Harry Potter may be over, but JK Rowling has made sure the magic never ends! The Wizarding World has been slowly expanding ever since the books and films finished, with Rowling adding little canon tidbits via Pottermore, numerous interviews, and her Twitter. In fact, there's such an abundance of new information about the Harry Potter world that it's difficult to know where to start! So that's why we compiled this handy list the best canon facts that Rowling has graced us with...
Why Is Wormtail In Gryffindor?
This is one question which has plagued Potterheads for many years - if the Sorting System is so well thought out, why would the Hat slip up and sort such a cowardly, traitorous person as Peter Pettigrew into Gryffindor? Well, now we have an answer...
This makes a lot of sense!
Luna Lovegood Married Well
In fact, she married the grandson of Newt Scamander, protagonist of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Rowling revealed who Luna married in an online chat with fans...
"She ended up marrying (rather later than Harry & co) a fellow naturalist and grandson of the great Newt Scamander (Rolf)!"
They both appear in the first short story JK Rowling wrote for Pottermore last year, and in later interviews Rowling revealed the name of their two children: Lorcan and Lysander. The family frequently go on adventures together to find new magical creatures!
Neville Is A Herbology Professor
In the same short story (which is only available for Pottermore users to read!), we learned that after a brief career as an Auror, Neville became the Herbology professor at Hogwarts. It hasn't been confirmed, but personally I hope he'd become headmaster someday!
He's definitely badass enough to handle anything the school could throw at him!
Hermione Had An Illustrious Career...
...in Magical Law actually, which is ironic considering she swore she would never work in this department! And she made some great strides for the Wizarding World, as Rowling reveals.
"Hermione began her post-Hogwarts career at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk. She then moved (despite her jibe to Scrimgeour) to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement where she was a progressive voice who ensured the eradication of oppressive, pro-pureblood laws."
Yeah, go Hermione!
And this will come as a relief to many fans...
Hermione Returned Her Parents' Memories!
One of the most heartbreaking moments in the entire Harry Potter story was when Hermione performed one of the Wizarding World's nastiest spells on her parents, Obliviating their memories. Or did she?
"There are two different charms. [Hermione] did not wipe her parents’ memories as she later does to Dolohov and Rowle; she bewitched them to make them believe that they are different people."
Oh uh... ok. Except, Hermione definitely says "Obliviate" when she does this in the movie - check it out in the clip below (skip to 1.36)!
So maybe the book canon differs from the films in this regard? I think I'll leave that to the fans to decide! In any case, according to Rowling, Hermione did find her parents in Australia, healed their memories, and "brought them home straight away." Phew!
Harry's Son Is A Gryffindor!
But Tonks and Remus Lupin's son is a Hufflepuff!
It's so nice to know how the Potter progeny is getting along at Hogwarts!
Umbridge Got Her Comeuppance...
Voldemort might be evil, but Dolores Umbridge was just unspeakably horrible. I mean, she tortured children with her dreadful detentions, and just look at that interior decorating!
Those chintz plates alone are criminal. Thankfully, JK Rowling confirmed that Umbridge did get her just deserts...
"She was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns."
Good thing too!
A Reformed Slytherin House
Slytherin got a bad rep in the Harry Potter books and movies: home to Hogwarts nastiest graduates, Slytherin became known as the evil house. But the personality traits associated with this house aren't necessarily bad! After all, we value ambition, cunning, loyalty, and pragmatism, as well as many other Slytherin attributes.
It seems that Rowling also appreciates Slytherin, and she assured fans the house reformed after the books ended.
"Slytherin has become diluted. It is no longer the pureblood bastion it once was. Nevertheless, its dark reputation lingers, hence Albus Potter’s fears [in the Epilogue]."
Hopefully the prejudice against Muggleborns was slowly reformed in the years following the Battle of Hogwarts!
Draco's Son Grows Up Good
Draco Malfoy really cares about his son, Scorpius, and makes sure he learns from his father's mistakes...
"Scorpius has a lot going against him, not least that name. However, I think Scorpius would be an improvement on his father, whom misfortune has sobered!"
Draco and Harry are on better terms, but understandably they never become friends!
Hagrid Still Works At Hogwarts In 2017
Even at 89 years old, Hagrid is still looking after all the Hogwarts students! At the end of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Harry reminds his son of Hagrid's invitation...
"Don't forget Hagrid's invited you to tea next Friday."
So we knew that Hagrid still lived on the Hogwarts grounds. But JK Rowling confirmed that he's still hard at work, even at his grand old age!
Oh, and unfortunately he never married.
Obviously there are many many many more fun facts about the Harry Potter universe, and these are just some of our faves! Do you know any more? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!