Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are as much a part of the Harry Potter series as the Chosen One himself. Introduced from the beginning and standing by Harry's side for years, Hermione and Ron became richly developed and beloved characters. J.K. Rowling's beautiful writing for the characters was furthered by the perfect on-screen performances from Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. On the page and on the screen, fans got to watch their friendship grow into romance and see them mature from awkward first-years into young adults risking everything to save the world.
The Deathly Hallows epilogue made it well-known that they married and had children named Rose and Hugo Weasley. They remained close with Harry and Ginny, all four of them reuniting on Platform 9 3/4 to see their children off to Hogwarts.
The cherished nature of Hermione and Ron and the Harry Potter series as a whole means their story doesn't end there, though. Through Pottermore, interviews with J.K. Rowling, and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the lives of Ron and Hermione are well-documented both after Voldemort's ultimate defeat and after the epilogue.
Let's take a look at Harry Potter: 20 Things Ron And Hermione Did After Deathly Hallows.
Hermione and Ron were prepared to leave behind the comforts of their homes and Hogwarts in order to help Harry find and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes. That didn't mean that they could forget all the people they'd leave in danger, though. They took the necessary precautions and for Hermione that meant altering her Muggle parents' memories. She made them believe they were Wendell and Monica Wilkins, a married couple that had no daughter and had always wanted to move to Australia. They packed their bags and moved to Australia, blissfully ignorant of their daughter and the dangers she faced.
Thanks to the steps she took, Voldemort's Death Eaters were unable to track down Hermione's parents and torture them for information concerning their daughter or her friends.
J.K. Rowling confirmed that immediately after the Second Wizarding War ended, Hermione went to Australia and restored her parents' memories. She brought them home and they presumably resumed their lives as dentists. Later on, they would become grandparents to Hermione's children Rose and Hugo.
As difficult as it was, Hermione did what she needed to in order to keep her parents safe, and as soon as she could made things right with them again, she did.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione missed their important 7th year at Hogwarts in order to locate and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes. Even Mrs. Weasley can see they made the right decision in the end, but their bravery and ultimate triumph didn't mean they couldn't go back and finish their education.
Ever the model student, J.K. Rowling revealed that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her 7th year and take the N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). Top grades in the N.E.W.T.s are essential for pursuing many careers in the magical world, including employment at the Ministry of Magic. Hermione's return was no doubt motivated by not only the necessity of having excellent N.E.W.T scores for the exemplary careers she planned to pursue, but also to properly culminate all her years of hard work and learning. No matter what Hermione went on to do, there's no doubt she'd always feel unsatisfied and regretful if she didn't finish her education. She wouldn't want to get offered a job because of her newfound fame when she could prove she deserved it with her extraordinary grades. If she was willing to time travel in order to take extra classes, there's no way she wouldn't return for her final year of school.
Harry and Ron, on the other hand, chose not to return to Hogwarts to finish their formal education. These decisions are certainly within their characters, but it's a little sad to think about the trio not all together for their final year and missing the opportunity to graduate together.
It's a little disconcerting to think that these slackers became Aurors, entrusted with upholding the law and protecting the magical world. The Ministry of Magic traditionally only hired Aurors with five or more top grades in their N.E.W.T.s, of which Ron and Harry had no grades because they didn't go back to Hogwarts for their final year.
In all seriousness, though, hiring Ron and Harry was a smart move by the new Minister for Magic--and Order of the Phoenix member--Kingsley Shacklebolt. With many Death Eaters still in need of rounding up after Voldemort's defeat, no one was better fit for such a job than those who'd fought on the front lines of the Second Wizarding War. Their real world experiences made them more qualified than anything they could've learned as 7th-years. Kingsley could trust them completely and he needed that, especially in a time when many individuals were trying to pull a Lucius Malfoy and make it seem like they hadn't fought with and supported Voldemort, or turned a blind eye in order to benefit from his regime.
J.K. Rowling feels becoming Aurors would've been a good thing for them, getting to finish the job instead of being pushed to the sidelines. Kingsley's faith in them paid off as they not only did the job, but helped revolutionize the Ministry into becoming the just, competent government it was always meant to be.
Harry's personality and skill set seem better suited to the Auror position in the long run than Ron, which is why Harry stayed there for many years while Ron eventually found a new line of work--to be revealed later on this list.
