Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended in a way that polarized the opinions of fans. There are some who loved the fact that the series had a definitive and happy ending for its characters. However, there were also a lot of fans who were dissatisfied with who everyone ended up with romantically, as well as the fact that such a dark book had a saccharine ending.
J. K. Rowling has made a lot of statements in interviews, on social media, and on Pottermore about what happened after the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. There is a lot of stuff that was never covered in The Cursed Child, as they were too busy filling it with fan fiction-grade nonsense to include the fates of characters like Hagrid and Luna Lovegood.
We are here today to discover the fates of the Harry Potter characters that weren’t covered in the books.
From Luna Lovegood’s award winning wedding dress to the redemption of the Dursleys, here are the 15 Things You Never Knew Happened After The Ending Of Harry Potter.
15. Voldemort Was Forced To Endure An Eternity Of Agony
The vast majority of fictional series never elaborate on the afterlife of their setting. It was a bold move on J. K. Rowling’s part to outline the terrible fate that awaited the popular antagonist of the Harry Potter series, yet it doesn’t feel out of place, due to how one of the chief themes of the series is death and how people approach their end.
When Harry Potter visits the Limbo version of King’s Cross Station, he sees a baby with flayed skin laying on the ground. Dumbledore hurries him away from the child, leaving the reader curious as to what happened. The Harry Potter movies made this scene more obvious, as the baby resembled a stunted Lord Voldemort.
J. K. Rowling revealed that the form Harry witnessed in King’s Cross Station is what awaits Lord Voldemort in the afterlife. This is because he willingly desecrated his soul through murder and the creation of Horcruxes. He will be forced to endure an eternity of agony due to the foul deeds that he committed while he was alive.
14. Luna Lovegood Married Newt Scamander’s Grandson
The Harry Potter books and movies give different accounts of what happened to Luna Lovegood immediately after the events of Deathly Hallows. The movies had Neville declaring his love for Luna to his friends and their story ends with the two of them sitting next to each other. Matthew Lewis (Neville’s actor) later confirmed that Neville and Luna did date briefly, though it didn’t last.
J. K. Rowling confirmed that Luna would eventually become a Naturalist of the wizarding world, which is how she first encountered Rolf Scamander, who was the grandson of Newt (the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). The two of them were wed and had two sons, named Lorcan and Lysander.
Rita Skeeter talked about Luna and Rolf’s wedding during the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Rolf was apparently shocked at Luna’s rainbow colored wedding dress, which was topped off with a unicorn tiara. The dress was voted “Most Hideous Outfit of the Year” by readers of The Daily Prophet.
13. Hagrid Remained At Hogwarts (But Was Trapped In Le Friend Zone)
If Hagrid had died at the end of Deathly Hallows, then it would have easily been the saddest death in the series. He was the one who saved Harry from his life of drudgery with the Dursleys and remained his friend throughout his time at Hogwarts. Thankfully, Hagrid survived the events of Deathly Hallows and was confirmed to still be working at Hogwarts when Albus attends the school for the first time.
There were many fans who wanted Hagrid to end up with Madame Maxime, as Goblet of Fire suggested a romance between the two. J. K. Rowling shot this idea down, however, as Maxime eventually realized that Hagrid wasn’t sophisticated enough for her. Hagrid remained single for the rest of his days.
We have yet to learn the fate of Hagrid’s brother, Grawp. He was last seen fighting giants alongside the centaurs at the Battle of Hogwarts and being fed by students after victory was won. It’s likely that he remained in the Forbidden Forest and was still cared for by his brother.
12. Ginny Became A Sports Reporter (And Assaulted Rita Skeeter)
Ginny and Harry were free to rekindle their romance after the death of Voldemort. The threat against their lives was over, which meant that they could live a normal life as a married couple. It didn’t take long for Harry and Ginny to start a family, with the couple having three children over the course of their marriage.
When Ginny left Hogwarts, she became a professional Quidditch player. She was the Chaser for the Holyhead Harpies, which is an all-female Quidditch team that is based in England and Ireland. The Harpies are actually the second-oldest Quidditch team in Britain.
After leaving her Quidditch career behind, Ginny became a sports reporter for The Daily Prophet. This put her into regular contact with Rita Skeeter, which led to a confrontation between the two at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Rita’s reporting of the event ended with Ginny hexing her right in the solar plexes, after she mentioned that Harry was “publicity hungry.”
