The ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was polarizing among fans. There were many who felt that a distant epilogue wasn't satisfying and that everything was wrapped up too neatly.
The Harry Potter series received a new finale in the form of a play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This story was even more polarizing, to the point where many fans refer to it as glorified fan fiction.
There is a nineteen-year gap between Voldemort's last breath and Albus Severus Potter's arrival at Hogwarts. We know a little of what happened during this period, thanks to comments made by the characters at the end of Deathly Hallows and throughout Cursed Child. The fates of many beloved Harry Potter characters have only been revealed through interviews conducted with J.K. Rowling and sites like Pottermore.
We are here today to outline all of the major events that happened between the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From the later life of Harry's first love, to a certain author finally finding work.
Here are Twenty Things You Didn’t Know Happened Between Deathly Hallows And Cursed Child!
20 Cho Chang Finally Got Over Harry
Cho Chang went from being one of the most important people in Harry Potter's life to being little more than a footnote in the story of his conflict with Voldemort. She was his first love, yet circumstances kept the two of them apart and prevented any sort of long-term romance from happening.
We don't see much of Cho Chang in the final two Harry Potter books. All we see in the story is that she fought on Harry's side during the Battle of Hogwarts and was still alive at the conclusion of the book.
According to J.K. Rowling, Cho Chang would eventually find love with an unnamed Muggle. The gender of the Muggle also goes unstated, so it's possible that Cho fell in love with a woman.
19 Hermione's Final Year
The average Hogwarts student is expected to spend seven years at the school. This rule isn't set in stone, as there are cases of students being held back if they do poorly on their final exams. One example of this is Marcus Flint, who had to attend an eighth year at Hogwarts due to his terrible grades.
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley all missed their appointed final year at Hogwarts, due to the fact that they were on the run at the time. Harry and Ron never returned to the school as students, even though they would have been able to.
Hermione Granger actually went back and completed her seventh year at Hogwarts, in order to attain her N.E.W.T.s. It's possible that she attended the same classes as Ginny & Luna, though it isn't clear if they attended their seventh year at Hogwarts.
18 Luna Lovegood & How To Marry Her
One way in which the Harry Potter books and movies differ is in Neville Longbottom's attraction to Luna Lovegood. It is never stated whether Neville or Luna thought of each other as more than just friends in the books and we know that they ended up with different people. Neville outright stated that he was in love with Luna in the final Harry Potter movie, though it is ambiguous whether they ended up together.
Luna Lovegood eventually fell in love with Rolf Scamander, who is the grandson of the protagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The two of them would be wed in an audacious ceremony that earned her the "Most Hideous Outfit Award" from the readers of The Daily Prophet. Luna and Rolf would later have twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.
17 Victor Krum's Return To Quidditch
Viktor Krum was once considered to be a Quidditch prodigy, despite the fact that he was still at school. We don't hear much about what happens to Krum after the events of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, save for a brief appearance at Bill & Fleur's wedding in Deathly Hallows.
We learned a great deal about Viktor Krum's later life in an article about the Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore. It turns out that Krum retired from the game in 2002 after Bulgaria was badly beaten by Egypt. Krum would later return to the sport at the age of 38 to compete in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. He was instrumental in helping Bulgaria defeat Brazil and winning the tournament.
Viktor Krum found love with someone from his homeland. We don't anything about this individual, save for the fact that they hail from Bulgaria.
16 Ron's Many Careers
The Auror Office is very picky about who is eligible to enforce the law in wizard society. The average applicant is expected to have scored highly in at least five of their N.E.W.T.s in order to be considered for the position.
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley were given a lot of leeways when they were allowed to join the Aurors. This is due to the fact that they were national heroes and had more experience of dealing with the Dark Arts than any other Auror serving the Ministry.
It seems that the life of an Auror wasn't what Ron wanted. He left the role after only two years so that he could join George at Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. This more light-hearted position was far more suited to Ron's personality than that of battling evil wizards for a living.
15 The Hag Healing Potion
The Harry Potter franchise exploded in popularity with the releases of the movies. This means that the majority of Harry Potter merchandise was produced after the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
One of the most obscure pre-movie pieces of Harry Potter memorabilia was the Daily Prophet Newsletters. These were written for members of the Harry Potter fan club that was created by Bloomsbury. Each of the newsletters contained new material written by J.K. Rowling, which technically takes place after the events of Deathly Hallows, due to them being dated as happening after 1998.