Harry and Ron started working at the Ministry of Magic sooner than Hermione, but only because she took the time to finish her 7th year and take her N.E.W.T.s. Once properly graduated and achieving top marks, Hermione joined her best friends at the Ministry. Instead of the Auror Department, Hermione began her career at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.
As the second largest department at the Ministry of Magic, Hermione wisely used their resources to work on a cause near and dear to her heart. J.K. Rowling divulged that Hermione used her position to greatly improve the lives of house-elves.
It is inspiring to hear that the work Hermione began with S.P.E.W--the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare--continued into adulthood and her career.
This shows that activism at any level is the foundation for real, significant change. Even when she was mocked for it, Hermione stuck with S.P.E.W. and used her knowledge and experiences as stepping stones to create positive change for house-elves. After everything Dobby and Kreacher and even the other kitchen house-elves at Hogwarts did to help Harry, Ron and Hermione, it's only right that the lives of house-elves ultimately improved.
Like a true Gryffindor, Ron often acts first and thinks later. This tendency has served him well many times, like in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when without hesitation he jumped in a semi-frozen pond to save Harry from the locket Horcrux trying to strangle and drown him. Other times this tactic hasn't worked out well for Ron, like in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when he tried to cast a Slug-Vomiting Charm on Draco Malfoy with a broken wand, a move that backfired horribly as pictured above.
Ron's wedding night proved no exception to acting first and thinking later. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he recalls that he got very drunk before the wedding ceremony and has almost no memory of the night afterwards. The following morning may have been met with a scenario not so different from coughing up slugs and slime into one of Hagrid's giant buckets.
The context in which Ron brings up this recollection is actually kind of sweet, though. He tells Hermione that because of how much he loves her, he wants to renew their wedding vows in front of lots of people--and to be sober during the whole thing.
The tradition of godparents played an important role in the Harry Potter series, first with Harry's godfather Sirius Black and later when Harry became godfather to Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin's son Teddy. Sirius became a beloved father figure, mentor and ally to Harry while Harry made sure Teddy would always feel loved, even in a world where he had to grow up without his parents.
Harry and Ginny continued the tradition by naming the godparents of their first child, James Sirius Potter, as none other than Ron and Hermione. With Ginny as his mother, Ron and Hermione are also uncle and aunt to James. They're certainly the perfect choice as godparents to Harry and Ginny's first child.
Interestingly, Ron and Hermione were not made godparents for all of Harry and Ginny's children. Neville Longbottom was named godfather to Harry and Ginny's second child Albus Severus Potter. It hasn't been confirmed who their daughter and youngest child Lily Luna Potter's godparents are, though it certainly makes sense to think Luna Lovegood was made her godmother.
Between the naming of their children and who they made their godparents, it's beautiful to see how Harry and Ginny honored the most important individuals in their lives, and how wonderfully interconnected their family is with Ron and Hermione.
Left to Hermione by Albus Dumbledore's will, his copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard played an integral role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Beedle the Bard's collection of stories served as beloved bedtime stories to children for many generations, though it was "The Tale of the Three Brothers" story that proved most important for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Dumbledore's copy of the book was written in ancient runes and Hermione used her knowledge from taking the Study of Ancient runes to excellent use, translating the meaning of "The Tale of the Three Brothers" in order to gain insight into the mysterious Deathly Hallows symbol. About a decade after the Second Wizarding War ended, Hermione translated the entire book from Dumbledore's original copy.
Her translation was published and also featured Dumbledore's notes for each tale. These notes were graciously provided by Minerva McGonagall.
These details were revealed in the real-life version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which in addition to "The Tale of the Three Brothers" features the stories that weren't told in The Deathly Hallows like "Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump" and "The Fountain of Fair Fortune."
Leave it to J.K. Rowling to create and share a fascinating backstory that explains the publication of The Tales of Beedle the Bard within the Harry Potter universe.
Hermione's work with the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures created positive change for house-elves and the entire magical world. She sought to do even more good, causing her to move to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. This is a bit amusing as Hermione once told Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour that she wouldn't want to join the Department of Magical Law Enforcement as she intended to do some good in the world. As it turned out, Hermione started working there with a specific intention of how to use the department's resources for positive change.