11. Teddy Lupin Inherited His Mother’s Magical Abilities
The treatment of Werewolves in the world of Harry Potter was intended to mimic that of people with HIV in the real world. Those who are inflicted with lycanthropy are considered outcasts by most of wizard society, to the point where they won’t be employed by most establishments.
Teddy Lupin was the son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, who both died during the Battle of Hogwarts. He did not inherit his father’s condition, as lycanthropy can only be passed on through the bite of another infected victim. Thus werewolf fathers cannot pass their condition on to their children.
Teddy did inherit his mother’s ability to change her form, however, as she was a Metamorphmagus. It is never explained how the Metamorphmagus bloodline was created, only that it is a power that cannot be learned and is passed on from parent to child.
10. Snape’s Portrait Was Added To The Headmaster’s Office At Hogwarts
The magical portraits of the Harry Potter world are created by painters who use enchantments that allow the subject of the picture to act like the person they are depicting.
The position of Headmaster (or Headmistress) of Hogwarts seems to entitle you to a free portrait, as one exists for every previous holder of the office. Harry interacts with the Albus Dumbledore portrait in Deathly Hallows, which suggests that there may be more to the portrait’s abilities than most people realize.
The fans noticed that a portrait of Severus Snape wasn’t in the Headmaster’s Office after his death, even though Dumbledore’s appeared as soon as he died. J. K. Rowling has confirmed that this is because he abandoned his post when he fled from the school.
9. Dolores Umbridge Was Given Life Imprisonment
The vast majority of the Harry Potter villains were killed during the final battle of the series. The Malfoys managed to escape prison due to the fact that they colluded at the last minute, but the majority of the remaining Death Eaters were slain in combat.
Dolores Umbridge is absent from Hogwarts during the final battle of the series. The last time we saw her was when Harry witnessed the kangaroo court that Umbridge was presiding over at the Ministry of Magic. Umbridge was using her position in the new regime to have Muggle-borns sent to Azkaban.
After Voldemort was defeated, Umbridge was arrested and sentenced to Azkaban for the remainder of her life, as many of the Muggle-borns that she had sent there had died under the Dementors’ care. Umbridge actually got off easy, because the Dementors were taken out of Azkaban when Kingsley Shacklebolt became the Minister of Magic.
8. Hermione Continued S.P.E.W
One of the major storylines from the Harry Potter books that were left out of the movies was about an organization called the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (or S.P.E.W. as it was better known).
Hermione created this group when she saw firsthand how badly House Elves were being treated. This was linked to a character named Winky, who was omitted from the movie version of Goblet of Fire. The entire storyline was removed, due to the sheer amount of content from Goblet of Fire that was already struggling to fit into the runtime of a movie.
Hermione actually returned to Hogwarts to finish her final year of study. She found work at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, which allowed her to continue the goals of S.P.E.W.
Hermione used her position to invoke laws that helped the treatment of House Elves. She later moved on to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, before becoming the Minister of Magic (as was detailed in The Cursed Child).
7. Slytherin Finally Abandoned Its Pure-blood Bias
Slytherin has often been disregarded as the “evil” Harry Potter house. This is mainly done by people who haven’t read the books, as the Sorting Hat is very clear on the qualities that most Slytherin students share, and a malevolent spirit isn’t one of them. The Sorting Hat puts students who are ambitious, cunning, and resourceful into Slytherin.
The prejudice against wizards who are Muggle-born or are half-bloods was strongest among Slytherin students for a long time. Many members of the ancient wizard families were sorted into Slytherin, which helped this attitude to linger on for far longer than it should have.
According to both J. K. Rowling and Pottermore, the prejudice against those who aren’t pure-bloods has finally disappeared. Slytherin students are now accepting of members who come from all different kinds of backgrounds.
6. Neville Longbottom Kept The Dumbledore’s Army Coin
Neville Longbottom finally had his chance to shine in Deathly Hallows, when he slew Nagini and became a hero to the wizard community. We actually know a lot about what happened to him afterward, though J. K. Rowling saved a few of the details for interviews.
After the events of Deathly Hallows, Neville Longbottom served as an Auror. He would later pursue his favorite topic from his time at Hogwarts and return to the school as the Professor of Herbology. Neville would marry Hannah Abbott, who worked as the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron, before becoming the Matron of Hogwarts.
