Since the release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in 2007, information provided by J.K Rowling's expanded writings have revealed more than was known at the end of the original series. Here's 50 delightful insights into the characters of the magical world not spoken of in the books.
1. Hermione Granger was the only member of the trio who returned to Hogwarts to complete their seventh year. Harry, Ron and Neville went straight to get training as aurors.
2. The Resurrection Stone is now buried in the Forbidden Forest after being pressed into the ground by a centaurs hoof. It has not been re-discovered.
3. Rowling has said that Lucius hoped that Harry was a more powerful dark wizard than Voldemort, and raised Draco with his "optimistic" ideas about Harry. When Harry and Draco first meet on the Hogwarts Express, Draco is initially friendly with him because of this belief.
4. Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue when Voldemorts soul fragment was destroyed.
5. 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.
6. The Death Eaters Dark Marks eventually faded to look like a scar. It will no longer burn or hurt.
7. The Quibbler is back to publishing articles about the lunatic fringe and is appreciated for its unintentional humour.
8. 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.
9. Hagrid was still working at Hogwarts by 2017, at 88 years old. He never married, although he had a relationship with a giantess.
10. Harry would take his family to visit Dudleys when they were in the neighbourhood (occasions dreaded by James, Albus and Lily).
11. 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 Voldemorts death broke the jinx that kept a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor from remaining for more than a year.
12. Kingsley Shacklebolt remained the Minister of Magic after the Second Wizarding War.
13. Harry will not train to be an animagus; Rowling said his "energies are going to be concentrated elsewhere and hes not going to have time to do that."
14. In the aftermath of the war, the Order was disbanded once and for all.
15. Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns.
16. After serving as an auror for a number of years, Neville Longbottom eventually moved on to serve as the Herbology professor at Hogwarts.
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 isnt him.
18. Ron worked with George in Weasleys Wizard Wheezes prior to officially becoming an auror.
19. After the war was over, Hermiones first act was to find her parents in Australia and restore their memories. Harrys was to make sure that the Wizarding world knew that Snape was a hero and on Dumbledores side.
20. Viktor Krum fell in love with a woman back home in Bulgaria and presumably lived happily ever after.
21. Hermione tells Scrimgeour that she is not planning to embark on a career in Magical Law. Ironically, thats 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.
22. 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.
23. Members of the DA still have their coins, as they are like badges of honor. Neville Longbottoms students were impressed when he showed them his Dumbledores Armys Coin.
24. Harry sometimes visits Hogwarts to give guest lectures on Defense Against the Dark Arts.
25. Ginny became a professional Quidditch player for the Holyhead Harpies for a few years. When she retired from Quiddich to focus on raising her children, she worked instead as the senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet.
26. 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.
27. Audrey Weasley is wife of Percy Weasley, and they have 2 daughters, Molly and Lucy.
28. 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.
29. Gilderoy Lockhart never recovered his memory after Ron's wand backfired on him.
30. Aberforth is still at the Hogs Head playing with his goats.
31. George Weasley married Angelina Johnson and had 2 children named Fred and Roxanne.
32. Slytherin House became even more diluted and was no longer solely pureblood; however its dark reputation lingers.
33. Firenze survived his wounds and was welcomed back into the Centaur herd. They realized that pro-human leanings were not shameful after all.
34. After his death, Remus Lupin was awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class, making him the first werewolf ever to receive this honour. His life and death helped lift the werewolf stigma in the wizarding world.
35. Albus Dumbledore (Full name: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore) had a teenage friendship with Durmstrang's brightest pupil, Gellert Grindelwald. Their relationship was touched on in the series, but Rowling later revealed that they were in love.
36. Albus Severus Potter, one of Harry's children, attended Hogwarts for the first time in 2017. Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy attended with him.
37. J.K. Rowling revealed that Ron and Hermione's relationship may have been a mistake. Rowling confessed that she pushed a Ron/Hermione relationship as a form of wish fulfillment, despite a lack of compatibility. In retrospect, she thinks it would have made more sense for Harry to marry Hermione instead.
38. Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter are confirmed to be blood relatives. While many fans suspected this was the case, Rowling confirmed a distant relation through the Peverells, the Three Brothers, who are the first-referenced owners of the Deathly Hallows.
See below photo of Voldemort, taken just after he discovered that he and Harry were related.
39. Neville's parents never recover. As if the tormented souls of Frank and Alice Longbottom hadn't suffered enough...
Rowling confirms that the two former members of the Order of the Pheonix remained at St. Mungos Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, continuing palliative treatment for overexposure to the Cruciatus Curse. Their madness persisted, and they remained forever unaware of their sons heroic role in avenging their fates.
40. Ron Weasley jokingly told his daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley, not to get too close to Scorpius Malfoy, who was her classmate at Hogwarts. He also said, "Make sure you beat him in every test, Rosie. Thank God you inherited your mother's brains."
But in LEGO Harry Potter, Rose and Scorpius appear to become friends anyway.
41. Neville became cool! Awkward, fumbling Neville Longbottom may have always been considered cool by Potter fans, but now the wizarding world knows.
After the Battle of Hogwarts, magicfolk realized that Neville was a great wizard in his own right. And upon marrying Hannah Abbott, the new landlady at The Leaky Cauldron, he gained some cachet with his students. They found it very cool, according to Rowling, that he lived above the pub.
42. Harry got some awesome wheels. During the Battle of Seven Potters, Sirius Black's beloved motorbike took some nasty hits. It's broken, shredded bits found refuge in Arthur Weasley's tinkering shed, but after Voldemort was defeated, Arthur found time to repair the bike and return it to Harry.
43. Rowling almost killed Ron :(
Rowling admits that halfway through the series she wasnt in a very happy place in her own life, and she considered abandoning her commitment to keep the Golden Trio alive. Ron, she admits, almost met the reaper.
44. Rowling initially never intended for Lupin or Tonks to die in The Battle of Hogwarts, but she later decided that she needed a character to lose both parents to bring the orphan story full circle. Teddy Lupin, like both Harry and Neville, grows up without a mother or father.
But Rowling showed that, unlike the two other boys who grew up without a traditional nuclear family, Teddy grows up with loving caregivers in the better world that wizards live in after Voldemort's death.
45. Snape remembered as Headmaster of Hogwarts.
After defeating Voldemort, Harry returns to the Headmaster's office, and the portraits of the men and women who have served as Headmaster greet him with applause. One portrait is missing. Severus Snape, long-believed to support Lord Voldemort, would have been deemed unworthy to take his place among the other heads of Hogwartz. But Rowling later revealed that Harry would insist Snape was honored as deserved.
46. Bill and Fleur Weasley married shortly after Voldemort's defeat. Their first child, a daughter, was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. Her name, Victoire, means victory in French.
47. Cho Chang married a muggle. That's right, Harry's once-crush married a muggle, another example of the acceptance that flourished with Voldemort defeated.
48. Harry, Ron, and Hermione found a sort of immortality: they were each featured on Chocolate Frog cards. Just like Albus Dumbledore, Ron Weasley considered this his life's greatest achievement.
49. Teddy lupin was raised by his grandmother, Tonks's mother Andromeda.
50. After his death, Voldemort is forced to exist in the stunted infant-like form that Harry sees in the Kings Cross-like Limbo.