After The Deathly Hallows, fans were at a loss about what happened to the characters they grew up watching and reading about from presumably their childhood into their teenage years. Individuals have a healthy, at times an unhealthy, attachment to the series. Just because you don't think it's okay to re-watch Harry Potter at least once a month that's your problem, not mine. What's clear is that the Harry Potter universe is full of overwhelmingly enthusiastic people who passionate about the series. It didn't help that J.K. Rowling announced that Harry Potter's story is done, leaving fans to pick up the pieces from various places about happened to the characters after the Second Wizarding War. According to our timeline, the Battle of Hogwarts took place in 1997 and a lot has happened in those 20 plus years. The Deathly Hallows Part II's epilogue did give us some clues as to what happened to our favourite characters after the series ended.
The beauty of Harry Potter is that it is trans-generational, as children today know just as much about the series as we do. One of the most interesting characters in Harry Potter is Hermione, whose character is rich and complex. She plays a crucial role in helping defeat "He-Who-Most-Not-Be-Named." Thankfully through Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, as well as interviews author J.K. Rowling has done, we are not only able to see what happens to Hermione, we are also able to see what happens to her children.
Here's 15 Things Hermione Did After Deathly Hallows.
The first time Harry ever heard the name Albus Dumbledore was on a chocolate card he received from the trolley cart while on the Hogwarts Express. He probably had no idea that one day Ron, Hermione and himself would be introduced to future Wizards and Witches via a Chocolate Frog card. Not that Harry needs any introductions, everybody knows who he is as his celebrity seems to be deeply enshrined in history. For his friends Ron and Hermione, their roles in the Second Wizarding War is just as a significant, but likely less talked about than Harry's.
Getting your own Chocolate Frog card seems to have meant the most to Ron, who called it his Finest Hour, but we would like to think this at least tickled Hermione. If only a little. We assume Hermione's successes and accomplishments, which let's face it are pretty extensive, will all be listed beside her name. What we'd love to know, but probably won't get a chance to, is which one of their cards is seen as more rare than the others? Does everyone have a Harry card and is Hermione's slightly more valuable?
There are rules around meddling with time, but this doesn't stop Hermione from doing it more than once. The first time she did it was in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to save Sirius Black and Buckbeak, Harry's godfather and an innocent Hippogriff. Professor McGonagall had given Hermione the time-turner so she could take more classes than was physically possible, as two of her classes had conflicting schedules. It allowed the studious student to be two places at once. In Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Albus and Scorpius time travel with noble intentions, but what follows is them not only putting themselves in danger, but also the entire world. During these time travels, Hermione doesn't end up marrying Ron and becomes a bitter Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts.
We weren't super thrilled that Hermione's character turned mean simply by not marrying Ron in an alternate timeline,
Frankly we don't agree with Harry Potter and The Cursed Child's decision to do this. At the same time, Hermione can't be overly critical of the two young boys time travelling escapades, given her's and Harry's in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Through Hermione's efforts and those with her, she is able to set the timeline straight and ensure that Voldemort doesn't end up ruling the world. Thankfully, no one will be celebrating Voldemort day this year.
In Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I, Hermione receives Dumbledore's copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in the hopes that she finds it "entertaining and instructive." Dumbledore clearly picked right in leaving her the copy. As what seems like a collection of bed-time stories that were read for many generations to young Witches and Wizards is useful in helping Hermione figure out how to defeat Voldemort. In the book, Hermione realizes that the "The Tale of Three Brothers" proved to be useful, as did her knowledge and study of ancient runes and Dumbledore's copy was written in ancient runes. Hermione successfully translated the "The Tale of the Three Brothers" to understand the significance of the Deathly Hallow symbol, but she also went to translate the entire book from Dumbledore's original copy. The Tales of Beedle the Bard featured Dumbledore's notes for each story, which were provided by Professor McGonagall.
Rowling confirmed this when she released her real-life version of The Tales of Beedle The Bard, which includes "The Tale of the Tree Brothers" and a few stories that were mentioned in earlier books and movies but never discussed like "Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump", a Ron Weasley bed-time favourite.
