Harry Potter was arguably the most successful franchise in the history of our world when it comes to entertainment. No single story has captivated as many people and made as much money as the young British wizard’s tale. A lot of people could say that other franchises could rival Harry Potter in many instances. Off the top of our heads, we can name The Lord of the Rings (if we include The Hobbit) and The Hunger Games trilogy. Nevertheless, while they put up a good fight, it is hard to put both of those incredibly successful franchises in the same ballpark as Harry Potter.
To illustrate that point a little better, we should really take a good look at the numbers. For example, J.K. Rowling was very far from a successful author when she released Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Many people didn’t even know why she was still trying to become a writer. Well, look at J.K. now. The lady has a net worth of $900 million. The Harry Potter brand is supposedly valued at over $15 billion. Still, the money is not really what draws in the hardcore Harry Potter fans. We are talking about those who want to know what happened after the last book and the last movie. Thankfully, we searched around, and we found 15 things that happened to the wizards in Harry Potter after the end of the series.
15 Neville Had Quite The Career
For people who followed the Harry Potter series from the get-go, imagining the character growth we would see in Neville Longbottom was impossible from the beginning. Many people might try to claim that they knew how awesome Neville would become as the series went on, but that is all a bunch of lies. Neville probably had one of the best character arcs of the past few decades. He is arguably the character that grew the most in the series.
That being said, everyone should be curious about what happened to him after the series ended. Luckily, we have the answer. After graduating from Hogwarts, Neville worked as an Auror for the Ministry of Magic. Later, however, he left his job of fighting against evil to become a professor at Hogwarts. We just wonder how awesome a series about his life as an Auror would be.
14 Luna Lovegood
One of the outliers in the series who became a fan favorite, Luna Lovegood is one of those characters who fans wanted to see more and more. And, after finding out what she did after graduating from Hogwarts, you will probably want to watch a series about Luna’s life. It might not be such a hardcore fight against evil as it was Harry’s, but Luna sure went through some adventures of her own.
After she left Hogwarts, Luna decided to travel the world in search of all kinds of exotic animals and magical creatures. If you watched Fantastic Beasts, you know how entertaining a movie about magical animals can be. Add the other ingredient that would be Luna’s personality, and we have the recipe for success. Oh yeah, she also married the grandson of the guy who wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
13 Neville’s Parents
This is one of the saddest truths we found out from an interview that J.K. Rowling gave on the things that happened after the Deathly Hallows. After Voldemort was killed and his minions utterly crushed, we imagined that everyone would have a happy ending. However, that was not the case for a lot of people in the world of the wizards. For example, everyone who saw the growth in Neville Longbottom wished to see the kid being able to have a conversation with his parents and the two of them recovering from the torture they suffered at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange.
Unfortunately, J.K. told the world that there was no real hope of the two of them ever recovering from the trauma they suffered at the hands of the evil witch. We just hope that Neville’s grandmother became more accepting of him, at least so he could still have a loving family.
12 Changes In Hogwarts
We get to see a little bit about what happened to Hogwarts in the epilogue of the books, as well as the movies. However, the epilogue is very vague, and J.K. Rowling didn’t really get into the details of what happened to the school. Luckily again, she was more open to talking about the future in a later interview, where she revealed that Hogwarts went through a lot of changes after the things that happened in The Deathly Hallows. For example, a lot of us expected Prof. McGonagall to become headmaster for life, but apparently, that was not what happened.
According to the author, Hogwarts has an entirely different headmaster, whom we might meet in a future series. Who that headmaster could be is completely up in the air. If you have any guesses, please let us know as it would be entertaining to have a debate on this one.
11 Defense Against The Dark Arts
Throughout the entire series, one of the most exciting things that we looked forward to in every book and movie was to find out who would be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Because of the curse laid down by Voldemort, it was impossible for a person to stay in that role for more than one year. And we have to give it to J.K. Rowling for staying true to that curse and always bringing in a fresh face.
But look and behold, the curse is now suddenly gone, and someone has managed to snatch the position and make it his or her own. That sure is a fresh change of pace, especially for the students who will now get to stay with the same teacher for more than a year. Still, she did not clarify who the teacher is.
10 Hermione The Civil Rights Activist
Ever since she met Dobby in the second book, Hermione became obsessed in her fight for the civil rights of house elves and other magical creatures. That passion did not change a single bit after she left Hogwarts and married Ron. As most of us could imagine, she became far from your usual housewife. A fierce spirit, Hermione apparently spent the majority of her days arguing and winning battles at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. As bright as she was, we cannot imagine a future in which there is still a single imprisoned house elf. All of them are probably free and working for wages by now. Still talking about Hermione, she also became a respected wizard and joined the Magical Law Enforcement Squad. Honestly, this is the kind of gal who could have done anything she wanted in the world.
9 Umbridge Behind Bars
Arguably one of the most hated characters in the entire series, we are glad to be able to tell you that Dolores Umbridge met a fitting end after the occurrences in the Deathly Hallows book and movies. This sadistic tiny witch probably thought she could still get away with all of the crimes and tortures she performed during the Harry Potter series. But with Voldemort gone and the Ministry of Magic cracking down on everything wrong that happened during the past seven years, she was probably one of the first witches to find herself wearing the magical equivalent of handcuffs.
The only thing we were left wondering was if she let out even a single one of her signature giggles while she was being interrogated, tried, and imprisoned for crimes against muggle-borns. How much would you pay to see her face during that trial?
