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Minor spoilers for DH



Thinking about the Epilogue -

1. Large families? Harry and Ginny had three; Ron and Hermione had, what, two? In nineteen years, even if they've only been marrried for, oh, 16 or so? Interesting math there. Looks more like Ginny, at least, had three kids, and that was it.

2. The names. The only "fan name" was Albus Severus. It only makes sense that Harry would name his kids after his parents. James' middle name is either Harry or Arthur, and Lily's is probably Molly or Ginevra. (Much as I love Molly, I hope the latter. Lily Molly is awful.) And the other names are just names, so far as I can tell. Even Victoire - well, if Fleur had a baby not long afterwards, it makes sense to me.

3. I'd have loved to have known who Draco married (and his son? Perfectly in character for a Malfoy-Black.) I'd also have loved to know if the Trio went back to finish their seventh year and take their NEWTs, and what they all do. (Hermione is so a lawyer.)

4. Minor note - according to Rowling (who is suspect since she contradicted what she said about Secret-Keepers), Ginny is the first girl born to the Weasleys in generations. Which - no wonder Molly is possessive. Especially if she broke that particular curse by herself.

Because that curse is definitely broken - both Ron and Bill have daughters.

Comments

1: yes, I've been wondering about that. No children for years and years and then it looks like three one after another and then they stop.

2: "Molly" is awful, but it may be like it was with my aunt (of whom I was very fond) whose name was actually "Mary" - "Molly" is the by-name, hypochoristicon, whatever, for "Mary" just as "Sally" (at least originally) is for "Sarah".

3: Pity their poor teachers if they did. And yes, Hermione may have bad-mouthed lawyers but if anybody had "Lawyer" running through her like lettering in seaside peppermint rock, it's her.

4: Presumably once Molly broke the curse it got broken good and proper.

Let's say this - Ginny chose to play professional Quidditch. She wanted kids, but she needed to have her career established first before she took time out to have the kids, and then she had them fast, hoping to get at least one of each. Since her third child was a girl, she could stop and get back on her broom. Harry is staying at home to take care of them.

Hermione will realize that, yes, she wants to do good in the world, but the best way for her to do it, and to use that mind of hers, is to be a lawyer. And maybe, just maybe, Minister for Magic some day. (And, given the lack of Wizarding universities in Britain, she might very well have had to serve a long apprenticeship, and chose, like Ginny, to not have kids right away.)

I assume Molly got to work to break that curse all by herself. It took her seven tries, but she did it.

Yeah, that was the commentary that kept distracting me as well. Two or three children is not that much, really.

I kept seeing people complain that a kid with the name Albus Severus would get beaten up. Which, if he was in the Muggle world, yeah, quite probably he would. But in the Wizarding world, where Dumbledore and Snape are still probably major heroes? It's a normal name.

Of course, I wonder how many children born in the first few years after the battle of Hogwarts were named Harry.

(and I love the idea of Harry as house husband. He'd do so well with that.)

Besides, Harry's rich. He doesn't have to work outside the home.

Yes, they're "fan names" in that most of the fanfics that have Harry and whoever living happily ever after have him name their kids that.

You know why? Because they're the logical names for this community. Harry's own middle name is James, Ginny's is Molly. Bill's is Arthur, for that matter. It only makes sense that Harry would name his kids after his parents. Just because a million fanwriters picked them doesn't mean that Rowling *can't*.

As for Albus Severus - Draco named his son Scorpius. Those names might get them beaten up in a Muggle school, but they're not going to a Muggle school. They're being educated at home until they go to Hogwarts.

Large families? Harry and Ginny had three; Ron and Hermione had, what, two? In nineteen years, even if they've only been marrried for, oh, 16 or so? Interesting math there.

Yeah, I agree. It's just as interesting as the math that makes Ginny a slut for having two or three boyfriends in the course of three years. Fandom never ceases to amaze me.

I'm not thrilled with the epilogue, either, but not for the things it has. Just for the things it doesn't have.

At Ginny's age, I suspect her mother had more than three children.

Well, I got the impression that Harry (and no doubt Ginny) might have taken a few years first to take care of poor young Ted before starting their own family...

Not me. I figure Teddy was raised by Andromeda. His grandmother.