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28 Things That Happened After The Harry Potter Books Ended

As told by JK Rowling.

In a series of interviews over the years, the author has revealed the future of the Harry Potter characters, far beyond the Deathly Hallows epilogue.

Ellie Hall posted on Buzzfeed this July 31, 2013

1. Harry married Ginny Weasley. They had three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna.

            

Harry married Ginny Weasley. They had three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna.

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2. Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister for Magic.

JK Rowling:

“Kingsley became permanent Minister for Magic, and naturally he wanted Harry to head up his new Auror department… The Ministry of Magic was de-corrupted, and with Kingsley at the helm the discrimination that was always latent there was eradicated. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny et al would of course play a significant part in the re-building of wizarding society through their future careers.”

3. Hermione and Ron married and had two children, Hugo and Rose.

           

Hermione and Ron married and had two children, Hugo and Rose.View this image ›

4. Draco Malfoy married Astoria Greengrass, the younger sister of Daphne. They had one son, Scorpius Hyperion.

         

Draco Malfoy married Astoria Greengrass , the younger sister of Daphne. They had one son, Scorpius Hyperion.View this image ›

5. After the death of his parents, Teddy Lupin was raised by his grandmother Andromeda.

        

After the death of his parents, Teddy Lupin was raised by his grandmother Andromeda.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“Unlike Neville Longbottom, who was also raised by his grandmother, Teddy had his godfather, Harry, and all his father’s friends in the Order, to visit and stay with.”

6. George Weasley married his Quidditch teammate Angelina Johnson. They had two children, Fred and Roxanne.             

7. Harry, and eventually Ron, joined the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic. Hermione became a high-ranking official in the Department Magical Law Enforcement.

         

Harry, and eventually Ron, joined the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic. Hermione became a high-ranking official in the Department Magical Law Enforcement.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

” Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic… Hermione began her post-Hogwarts career at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk. She then moved (despite her jibe to Scrimgeour) to the Deptartment of Magical Law Enforcement where she was a progressive voice who ensured the eradication of oppressive, pro-pureblood laws.”

8. Bill and Fleur Weasley’s first child, a daughter, was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. They named her “Victoire,” which means “victory” in French.

         

Bill and Fleur Weasley's first child, a daughter, was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts . They named her "Victoire," which means "victory" in French.View this image ›

9. Dementors were no longer used by the Ministry of Magic.    

JK Rowling:

“The use of Dementors was always a mark of the underlying corruption of the Ministry, as Dumbledore constantly maintained.”

10. Ginny Weasley became a professional Quidditch player for a few years, then retired to become a Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet.

             

Ginny Weasley became a professional Quidditch player for a few years, then retired to become a Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet .View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“After a few years as a celebrated player for the Holyhead Harpies, Ginny retired to have her family and to become the Senior Quidditch correspondent at the Daily Prophet.”

11. Harry and Dudley made a point to see each other and get their families together as adults.

             

Harry and Dudley made a point to see each other and get their families together as adults.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“Harry and Dudley would still see each other enough to be on Christmas-card terms, but they would visit more out of a sense of duty and sit in silence so that their children could see their cousins.”

12. Percy Weasley became an official in the new Ministry of Magic under Kingsley Shacklebolt and married a woman named Audrey. They had two daughters, Molly and Lucy.

             

Percy Weasley became an official in the new Ministry of Magic under Kingsley Shacklebolt and married a woman named Audrey . They had two daughters, Molly and Lucy.View this image ›

13. Bill and Fleur Weasley had three children: Victoire, Louis, and Dominique.

             

Bill and Fleur Weasley had three children : Victoire, Louis, and Dominique.View this image ›

14. Hermione went back to Hogwarts to complete her seventh year of study and her N.E.W.T.S. Harry and Ron did not.

             

Hermione went back to Hogwarts to complete her seventh year of study and her N.E.W.T.S. Harry and Ron did not.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“She would definitely, definitely go back. And she would want to graduate, and I think that she was- I mean,I love Hermione. She went with Ron and Harry because she has a really good heart. That’s not about brain. Ultimately, she had a bigger heart than she had a brain and that’s saying something for Hermione. But did she- Was she naturally drawn to battle? No, she wasn’t. She’s not a Bellatrix. She’s not a woman who actually wants to be hurting, fighting, killing. Not at all. She would be glad to go back to school, be glad to get back to study, and then would join [Harry and Ron] at the Ministry.”

15. Mr. Weasley eventually fixed Sirius Black’s motorcycle and gave it to Harry.

             

Mr. Weasley eventually fixed Sirius Black's motorcycle and gave it to Harry .View this image ›

16. Luna Lovegood married Rolf Scamander, the grandson of naturalist Newt Scamander. They had two children, twin boys named Lorcan and Lysander.

