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Finished reading Deathly Hallows? What's a Harry Potter fan to do next?

Updated on October 10, 2014

Finishing the book doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to Harry!

Wotcher! I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, and now that I've zoomed through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I'm a little sad that there won't be a Year 8 at Hogwarts! I've decided to share some ideas about what to do next, for all the fans out there who are missing Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and the whole gang!

Whether you'll be taking up a new hobby to get over the end of the story, or starting a new book, or just catching up on laundry, here is a place to gather and share ideas and thoughts on life with and without Harry Potter.

NOTE: Some sections of this page may contain information about what happens in Deathly Hallows. Sections that may contain spoilers are near the bottom of the page. If you don't want to know, don't read the sections marked SPOILER ALERT. I don't want to receive any howlers about ruining any surprises. Thanks.

July 31, 2008: The Tales of Beedle the Bard available for pre-order!

First of all, Happy Birthday to JK Rowling and Harry Potter! I raise my butterbeer to you both!

I found out today that The Tales of Beedle the Bard is available for pre-order! These Tales were referenced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and now you can actually buy the collection. The tales have been compared to Aesop's fables and the stories of the Brothers Grimm. Enjoy!

Did you cry while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

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Tell the truth: Did you cry? - Be honest; you're among friends!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a very intense, emotional story. Author JK Rowling admits that she cried and cried after finishing the book, and that chapter 34 was especially emotional for her. What about you?

What to read after Deathly Hallows? - you might want to give these books a try!

I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan, but there are some other great stories out there as well. If you're looking for something to read now that you've finished at Hogwarts, here are some recommendations. If you have other suggestions, please add your comment to the guestbook at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

  • The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

Read the books that bumped Potter from #1 on the bestseller list

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyers, is described as equal parts suspense and romance. Fans of Cedric Diggory will enjoy imagining actor Robert Pattinson (who played Cedric) as the beautiful and dangerous vampire, Edward Cullen. The movie is due out in December, 2008. For now, read the books...

More of what to read after Harry Potter

The Xanth books, by Piers Anthony, are a good introduction to fantasy novels. They are fairly light and humorous, and there are lots of volumes to keep a Harry Potter fan busy until the next movie comes out!

Try cooking up some of your own Hogwarts recipes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drink pumpkin juice? Curious about treacle tarts and butterbeer? Here is a wonderful little collection of recipes, in case you don't have a house elf, Honeyduke's or Three Broomsticks near you.

Treacle tarts

Treacle Fudge

Pumpkin Pasties


Pumpkin Juice

More books to read after Harry Potter...

Eoin Colfer describes his book, Artemis Fowl, as "Die Hard with fairies." Fans of Artemis Fowl enjoy the thrilling high-tech weaponry, witty dialogue, and James Bond style adventure.

Here are some other titles to try:

  • Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare
  • Divergent, by Veronica Roth
  • The Adventurers Wanted series, by M.L. Forman
  • The Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan


What did Daniel Radcliffe do after finishing Deathly Hallows?

an excerpt from an EW interview

What did you do when you finished reading Deathly Hallows?

I was in a car at the time. I had my iPod in, and I was listening to Sigur Rós. I don't know if you know them. They're a band who do sort of instrumental music, but it's just amazing. I think they're from Scandinavia somewhere. They've got an album called Takk...I was listening to, and it's very, very appropriate [for the end of Deathly Hallows]. I was listening to it and I remember I was sort of turned away from everybody else in the car, just so I could be in my own little world when I read it. What did I do when I finished? I think I just put the book down and carried on listening to the music. Just looked out of the car window, 'cause I couldn't think of what else to do. I'm still struggling to really take it in. It doesn't leave you in a hurry.

More suggestions for post-Potter reading!

Thanks to tandemonimom for suggesting the Fablehaven books!


July 26, 2007: Rowling will write more about Harry and friends!

the Epilogue was made vague on purpose

I was so happy to read today that JK Rowling will be giving us more information on Harry and the others! She explained that it was her intention to make the Epilogue rather vague, as though you were viewing the scene through a fog. Without giving anything away here, the information she has long guarded about plots and particulars is now shared generously. She plans to write an encyclopedia on the characters from the books, including what the survivors do in the years after the conclusion of Deathly Hallows, and I can hardly wait! Thank you, Jo! Of course, I expect she'll take a nice long vacation before beginning that project, and she should. She deserves it!


