罗琳《哈利·波特》续集

昨天夜里, J.K. 罗琳在《哈利·波特》的官网 Pottermore.com 上公布了一个最新的续写短篇,用《预言家日报》上一个八卦作家的口吻讲述了小魔法师们长大后在魁地奇世界杯上重聚的故事。哈利波特都 33 岁了!单向街和微在的微信团队一宿没睡(反正都要等德国 vs 巴西,就不多说了……)抢先将这篇文章全文翻译出来送给大家,中英全文如下:

邓布利多军在魁地奇世界杯决赛现场重聚

《预言家日报》 八卦记者丽塔•斯基特报道

名人,还是名人。我们已经无数次地见证那些魔法界的明星们光临巴塔哥尼亚大沙漠了——部长、首相、塞蒂娜•沃贝克、美国争议巫师乐团“折翅的告密者”——每一次这些人的出现都会引起骚动,人们蜂拥而上索要签名,甚至还有人朝空中抛掷架桥咒,期望能接近他们的 VIP 包间。

不过在当人们得知有一群超级明星巫师就要进场时,整个露营地和体育场的人群都表现出了一种前所未有的疯狂。(这些巫师的面孔虽然已经不像年富力盛时那样红润了,但人们依然一眼就能辨认出他们来)。这时,一切都已经乱了阵脚,激动的人群互相踩踏,踏平帐篷,挤倒孩子。似乎全世界的粉丝都涌向了每一个邓布利多军成员可能出现的地方,涌向了那个“被选中的人”。

波特一家和其他邓布利多军的成员端坐在贵宾席上,两边由各种重咒和守卫巫师保护着。他们的现身吸引来了大量的人群,大家都想亲眼见见传说中的英雄。下午 3 点的时候,在人群的尖叫声中,波特领着他的儿子詹姆斯和阿不思参观了球场,并在那儿将孩子们介绍给了保加利亚明星球员维克多尔•克鲁姆。

身为傲罗的哈利波特就要 34 岁了,如今他的鬓角已有了一些白发,但仍旧戴着那副圆框眼镜,尽管人们说这副眼镜更适合一个不懂风情的 12 岁小孩儿。除开额头上那道著名的闪电疤痕,他的右侧颧骨上又多了一道难看的伤口。如果你问到这伤口是哪儿来的,魔法部的人会十分谨慎地重复道:“斯基特小姐,我们已经说过不下 514 次了,这是傲罗部门秘密工作的一部分,我们无权评论”。他们到底在隐藏什么呢?这个“被选中的人”是否又卷入了某个有可能让我们再次跌入恐怖与混乱深渊的神秘事件吗?

又或者他这次有比以前更加难以言说的隐情?是他的妻子的诅咒?难道波特一直在努力维护的幸福家庭已经出现了裂痕?我们能否可以认为他的妻子金妮将自己留在伦敦报道本次赛事,是为了故意冷落她的丈夫和孩子们吗?委员会真的是因为信任她的天赋和经验而赋予她重任的吗?还是承认吧,如果你的姓是“波特”,一切大门都会为你敞开,国际体育机构能卑躬屈膝,《预言家日报》也会奉上优厚的职位。

死忠的粉丝和球迷一定记得,波特和克鲁姆在三强争霸赛期间曾是竞争对手,但显然此次他们的拥抱并没有敌对的意味(也许人们会一直猜测下去这其中究竟发生了什么)。半个多小时的寒暄后,波特和两个儿子回到了观众席,重新与身边的邓布利多军成员坐到了一起。

旁边包间里坐的是波特最亲密的两个伙伴,他们几乎知道有关哈利•波特的一切,而且一直对媒体守口如瓶。这可能是因为他们害怕哈利•波特,或者这些事情本身也成为了他们自己的秘密,说出来就会毁掉击败伏地魔的神话吧。尽管如今罗恩•韦斯莱和赫敏•格兰杰已经结婚了,但他们仍然无时无刻不在波特身边。就像其他邓布利多军里的人一样,他们都曾为霍格沃兹而战,在这个巫师的世界里,他们的勇敢毫无疑问值得人们更多的赞美和鼓励。

韦斯莱刚刚结束比赛下场,他出名的姜色头发如今也变得有些稀疏了。他之前曾与波特一同受雇与魔法部,不过仅仅两年之后,他就离开去了非常火爆的巫师笑话大讲台——韦斯莱深夜秀。他真的像之前说过的那样“喜欢和他一直喜爱的哥哥乔治一起工作”吗?他是否已经走出了波特的阴影?对于一个伏地魔死亡圣器毁灭后,感觉到重压在身的人来说,是否傲罗的工作有点过于繁重了。虽然他目前看上去还没有表现出什么精神失常的状况,但是在人群中谁都很难下准确的傲罗判断。已经有什么可疑之处了吗?

