J.K. Rowling Revealed 9 Secrets About The Harry Potter Universe That Fans Are Dying To Know

It has been more than a decade since Voldemort was vanquished and the wizarding world was rescued. Any true Harry Potter fan will argue that the seventh and final book's release in July 2007 and the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in theaters in July 2011 were not the series' true endings. As the author who still has so much to share with followers who are always craving new information, J.K. Rowling is the clearest example of the wizarding world's enduring legacy. She keeps adding interesting content to the Pottermore website and hasn't denied claims that an authorized Harry Potter encyclopedia is on the way (though she hesitates to use the e-word).
Passionate readers have besieged author J.K. Rowling with inquiries about the Potter universe, asking what the characters' lives would be like in the future, in the twelve years since the final novel was released. Some of those questions have been addressed by her, while others are still unanswered. Here are 9 revelations that the author has made since the last sentence was written in various interviews. Enjoy!

#1 Ron and Arthur Weasley Almost Died

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Over the course of the Potter series, many fan-favorite characters perished. Rowling almost went with Ron until she realized that, statistically, at least one member of the sizable Weasley clan would have to attend church as well. She previously vowed to keep the primary trio alive, and doing that would have violated her promise. Arthur, the father of the Weasley family, was the next target, but Rowling decided it would be too much for Ron and Harry to handle. Fred Weasley was the victimized character in the end.

#2 Snape’s Honour Would Be Restored

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Easily the most sorrowful character in the entire novel is Severus Snape. He was despised by nearly everyone around him, but he remained quietly devoted to Dumbledore until the very end. Although many people may first only remember him as the person who killed Dumbledore, Rowling has stated that Harry would undoubtedly ensure that his true narrative was shared. It will reinstate Snape's reputation as a magician and former Hogwarts Headmaster.

#3 Dumbledore Was... Gay?

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This one is probably already well-known to you, but we had to add it because it was such a huge bombshell when Rowling first revealed it. When you consider it, it makes logic. There are no wives, girlfriends, or other romantic interests mentioned for Dumbledore in the series. In a subsequent interview, Rowling claimed that she had always believed that Dumbledore was a homosexual and that Gellert Grindelwald, a former best friend turned foe, was his primary love interest.

#4 Harry Was A Hogwarts Dropout

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The main trio (as well as all of their student friends and adversaries) never completed their schooling at Hogwarts, which may not have even occurred to you. This makes sense given that Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the last narrative partially destroyed the school. Rowling has since revealed that, unlike Hermione, Harry never bothered to go back to school. Nobody should be surprised that Ron also made the decision to forego his senior year.

#5 The Trio Would End Up Working For The Ministry Of Magic

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It seems that Harry, Ron, and Hermione go on to experience thrilling experiences while they... work for the government?. Harry continues to work for the Ministry of Magic as an Auror despite not graduating from school. At the age of 17, according to Rowling, Harry became the organization's youngest Auror, and he quickly rose to the position of department head. Hermione eventually found herself working at The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, where she advocated for house elves' legal rights. She then advanced to the Department of Magical Legislation Enforcement, where she and Ron, together with Harry and the Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt, changed the law to eliminate corruption and discrimination towards non-pureblood witches and wizards.

#6 Neville Longbottom Became Cool

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Poor Neville Longbottom is frequently viewed as Gryffindor's idiotic sidekick. But after his bravery in the Battle of Hogwarts, when he killed Nagini the serpent with Godric Gryffindor's sword, things started to look up for Longbottom. He would gain the respect of his peers, according to Rowling, and eventually, take the position of Herbology professor at Hogwarts. Additionally, he would wed Hannah Abbott, the Leaky Cauldron's manager. Together, they would reside above the bar.

#7 Ron and Hermione Need Relationship Counselling

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According to Rowling, she originally intended for Hermione and Harry to get married in the epilogue, but for "personal reasons," she chose the Ron/Hermione pairing instead. She later said that because they are so diametrically opposed, they don't form a very "credible couple":
Hermione possesses the maturity and sensitivity that Ron lacks, and Ron helps Hermione loosen up and have fun. We shouldn't worry about it because they enjoy fighting and they love each other, she said, adding that the couple probably needed professional assistance to resolve some of their more irksome differences.

#8 Voldemort and Harry Potter Were Related

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Do you still recall the story of the three wizards and the Deathly Hallows? The Elder Wand, the Invisibility Cloak, and the Resurrection Stone were all passed down through the family. Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers from the story, was a direct ancestor of Harry's father, who gave him the Invisibility Cloak (through Dumbledore). The Resurrection Stone was also obtained by Voldemort from his grandfather Marvalo Gaunt. Originally owned by one of the other brothers, Cadmus Peverell, the Gaunt family acquired it. As a result, Rowling has acknowledged that there is a relationship between Harry and Voldemort that dates all the way back to the Peverell family.

#9 Harry and Dudley Are Now Friends, Sort Of

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Dudley will stick in your mind as Harry's selfish, cowardly, and muggle cousin. Harry left the home he lived with Dudley and his parents later on in the series. We can't really blame him because they were keeping him in a closet under the stairs. Harry and Dudley are still on "Christmas card terms," according to Rowling, and even though they aren't close, they still run into each other occasionally when their kids are playing together.
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