Brew your own Butterbeer!

come up with your own perfect brew

Experiment with these ingredients to find just the right brew for you! A nip of butterbeer now and then will help keep you in the Hogwarts mood.

Step One: Start with Cream Soda

Step Two: Add some butterscotch flavor (look for these flavorings at your grocery store)

Torani Butterscotch Syrup

Torani Butter Rum Syrup - Italian Syrup 750ml - 25.4oz

Butterscotch Pure Cane Syrup

Stirling Gourmet Butterscotch Coffee Flavoring Syrup

Butter Rum Coffee Flavoring, 1/3 oz.

I have had a hard time finding butterscotch syrup or extract at the grocery store, so I came up with a tasty combination on my own. Use a can of cream soda, and about 1/4 teaspoon each of butter flavoring, vanilla flavoring, and rum flavoring (adjust to your preference). I like my butterbeer cold, so I put it on ice, and YUM!

Printable butterbeer labels

Some generous Potter fan has made these butterbeer labels with some clever Photoshop work. Now you can make your brew look authentic with these labels from The Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head Tavern. Print and paste butterbeer labels!

Treacle (Golden and Black)

Curious about treacle? You can get it here! - most of us in the US have never seen it

Maybe those of you who are world travelers, or live in a city with a great international grocery, or are natives of the UK, have tried all kinds of treacle delights. For the rest of us, we can get our treacle (light or dark, apparently, and even pudding) from Harry Potter and friends enjoyed treacle tarts and fudge, so it must be quite sweet.

August 20, 2007: JK Rowling is at it again

writing, that is...

Great news for fans of JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. She has been spotted in cafes around Edinburgh, Scotland, where she lives, working on a new detective novel. She promises to do what she did with Harry, which is to write what she really wants to write. I say, if it works for her, it works for me!

Vote for your favorite Harry Potter character!

It's hard to decide who is the most important or most interesting supporting character in the Harry Potter series. What do you think?

Not including Harry, who is your favorite character?

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You know you'll want to read them all again! - get all the Harry Potter books for your personal library

If you don't already have your own Harry Potter book collection, or if you've been waiting until the last one comes out to buy them all, here is a good place to start. Do you already own the whole series? Why not get another fan started and give the gift of reading!


What are Harry, Ron, and Hermione doing after Deathly Hallows?

by hmsweaver


In an interview with Meredith Vieira, JK Rowling filled in some of the blanks about what Harry, Ron, and Hermione are doing after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Harry and Ron have revolutionized and cleaned up the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic, and Harry Potter is now the department head. They have put an end to the corruption in the Ministry, and now enjoy fulfilling, successful careers there.

Hermione, despite having scoffed at the possibility of becoming a lawyer earlier, is rather high up in the Department for Magical Law Enforcement. Her intelligence, combined with the practical experience gained while fighting against the Dark Arts in her youth, are put to good use in her career.

Harry and Ginny are married, and their children are attending Hogwarts. Harry seems to be enjoying the beautiful family life that he never had as a child. Their children are named after people who were important in their lives; James (after Harry's father), Albus Severus (after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape), and Lily (after Harry's mother).

Teddy Lupin, son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, seems to be almost part of the Potter family, visiting for dinner four times a week. Despite the loss of his parents while just an infant, he has grown into a perfectly normal, happy person. As the kids board the Hogwarts Express, he is seen snogging Victoire Weasley, daughter of Bill and Fleur.

Ron and Hermione are also married, and have two children; Rose and Hugo.

Draco Malfoy is married and has a son, Scorpius. It seems that although he owes his life to Harry, he has not become a great friend. Perhaps the Malfoys changed their dark ways after Voldemort's defeat?

Finally, Jo wanted to emphasize the importance of the fact that Harry's scar no longer bothers him. It is still on his forehead, but it's just a scar. Voldemort will not be returning, and "All is well."


The Language of Harry Potter's World: it's fun to read, and it's fun to say

by hmsweaver

One of the things I like best about JK Rowling's writing throughout the Harry Potter series is the language she uses in creating and describing the wizarding world.

From the rather mundane-sounding "Muggle," to the very chewy and descriptive "bludger," to the many fanciful spells and incantations, such as "alohomora," and "levicorpus," the reader is treated to a wonderful variety of textures and sounds. I am grateful to Rowling for these verbal treats.

