Amelia Bones - Amelia was elected as Minister for Magic along with the first fully elected Wizengamot in the year 2000. She served in that position until 2010 when she elected not to run against Daphne Greengrass. Under her guidance the Wizengamot removed the magic that modified house elf behavior, expanded the rights of magical sentients, especially the centaurs and issued strict new protections of muggle and muggleborn rights.
Albus Dumbledore - Albus continued to serve as Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot until 2004, when infighting in the now democratic Wizengamot forced him to step down. He spent his remaining years helping set a new alchemy standard for education as an advisor to Hogwarts, and serving as an advocate for muggleborns in legal proceedings before the Wizengamot. He died in 2011 of natural causes.
Dobby - Dobby was one of the first elves to strike out independently once the magic that bound elves to be compliant to their masters was lifted. He eventually helped form an aid society for elves that helped elves making the transition from slavery to freedom. He ultimately partnered with Hermione Granger who used her Psychiatric Mind Healing to help many traumatised elves. Dobby would still cook for the Potters on special occasions, but he did so as a sign of his love and friendship, not because it was his job.
Kreacher - Kreacher lived to see house elf reform, but barely. He died in 2005, just days after Magical Britain removed the loyalty spells from elves.
Theodore Nott Sr. - Sentenced to ten years in Azkaban rather than life because of his cooperation. However he dies shortly after being released, from an alcohol related accident.
Kingsley Shacklebolt - Current Head of the DMLE. Generally considered a reformer, and a big supporter of the Greengrass Ministry.
Colin Creevey - Colin grew into a famous and important wizard, eventually running for, and winning a seat on the Wizengamot in 2010, a seat which he holds to this day. He married Astoria Greengrass in 2005.
Astoria Greengrass - Upon graduation from Hogwarts, she trained as a Healer for a time, before getting a job working for Harry Potter in his new Soul Healing practise. She serves as a nurse and receptionist. Her blood curse has been entirely healed.
Cho Chang - Cho ultimately moved to Germany and ran a successful wand making business there.
Cedric Diggory - Joined the DMLE for real and became an auror after the war. Is currently head of the aurors.
Susan Bones - Inspired by her aunt, Susan entered the DMLE. She is currently head of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office, a major position in the Greengrass Ministry.
Hannah Abbot - Hannah purchased and ran the Leaky Cauldron after 2006. She became a very well known and popular figure in Magical Britain.
Sue Li - Became a major figure in the New Arithmancy movement which sought to standardize Arithmancy predictions.
Padma Patil - Is a successful businesswoman, having made a fortune reimporting various magical creatures to Britain after the war.
Parvati Patil - Started a fashion line for witches with Lavender Brown. The two of them now are the most successful designers of witches attire in Europe.
Professor Sinistra - Still teaches Astronomy, though she is mad it has been downgraded to an elective.
Hagrid - Still teaches Care of Magical Creatures. His class has grown more organized over the years, and is now seen as a model of the subject, though it is very still a practical course, as opposed to a theoretical one.
Professor Flitwick - Still Deputy Headmaster and Charms instructor. He keeps talking about retirement, but it never happens.
Molly Weasley - Still Potions Master at Hogwarts. Her career has given her new focus and determination, and she stays in constant contact with her family, which now includes many grandchildren, some of whom are now her students.
Sirius Black - Quit as Transfiguration Professor in 2007, but came back after his replacement quit angrily in 2008. One of the most popular teachers at Hogwarts, he is constantly driving Headmistress McGonagall up a wall.
Bill Weasley - Went back to work for Gringotts in 1999. Currently serves as assistant head of Gringotts cursebreakers for Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia.
Minerva McGonagall - Still Headmistress of Hogwarts. She issued a series of educational policy changes from 2003 to 2009. As a result, Hogwarts standards are higher than ever.
Fred and George Weasley - Still run their joke shop. They married Angelina Johnson and Alicia Spinnet. No one is quite sure who is married to whom though, due to a prank at the joint wedding with Polyjuice Potion. No one is stupid enough to ask for clarification though.
Percy Weasley - Served as Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic under Amelia Bones. Ran for the Wizengamot in 2010 and won. Now serves as Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot.
