It’s been exactly ten years since the last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released. And if you’re like me, then maybe a hole formed in your life when the series came to an end. You may have grown up reading the Harry Potter books like I did and felt a bittersweet feeling inside when you flipped the last page of the last book. You’re happy that you finished the series but you’re also a little sad to see your favorite characters go, all grown up and moving on with their lives now that all the adventures are over.
In the years since the Harry Potter series ended, however, J.K. Rowling has done a number of interviews where she revealed what happened to her characters after the final battle against Voldemort ended. If you’ve seen the stage play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or read the script for it, then you probably have a good idea of what happened to some of the Harry Potter characters and their children. But the play didn’t reveal what happened to every Harry Potter character, right? (I’m just guessing, I haven’t seen or read Cursed Child.)
So if you want to see for yourself what some of the Harry Potter characters have been up to in the wizard world, then check out this list of 15 things you may not have known happened after the Harry Potter series ended.
15. The Ministry Of Magic Is Revamped
Following Dumbledore’s tragic death, Voldemort and his Death Eaters upped their efforts to infiltrate the Ministry through several high-ranking officials. They eventually achieved a silent coup and the whole organization was put under Death Eater control. A new Minister of Magic was put in charge and the Ministry became corrupt and totalitarian. Once the war came to an end and the Death Eaters lost their power, a major reformation of the Ministry was in order.
Kingsley Shacklebolt became the new Minister of Magic and he, Harry, Ron, and Hermione worked together to remove much of the corruption and prejudice that had been poisoning the Ministry for quite some time. Pure-blood biased laws were eradicated and more rights were granted towards Muggle-born wizards and witches, making the Ministry a much more enjoyable place to work.
14. The Death Eaters Were Taken Care Of
After Voldemort was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts, many of the remaining Death Eaters were arrested and thrown into Azkaban for their crimes. Others went into hiding. They didn’t remain in hiding for long, however. A few of the Death Eaters were pardoned, including the Malfoys, and Lucius Malfoy was all too happy to give the authorities information about his former comrades so they would get captured and arrested.
It’s probably not that surprising since Malfoy betrayed his former colleagues in a way after Voldemort’s first defeat where he claimed he had been acting under the Imperius Curse to keep clear of Azkaban. Malfoy’s actions after the Second Wizarding War ended were probably fueled by the fact that by the Battle of Hogwarts, Malfoy showed more concern for his son’s safety rather than Voldemort’s cause.
13. Hogwarts Comes Under New Management
Professor McGonagall had served as a temporary headmistress before in the past. When Dumbledore needed to be away for a while, he left his colleague in charge as the Deputy Headmistress. She also served as temporary Headmistress during the final weeks of the school year during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But after the Second Wizarding War ends, it becomes official.
It can only be assumed that she was the one who hired former pupil Neville Longbottom as the Herbology professor, as well as the one in charge of hiring a new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Since Voldemort’s death erased the curse he placed on the position many years earlier, a professor teaching the class can remain in the post for more than one year.
12. The Dementors Were Done Away With
The dark wraith-like creatures feed off human happiness, causing gloom and despair to anyone who is unfortunate to be near them. If they happen to consume a person’s soul, that person will be left in a vegetative, empty-like shell unable to recover. They were largely employed by the Ministry of Magic to guard the prisoners locked away in Azkaban, but they defected to Voldemort’s side after he took over the Ministry, allowing Death Eaters to escape Azkaban and participating in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Since Dementors show no real loyalty to anyone, choosing the side that gives them more people to feed off, it was really no big surprise that they would betray their former employers. So when Kingsley Shacklebolt became the new Minister of Magic, he got rid of the Dementors as guards of Azkaban and replaced them with Aurors. It’s unknown what happened to them after that.
11. Draco Malfoy Had A Change Of Heart
Many of the events that happened to Draco Malfoy during his teenage years during the Second Wizarding War changed his personality and his attitude towards life. He stopped believing in the supremacy of pure-bloods, unlike his family.
He would marry a pureblood witch by the name of Astoria Greengrass, who refused to teach her son to believe that pure-bloods were superior to other wizards and witches and instead taught him to be more tolerant of others, which made for some tense family gatherings at the Malfoy Manor. Draco supported the beliefs his wife instilled in their son and raised him to a better man than he was during his youth.
10. Firenze Was No Longer Banished
Firenze came to the rescue when Harry was about to be attacked by Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest while he and Draco were attempting to figure out why unicorns in the forest were turning up dead. Firenze led Harry to safety with him on his back, but the rest of the centaur colony saw this as a disgraceful act, who felt that they were too good to be ridden by humans.
Four years later, Dumbledore hired Firenze to teach the Divination classes at Hogwarts after Professor Trelawney was fired by Umbridge. Once again, the centaur colony saw this as another disgraceful act as they felt like Firenze was serving humans, and he was attacked and exiled from the colony.
9. Dolores Umbridge Got Her Comeuppance
I’m pretty sure every Harry Potter fan hated Umbridge during the events of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a cruel, vindictive, and borderline sociopathic woman who seemed to find enjoyment in torturing students while acting as if she was a sweet and innocent lady.