Her intent was to eliminate oppressive, pro-pureblood laws. Voldemort's rise to power was evidence that too many laws still put purebloods in a position of privilege, while oppressing all others in the magical community. In fact, these privileges allowed many to fall in line with Voldemort's regime and turn a blind eye to the suffering of anyone who wasn't a pureblood, something Hermione was determined would never happen again.
Hermione worked to successfully eradicate these laws, likely with the support of Minister for Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt. Her initiative and leadership allowed her to become Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
The life of an Auror may have been a good fit for Harry, but it eventually wasn't for Ron. He left the Ministry of Magic and joined his brother George at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. It is heartbreaking to think of George running the business without his twin Fred. It is equally heartwarming, however, to think of Ron joining his brother in running the company, the two of them working as co-managers and truly keeping it a family business that became even more successful than before.
The joke shop is ultimately a better for Ron's personality than the Auror Department. Ron's humor was always one of his greatest strengths, a trait that would serve him well while running a joke shop and thinking up new products.
By the time of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ron still works at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes with his brother George. The years spent working together likely brought Ron and George closer together than ever before, but inevitably they'd also drive each other crazy at times.
Even if she's not a fan of the merchandise like the constipation-causing U-No-Poo, Mrs. Weasley must feel proud of her sons' success and the knowledge they work well together. There's no better way to honor the memory of Fred Weasley.
Despite all their different paths with families and careers, many members of Dumbledore's Army made sure to reunite at the final match of the 427th Quidditch World Cup. Located in Argentina's Patagonian Desert, Ron and Hermione attended with their children Rose and Hugo. They were also reunited with Harry and Ginny and their children James, Albus, and Lily. Other Dumbledore's Army members like Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, her husband Rolf Scamander (and grandson of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them protagonist Newt Scamander), George Weasley, his wife Angelina Johnson and their children Fred and Roxanne also attended. Charlie Weasley, Bill Weasley, his wife Fleur, their daughter Victoire Weasley and Harry's godson Teddy Lupin were also there. Adults and children alike watched the match from their VIP box--except for Ginny whose career as a Quidditch journalist naturally led to her reporting live from the event.
The match featured Bulgaria against Brazil. Regardless of past jealousy, Ron openly rooted for Viktor Krum and Bulgaria to win, as did all individuals participating in the Dumbledore's Army reunion--though Victoire and Teddy were more interested in each other than the Quidditch. All of them were openly joyful when Bulgaria won, finally giving Krum his first Quidditch World Cup championship. It must've felt exhilarating to catch the game-winning Snitch, especially in contrast with the Snitch he caught to make Bulgaria's loss more respectable in the 422nd Quidditch World Cup against Ireland.
Ron later admitted that Voldemort's Horcruxes had taken their tolls on him. This is no surprise to anyone, especially given how the locket Horcrux brought out the worst in him, though of course he ultimately rose to the occasion by returning to save Harry's life and destroying that same Horcrux.
Despite the tolls taken by bearing Voldemort's Horcruxes, as a family man and co-manager of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Ron seemed to do his best to cope and live an overall positive adulthood.
Rita Skeeter saw differently, though, and twisted Ron's words into speculation that he had become mentally ill. She used his career change from Auror to co-manager of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes to justify her claim, also adding in that a lifetime of being overshadowed by Harry Potter contributed to his mental illness as well.
Rita Skeeter is an unethical journalist at their worst and yet she's almost impressive in how she can turn the smallest words or deeds into a sensational story. At this point, Ron and many of his family and friends have become targets of Rita's stories and haven't let it hurt them. Ron surely followed suit. It certainly hasn't damaged his spirit by the time of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
It's easy to forget that Harry's first acquaintance that he could remember with Albus Dumbledore was with his Chocolate Frog card. After receiving his first ever Chocolate Frog on the Hogwarts Express, the treat came with Dumbledore's card, offering Harry his first look at Dumbledore's face and a brief biography.
For future generations, some of their first acquaintances with Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter will also come in the form of Chocolate Frog cards. All three of them eventually were featured on their very own cards. After a life spent collecting Chocolate Frog cards, Ron was most excited about the honor, describing it as "his finest hour."