Every relationship has its problems? The Horcruxes seem to have affected Ron into his adult years which contributed to his decision to switch careers from a Auror to co-manage Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Rowling has also said that a life of being over-shadowed by his friend Harry may also had a negative impact on Ron's mental health. Either way, Hermione and Ron do seem to keep their relationship together even if Rowling herself thinks their relationship was a mistake. Rowling also said, "Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counselling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counselling? They'll probably be fine." We definitely agree!
Hermione seems determined on making her relationship work. In Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Hermione tells Ron that "if this is your way of saying you want a marital break, Ron, then, to be clear, I will skewer you with this quill." According to Rowling, "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That's how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron. I know, I'm sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I'm absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people's hearts by saying this? I hope not." She also stated that Harry and Hermione are a "better fit".
Ron is a doer, not really a thinker. He acts and then Hermione often reacts. Sure, this trait has actually been extremely helpful, especially when he jumped in the frozen pond Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to save Harry who was being drown by a Horcrux, but sometimes his actions have negative consequences. Think back to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when he unsuccessfully tried to cast a Slug-vomiting charm on Draco Malfoy with a broken wand, only to have it bounce back and hit him instead. What follows is a white as a ghost Ron holding a barrel in his lap, wishing he never would have cast that charm.
In Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Ron recalls getting very intoxicated to the point that he has no recollection of his wedding or wedding night.
The way this information is revealed isn't in a bragging sort of way surrounded by his mates. Instead Ron brings it up to Hermione as he wants to the opportunity to renew his wedding vows around friends and family and to be completely sober during the entire event. From our experience, butterbeer is delicious regardless if there's alcohol in or not, so we think Ron will survive the second time round.
Hermione got the chance to reconnect with many members of Dumbledore's Army during the final match of the 427th Quidditch World Cup. Dumbledore's Army was founded by Harry, Ron and Hermione during Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix as a way of combating the oppressive regime of High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge, who takes on the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, refuses to take a practical approach to the class, instead opting for a basic theoretical approach. The reason for not equipping the students with practical skills is that Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge has an unrealistic fear that Dumbledore is training an army to overthrow him. Hermione was the one who suggested the students should form the group and asks Harry to lead it as he has the most experience using combative and protective spells.
The Quidditch World Cup takes place in Argentina's Patagonian Desert and Hermione and Ron decide to bring Rose and Hugo with them, their two kids. This gave Hermione the opportunity to reconnect with Dumbledore's Army members, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, George Weasley and Angelina Johnson, all of which she likely doesn't see regularly. She, of course, also reconnected with some of her in-laws including Charlie Weasley, Bill Weasley, his wife Fleur and their daughter Victoire. As well, as her niece and nephew, George and Angelina Johnson's children, Fred and Roxanne.
If there was ever a case for mudbloods, or folks without magical blood, being less capable or powerful than half-bloods or pure-bloods, Hermione successfully squashed those claims. Families like the Malfoys put significant stock in pure-blood hierarchy, which played into their support for Voldemort and Lucius Malfoy's role as a Death Eater. During Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Bellatrix Lestrange tortures Hermione and even carves "mudblood" into her left forearm. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Hermione constantly has to justify her skill and ability to others as even characters who aren't evil often feel that there is some legitimacy to a person's genetics or family. Wizards and witches seem to think that families who have an individual who does something negative degrades the entire lineage and typecasts current and future generations. Draco and Harry are reluctant to let each other's sons become friends in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, which has everything to do with their history and not their children's.
According to Rowling, Hermione was instrumental in eradicating oppressive pro-pure blood laws. Pure-bloods in the Harry Potter universe enjoyed many positions of power and privilege, which made some pure-bloods sympathetic or apathetic to what Voldemort was doing. Hermione seems to be intent on making sure that history did not repeat itself a third time.
