ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

I would be completely fine if the stories and world of Harry Potter continued to unfold beyond the point of when I'm placed in my grave. I just can't get enough.

I encourage Rowling to continue giving us little gifts of information to help us further understand the wizarding world as well as the characters that we all hold so near and dear to our hearts.

I try to keep up with Harry Potter news as much as possible, but every now and then I'll learn another eye-opening fact that makes me view the series in a whole new light. This is one of the reasons why I love it so much; there is always another dynamic to explore as Rowling continues to release more backstory.

I hope a few of these come as a surprise to you!

1. Ron and Hermione's marriage was a mistake

I have of course read this time and time again, and I also agree. I could see Hermione and Ron ending up divorced. They just don't operate on the same wavelength, and while I love the two characters dearly, I just don't understand how they would ever end up with each other.

What I do find surprising is the fact that J.K. Rowling did feel that Harry and Hermione might have ended up as a successful couple. I know the fans would have wanted it, but I personally love Ginny and Harry together.

2. Arthur Weasley was supposed to be killed off, while Tonks and Lupin lived

Rowling changed her mind when she realized she needed Ron to stay intact and still keep his sense of humor for Harry's sake, and therefore didn't make him a half-orphan. Instead, she killed off another Weasley (R.I.P. Fred), since statistically it wouldn't make sense that the entire Weasley clan would pass unharmed.

To complete the circle, Rowling had Teddy raised as an orphan by Harry and Ginny. She wanted to show that the downfall of Voldemort was a "better place," and therefore Harry was able to be a phenomenal godfather to Teddy, even better than Sirius was to him.

3. Harry and Voldemort are related

We probably all had this thought in the back of our heads, as family heirlooms match the story about the Peverell brothers and their escape from death. Of course, Rowling did say that all wizarding families are really related if you go back through their family trees, as the community is really small, but still. This just adds another layer of intensity between the two.

As we all know, the Resurrection Stone, which had been set into a ring, was passed down to the Gaunt family, who is from Voldemort's mother's side. Harry, on the other hand, received an invisibility cloak from his father's side. Both of these items make up two of the three Deathly Hallows. Rowling has therefore confirmed that they are distantly related.

Imagine combating a family member. I already dislike it when my sister and I argue over whose hair is left in the drain (her's).

4. Neville's parents tragically never improve

Alice and Frank Longbottom
Alice and Frank Longbottom

Rowling has stated in an interview that Frank and Alice Longbottom never recovered from the curses that destroyed their minds and their lives. They resided at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries until their final days, fully unaware that Neville had fought bravely to avenge their tragic outcome.

5. Hogwarts dropouts

Harry and Ron were never into the whole "student" thing, as they received ample help from Hermione, including copying her notes. While Hermione returned to Hogwarts after Voldemort's downfall, Harry and Ron decided against it.

Harry became the youngest Auror in history at age 17 and Ron joined his side, so I'd say they did just fine without going through their N.E.W.T.S.

6. Neville: Drool to cool

Neville may have had an awkward stage growing up (didn't we all?!) in which he burned cauldron after cauldron, forgot what his Rememberall was supposed to remind him of, and let pixies get the best of him.

However, despite his klutzy ways, Longbottom definitely proved himself when he casually cut the head off Nagini, and even before that when he was a part of Dumbledore's Army. After the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville became professor of Herbology at Hogwarts, married Hannah Abbott, and lived above the pub The Leaky Cauldron. According to Rowling, all of his students thought that was very cool of him.

7. Harry, Ron, and Hermione were all featured on Chocolate Frog Cards as collector's items

What better way to be honored for vanquishing the evil Lord Voldemort than to be featured on some Chocolate Frog cards? Ron regarded this as the greatest achievement of his entire life, much like Albus Dumbledore.

Now all I need is a series about the Marauders growing up, perhaps one on Dumbledore's life entire series on Snape might be interesting! And what about Voldemort? How did he become the way he was?

There are just way too many unanswered questions you need to answer here, Rowling. You're not off the hook just yet.

[Source: mental_floss]


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