She made Harry write lines in his own blood as a part of a detention he had to serve, tried to sack Professor Trelawney, and was prejudiced against Muggle-borns and part-humans such as centaurs and werewolves. So I’m sure a lot of us would be happy to hear that she paid for the crimes she committed. Following Voldemort’s death and the reformation of the Ministry, Umbridge was arrested, interrogated, and sent to Azkaban for her crimes against Muggle-borns.
8. Victor Krum Got His Happy Ending
After the Triwizard Tournament ended in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Viktor Krum returned home to Bulgaria. Even though he offered his crush, Hermione, to come visit him in Bulgaria, she never does. However, the two correspond with each other through letters in a strictly platonic relationship.
He continued playing Quidditch until the final of the 424th Quidditch World Cup in 2002, where he announced his retirement from the sport after his country narrowly lost to Egypt. Years later, a 38-year-old Krum would come out of retirement to fulfill his ambition to win a World Cup before he died. He put on an impressive performance despite his age and helps Bulgaria beat Brazil in the World Cup finals to clinch the trophy.
7. Ginny Weasley Went Into Careers Involving Quidditch
Ginny Weasley was an accomplished Quidditch player during her tenure at Hogwarts, so an athletic career was probably the best fit for her. For several years, she played professional Quidditch for the Holyhead Harpies. She would eventually marry Harry and have three children with him, forcing her to retire from the sport to take care of her kids. However, Quidditch still remained a major part of her life.
She became the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet and covered the Quidditch World Cups every year, including the one that Viktor Krum came out of retirement to win. Years later, she became the sports editor for the Prophet.
6. Harry And Dudley Made Up In The End
After all the crap Dudley and his parents put Harry through while he was growing up, he and Harry bury the hatchet. In Dudley’s defense, he did become somewhat nicer to Harry after his cousin saved him from a Dementor attack and he was the only one of the Dursleys to bid Harry farewell when they had to go into hiding.
While he and Harry stand mostly on “Christmas card terms,” they maintain an amicable relationship. Dudley gets married and has two children, and Harry sometimes brings his children over to his house if they’re in the neighborhood, which is something that Harry’s children strongly detest.
While their children play around with each other, Harry and Dudley just sit together, mostly in silence. It would probably be too much for them to become best friends in the sense of always talking to one another.
5. Certain Wizards Never Leave St. Mungo’s
Professor Lockhart lost all his memories due to a Memory Charm he tried to perform on Ron backfiring on him. He was hospitalized at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries but he never recovered his lost memories and remained a hospital resident for the rest of his life. Even though Harry discovered Lockheart was nothing more than a fraud, Dumbledore never reported his crimes to the public.
Towards the end of the First Wizarding War, Frank and Alice Longbottom, Neville Longbottom’s parents, were tortured into insanity at the hands of four Death Eaters while Neville was still an infant. They were taken to St. Mungo’s, but sadly, were never able to recover. They lost the ability to function in society and couldn’t even recognize their own son. They lived out their lives in a hospital ward.
4. The Order Of The Phoenix Is Disbanded For Good
Whenever there’s an evil organization working to achieve their goals, you can bet that most likely, there’s going to be a good organization that seeks to oppose them. For the Death Eaters, the organization that opposed them was the Order of the Phoenix.
The original Order played a major role during the First Wizarding War, thanks to their efforts to fight against Dark Wizards. After Voldemort’s first defeat, thanks to Harry Potter, the Order was disbanded. But they eventually reassembled upon Voldemort’s return, working to protect Harry and Muggles from the Dark Lord and his forces. All of them fought in the Battle of Hogwarts until the battle was won.
3. Slytherin House Changes For The Better
Ever since its inception, Slytherin House was always known as the house pure-blood supremacists ended up in. Blood purity was a factor the Sorting Hat considered when it sorted incoming students to Hogwarts. Adding an inclination towards the Dark Arts and the fact that many Death Eaters came from Slytherin, you have a House with a very nasty reputation.
Of course, not every Slytherin was rotten to the bone. Several of them aided their fellow classmates against Voldemort and his forces in the Battle of Hogwarts. Over time, the house became increasingly diluted and was no longer the house pure-blood witches and wizards usually ended up in.
2. Luna Lovegood Is Still As Loony As Ever
Some things never change. Luna Lovegood certainly carried her quirky and eccentric traits into adulthood. After Luna left Hogwarts, she became a famous Magizoologist (wizarding naturalist) and traveled all over the world searching for bizarre creatures. In her line of work, she discovered and classified all different kinds of species that had never been seen before.
She would eventually get married to Rolf Scamander, the grandson of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author, Newt Scamander, who was a naturalist much like herself. For the wedding, she wore a wedding dress made of rainbows, spangles, and a tiara of silver unicorn horns, which stunned her husband, to say the least. At the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, she wore robes that bore the flags of all 16 qualifying countries.
1. Harry Restored Snape’s Honor
Harry and Professor Snape always had a testy relationship, which worsened considerably after Snape killed Dumbledore and Harry believed Snape was truly working for the dark side. He wouldn’t discover until much later, after Snape’s death, that Snape was a triple agent for the Order and Dumbledore and he was working against Voldemort the entire time.
After the Second Wizarding War ended, the first thing Harry did was redeem Snape’s honor. He told everyone what Snape had done and what a hero he was, making sure that Snape’s portrait in the Headmaster’s office was restored to its rightful place.
Despite their personal differences, Harry came to realize his former professor’s motivations and think highly of him, which is why he made Severus the middle name of his youngest son, Albus.