Most people think Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows marked the end of the adventures revolving Harry and his friends. They are wrong.
In many ways, the end of The Deathly Hallows was actually the beginning of a whole new set of adventures for the surviving characters. Starting with one of the grandest adventures of all, adulthood, which Harry thought he might never see.
The epilogue in the final book jumped ahead in time about 19 years, where we see the trio as adults with their children. That leaves quite a gap in time unaccounted for. However, with new developments from the new book, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Pottermore, as well as interviews with J.K. Rowling herself, we've been able to find out what our favorite characters have been up to.
Rowling has hinted and teased to fans since the completion of the series that more tales of Harry's adventures could possibly happen one day - even if she wasn't the author - similar to how Jack Thorne wrote Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Harry Potter has one of the largest fan-fiction followings in modern day fiction and there are countless well-known authors who would love to take a shot at a Harry Potter book.
Without further ado, here are the 18 Things You Never Knew Happened After The Events Of The Deathly Hallows!
18 The New Minster Of Magic
Immediately following the death of Voldemort, members of the Order of The Phoenix scrambled to reorganize the Ministry of Magic.
Spearheading this reorganization was former Auror, Kingsley Shacklebolt, who took on the role of Minister of Magic. While his role in the movies was definitely lessened, his character was given much more context and importance in the books. He was one of the senior Aurors who was assigned to protect the former Minister, Cornelius Fudge, before making his true allegiance to Dumbledore and the Order evident.
After the Battle of Hogwarts, he was appointed Minister of Magic and worked alongside Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Percy Weasley, among others, to try and fix all the damage that the Death Eaters had done to the wizarding world.
17 Harry's And Ron's Careers
Another development for the main characters which is kind of a no-brainer regards the career path of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, who both pursued their dream of becoming Aurors.
It fits their personalities perfectly. It also makes total sense with the story, seeing how they spent their adolescence doing most things adult wizards could never dream of.
The pair was so dead set on what they wanted to do that they didn't even return for their 7th year at Hogwarts. After being given a pass from the standard qualifications for their role in the Great Wizarding War, and with Kingsley Shacklebolt serving as Minister of Magic during the reconstruction phase after the war, it makes sense that he would want the pair's immediate help.
Harry had such an aptitude for it that by the events of The Cursed Child he was actually the Head of Magical Law Enforcement!
16 The Potter Family Feud
Believe it or not, Harry Potter was not the perfect father.
Despite being the savior of the wizarding world, parenting was one area that Harry was not able to master and actually failed at times, as readers understood from Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. It's made apparent through the book that Albus struggles with living up to his father's legacy and seems to think that he is a disappointment in the public's eye.
Albus tells Harry, "So what would you like me to do? Magic myself popular? Conjure myself into a new house? Transfigure myself into a better student? Just cast a spell, Dad, and change me into what you want me to be, okay? It'll work better for both of us."
It's ironic because it is said that Albus resembles his father more than the other children, yet could not be more completely opposite.
15 Albus Potter, The Slytherin, And Malfoy's Friend
Who would've thought that the children of sworn enemies, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, would end up being best friends?
Albus did not have a natural gift for magic like his father. After being placed in Slytherin and demonstrating his inadequate abilities, he quickly became very unpopular and made friends with the son of his father's nemesis, Scorpius Malfoy.
Later during his time at Hogwarts, Albus told his father that he wished to go to Platform 9 3/4 alone, which offended Harry. Harry suspected it was because of the influence the young Malfoy boy had on his son. Harry told Albus that he wanted him to end his friendship with Scorpius - to which Albus refused.
By the end of The Cursed Child, they remain close friends. Scorpius even falls for Rose Weasley, Albus' cousin!
14 Voldemort & Bellatrix's Love Child
The idea of Voldemort having a child should trouble all witches and wizards in the Harry Potter universe.
In Harry Potter and The Cursed Child readers are introduced to the daughter of Bellatrix Lestrange and Tom Riddle, Delphini. Like her father, she had a very estranged childhood, as both of her parents were killed shortly after her birth.
The new heir of Salazar Slytherin proved herself to be a formidable witch in a short amount of time, despite never attending Hogwarts. She used her cunning to not only use a Confundus Charm on Amos Diggory but also manipulated both Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy into helping her travel to the past. Her true intention was to prevent the original fall of Lord Voldemort in Godric's Hollow but was stopped by Harry Potter.
