension Charms, The Sword of Gryffindor, Alchemy and Hatstalls. The pieces are disappointingly fewer and shorter than the entries we used to get in moments of the earlier books, but regardless of length they do not fail to provide us with very interesting new details.

When writing about the Dursleys, Rowling comments on that one last moment in Deathly Hallows when Petunia attempts to say a heartfelt good-bye to Harry. “I wanted to suggest, in the final book, that something decent (a long-forgotten but dimly burning love of her sister; the realisation that she might never see Lily’s eyes again) almost struggled out of Aunt Petunia,” she explains. “But that she is not able to admit to it, or show those long-buried feelings.”

She goes on to say that although some readers wanted more from Aunt Petunia, she still thinks that she had her behave in a way that is most consistent with her thoughts and feelings throughout the series.

In a personal favorite reveal, Rowling admits that Extension Charms are strictly regulated by the Ministry of Magic, and they are not allowed for private use. So, evidently, Hermione Granger was breaking the law when she applied the spell to her small handbag. Don’t worry though, given that the bag “played no insignificant part in the defeat of the greatest Dark wizard of all time, no charges have been brought.”

Dobby's death

An old source of debate among fans is Peter Pettigrew’s Hogwarts House and whether or not the Sorting Hat placed him in the wrong one. Rowling confirms that Peter is a hatstall (meaning that the Sorting Hat took more than 5 minutes to decide what house to put him in.) “[Pettigrew] was placed in Gryffindor after a long deliberation between that house and Slytherin. The Sorting Hat, which is infamously stubborn, still refuses to accept that its decision in the case of the latter may have been erroneous, citing the manner in which Pettigrew died as (dubious) evidence.”

Elsewhere on the site, J.K. discusses Excalibur parallels, the Alchemist inspiration behind Dumbledore’s and Hagrid’s first names and much more. Make sure you visit the Pottermore to read the full texts, which are definitely worthwhile.

Now that moments from all books have been released, fans wonder what’s next for the site. Given how scarce the content on the latter books is, we can’t help but think that more stuff is planned to be released in the future. We reached out to Pottermore for comment but they didn’t reply immediately.

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