Reading and speaking words and phrases like "quidditch pitch," "horcrux," "legilimency," "bubotuber pus," "snargaluff," and "Dumbledore," add another dimension to the tales of Harry Potter. These unfamiliar words, while whimsical, also give a feeling of realness to the fictional things they name.

And besides the literary purposes served by these new and unusual words, they are just plain fun! Thanks Jo!

Your friendly comments on Harry Potter, this lens, what's next for Harry, and what you plan to do with your time now that you're finished reading Deathly Hallows, are welcome here. This guestbook is moderated. Inappropriate comments will not be posted, and rude submitters will be given detention with Umbridge.

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    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 

      13 months ago from U.S, California

      Fun article!

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      Roma M 

      4 years ago


      will miss u Harry Potter!!

      J.K.Rowling .......u beauty .......1 of the most amazing people on earth and the thing I simply decided after Deathly Hallows is all the books again

      I am sure ........I will never get bored .....NEVER!!

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      5 years ago

      I finished reading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows just a couple minutes ago. 12/30/13 Next thing I'm doing after this is seeing if J.K Rowling wrote a life after deathly Hallows and if she is reading this I am one of millions who ask Can you write more on Harry Potter or maybe even Before like life with James, Remus, Sirus, and Peter. -DuxMicat

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      5 years ago

      Maybe Hermione will be the next to make The sorcerers stone?

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      5 years ago

      @anonymous: wut.

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      5 years ago

      I'm going to cry, just by reading things about Harry Potter.

      Ugh, there is no life after H.P!

    • mskaarnes profile image


      5 years ago

      I started reading lots of fanfiction :p

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      6 years ago

      Harry potter is the best! I think that JK Rowling should write a series about lily(Harry's kid) at hogwarts.

    • GreenfireWiseWo profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens - thank you.

    • Fizza555 profile image


      6 years ago

      Hmm I really want to have more books on Harry Potter. No other series can fill this gap. I have read Lord of the Rings after finishing last book of Harry Potter's series and it is really a good triology but still Harry Potter is Harry Potter

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      6 years ago

      J.K. Rowling has to be one of the most amazing people in the world. I love Harry Potter. <3 I will be reading and re-reading the series for a very, very long time to come, and maybe writing my own stories, though none will ever be quite as real as Harry Potter.

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      6 years ago

      i say well that's bad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i can i shout out to all harry fans and i letting other people know how good harr potter is good.

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      6 years ago

      Well, now they've done the last film, whatever next?

    • compugraphd profile image


      6 years ago


      While I take umbrage with your choice of punishment..... I miss Harry Potter, but I found Septimus Heap (by Angie Sage). Not as good as Harry Potter, but fun reading nevertheless. I also just finished Eragon and hope to read later books in the series. I tried reading Twilight, but, while I like the book most of the way, I did NOT like the ending and, because of that, I haven't gone on in the series. I read "A Wrinkle in Time" a number of years ago (more sci-fi than fantasy, but a good read, too) but couldn't get into the other books in that series.

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      HarrietC LM 

      6 years ago

      After I finished book 7 of the HP series, I started on The Hobbit by Tolkien. It was a great read, but right after, I started on the HP books again and read it from book 1-7. ^_^ Then I bought The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy - really funny book this - but then between 1 or 2 chapters, I take a peek of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Will I ever be cured of this HP obsession? I hope not haha...

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      Vita Activate 

      7 years ago

      I wish there would be more books

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      7 years ago

      I also reading Charlie Bone, although it's not quite as good they are still an entertaining read.

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      7 years ago

      Love butterbeer :)

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      SweetMarie83 LM 

      8 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant lens, one of my new favorites. I'm planning on writing about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I JUST finished reading it for the first time after putting it off for 3+ years) and I'll be lensrolling this lens to mine once I finally have it finished...I'm still in the stages of trying to figure out what to do with myself post-Hogwarts...this is when I wish I had lots of money and could go to the theme park in Florida!

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      8 years ago

      I know what I'm going to be doing now that Harry Potter has finally finished. I'm going to be reading a new fantasy series called Swords of a Catonia. Die hard potter fans should find a thrill in this daring and epic fantasy series. A young boy named Draime Ralington has been chosen by the gods to travel the world for four elemental swords of power. But along the way he of course runs into fantastic and fearsome danger while running into lovable and unique characters who join him on his quest.

