Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Epilogue

By J.K. Rowling

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Nineteen Years Later

  • It's autumn, and the first day of September means the Hogwarts Express.
  • We find Harry, Ginny, and their children, Lily, James, and Albus, at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, getting reading to head off to school. Lily is too young to go, but James is already in school, and Albus is about to head off for his first year.
  • James taunts him about being in Slytherin, and the younger boy gets all riled up. He's also very nervous.
  • By the last carriage, the family finds who they're looking for – Ron, Hermione, and their kids, Hugo and Rose. Rose is also about to embark on her first trip to Hogwarts.
  • Ron jokingly tells Rose and Albus that they'll be disinherited if they don't end up in Gryffindor.
  • Everyone's distracted for a moment by Draco Malfoy, who's seeing his son, Scorpius, off to school too.
  • Ron makes a snide comment to Rose about not getting too close to little Scorpius – he doesn't want a pureblood in the family. He's joking… kind of.
  • James reappears from the train with big news – Teddy Lupin, Remus and Tonks's son, has been spotted making out with Victoire, one of Bill and Fleur's daughters.
  • James is all in a tizzy.
  • It's time to go; the school-age kids are all bundled on the train, and Ginny reminds James to give their love to Neville, who's the professor of Herbology now.
  • Harry has one last word with little Albus, telling him that it doesn't matter which house he's Sorted into.
  • He reminds Albus Severus that he's named after two great Headmasters of Hogwarts, one of whom was a Slytherin – and one of the bravest men Harry ever knew.
  • Harry tells Albus again that they don't care which house he's in, but if he cares so much, he can tell the Sorting Hat, and it will listen to him – as it did for Harry, all those years ago.
  • The train pulls away, and Harry feels a little bittersweet tug at his heartstrings. Ginny reassures him that Albus will be all right.
  • Harry, touching his scar, knows that he will be. The scar hasn't hurt since the battle of Hogwarts, and all is well in the wizarding world.

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