8 Voldemort’s Destiny
Well, the guy was arguably one of the most despicable villains in the history of novels and movies. Nevertheless, even for someone of his caliber, the afterlife is not looking too peachy. Yes, if you were wondering, there will be an afterlife for Voldermort as J.K. Rowling once confirmed. However, it won’t be like in Star Wars, where the bad guy can become good again and kick it back with his old buddies in the afterlife. No, according to the author, the afterlife for Lord Voldemort will be one of pure pain and agony.
This terrible fate will befall him because of the way he defiled his own soul by committing murder after murder and creating the Horcruxes. Remember that disgusting little thing Harry saw when he was talking to Dumbledore in the last movie at King Cross Station? Yeah, that’s how Voldemort is going to spend the rest of eternity.
7 Hagrid Is Still At Hogwarts
We don’t know how much doubt there would be around this one, but everyone’s favorite half-giant is still teaching at Hogwarts when Harry’s firstborn enters the school. That is made very clear in the epilogue of the book. But that is not the most interesting thing about what happened to Hagrid after the end of the Deathly Hallows. First of all, we were all surprised to see him survive that whole ordeal. And everyone should thank J.K. Rowling for that because George R.R. Martin would have killed him in that battle easily.
Back to the point, the saddest thing about Hagrid’s future was that he apparently never really got to marry his beloved Madame Maxime. Yeah, J.K. is not in the business of making everyone happy. Apparently, the reason the two didn’t work out is because Maxime realized Hagrid was kind of a simpleton.
6 Guess What Happened To Harry
Seriously, the easiest thing to guess would happen after the end of the Harry Potter series was that Harry would unavoidably become an Auror. Of course, that ended up happening, but Harry didn’t just stop there. The Chosen One kept protecting wizards as far as J.K. Rowling has thought of the story. Harry was supposedly such a good Auror that he quickly became the head of the Ministry of Magic’s Auror Department.
As any good Chosen One, he apparently also became a little bit involved with politics. Harry didn’t try to become minister of magic himself, but the new guy heading the wizard government is a friend and ally of Harry’s, Kingsley Shacklebolt. Now, we won’t know how involved Harry would be with the government until a new story comes out. But given the fact that he is the head of one of the most important departments and is a friend of the head honcho, we can assume he has a good amount of pull in the government.
5 Ginny Was Still Good At Quidditch
Ginny Weasley was already an incredible Quidditch player at Hogwarts. And that didn’t stop after she graduated from school. Not only did the Weasleys’ only daughter become Harry’s wife and had three of his children, but she also became a professional Quidditch player. The more hardcore fans of the series can already guess what the name of the team she played for is. Yes, Ginny played for the Holyhead Harpies, a killer all-female Quidditch squad.
She was involved in the sport even after she had to retire from her playing days. Ginny became a sports reporter for the Daily Prophet. Another interesting fact about that is that she had to work near Rita Skeeter, who was still keen on writing gossip about Harry. Needless to say, Ginny had a confrontation with her and even supposedly assaulted the nosy reporter.
4 Viktor Krum Fulfilled One Of His Dreams
Viktor Krum’s number one dream was probably to marry Hermione, but since Ron got dibs on that one, he was left with one goal to fulfill. The greatest Quidditch player of his time, Krum hit some major bumps as he tried to take his native Bulgaria to a World Cup title. Many people probably thought that after the defeat to the Irish we read about in the books, Krum would be set to take home the next World Cup home to Bulgaria. Nevertheless, the opposite happened. The 42nd Quidditch World Cup ended up becoming a disaster for Bulgaria as they suffered a humbling defeat at the hands of Egypt. It was so bad that Krum retired from the sport after that loss.
Luckily for Bulgaria, Krum returned to action in the 2014 World Cup, where he managed to lead his team to victory after defeating Brazil in the final round.
3 Ron Filled Fred’s Place
After the end of The Deathly Hallows, Ron did what everyone thought he would and eventually married Hermione. He also followed Harry into the path of becoming an Auror at the Ministry of Magic. That career, however, did not last long as many can imagine that this was not really Ron’s field of expertise. No, this guy decided to take the high road and help his brother, George, out with the family shop. He supposedly filled the spot that was left after Fred was killed and helped George turn Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes into a juggernaut of a company.
That was not the only “unorthodox” thing Ron did after the end of the series. The guy also took up after his father and even obtained a Muggle driver’s license. We just hope that he became a better driver because if he is still anything like he was in that second book, we are afraid for everyone sharing a road with him.
2 Malfoy Still Seems Pretty Bad
It is not like we expected Draco Malfoy to become a good guy after the events of The Deathly Hallows. After all, how hard would it be to turn someone who was as spoiled, annoying, cowardly, and borderline evil into a good character after just a few years? No, it seems like he got a little bit better from what we could deduce from the epilogue, but Draco Malfoy is still far from being a good character.
If you have any doubts about that, just take one look at the name he gave to his one son. He literally named the kid Scorpius Hyperion. Seriously? You are going to name your kid something like that after you and your parents were accused of aiding one of the vilest individuals who ever lived? We honestly have no idea what goes through these people’s minds.
1 No More Jobs
The first thing we were left to wonder after Voldemort was killed was how much society would really need folks who had jobs like Auror. Then we thought about the real world, and we realized that despite big fishes in crime being killed or arrested every day, there are still evil people out there and we always need cops. That’s what Aurors are—cops.
However, while we got the answer to that one profession, there are still a few that were left up in the air by J.K. Rowling. That was not the case with the dementors. Yes, the soul-sucking evil beings were the first ones to get the boot in the butt after the Dark Lord was killed. The legendary Prison of Azkaban was closed, and these guys were left jobless. And we can’t say that we feel bad for them.