      There will be 6 of the books! So the craze and desire to keep it going will last a long while! Look to it people if you love Harry Potter!!! :)

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      8 years ago

      I just love this lens - 5* from me, and like you I've also been wondering what to read/look forward to now that the series is over! I read all of Twilight and liked the first 2 books but I have to say that I still keep going back to Harry & the gang. JK Rowling is a genius.

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      8 years ago

      I think it would be cool if Jo wrote a book or something about the 19 years gap between the end of the wizarding war and the epilogue. There must have been so much happening if Harry, Ron and Hermione revolutionized the Ministry and the way things are done, not to mention it would be cool to hear more about of various other much loved HP friends.

      I have read all the Harry Potter books back to back 6 times and still can't put them down, I even brought the audio books for a new way to read/hear them and wasn't disappointed. I don't think I could ever get bored of reading HP, I have read a heap of other books too and I have to say that if it's a good book it doesn't matter how many times you read it, you will always find yourself lost in the pages and imagination of the book and Harry Potter is one of those books.

      Thanks so much to Jo for sharing such an epic and enchanting piece of her imagination with us.

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      9 years ago

      omg those butterbeer labels are so cute! I think next up, HP fans could go check out Rowling's infloox page and read up on some of her own favourite books that nfluenced her stories of Potter.

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      9 years ago

      I will just read them over and over

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      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      I just love this lens - 5* from me, and like you I've also been wondering what to read/look forward to now that the series is over! I read all of Twilight and liked the first 2 books but I have to say that I still keep going back to Harry & the gang. JK Rowling is a genius.

      I hope you can also check out my lens about where to get Harry Potterific merchandise & memorabilia.

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      mosaic lm 

      10 years ago

      Well, the answer is clear now. The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be released later this year. I'm so excited I made a lens on it. In fact, I'm lensrolling this lens onto it and adding it to my list of featured lenses....

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      Wotcher! When HP7 arrived, I sat down and finished it in one sitting, finishing up around 3:30 am. Went to bed, woke up, and read it again, taking a few breaks this time - finished in under two days, but caught a few things I had missed the first read, LOL! This is a fantastic lens - I hadn't heard that JK was writing an encyclopedia, I'm chuffed! You've got some great "after" suggestions on here, though I've read most of them, but I didn't see Fablehaven - HIGHLY recommended! 5 stars & faved!

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      10 years ago

      hey everybody man i jut read deathly hallows again and i just can't get over it

      no pressure on j.k but i hope that encyclopedia comes out soon, i love the magical world and everyday wish to be part of it. Man if only i could sit with j.k in one room with the seven books i would ask her a 1000 questions at least.

      And here's some advice people why not just right every question you've ever wanted to ask j.k maybe if ur lucky and i mean really lucky u can look back at them and ask her.

      But this blog is a tribute to j.k and all her work she really thought her story through and the wonderful thing is that she made one of the best endings you could think off all though i wanted to know a little more but the encyclopedia will give me that so thanks j.k ur a real legend.

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      10 years ago


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      10 years ago

      i am hoping that the Encyclopedia about the characters of HP Series is true and hope to come out soon. I can't wait to read more about them, their past and future. I really liked the ending, and am so proud of Snape.. :D

      More power to JK rowling, and I hope we can also take a peek on her "Tales if beedle and Bard".

      oh.. I really miss Harry...

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      10 years ago

      I love the harry potter series, the books i love a little more than the movies...but when im down i pick up a book and get lost in a fantasy world for a while. They are creative, and fun to read. They really make ur imigination soar. JK Rowling is one awesome author

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      11 years ago

      I tried reading Artemis Fowl and did not enjoy the writing style. Eragon was better. Besides Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Amber is my other favorite fantasy series, though it's not a children's book. I also read the Princess Bride book and it's good too.

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      GypsyPirate LM 

      11 years ago

      Wow - I just can't get enough of this lens. You have done such a fantastic job with it and with your information in here. Thanks for all of your hard work making it awesome!

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      11 years ago

      very nice story ending. Can't wait for more books from JK Rowling.

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      11 years ago

      great story and adventure. Fantastic works by JK Rowling.

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from USA

      Did you know that the actor who plays Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton, loves to fish? I don't know why, but I love knowing that he's a regular guy with normal hobbies.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! I'm jealous...


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