It seems that Neville learned from the mistakes of Severus Snape and tried to become the best teacher he could be. This is why he kept hold of the Dumbledore’s Army coin, as he would show it off to his students to impress them.
J. K. Rowling also confirmed that Neville’s parents would remain in St. Mungo’s Hospital for the rest of their lives, despite the desire of the fans to see them recover some day.
5. George Turned Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Into A Huge Business
Hagrid survived the events of Deathly Hallows, which means that the saddest death in the book belongs to Fred Weasley.
George Weasley was never quite the same after the death of his twin brother. He would go on to marry Angelica Johnson (who went with Fred to the Yule Ball) and they would have two children, named Fred and Roxanne. George continued to run the business that he had started with his brother, despite the loss he still felt.
Ron chose not to return to Hogwarts and finish his seventh year. Instead, he became an Auror and worked for the Ministry for two years. Ron then left the Auror office and worked at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes with George.
Together, the two of them turned it into a huge business, which earned the Weasley family a lot of money. Ron and George are still working for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes as of the start of The Cursed Child.
4. Firenze Was Allowed To Return To His People
The role of Firenze was greatly diminished in the Harry Potter movies. This is because it would have been expensive to include a centaur in more scenes than was necessary.
In Philosopher’s Stone, Firenze carries Harry back to the rest of his group. He is stopped by two other centaurs, one of whom thinks that allowing a human to ride on a centaur is a betrayal of their ideals.
In Order of the Phoenix, Firenze is chosen to take over the Divination classes at Hogwarts. This leads to him being kicked out of his colony and almost being killed if Hagrid hadn’t saved his life. He continued to teach at Hogwarts during the events of Deathly Hallows.
Firenze fights alongside the other teachers at the Battle of Hogwarts, though he is badly wounded. He was later allowed to return to his colony, as the events of the battle led to many centaurs changing their anti-wizard stance.
3. Viktor Krum Won The Quidditch World Cup For Bulgaria
Viktor Krum was a major character in The Goblet of Fire, yet his importance to the series dropped off in the later books. He is only seen briefly during Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding, before vanishing from the series. This couldn’t really be helped, seeing as he was a native of Bulgaria and had a good excuse to keep away from Voldemort and his army.
The story of Victor Krum became important again in the works that followed Deathly Hallows. He retired from professional Quidditch after an embarrassing loss to the Egyptian team in the 42nd Quidditch World Cup. Krum returned to the sport in 2014, however, as he was determined to be part of the Bulgarian team that took the World Cup home with them.
2. Mr. Weasley Fixed Sirius Black’s Bike
We know very little about the fate of Arthur and Molly Weasley after the events of Deathly Hallows. They probably needed to build an extension for the Burrow, considering how big their extended family became. By the time the events of The Cursed Child began, Arthur and Molly had twelve grandchildren.
One of the things we know about the life of Arthur Weasley was that he briefly took possession of Sirius Black’s flying motorbike. Hagrid had used it to help Harry escape from Privet Drive when the spell that was protecting him finally ended. It was damaged in the landing, which is why Harry never took it with him later on (as it rightfully belonged to him, along with Sirius’ other possessions).
1. Harry & Dudley Made Peace And Consider Each Other To Be Family
Harry Potter was forced to live a life of abuse at the hands of his aunt and her family throughout his upbringing. This continued on until he discovered that he was a wizard, though he was still forced to return to Privet Drive at the end of each school year.
Dudley Dursley bullied Harry throughout their time in Privet Drive. This finally changed when Dudley encountered a Dementor and saw himself as a bully for the first time. This was the event that changed Dudley for the better, which led to the emotional farewell between him and Harry in the final book.
The Cursed Child confirmed that Aunt Petunia died sometime before 2020. We aren’t sure if Vernon is still alive or if he remarried, but we do know that he signed the petition to keep Jeremy Clarkson on as the host of Top Gear, which proves that he was still alive as of 2015.
J. K. Rowling had originally wanted Dudley to be seeing off his own magical children at King’s Cross Station, though she later changed her mind, as she couldn’t imagine the magical gene surviving in any child of Vernon Dursley. She later decided that Harry & Dudley would visit each other after they had kids of their own and would just sit in silence as they played.
What do you think? Are you happy about where the characters of Harry Potter turned up? Do you know where any other characters are? Let us know in the comment section!
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