Like her mother before her, she was eventually imprisoned in Azkaban for murder.
13 Harry Lets His Parents Die
Harry Potter had the chance to save his parents from their cruel murders and chose not to.
In Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Delphini goes back in time to the night Voldemort killed the Potters in order to prevent the Dark Lord's downfall altogether. Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Draco all go back in time after receiving a message of warning from Albus and Scorpius to stop Delphini. Harry disguised himself as Voldemort, using a transfiguration spell, when he then talked with Delphini, who revealed herself to be Voldemort and Bellatrix' daughter.
When she realized it was actually Harry she was talking to they began to duel and were quickly overtaken by the four adult wizards. Before going back in time, Harry watches from a distance as the true Voldemort killed his parents, giving him closure to truly move on.
12 Minister Granger
J.K. Rowling has been a vocal activist her entire life. Not only for humans in general but specifically for women.
One of the coolest and least surprising things that happened by the time of The Cursed Child is the election of Hermione Granger as Minister of Magic.
She always had the confidence and charisma to hold such a high public office, not to mention that she was always remarked as the brightest and most impressive witch in her class. That fact is made clear numerous times throughout the series when Hermione proves her skills, usually by performing some high-level spell or unlocking the secrets of the mystery that the trio face. Who better to be in charge of the wizarding world than Hermione!
Does this make Ron the wizarding world's equivalent to the First Lady? Possibly.
11 Ginny Weasley & The Holyhead Harpies
Ginny Weasley became a lot more than just the wife of the wizarding world's savior.
Ginny was always a natural at Quidditch. After completing her 7th year at Hogwarts, she signed on to play the sport professionally for the all-women team, the Holyhead Harpies. She continued to play for several years and made a name for herself as an excellent Quidditch player.
She eventually left the team when she and Harry decided to start having children of their own. While raising her children, Ginny decided not to cut ties to the sport entirely and decided to work alongside Rita Skeeter as a quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet.
She even jinxed Rita at a match when she was bad-mouthing Harry!
10 What's The Deal With Harry And Dudley?
It wouldn't have been too far of a stretch to think that The Deathly Hallows might mark the end of all ties between the Dursleys and Harry.
To many readers' surprise, Dudley extended an olive branch to Harry at the beginning of the last book. After years of tormenting Harry and treating him like garbage, Dudley finally came around and made his peace with his cousin. His change of heart started with the dementor that attacked Harry and Dudley in Order of The Phoenix.
After the two cousins were married and had kids, they decided to, on occasion, get together and have their kids play. They were said to sit silently together while their children played together.
It definitely sounds like a typical weird family relationship!
9 Bill And Fleur's Legacy
Bill and Fleur Weasley also had their own trio of children, with the first pregnancy beginning around the end of The Deathly Hallows.
Victoire, their oldest daughter was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which is what helped them decide her name in honor of the great victory. Readers see her being mentioned in the epilogue when she is caught kissing Teddy Lupin by her cousins.
Dominique Weasley is their middle child and not much else is known about her yet, except that she is part veela like her mother. Their youngest child and only son was named Louis and is said to be the only known male with veela blood.
If J.K. Rowling ever decides to write a legacy series she has quite the collection of cousins to include!
8 Who Attended The 7th Year?
While Ron and Harry decided to forego their 7th year at Hogwarts, it's no surprise that Hermione and Ginny decided to go back to finish their education.
If it came down to playing or studying, Hermione would always choose the latter. Her book-worm qualities are undoubtedly the reason why the trio was able to face the dangers that came to Hogwarts year-to-year with the proper knowledge to win. For Hermione, finishing school was another step on the ladder for her to eventually take the position as Minister of Magic.
Ginny, on the other hand, still had one year left in her education and returned out of necessity. She was book smart as well but ended up choosing to follow her passion of playing Quidditch after she finished school.
7 Luna Lovegood And Her Romantic Life
Luna Lovegood is without a doubt one of the strangest characters in the Harry Potter series.
It would definitely take a special kind of person to embrace all her oddities. Even though Neville and her were teased at having some sort of relationship, she ended up falling in love and marrying Rolf Scamander. While we never get to see Rolf in the movies, he is connected to another wizard that fans have gotten to know more recently. Rolf is the grandson of Newt Scamander, the protagonist from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them!
