The Wizarding World Continues
The world gasped—and applauded—when J.K. Rowling announced at a 2007 fan event that Dumbledore is gay, and the second Fantastic Beasts reveals that Voldemort’s snake Nagini was born a human. But those aren’t the only bits of magic that have been discovered since the final pages of Deathly Hallows…
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Hermione Didn't Have to Be White
When Noma Dumezweni (right) was cast in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, some scoffed at the idea of a black actress as Hermione, especially after she was portrayed by Emma Watson (left) in the films. In response, Rowling took to Twitter in December 2015 to point out she never specified her skin tone: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”
Hogwarts Is Tuition-Free!
“My friends and I are having a super intense debate about the cost of tuition at #Hogwarts,” one fan tweeted in July 2015. Thankfully, Rowling saw the tweet and put the subject to rest: “There’s no tuition fee! The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!”
The History of Azkaban
The infinite word count permitted on pottermore.com, which Rowling launched in 2012, allowed the author to expand on the story of the infamous prison that housed wizarding world criminals like Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter in the films): Azkaban sits on an island that was once inhabited by a wizard named Ekrizdis, who practiced dark magic and lured Muggle sailors there to torture and kill them. Upon his death, his concealment charms faded and the Ministry investigated. “The least frightening part of it was that the place was infested with Dementors,” wrote Rowling.
Draco Was Raised to Believe Harry Was a Great Dark Wizard
In Draco’s biography on Pottermore, Rowling revealed that the young wizard’s (Tom Felton in the films) father, Lucius, believed Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) would follow in Voldemort’s footsteps. “It was comforting to think that he, Lucius, might be in for a second chance of world domination, should this Potter boy prove to be another, and greater, pure-blood champion,” which is why Draco initially attempted to befriend Harry.
The Untold Lives of the Hogwarts Faculty
On Pottermore, Rowling divulged that Headmistress Minerva McGonagall’s (Maggie Smith in the fims) mother, Isobel, deeply resented marrying a Muggle and living away from her fellow witches and wizards. That resentment weighed on the marriage and Minerva, who “never forgot how much her mother cried, when the letter of [Hogwarts] admittance arrived…. [She] knew that Isobel was sobbing, not only out of pride, but also of envy.” Another tidbit: Divinations professor Sybill Trelawney was once married, but it ended “in unforeseen rupture when she refused to adopt the surname ‘Higginbottom.'”
Harry's Life After Hogwarts
Picking up 19 years after Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has thrilled theatergoers since 2016 and includes insight into Harry’s (Jamie Parker in the play) adult life, including the fact that he went on to become Head Auror, and his younger son, Albus Severus, was sorted into Slytherin, as the child feared in the Deathly Hallows epilogue.
Tonks Got into an Major Adventure at Hogwarts — and Had a Teacher with a Famous Dopplegänger
A school-age Tonks (left) is featured in the mobile game Hogwarts Mystery, in which the user experiences seven years at the school while searching for their missing brother Jacob, who had been investigating cursed vaults. The game is not official canon, but it shows Tonks and the elder Weasley brothers helping search for Jacob—with the help of a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, Patricia Rakepick (right), who just has to be played by Cate Blanchett in the inevitable movie version.