It's fun to think about which pieces of information will be included for the biography portion of their cards. Their roles in defeating Voldemort would definitely be included, as that's what made them famous, but the rest is up for speculation. Just as Dumbledore's biography mentioned his relationship with Nicholas Flamel and his defeat of Gellert Grindelwald, it's also worth wondering which individuals from their lives would merit mention in their biographies.
Above all, the most pressing question is between Hermione, Ron, or Harry which would be considered the most valuable, the most commonplace, and the rarest of cards.
Hermione's professional accomplishments didn't end with her work in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures and the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Her achievements made her Minister for Magic by the time of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, succeeding former Minister Kingsley Shacklebolt. Making life better for house-elves and abolishing oppressive, pro-pureblood laws changed the magical world for the better and she continued that work as Minister. The Cursed Child demonstrates her dedication to her position and using her power for good.
Fortunately she's not alone in her powerful, yet daunting position as Harry Potter himself has become Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Even if he's not the most reliable with paperwork, Hermione can count on him where it really counts.
Growing up with Ministers like Cornelius Fudge and Rufus Scrimgeour showed Hermione everything the position shouldn't be, while working alongside Kingsley Shacklebolt showed her what it could be. And unlike Minister Archer Evermonde who forbade witches and wizards to help Muggles during World War I, Hermione would never let such injustice occur. With the lessons left by her predecessors, her unparalleled knowledge, courage and resolve makes her a perfect fit as Minister for Magic.
The highly interwoven nature of Ron and Hermione's family and that of Harry and Ginny's family makes it no surprise that their children grew up together and became very close. Similar in age, Rose Granger-Weasley and Albus Severus Potter were particularly close. They thought that friendship would continue when they went to Hogwarts, as did their parents. Everything changed in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when as expected Rose was sorted into Gryffindor and Albus was shockingly sorted into Slytherin.
Rose became popular while Albus became an outcast, his only friend Draco Malfoy's son Scorpius.
Belonging to rival Houses was already going to be a difficult barrier, but their contrasting social situations only made it worse, as did Rose disproving of Albus befriending a Malfoy. Albus and Rose's closeness as both cousins and friends sadly crumbled for the time being.
Before returning to Hogwarts for their second year, Hermione and Ron encouraged their daughter to rekindle her relationship with Albus. Even without being at Hogwarts, Ron and Hermione could see how Albus was struggling in many respects and hoped Rose could help him. Considering the intimate relationship between their families, they knew Rose and Albus growing close again would also be a relief.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child follows Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy using a stolen Time-Turner with disastrous results. Meddling with time creates multiple alternate realities, during the first of which it is revealed that Hermione became the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts. In this timeline, she never married Ron and in extension never gave birth to Rose or Hugo Weasley. She's described as being a mean professor, though it seems she's held onto her position longer than any of the Defense Against the Dark teachers did from when she was a student at Hogwarts.
The alternate reality is obviously intended to show a worse version of the magical world as a result of Albus and Scorpius meddling with the Time-Turner. With this in mind, it's worth considering that an unmarried and childless Hermione is portrayed as mean. Harry Potter is in many ways a feminist story, but the suggestion that not marrying Ron and having children would make Hermione a mean person is not feminist at all. It's also worth considering that being a Hogwarts professor doesn't seem to make her happy either, while she's portrayed as much more content working at the Ministry of Magic in the original timeline.
In the same alternate timeline where Hermione becomes a mean Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, Ron went on to marry Padma Patil. They had a son named Panju Weasley.
Marriage to Padma didn't work out as well as his marriage to Hermione did in the original timeline, though. Ron's humor and joking nature faded and he became a solemn man. The changes Ron and Hermione undergo with their personalities and relationships is disconcerting for Albus to witness, especially given a lifetime growing up with his loving aunt and uncle. The differences that the alternate timeline yielded for Ron and Hermione is not the determining factor in Albus and Scorpius deciding they need to use the Time-Turner again, but it is definitely a contributing factor.
The creative choices made with this alternate timeline may have caused some fans to reconsider their feelings on certain subjects. For example, some fans don't like that Ron and Hermione ended up together, but the alternate timeline seems in part to try and convince these fans that a world where Ron and Hermione don't end up together is a world for the worse. It's a world where both characters grow into an unhappy, dissatisfying adulthood.
