I will never get tired of writing about, reading, watching, or generally gobbling up every tidbit of information about the world of Harry Potter. All-things Potter will live forever for that reason, and I will assume that you are awesome (because you clicked on this) and you feel the same way.
Ergo, without further ado, I give you 33 things that you’ve obviously missed since the series ended.
**Fair warning** Below there are some comments based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and they are marked SPOILER ALERT. If you haven’t read the play and don’t want to be spoiled, pay attention!
#33. Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggle-borns.
Because obviously she deserves worse!
#32. The Resurrection Stone is now buried in the Forbidden Forest after being pressed into the ground by a centaur’s hoof. It has not been re-discovered.
I feel like better precautions could have been taken if there’s even the slightest possibility it could have been re-discovered.
#31. After his death, Voldemort is forced to exist in the stunted infant-like form that Harry sees in the King’s Cross-like Limbo.
I approve of this, because it means he could find a way to come back. Which means we can continue to dream of the possibility of more books.
#30. Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue when Voldemort’s soul fragment was destroyed.
If you’ve read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you know this isn’t true.
#29. Viktor Krum fell in love with a woman back home in Bulgaria and presumably lived happily ever after.
I mean, why not?
#28. The Death Eater’s Dark Marks eventually faded to look like a scar. It will no longer burn or hurt.
Meh. This means they could hide it with makeup, and I feel like Voldemort is better than that.
#27. The Quibbler is back to publishing articles about the lunatic fringe and is appreciated for its unintentional humor.
In my mind, Luna still totally writes for them in her spare time.
#26. The remaining Death Eaters were killed or imprisoned in Azkaban for their crimes, with the exception of the Malfoys. Draco and Harry never became friends, but they did come to understand and appreciate each other better.
The relationship between Harry and Draco was one of my least favorite aspects of The Cursed Child.
#25. Hagrid was still working at Hogwarts by 2017, at 88 years old. He never married, although he had a relationship with a giantess.
How long do giants live? Forever? Because I’d be good with that.
#24. Harry would take his family to visit Dudley’s when they were in the neighborhood (occasions dreaded by James, Albus, and Lily).
Way to teach your kids to be the bigger person, HP.
#23. Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the school for witchcraft and wizardry is led by an entirely new headmaster (“McGonagall was really getting on a bit”) as well as a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. That position is now as safe as the other teaching posts at Hogwarts, since Voldemort’s death broke the jinx that kept a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor from remaining for more than a year.
Also not true! The Cursed Child shows McGonagall still working as Hogwarts’s headmistress – and she hasn’t slowed down at all!
#22. Kingsley Shacklebolt became the Minister of Magic after the Second Wizarding War.
He might have the best name in the entire series.
#21. Harry will not train to be an Animagus; his energies are going to be concentrated elsewhere and he’s not going to have time to do that.
That’s okay. It kind of makes the friendships his father had all the more special.
#20. In the aftermath of the war, the Order was disbanded once and for all.
They probably still have reunions, though, and reminisce about when they were all badasses.
#19. Hermione Granger was the only member of the group who returned to Hogwarts to complete their seventh year. Harry, Ron, and Neville went straight to get training as Aurors.
There was never any argument that she’s the smart one.
#18. After serving as an Auror for a number of years, Neville Longbottom eventually moved on to serve as the Herbology professor at Hogwarts.
Yes! This is true (according to our new canon).
#17. The head of the Auror Office as of 2007 is Harry Potter. Harry will never become Headmaster of Hogwarts since an academic career just isn’t him.
Obviously. Harry had many strengths, but academia was never one of them.
#16. Ron worked with George in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes prior to officially becoming an Auror.
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ron still works in the joke shop. His doofus of a character was (for me) the biggest disappointment of the new book. Play. Whatever.
#15. After the war ended, Hermione’s first act was to find her parents in Australia and restore their memories. Harry’s was to make sure that the Wizarding world knew that Snape was a hero and that he was on Dumbledore’s side.
Well done, children.
#14. Azkaban no longer uses Dementors as guardians. The number of Dementors has been greatly diminished because despair and degradation have been lessened in the world.
But not in an alternate universe…(READ THE CURSED CHILD).
#13. Hermione tells Scrimgeour that she is not planning to embark on a career in Magical Law. Ironically, that’s where she ends up. She advanced the rights of magical creatures and eradicated the old pro-pure-blood laws in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, of which she is the head.
She does love bossing people around. And being right.
#12. Lavender Brown was attacked by Fenrir Greyback during the Battle of Hogwarts. Hermione saved her but she was already injured. What happened to her later on was never revealed.
Poor kid. At least now maybe she has an excuse for mispronouncing ‘Ron.’
#11. Members of the DA still have their coins, as they are like badges of honor. Neville Longbottom’s students were impressed when he showed them his Dumbledore’s Army coin.
And should they ever need them in the future…
#10. Harry sometimes visits Hogwarts to give guest lectures on Defense Against the Dark Arts.
And to visit Neville, natch.
#9. Ginny became a professional Quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies for a few years. When she retired from playing to focus on raising her children, she worked instead as the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet.
Yep! And she’s just as no-nonsense of a mother/wife as her wonderful mother was before her.
#8. Luna Lovegood married the grandson of Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Luna has twin boys named Lorcan and Lysander with Rolf Scamander and the couple travels the world, looking for mad creatures.
I would read a whole book just about Luna’s life post-Hogwarts.
#7. Audrey Weasley is the wife of Percy Weasley, and they have two daughters, Molly and Lucy.
She must have the patience of a saint.
#6. Draco Malfoy is a loving father to his son, Scorpius Malfoy. He is raising him to have better values than he had as a child.
This is true. I actually love their family’s story in The Cursed Child.
#5. Arthur Weasley fixed Sirius’ motorbike and gave it to Harry.
Perfection. *starry Sirius eyes*
#4. Aberforth is still at the Hog’s Head “playing with his goats.”
I mean, if I had goats I would play with them, too. All the time.
#3. George Weasley married Angelina Johnson and had two children named Fred and Roxanne.
#2. Slytherin House became even more diluted and was no longer solely pureblood; however its dark reputation lingers.
I’ve never liked this. Each house has its strengths and weaknesses – Rowling has said so on many occasions. And no, I’m not a Slytherin. #RavenclawPride
#1. Firenze survived his wounds and was welcomed back into the Centaur herd. They realized that “pro-human leanings” were not shameful after all.
Hmm. This doesn’t turn out to be exactly the case in the new story.
Which you should obviously read for yourself!