             

Luna Lovegood married Rolf Scamander, the grandson of naturalist Newt Scamander. They had two children , twin boys named Lorcan and Lysander.View this image ›

17. Minerva McGonagall became headmistress of Hogwarts.

             

Minerva McGonagall became headmistress of Hogwarts.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“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.”

Source: J.K. Rowling  /  via: today.com

18. Harry ensured that Severus Snape’s portrait was restored to its proper place in the Hogwarts headmaster’s office.

             

Harry ensured that Severus Snape's portrait was restored to its proper place in the Hogwarts headmaster's office.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“[The absence of Snape’s portrait in the final scene of Deathly Hallows] was deliberate. Snape had effectively abandoned his post before dying, so he had not merited inclusion in these august circles. However, I like to think that Harry would be instrumental in ensuring that Snape’s portrait would appear there in due course… Harry would ensure that Snape’s heroism was known.”

19. Alice and Frank Longbottom never recovered — they lived out their lives in St. Mungo’s.

             

Alice and Frank Longbottom never recovered — they lived out their lives in St. Mungo's.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“I know people really wanted some hope for that, and I can quite see why because, in a way, what happens to Neville’s parents is even worse than what happened to Harry’s parents. The damage that is done, in some cases with very dark magic, is done permanently.”

Source: J.K. Rowling  /  via: beyondhogwarts.com

20. Harry lost the ability to speak to snakes when the Horcrux inside him was destroyed.

             

Harry lost the ability to speak to snakes when the Horcrux inside him was destroyed.View this image ›

J.K. Rowling:

“He loses the ability, and is very glad to do so.”

21. Firenze was eventually welcomed back into the centaur herd.

             

Firenze was eventually welcomed back into the centaur herd.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“The rest of the herd was forced to acknowledge that Firenze’s pro-human leanings were not shameful, but honourable.”

22. Cho Chang married a Muggle.

             

Cho Chang married a Muggle .View this image ›

23. Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley became boyfriend and girlfriend.

             

Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley became boyfriend and girlfriend .View this image ›

24. Gilderoy Lockhart never recovered from the injuries he sustained in the Chamber of Secrets.

             

Gilderoy Lockhart never recovered from the injuries he sustained in the Chamber of Secrets.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“Nor would I want him to. He’s happy where he is, and I’m happier without him!”

25. Neville Longbottom became the Hogwarts Herbology professor. He married Hannah Abbott, who became the new landlady at The Leaky Cauldron.

             

Neville Longbottom became the Hogwarts Herbology professor. He married Hannah Abbott, who became the new landlady at The Leaky Cauldron.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“To make him extra cool he marries the woman who becomes, eventually, the new landlady at The Leaky Cauldron, which I think would make him very cool among the students, that he lives above the pub. He marries Hannah Abbott.”

26. Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned for crimes against Muggle-borns.

             

Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned for crimes against Muggle-borns.View this image ›

27. Harry and Ginny’s children stole the Marauder’s Map and snuck it into Hogwarts.

             

Harry and Ginny's children stole the Marauder's Map and snuck it into Hogwarts.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“I’ve got a feeling [Harry] didn’t give [the Marauder’s Map] to any of [his children], but that James sneaked it out of his father’s desk one day.”

Source: J.K. Rowling  /  via: beyondhogwarts.com

28. Harry, Ron, and Hermione became memorialized in Chocolate Frog cards.

             

Harry, Ron, and Hermione became memorialized in Chocolate Frog cards.View this image ›

JK Rowling:

“Ron will describe this as his finest hour.”

BONUS: JK Rowling’s hand-drawn family tree.

             

BONUS: JK Rowling's hand-drawn family tree.View this image ›

Harry Potter: The Second Generation

             

Harry Potter: The Second GenerationView this image ›

Top Row: James Sirius Potter, Victoire Weasley, Teddy Lupin, Dominique Weasley, Molly Weasley, Fred Weasley, Roxanne Weasley.

Bottom Row: Scorpius Malfoy, Albus Potter, Rose Weasley, Lorcan Scamander, Lysander Scamander, Louis Weasley, Lucy Weasley, Lily Luna Potter, Hugo Weasley.

             

View this image ›

16 Rare “Harry Potter” Illustrations From The Books’ Artist

buzzfeed.com

Illustrator of the U.S. Harry Potter editions Mary GrandPré depicts iconic moments from the books in a seldom-seen series of beautiful prints.

