Hello my dear Potternerds, today I bring you a new post idea that I came up with.
Endings are a hard thing to create. It can be near impossible to craft a beautiful ending, tying up all the strings of your story.
There are plenty of books or series out there that have disappointing endings. Whether the character ended up in a way that left us unhappy, events took place that make no sense, or even just the author giving us things that didn’t fit with the story.
There are plenty of reasons for why a book or series might have a bad ending, so I thought I would give my ideas on ways a series could have ended in a better way.
These are just my opinions based off of my own thoughts and disappointments, and ideas I found from discussing it with other people. I might not even be upset with certain endings, but just that I had a “better” idea in my head.
I figured I would start with Harry Potter, since it is a very popular series. I wouldn’t say I am 100% disappointed with how it ended, but I do think things should have gone a lot differently for people…so, without further adieu, here are my opinions on how it should have ended.
19 Years Later
Though I don’t think the epilogue should have been included, let’s assume it is, no matter what.
I am not a fan of the relationships that came about in the end, (Ron and Hermione never seemed to have that emotional spark for me, and Harry and Ginny were even worse), it’s their children’s names that really bother me.
James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter, and Lily Luna Potter. I get that all of these people affected his life, but Harry sure has a lack of originality. I’m not saying their names are bad, but maybe give Albus a chance at not being bullied.
I would have liked the kids to have their own chance to be themselves and not be tied to their dads story. We later get the Cursed Child, which lets us explore the idea of living as the son of a legend, and I think Harry makes it pretty rough on his kids, forcing them to be memorials to his old story.
Also, the time jump shouldn’t have been 19 years, that’s too long of a time. It should have been something shorter like five or ten years. IF, and only IF for some reason it needed to be 19 years, I honestly don’t think any of the couples would still be together.
I don’t think Ginny and Harry last for more than a few years because she’s too busy being a famous Quidditch player. Ron and Hermione might have lasted, but with no real connection I don’t think they’d still be together as a couple.
Following the War
Immediately following the Battle of Hogwarts, I think a more interesting story could have been developed. In the books, we just jump over the time after the battle, but I think if it was more developed, it could have been a better epilogue.
With Hogwarts being cursed and in near ruins, there would need to be repairs obviously. For a year or two, all Hogwarts students are sent to Dumstrang and Beaux-Batons to still get their education.
McGonnagal eventually re-opens the school and resumes her position as Headmistress, before retiring.
Years after the battle, after Ginny has retired from her professional Quidditch career, she becomes the sports teacher at Hogwarts, opening up weekly games at the school for the younger years, and forming a “Hogwarts” team to compete against other European magic schools.
Though Harry only ever felt truly at home at Hogwarts, he wants to find a home that is his, and eventually settles down with Luna, who keeps her family’s newspaper running.
Hermione, after being a keener and returning to school for her final year, eventually publishes a few books in the magical world, both bestsellers. Her books are about rather mundane “adventures” that muggles go on, a hit in the magical world, but wouldn’t sell a single copy in real life.
Ron and Hermione eventually split up and Ron ends up living his life alone, but happy. He and Hermione are still great friends, and speak almost daily.
Hagrid, finishes his education at Hogwarts, and eventually marries Madam Maxine.
AND… Dudley reaches out to Harry, believing his wife has an unknown magical power, meaning his kid, who is almost 11, might need to attend Hogwarts.
Again, these are just my thoughts and opinions. I’m sure I missed a few characters, but these are the ones that were on the top of my head.