Ginny is Ron's sister and Harry is best friends with both Ron and Hermione, so it's no wonder that the Potters asked Aunt Hermione and Uncle Ron to be their first son's, James Sirius Potter, godparents. Harry and Hermione are best friends, but Hermione also has a strong bond with Ginny. The friendship seems to have begun out of convenience as they are always around each other and Hermione slept in Ginny's room when she stayed at the Weasley's home at the Burrow. Hermione seems to know Ginny's entire love life before most other characters, which leads us to believe the two often confide in one another in matters of love and heartbreak. In Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, Hermione is the one who keeps Harry updated about Ginny's tumultuous relationship with Dean. Ginny also knows that two years prior to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hermione snogged quidditch star Viktor Krum.
Ginny and Hermione's friendship wasn't luck, it was fate!
You'd think it would be easy to just name two people godparents for all your children, but that's not the case for Harry and Ginny, who only ask Hermione and Ron to become James Sirius Potter's godparents. Harry and Ginny made Neville Longbottom godfather to Albus Severus Potter. We're not quite sure who Lily Luna Potter's godparents are, but given her middle-name, we're really hoping it's Luna Lovegood. Not only would Luna make a great godmother, she'd always be pretty cool to hang out with.
One of Hermione's first positions with the Ministry of Magic was in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. One might think that Hermione would want to hunt former Death Eaters with Ron and Harry, but she decided to go to this department as the treatment of house-elves was always a cause Hermione cared deeply about. Hermione created S.P.E.W or the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare while at Hogwarts, which seemed to be a cause she carried with her into the Ministry of Magic. Other students mocked Hermione for creating S.P.E.W and even her own friends, like Ron, were reluctant supporters.
J.K. Rowling was the person to inform readers that Hermione had used her position within the Ministry to dramatically improve the lives of House-Elves. House-Elves were bound by different magical rules, which allowed Dobby and even Kreacher to help save Hermione and her friends on more than one occasion. House-elves in Harry Potter were treated as slaves, which seem to ground the Wizarding World as not an altruistic place, but, more so a complicated place with its own shortcomings and challenges. We're glad Rowling finally addressed a massive social injustice in the Harry Potter universe.
One of the saddest things to happen to Hermione is that she erased her parents memory of her to protect them. This was extremely hard to witness and must have been tough on the character to know that if something happened to her during the Battle of Hogwarts, her parents would have no recollection of their daughter. Hermione made her parents believe they were a childless couple, Monica and Wendell Wilkins. Hermione altered their memories to make them believe they had always dreamed of moving to Australia. Hermione's parents did exactly that, leaving Britain unaware of the dangers their daughter faced.
This decision might have not only saved her parents lives, but also Hermione's. Death Eaters were unsuccessful at tracking Hermione or her parents down. If they had got hold of Hermione's parents, they could have used them to make Hermione surrender. J.K. Rowling confirmed that after the Second Wizarding War ended Hermione travelled to Australia and resorted her parents memories. She brought them back home to the UK and we would like to believe they're still practising dentists. They're also probably busy being grandparents to their two grand-kids, Rose and Hugo.
Does anyone remember when Hermione sucker punched Draco in his face during Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? We sure do! During Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Voldemort's daughter Delphi manages to destroy the time-turner that orchestrated the major conflicts in Harry Potter and The Curse Child. However, an unlikely partnership occurs when Draco Malfoy reveals he has an improved time-turner his father gave him. Hermione and Draco team up with Albus, Scorpius, Harry and Ginny to travel back to October 31st, 1981, the night Voldemort ends Lily and James Potter and inevitably ends himself when he attempts to attack young Harry. Delphi's plan was to convince her father to change his plans in order to stop himself from ending himself that night.
The worst part of the entire event was that Ron and Hermione had to witness Voldemort arriving that night, and ending Lily and James Potter's lives.
Had Hermione stepped in the consequences to the timeline would had been dire. At one point during Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Draco says "Hermione Granger, I'm being bossed around by Hermione Granger. And I'm mildly enjoying it." We sense a budding friendship! Maybe not, but putting personal feelings aside, Hermione clearly did what was in the best interest of her god-son Albus and presumably the entire Wizarding World. Teaming up with Draco Malfoy was a necessity, not something she would do under normal circumstances.