Cultural boycott of Israel institutions disseminating misleading propaganda positions

On Monday, CounterPunch ran an article by Omar Robert Hamilton that responded to JK Rowling’s joint letter to defend Israel.

This was one amongst many responses to her letter. JK Rowling responded, and Omar responded to her. We run both below.

JK Rowling Responds:

I’ve had a number of readers asking for more information about why I am not joining a cultural boycott of Israel, so here it is:

As the Guardian letter I co-signed states, the signatories hold different views on the actions of the current Israeli administration.

Speaking purely for myself, I have deplored most of Mr Netanyahu’s actions in office. However, I do not believe that a cultural boycott will force Mr Netanyahu from power, nor have I ever heard of a cultural boycott ending a bloody and prolonged conflict.

If any effects are felt from the proposed boycott, it will be by ordinary Israelis, many of whom did not vote for Mr Netanyahu.

Those Israelis will be right to ask why cultural boycotts are not also being proposed against – to take random examples – North Korea and Zimbabwe, whose leaders are not generally considered paragons by the international community.

The sharing of art and literature across borders constitutes an immense power for good in this world.

The true human cost of the Palestinian conflict was seared upon my consciousness, as upon many others’, by the heart-splitting poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.

In its highest incarnation, as exemplified by Darwish, art civilises, challenges and reminds us of our common humanity.

At a time when the stigmatisation of religions and ethnicities seems to be on the rise, I believe strongly that cultural dialogue and collaboration is more important than ever before and that cultural boycotts are divisive, discriminatory and counter-productive.

Omar Robert Hamilton Responds:

Dear Ms Rowling,

I don’t know if you read my response in Counterpunch to your signing the Cultures of CoExistence letter.

I hope you will take the two minutes it asks of you. You’ve since expanded on your position and so, although I may be speaking to an empty room here, I feel I should step in again.

Firstly, the cultural boycott is not designed to force Mr Netanyahu from power.

If it were not Mr Netanyahu in power it would have been Mr. Herzog and his track record leaves us no reason to hope he would be the kind of visionary leader needed to bring a just resolution to the great injustices that Zionism has wrought upon Palestine.

The cultural boycott is designed to isolate institutions that are directly collaborating with the Israeli government in the on-going occupation and colonization of Palestine.

The cultural, economic and political boycott is designed to bring justice for the Palestinian people.

It is misrepresentative to suggest that BDS is a blunt instrument that blindly targets people based on their ethnicity. That’s what Israel does.

BDS, on the other hand, is a carefully considered campaign based on ethical principles.

It does not target individuals, it does not target people for their beliefs; it targets institutions that profit from death and their brand ambassadors, it targets people who, by accepting money, make themselves complicit with the Israeli state.

Let’s take two examples.

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress soon to be an international star for playing Wonder Woman.

She served in the Israeli Army and has no problem acting as a representative of her country. However, as no Israeli state institutions contributed to the financing of her films, she is not someone that would be targeted by BDS.

Idan Raichel, on the other hand, has hosted gala fundraisers for the Israeli Army and provided morale boosting entertainment for soldiers on active duty in the most recent assault on Gaza.

In his own words, Raichel said “I believe that our role as artists is to be engaged in the Israeli propaganda campaign [Hasbara].”

Mr Raichel is the kind of artist that BDS targets.

It is laid out very clearly on the website for the Palestinain Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

BDS targets artists, companies and institutions that are in the service of the state and its policy of ethnic cleansing.

You ask why we don’t boycott North Korea?

This is a question often asked by Israeli apologists and the answer is simple: North Korea has no international cultural propaganda programme to boycott. How many state-sponsored celebrations of North Korean culture are happening this year?

How many North Korean lobbyists are at work in Washington DC? How many popstars have had to rescind tweets against North Korea? The answer is zero.

BDS does not stop the sharing of art or of literature across borders.

BDS stops government-sponsored propaganda from masquerading unchallenged as art.

BDS demands that art be art and that artists speak for themselves and not be mouthpieces of an apartheid regime.

Real cultural dialogue between individuals or institutions not affiliated with the state is of no interest to this campaign.

What BDS targets is state-sponsored smokescreening designed to buy Israel more time to conquer more land.

As a signatory to BDS there would be no preventing you from talking and working with as many ‘ordinary Israelis’ as you like.

In fact, it would guarantee that this sector about whom you are so concerned is identified.

Israelis resistant to their state’s policies of ethnic cleansing and apartheid are welcomed with open arms.

But those that profit from it: they are the ones that we are no longer interested in dialogue with.

I believe that if you consider this carefully you will find that it is actually BDS, and not the Cultures of Co-Existence Clan, that is in line with your stated principles.


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