In a different alternate timeline created by Albus and Scorpius meddling with the Time-Turner, Ron and Hermione are together in hiding, but in a world that is far worse. Neville Longbottom was taken out before he could slay Nagini in this timeline, meaning Voldemort's last Horcrux remained and he successfully defeated Harry and won the war.
Harry's passing means that Albus is erased from the timeline, meaning Scorpius is on his own, facing a Hogwarts under the control of Dolores Umbridge.
All that remains of the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore's Army are Severus Snape, Ron, and Hermione. Snape continues to teach at Hogwarts, his true loyalties a secret to all except Ron and Hermione. The two of them are in hiding via the Whomping Willow as they are two of the most wanted people in the magical world, but they are not together romantically.
In a Hogwarts poisoned by Voldemort's victory and the malicious Headmistress Umbridge, Scorpius seeks help from Snape. From the stories he's heard growing up, Scorpius knows the truth about Snape and it's those truths that convince Snape that what Scorpius is telling him is real. Snape brings Scorpius to Ron and Hermione, his only remaining allies.
It may be a depressing future, but there's still something fascinating and a bit exhilarating in Snape, Hermione and Ron uniting as the last of the resistance.
That fascinating and exhilarating band of resistance comes together to try and help Scorpius right the timeline. Due to complications this happens twice and the second time, both Umbridge and Dementors get in their way, but Snape, Ron and Hermione do everything in their power to help Scorpius escape and make things right. Snape finally admits his true loyalties to Umbridge, as he strikes her with a Banishing Charm and is then attacked by Dementors.
About to be attacked by Dementors, Ron and Hermione finally act on their romantic feelings in this timeline. They profess their love for each other and kiss. They sacrifice their souls to the Dementors, so Scorpius can escape and fix the timeline.
This moment is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It's important to remember that in this timeline where Voldemort emerged victorious, so Ron and Hermione have lost everyone they cared about and loved. After all that suffering and loss and years in hiding, it's beautiful to see them finally share this moment of opening up and admitting their love for one another. It's equally heartbreaking, though, as only seconds later the Dementors suck out their souls.
Thank goodness the timeline was eventually fixed and this is not the end for Ron and Hermione.
Albus and Scorpius risked endangering the entire world with their time traveling. Their actions were certainly enough to predict another tense moment between Albus and his father Harry. Instead, Harry forgave his son and Scorpius for what they did, as did Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Draco. They certainly didn't condone what Albus and Scorpius did, but they didn't punish them either. They forgave and chose not to hold it above their heads forever.
In all fairness, Harry, Ron, and Hermione couldn't justly treat the situation any other way. After all the rules they broke and the danger they placed themselves and others in, they'd be the world's biggest hypocrites to approach the situation with righteous anger. In fact, they had their own meddling with a Time-Turner during Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Hearing Albus and Scorpius' side of the story and what they'd done, Ron and Hermione understand that the two boys had positive intentions, albeit their recklessness and the consequences that followed. They may have seen more of their young selves in Albus and Scorpius in that moment than in their own children.
Ultimately the adults were just relieved that Albus and Scorpius were safe and alive. Now they had to unite to defeat the final threat--Delphi.
Delphi destroyed the Time-Turner that created the major conflicts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but Draco Malfoy had an improved Time-Turner from his father that allowed them to travel to the past once more. Traveling to Godric's Hollow on October 31st, 1981, Ron and Hermione joined forces with Albus, Scorpius, Harry, Ginny, and Draco to stop Delphi once and for all. Delphi hoped to save her father Voldemort. Hermione helped transfigure Harry to make him look more like Voldemort in an effort to trick Delphi before the real Voldemort arrived. Ron and Hermione helped Harry duel Delphi and apprehend her so she could be taken back to the present and sentenced to imprisonment in Azkaban.
Before returning to the present, in order to make the timeline completely right again, Ron and Hermione also had to stand aside as the real Voldemort arrived and took out James and Lily Potter before his crippling defeat at the hands of baby Harry.
They experienced the pain of that moment, but were there for Harry as they always have been. Even if it means time traveling, Ron and Hermione have always been there to help their dear friends and families. While a great deal changed for Ron and Hermione over the years, the essence of their wonderful characters remained the same.
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