Hermione loves school, probably more than most and it's natural to assume that after having to take part in the Second Wizarding War, Hermione felt the need to hit the books and feel a sense of normalcy. J.K Rowling confirmed that after the Deathly Hallows, Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her 7th year of school and took her N.E.W.T.s, also known as Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests. Getting good grades on your N.E.W.T.s is a requirement to getting a job at the Ministry of Magic, which also likely played a role in Hermione returning to school. We'd like to believe that after all those years of hard-work at Hogwarts that to simply not finish would be a tremendous let down for Hermione.
It would be awful for people to assume that her newfound celebrity was the reason behind her employment or rapid advancement within the Ministry. Hermione is the type of person who wants to earn what she gets and even though Harry became an Auror without completing his 7th year of school, Hermione would feel a bit tarnished by this fact. Harry has more practical experience than most when it comes to catching and tracking Death Eaters. After the Deathly Hallows, Kingsley Shacklebolt becomes the Minister of Magic and he was probably hard pressed to find Aurors he could trust. Plus, if you remember Dumbledore did tell Shacklebolt and Lupin that "Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him." Dumbledore's recommendation counts for a lot when it comes to job interviews.
Hermione eventually settled down and married her long-time friend and partner Ron Weasley. Ron and Hermione have two children, Rose and Hugo. At the end of The Deathly Hallows Part II, Hermione and Ron reunite with Harry and Ginny to watch their children depart for Hogwarts. It's natural for a child to gravitate to a specific parent over the other as Rose seems to have a special bond with her mother. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ron ironically says - "I have no idea where Rose gets her ambition from." Yes, you do Ron and so do we.
Not only is Hermione a mother, it seems as though she's particularity good at it too. We wouldn't have thought otherwise though. Hermione is caring and intelligent, which are two excellent qualities for a mother to have. Hermione and Ron encourage Rose to make amends with Albus, who Rose was quarrelling with for befriending a Malfoy. Albus and Rose are cousins and managed to have a strong friendship, before it fell apart in their first year at Hogwarts. Hermione could tell that Albus was struggling and encouraged her daughter to make amends and try to re-friend Albus.
Hermione is just as intelligent as she is ambitious, which is why we're not surprised that after she started her career in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical creatures at the Ministry of Magic. She easily worked her way up to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Hermione eventually became the Deputy Head of the entire department, which is an extremely high-ranking post at the Ministry. This role likely came naturally to Hermione who often forced her two best friends, Ron and Harry, to re-consider their actions as they never really considered the outcome. Hermione is capable of running multiple scenarios at once and picking which outcome has the potential for the least possible causalities and risks. Hermione's decisions often made the difference in ensuring that Ron and Harry were safe.
Without Hermione, Harry wouldn't have stood a chance against Voldemort or his army.
Hermione managed to do some notable things while at the Ministry, as not only did she improve the lives of House-Elves but she also managed to end pro pure-blood laws that favoured a system of genetic homogeneity. By ending pro pure-blood laws, Hermione was able to allow witches of all blood types into positions of power and authority.
This is the most fitting end to Hermione's career. After all her hard work in and out of the Ministry, it makes total sense that she became the Minister of Magic. Hermione was elected the Minister for Magic, which clearly makes her the professional in the relationship. Sorry Ron. Ron seems to be interested in more of an entrepreneurial future, having become the co-manager Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. During Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Hermione is played by actress Noma Dumezweni, which sparked debate over Hermione's race. Rowling shut down the conversation by saying that Hermione's skin tone was never specified as white in the books. Some Witches and wizards might take issue with a black woman who is also a mudblood being the boss lady, but they clearly aren't ready for 2018.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play that initially began in London's Palace Theatre. The story begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. The play is currently on Broadway in New York and plans to eventually start performances in Melbourne, Australia in 2019. For those who can't wait to see the play, there's written copies available of the script, which reads just as easy as any other Harry Potter book.