而赫敏,则永远是他们中间至关重要的女人。据早先一些媒体的报道,还是小女孩的时候,赫敏就一直在戏弄着波特的感情,之后她迷恋上了强壮的维克托•克鲁姆,不过最后赫敏还是回到了波特身边,成为了他最亲密的伙伴。赫敏在魔法部法律执行司一路飙升至副主管,继续在魔法部里攀升的同时,她还拥有了儿子雨果和女儿罗斯。在赫敏这儿,真的证明了其实巫师也可以拥有一切吗?(也许不是,你可以看看她的头发。)

邓布利多军里还有一些名气不及波特、韦斯莱和格兰杰的人(他们会有怨恨吗?当然有)。纳威•隆巴顿,如今在霍格沃兹魔法学校任教草药学,他和妻子汉娜一同住在巴塔哥尼亚。最近据说他们搬到了伦敦的破釜酒吧里,不过也有传言说汉娜并不甘心只做一个医疗法师,现在她正在申请做霍格沃兹的女总管。尽管大家都说这对不正常的夫妻来说,比起子女的陪伴,他们似乎更喜欢欧登的火焰威士忌,但我想我还是会祝福她能实现梦想的。

最后一个要提到的是卢娜•洛夫古德,她嫁给了神奇生物学家纽特的儿子鲁尔福•斯卡曼德。卢娜如今的举止依然怪异,她身上挂着由晋级的 16 个国家的国旗编成的绳子,在 VIP 包间门口游来荡去。而她的两个双胞胎儿子则“留在家和爷爷在一起”,也许意思是“他们不想出现在大家面前吧”。当然,只有不够友善的人才会这么揣测。

几乎所有邓布利多军里的人都出现在这里了,但只有这几位是大家最关注的。当人群中出现红色脑袋的时候,人们会礼貌的猜测这是韦斯莱,但具体来讲你却很难判断这是乔治(韦斯莱深夜秀财大气粗的经理)、查理(牧龙人,一直未婚,为什么?),还是帕西(魔法交通部部长——如果飞路网不好一定是他的错!)。最好认的人是比尔,这个可怜的孩子因为遭到过狼人的袭击(被迷惑?迷情?勒索?还是绑架?),身上留下了可怕的印记,不过后来他竟然娶了无比美丽(但白痴)的芙蓉•德拉库尔。

这些邓布利多军成员以及其他一些人相聚在本次决赛的 VIP 包厢里,让这次相聚有了一种奢华、炫目的气息。希望赛场上几位后生的表现不负所望,最好不要给这些已经闪耀魔法史的人蒙上羞耻的阴影。

尽管大家在侵入他人隐私时总会有所犹豫,但事实上,对于任何与哈利•波特有密切联系的人来说,靠这种身份获得一些好处的同时,他们也必须牺牲一些自己的隐私,来满足公众的欲望。毫无疑问,如果波特得知他十六岁的教子——泰迪•卢平——一个高挑瘦削的半狼人血统的孩子,自从到这里起就表现得缺乏忠诚感,那他会多么得失望与不满;可是波特实在太忙,假如要求他再多抽出些时间来管管这个父母已经过世又天性不羁的孩子,可能是有点过分了。然而,一想到当初如果没有卢平教授教训自己会变成什么样子,还是让波特感到了些许担忧。同时,比尔•韦斯莱夫妇似乎很乐意看到他们美丽的女儿维克特瑞受到卢平的引诱,不管是在哪个黑暗的角落。不过好在他俩都已经发明了用耳朵呼吸的方法。否则,我可想不出他们是如何度过那段漫长的,在我年轻时期称之为“亲昵、爱抚”的行为的。

不过,我们还是不要太苛刻了吧,毕竟哈利•波特和他的同伴们从来都没有声称自己是完美的!而对于那些特别想知道他们是如何不完美的人来说,请关注我即将在 7 月 31 日在丽痕书店发售的传记:《邓布利多军:队伍的阴暗面》。


Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final

By the Daily Prophet’s Gossip Correspondent, Rita Skeeter

There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities. We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, Celestina Warbeck, controversial American wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach the VIP boxes over the heads of the crowd.

But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen. As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down. Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where members of Dumbledore’s Army were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.

The Potter family and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army have been given accommodation in the VIP section of the campsite, which is protected by heavy charms and patrolled by Security Warlocks. Their presence has ensured large crowds along the cordoned area, all hoping for a glimpse of their heroes. At 3pm today they got their wish when, to the accompaniment of loud screams, Potter took his young sons James and Albus to visit the players’ compound, where he introduced them to Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.

About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old. The famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone. Requests for information as to its provenance merely produced the usual response from the Ministry of Magic: ‘We do not comment on the top secret work of the Auror department, as we have told you no less than 514 times, Ms. Skeeter.’ So what are they hiding? Is the Chosen One embroiled in fresh mysteries that will one day explode upon us all, plunging us into a new age of terror and mayhem?