The fourth newsletter talks about the invention of a new potion by Regulus Moonshine. This potion reduces the need for hags to eat human flesh.
14 The Halloween Ban
Halloween is the one time when it wizards mix with Muggles without the fear of exposing the existence of magic to the world. Wizards can attend Muggle functions while wearing any kind of audacious outfit they desire and pass off their magical abilities as simple tricks. This causes a headache for the Ministry, as there are always a few wizards who take things too far.
In 1999, the Minister of Magic (incorrectly listed as Cornelius Fudge) tried to impose a ban on Halloween celebrations, which caused an outcry from the community. This was due to the numerous injuries inflicted during the holiday, which involved things like exploding pumpkins and mid-air broom crashes. This ban likely didn't last for very long.
13 The Plagiarism Of Celestina Warbeck
The most successful singer in the wizarding world is Celestina Warbeck, who J.K. Rowling has claimed is based on Shirley Bassey. She is one of the most influential figures in the wizard community, despite the fact that she never physically appeared in the story of Harry Potter.
There was an incident at one of Celestina's concerts in 2003 that involved two Muggles accidentally attending one of her concerts. This was because one of their dogs accidentally grabbed a Portkey meant for the concert grounds. Celestina brought the Muggles on stage to sing "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love" with her before their memories were erased by a Ministry official.
One of the Muggles would later write a hit song that sounded just like "A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love" which somehow managed to stay in their memory.
12 Who Would Vote For A Celebrity To Become The Leader Of Their Country?
It's unclear how someone can be appointed the Minister of Magic in the United Kingdom. We know that a public vote is held every seven years, but there seem to be numerous examples of people having the position stripped from them and others being given it freely.
It seems that the rules are even looser in other countries, as it is possible for people to be appointed as the Minister due to a swing in popularity. This happened in 2006 when Burkina Faso (a country in West Africa) defeated France in order to win the Quidditch World Cup.
Joshua Sankara was the Seeker for Burkina Faso and won the final match for the team. He was appointed the Minister of Magic in his country due to his popularity, yet he quit the role after two days so that he could return to playing Quidditch.
11 The Great Muggle Train Heist
It is clear that there is a great deal of nepotism in the wizarding world. We saw a lot of this during the scenes involving Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where it was revealed that high-ranking officials in the Ministry will give choice positions to their close relatives.
Cornelius Fudge must have had a hand in giving his nephew a job, considering his later behavior. Rufus Fudge was working for the Improper Use of Magic Office in 1999 when he made a tube train in the London Underground vanish from sight as the result of a bet. This caused a huge scandal at the Ministry and resulted in Rufus being censured and suspended from his position.
10 Vernon Dudley's Internet Rage
We don't know much about what happened to the Dursleys after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The last time we see them is when they are forced to abandon their home and go into hiding, due to fears that the Death Eaters would come after them in order to get to Harry.
It is revealed that Aunt Petunia passed away sometime before the events of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. All we know about Uncle Vernon is that he signed an online petition to bring Jeremy Clarkson back to Top Gear after his contract with the BBC expired. This happened in 2015, which means that Vernon might still be alive as of the events of The Cursed Child.
9 Umbridge Is The New Black
Dolores Umbridge is one of the best villains in the story of Harry Potter, as her evil nature isn't linked to symbols of perishment and pain, but is held beneath a facade of being a law-abiding citizen. We see the true extent of Umbridge's cruelty and malice after Voldemort's rise to power, which gave us a look at the real woman who was hiding beneath the surface in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
J.K. Rowling revealed that Dolores Umbridge was permanently sent to Azkaban after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This was due to the fact that she sentenced many Muggle-born witches and wizards to lose their lives, which meant that her crimes were truly unforgivable.
8 Dudley's Family
The Dursley family come off as some of the worst human beings that you are ever likely to meet. This feeling lasted for a couple of books until Hogwarts students started being taken down by Voldemort's servants and you realize that Harry might have been safer if he had never left the cupboard beneath the stairs.
Dudley finally demonstrates some an act of compassion in the final book, when he shows concern for Harry's safety. His encounter with the Dementor had shown Dudley his true nature, which caused a profound change in him.
J.K. Rowling revealed that Dudley and Harry would make amends and the two would visit each other from time to time. She had also considered adding Dudley to the final chapter of Deathly Hallows, with him seeing his own magical child off to Hogwarts, but she changed her mind.