They end up having twin sons together, Lorcan and Lysander, whose ages are never mentioned but are assumed to be considerably younger than the Potter and Weasley children.
It would be interesting to see a new set of twins in the Harry Potter universe just as weird as Luna!
6 Headmistress Minerva McGonagall
Minerva McGonagall was the most obvious choice to become Headmistress of Hogwarts after the death of Albus Dumbledore.
However, with the fall of the Ministry of Magic as well as the installment of puppet Minister Pius Thicknesse, Hogwarts was in for an abrupt overhaul. Instead of the obvious choice, Voldemort rewarded Snape for the murder of Dumbledore by making him Headmaster, along with most of the staff being replaced with other Death Eaters.
All these factors help give plausibility to the appointment of Minerva McGonagall as Headmistress. With the castle in shambles and half of the staff now gone, she led the way for the reconstruction of the wizarding school.
She loved her work so much that by the time of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child she still held her position as Headmistress, helping teach the new generation of Potters and Weasleys.
5 (No Longer) Parselmouth
The last time Harry Potter ever spoke in parseltongue was when Ron destroyed the Locket Horcrux in The Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter was forever changed when Voldemort cast the killing curse at Harry in The Dark Forest and destroyed the piece of Voldemort's soul living inside of him. While readers assume that the reason for Harry's natural talent for magic came from this dark magic living inside him, J.K. Rowling never actually confirmed that. Instead, she stated the only effect on Harry was his ability to speak to snakes.
However, after the events of The Battle of Hogwarts, Harry lost this ability forever - which he was happy to get rid of. All that talk of him being the Heir of Slytherin had no traction after that!
4 Professor Longbottom
Neville Longbottom's glorious moment in The Deathly Hallows when he spoke out against Voldemort might have been the bravest thing he ever did.
It may also be one of the reasons why he chose to not pursue a career as an Auror, despite briefly working as one after the War. Instead, he decided to spend his life as the Herbology Professor at Hogwarts. This is mentioned in the epilogue of the series, and it is also mentioned that he is still close with the Potters and Weasleys, even being the godfather of Albus Potter.
Despite Neville proclaiming his love for Luna Lovegood at the Battle of Hogwarts, he ended up getting married to fellow D.A. member Hannah Abbott.
Sorry to let all you Neville-Luna shippers down!
3 Dolores Umbridge, Prisoner Of Azkaban
Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix introduced readers to one of the most loathed and unseemingly evil witches in the Harry Potter universe, Dolores Umbridge.
While she seemed so harmless and sweet at first with her endless amount of pink, lace, and her love of kittens, she quickly proved that was not the case at all. In the movies, fans saw just how cruel she truly was when she tortured Harry by having him write "I must not tell lies" with a Black Quill, and later on in The Deathly Hallows when she served the puppet Minister of Magic under Voldemort.
Justice would later be served of course. After the fall of Voldemort, she was tried for her enthusiastic cooperation with the Death Eaters, as well as all the countless wizards that died because of her. She was sentenced to life in Azkaban and rightfully so.
2 Harry And Ginny
If you read the last two Harry Potter books then you know that in Harry's 6th year at Hogwarts, he fell in love with his best friend's little sister, Ginny Weasley.
After the death of Albus Dumbledore and the social collapse that followed, Harry decided to put their relationship on hiatus, all to keep her protected during the war to come.
It wasn't a surprise to any reader that they ended up being married with kids in the epilogue. Ginny had been head over heels for Harry since the start of The Chamber of Secrets. Harry, on the other hand, definitely fits the typical teenage boy stereotype that couldn't see what's right in front of him - until he saw Ginny snogging another guy!
Fans are glad Rowling had Harry pull his head out of his arse and fall in love with Ginny!
1 Ron And Hermione
Another unlikely match we saw blossom over the course of the series was Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who later married and had two children together, Rose and Hugo.
The couple definitely had more up and downs than a roller-coaster at Disneyland, but in The Deathly Hallows they finally put all their arguments aside and admitted their love for one another. What seemed like inevitable defeat in The Battle of Hogwarts was a blessing in disguise. While many people wanted Harry and Hermione to become a couple, Rowling decided to match Ron with Hermione. The saying, "opposites attract" describes this couple perfectly as they have shown to be opposite in every way possible over the course of the series.
However, Rowling did say in 2014 that Hermione should have married Harry instead, as they would have definitely made a better match.