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Top 10 Things That Happened Between the Battle of Hogwarts & Epilogue

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
These are the things that happened between the The Battle of Hogwarts And Epilogue! For this list, we’re looking at the most interesting bits of information that J.K. Rowling has revealed about events that took place in the 19 years between the defeat of Voldemort and that iconic scene at King’s Cross. We’ve included Kingsley Shacklebolt Became Minister for Magic, Harry and Dudley Made Amends and more!

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Top 10 Things That Happened Between the Battle of Hogwarts & Epilogue

Even diehard fans may not know about this part of the Harry Potter timeline. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things That Happened Between the Battle of Hogwarts & Epilogue.

For this list, we’re looking at the most interesting bits of information that J.K. Rowling has revealed about events that took place in the 19 years between the defeat of Voldemort and that iconic scene at King’s Cross.

#10: Minerva McGonagall Became Headmistress of Hogwarts

As Deputy Headmistress throughout the series, Professor McGonagall had to step in on several occasions to take over responsibility for the students of Hogwarts when Dumbledore was incapable of doing so. After Dumbledore’s death at the end of the sixth book, McGonagall had a short stint in power before Snape became Headmaster, but considering he was killed during the Battle of Hogwarts, the school was left without a leader. Logically, McGonagall was the best choice for the job and likely used her signature brand of strict kindness for years to come.

#9: Kingsley Shacklebolt Became Minister for Magic

During Harry’s years at Hogwarts, the Wizarding World was led by some pretty inept politicians. First it was the spineless and corrupt Cornelius Fudge, followed by the seemingly promising though ultimately problematic Rufus Scrimgeour. Following his death, the Ministry of Magic was under the control of Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Luckily though, after order was restored to the world, auror and general badass Kingsley Shacklebolt was appointed to the top position. Considering what we know about Kingsley, it’s not surprising that “all was well” 19 years later.

#8: Slytherin House Underwent Some Serious Changes

Fans always kind of wondered why Slytherin house was well....allowed. Considering it produced more dark wizards than any other and seemed to be a great way to group all of the evil and prejudiced kids together and strengthen their bonds, you’d think that someone would have taken action at some point. We know we know, not all Slytherins are bad, but honestly, the vast majority of them seem to be. Luckily, after the defeat of Voldemort, the attitudes which fueled his followers slowly dissipated and eventually Slytherin became much more inclusive, rather than just a place for all the purebloods to hang out.

#7: Umbridge Got What Was Coming to Her

You may have thought that Umbridge being captured and dragged away by the centaurs was bad enough, but it turns out she faced even more severe consequences once the books concluded. Many consider Dolores Umbridge to be a hateable villain right up there with Lord Voldemort himself, and we kind of see their point - she is remarkably loathsome. It turns out that she ended up being arrested for her crimes against Muggleborns in the seventh book and was eventually imprisoned for her crimes. This seems almost too civil for such a vile villain, but we’ll have to take it.

#6: Ginny’s Career Path Involved Quidditch

After her timid beginnings in the first couples of books, Ginny showed time and time again that she was someone to be reckoned with- and that she was quite the match for Harry. Though her portrayal in the movies might not be as inspiring, she nonetheless remains a fan favorite. After graduating from Hogwarts, she went on to play as a professional Quidditch player, living out Harry’s dreams. She played for the Holyhead Harpies until her retirement from the sport, at which time she was hired by the Daily Prophet to manage their Quidditch reporting.

#5: Harry and Dudley Made Amends

This may come as a surprise considering how poorly Dudley treated Harry throughout their shared childhood, but the two cousins eventually put their differences aside in order to keep some semblance of a family connection. This reconciliation was hinted at in the seventh installment of the series when Harry bids Dudley a final goodbye before leaving Privet Drive for the last time. Rowling has said that the two are on “Christmas card terms” and get together every now and then so that their children can play together.

#4: Teddy was Raised by His Grandmother

We may still not be over the deaths of Lupin and Tonks, but J.K. Rowling has maintained that the reason they had to die was that she wanted to show that an orphan in the Wizarding World didn’t have to have a childhood as bleak as Harry’s was. Teddy Lupin doesn’t exactly get any screen time in the movies, but in the epilogue of the book he’s a teenager who has already graduated from Hogwarts. Like Neville Longbottom, Teddy was raised by his grandmother, Andromeda (Tonks’ mom). But unlike Neville, Teddy had a much larger circle of social support. It really does take a village - even in the wizarding world!

#3: Snape’s Portrait Ended Up Where It Should Be

A longstanding Hogwarts tradition is that all former heads of the school have their portraits hanging in the current headmaster or headmistress’ office so that they can give them advice. In “Deathly Hallows” however, Severus Snape’s portrait is notably absent from the room. Rowling has said that this is because he left his position in a disrespectful fashion. She assured fans though that Harry would have made sure that a portrait was commissioned and put in its proper place after realizing the sacrifices Snape made for the greater good. Though the decision was controversial, McGonagall, as the current headmistress, agreed.

#2: Our Favorite Characters All Got Married and Had Kids

While this may not be surprising information for anyone who has read the books or seen the movies, one of the key things that took place during the 19 year period between the Battle of Hogwarts and the story’s epilogue was all the characters settling down and procreating. We know of course about Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione- but did you know that George married Fred’s old Yule Ball date, Angelina Johnson? Or that Luna married the grandson of Newt Scamander? J.K. Rowling really thought of happy endings for everyone!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Alice and Frank Longbottom Never Recovered

Dementors Were no Longer Used at Azkaban

#1: The Trio Started Working at the Ministry

One of the jokes fans like to make about Harry Potter is that employment opportunities in the Wizarding World seem somewhat limited. It comes as no surprise then that our favorite trio all ended up with jobs at the Ministry of Magic. Hermione finished her final year of Hogwarts and eventually joined the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, continuing her work to promote SPEW. Harry and Ron on the other hand did not secure their graduation certificates, but were nonetheless offered jobs as aurors. Considering their experience with the dark arts, we’ll say they deserved it.


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