7 The Return Of SPEW
One of the biggest subplots that were cut from the movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was Hermione's attempt at seeking a better quality of life for house-elves. This occurs after she sees the poor treatment of a house-elf called Winky at the Quidditch World Cup.
Hermione created an organization called the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, or S.P.E.W. for short. She didn't get very far, as most wizards looked down on house-elves and most house-elves were content with their lot in life. The S.P.E.W. plot (along with Winky) were removed from the film due to the fact that they didn't go anywhere.
Hermione continued her work with S.P.E.W. after she left Hogwarts, due to her work at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. This allowed her to make a real difference in the lives of house-elves.
6 The Fate Of Voldemort
One of the most bizarre scenes in the Harry Potter series happened when Harry chose to pass away at the hands of Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. Harry was briefly trapped in Limbo, where he encountered Albus Dumbledore one final time in a facsimile of King's Cross Station in London.
It was during this time in Limbo that Harry found an injured child, whose skin had been flayed off. The Harry Potter movies made it clear that this child was actually Voldemort and this was the result of the damaging of his soul in order to create Horcruxes.
J.K. Rowling confirmed that the stunted form that Harry witnessed in Limbo was Voldemort's soul and that this tortured existence was what he would experience in the afterlife.
5 Firenze's Freedom
Harry Potter encountered a centaur named Firenze during his first year at Hogwarts. Firenze protected Harry from Quirrell/Voldemort and gave him a ride back to safety. This caused Firenze to lose respect from the other centaurs within his colony, which would come back to haunt him a few years later.
Firenze would take over Professor Trelawney's position as the Divination Teacher at Hogwarts during the events of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This caused him to be violently ejected from the Forbidden Forest and banished from his clan.
J.K. Rowling revealed that Firenze was welcomed back to the herd after the events of the Battle of Hogwarts. This was due to his old friends finally realizing that his friendly relationship with wizards was not dishonorable.
4 The Half-Blood Slytherins
It is a known fact in the world of Harry Potter that more dark wizards have hailed from Slytherin than any other Hogwarts House. This is due to the fact that the two personality traits that are prized most among Slytherins are their ambition and cunning, which have sent many witches and wizards down an evil path.
The members of Slytherin also held a preference towards pure-blood wizards, which led to discrimination against those students who weren't, as can be seen in Draco Malfoy's treatment of Hermione Granger. J.K. Rowling revealed that this pure-blood bias faded away over time, to the point where all wizards were welcome as members of Slytherin. The House still held a dark reputation, which still lingered when Albus Potter first attended Hogwarts.
3 Percy's Political Power
Percy Weasley had his role in the story of Harry Potter reduced in the movies, to the point where you would be forgiven for forgetting that he even existed. The story of Percy's estrangement from his family is one of the most heart-wrenching plots throughout the books, which culminates in him making amends with Fred, shortly before his last breath.
Percy Weasley was obsessed with his career, to the point where he sided with the Ministry over his own family. We later learned from Rita Skeeter that Percy rose to a prominent office in the years following the events of Deathly Hallows. Percy would go on to become the Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, which made him responsible for the Floo Network.
2 Teddy Lupin's Inheritance
Teddy Lupin is mentioned throughout the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is said that Teddy was caught kissing Victoire Weasley, who is was the daughter of Bill and Fleur. It is also mentioned that Teddy remained close to the Potter and Weasley families, to the point where he was considered family.
A lot of fans were annoyed that Teddy Lupin was absent from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which meant that most of the information we know about him has come from outside sources.
Despite Remus Lupin's fears: his son did not share his lycanthropy. Teddy was actually a Metamorphmagus like his mother was. J.K. Rowling also revealed that Teddy followed in his mother's footsteps by being sorted into Hufflepuff during his time at Hogwarts.
1 J.K. Rowling Finally Gets A Job
It's not unusual for an author to write a fourth-wall breaking story where they encounter their creations. This has actually happened in Harry Potter, as a version of J.K. Rowling also exists within the magical world. Rowling has used herself as a proxy author for the books about the Harry Potter world that aren't part of the main series.
In 2008, Hermione Granger took on the task of translating the original version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard from ancient runes into English. She then sought the aide of J.K. Rowling, who was a Muggle author with connections to Albus Dumbledore. Hermione gave her translated version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to Rowling so that she can create her own version that can be released in the Muggle world.