Or does his injury have a more humble origin, one that Potter is desperate to hide? Has his wife perhaps cursed him? Are cracks beginning to show in a union that the Potters are determined to promote as happy? Should we read anything into the fact that his wife Ginevra has been perfectly happy to leave her husband and children behind in London whilst reporting on this tournament? The jury is out on whether she really had the talent or experience to be sent to the Quidditch World Cup (jury’s back in – no!!!) but let’s face it, when your last name is Potter, doors open, international sporting bodies bow and scrape, and Daily Prophet editors hand you plum assignments.

As their devoted fans and followers will remember, Potter and Krum competed against each other in the controversial Triwizard Tournament, but apparently there are no hard feelings, as they embraced upon meeting (what really happened in that maze? Speculation is unlikely to be quelled by the warmth of their greeting). After half an hour’s chat, Potter and his sons returned to the campsite where they socialised with the rest of Dumbledore’s Army until the small hours.

In the next tent are Potter’s two closest associates, the ones who know everything about him and yet have always refused to talk to the press. Are they afraid of him, or is it their own secrets they are afraid will leak out, tarnishing the myth of He Who Could Not Be Named’s defeat? Now married, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger were with Potter almost every step of the way. Like the rest of Dumbledore’s Army, they fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and no doubt deserve the plaudits and awards for bravery heaped upon them by a grateful wizarding world.

In the immediate aftermath of the battle Weasley, whose famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly, entered into employment with the Ministry of Magic alongside Potter, but left only two years later to co-manage the highly successful wizarding joke emporium Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Was he, as he stated at the time, ‘delighted to assist my brother George with a business I’ve always loved’? Or had he had his fill of standing in Potter’s shadow? Was the work of the Auror Department too much for a man who has admitted that the destruction of He Who Could Not Be Named’s Horcruxes ‘took its toll’ on him? He shows no obvious signs of mental illness from a distance, but the public is not allowed close enough to make a proper assessment. Is this suspicious?

Hermione Granger, of course, was always the femme fatale of the group. Press reports of the time revealed that as a teenager she toyed with the young Potter’s affections before being seduced away by the muscular Viktor Krum, finally settling for Potter’s faithful sidekick. After a meteoric rise to Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, she is now tipped to go even higher within the Ministry, and is also mother to son, Hugo, and daughter, Rose. Does Hermione Granger prove that a witch really can have it all? (No – look at her hair.)

Then there are those members of Dumbledore’s Army who receive slightly less publicity than Potter, Weasley and Granger (are they resentful? Almost certainly). Neville Longbottom, now a popular Herbology teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is here in Patagonia with his wife Hannah. Until recently the pair lived above the Leaky Cauldron in London, but rumour has it that Hannah has not only retrained as a Healer, but is applying for the job of Matron at Hogwarts. Idle gossip suggests that she and her husband both enjoy a little more Ogden’s Old Firewhisky than most of us would expect from custodians of our children, but no doubt we all wish her the best of luck with her application.

Last of the ringleaders of Dumbledore’s Army is, of course, Luna Lovegood (now married to Rolf Scamander, swarthy grandson of celebrated Magizoologist Newt). Still delightfully eccentric, Luna has been sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of the flags of all sixteen qualifying countries. Her twin sons are ‘at home with grandpa’. Is this a euphemism for ‘too disturbed to be seen in public’? Surely only the unkindest would suggest so.

Sundry other members of the Army are here, but it is on these six that most interest is focused. Wherever there is a red head one may make an educated guess that it belongs to a Weasley, but it is difficult to tell whether it is George (wealthy co-manager of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes), Charlie (dragon wrangler, still unmarried – why?) or Percy (Head of the Department of Magical Transportation – it’s his fault if the Floo Network’s too busy!). The only one who is easy to recognise is Bill who, poor man, is grievously scarred from an encounter with a werewolf and yet somehow (enchantment? Love potion? Blackmail? Kidnap?) married the undeniably beautiful (though doubtless empty-headed) Fleur Delacour.

Word is that we shall see these and other members of Dumbledore’s Army in the VIP boxes at the final, adding to the glitz and razzmatazz of a gala occasion. Let us hope that the behaviour of two of their younger hangers-on does not embarrass them, heaping shame on those who have previously brought honour to the name of wizard.

One always hesitates to invade the privacy of young people, but the fact is that anyone closely connected with Harry Potter reaps the benefits and must pay the penalty of public interest. No doubt Potter will be distressed to know that his sixteen-year-old godson Teddy Lupin – a lanky half-werewolf with bright blue hair – has been behaving in a way unbefitting of wizarding royalty since arriving on the VIP campsite. It might be asking too much that the always-busy Potter keep a tighter rein on this wild boy, who was entrusted to his care by his dying parents, but one shudders to think what will become of Master Lupin without urgent intervention. Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Bill Weasley might like to know that their beautiful, blonde daughter Victoire seems to be attracted to any dark corner where Master Lupin happens to be lurking. The good news is both of them seem to have invented a method of breathing through their ears. I can think of no other reason how they have survived such prolonged periods of what, in my young day, was called ‘snogging.’

But let us not be severe. Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography: Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st.

 

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