Bryant Greengrass - Retired from public life after the war. Has become a philanthropist, and has given money to help house elves who are looking for work. Eventually reconciled with Daphne and Astoria in the lead up to Astoria's wedding.
Helen and Robert Granger - Have a new Dental practice near Harry and Hermione's home. More or less steer clear of the magical world aside from their visits to Hermione.
Clarise Zabini - Has disappeared completely. When asked about it, all Blaise will say is that he didn't kill her, and he feels no guilt over her fate.
Brokgut - His alliance with Harry Potter has made him one of the wealthiest goblins in Magical Britain, due to the bonuses he has acquired.
Narcissa Malfoy - Was paroled due to her role in defeating Voldemort. Lived with her sister Andromeda for a time, before moving out, largely on Sirius Black's charity. Eventually remarried, and now lives somewhere in Spain.
Draco Malfoy - Was sentenced to life in Azkaban for his many murders, to which he pled guilty. He is, by all accounts, a model prisoner.
Dolores Umbridge - Sentenced to life in Azkaban, she attempted to flee as she was transported there. She froze to death in the North Sea.
Viktor Krum - Still an international Quidditch Star, and he even has finally won the Quidditch World Cup. Was married to Daphne Greengrass from 2003-2008. They had one child together. Is still close to Daphne, and it is rumored that they still are romantically linked.
Millicent Bulstrode - Never quite forgave herself for betraying Tracey, despite Tracey's forgiveness. She is a clerk in the Department of Magical Transportation at the Ministry of Magic.
Luna and Neville Longbottom - The two married in 2001. Luna runs the Quibbler and Neville has become the Herbology Professor at Hogwarts. Luna's editorship of the Quibbler has been more stable and informative than her father's, though it maintains that quintessential Quibbler charm. Neville is a thoughtful teacher, who always listens to the problems and anxieties of his students. They have 3 children, all more ridiculously named than the last.
Tracey Davis and Ronald Weasley - The two married in 2002, at the height of their respective Quidditch careers. Ronald was the best Keeper for the Chudley Cannons in the last 50 years (not a difficult feat), while Tracey served as team captain for England's Quidditch World Cup team, and led it to the Quarterfinals. Now Ron is Keeper coach for the Cannons while Tracey is the Manager of Puddlemere United. They have one child, named Arthur.
Blaise Zabini and Seamus Finnegan - No one is sure what these two do. They seem to provide advice to certain criminal groups, but whatever they provide it makes them a comfortable living. They got married as soon as gay marriage became legal in Britain, scandalizing the magical world. Whatever they do, they don't commit any crimes themselves, which has kept them out of trouble.
Daphne Greengrass - Surrendered her position as Minister for Magic in 2000 to run for the Wizengamot. She won and served on that body for ten years. In 2004 she was made Chief Warlock after Dumbledore retired. Her leadership in the Wizengamot made most of Amelia's reforms, which had been stalled, possible. In 2010, she ran for Minister, and was elected, unopposed. Expanded most of the rights laws passed under her predecessor, and is responsible for the passage of hate crimes legislation. She is currently very popular, and is often given credit for defeating Voldemort, despite her protests. She has one daughter with Viktor Krum.
Ginny Weasley and Justin Finch-Fletchley - Never married, due to Ginny's bad experiences with that institution, but have remained a couple to the present day. Ginny leads a group of mercenaries who help fight dark wizards, while Justin serves as a liaison between Gringotts and muggle financial and commercial institutions. They have one child, named Ernie. Ginny remains very close with Harry and Hermione, treating them as if they were siblings.
Harry and Hermione Potter - Married in 1999, but put off a family until they were done studying. Harry became a Soul Healer, and Hermione began applying psychiatry to Mind Healing. Today, Harry has begun training other Soul Healers and there are now at least 3 others in practise throughout the world. Hermione's papers on psychiatry and it's applications for Mind Healing have made her the pre-eminent Mind Healer in the world.
They now have two children, Fleur Nymphadora and Lily Luna Potter.
Severus Snape - Declared insane by the Wizengamot, he was confined to St. Mungo's for life. In 2007 he became one of Hermione Granger's first patients. Now generally considered healed, he has been moved to a special facility run by Hermione Granger where he is still confined, but able to contribute to magical society and make potions for St. Mungo's.
So the first thing I want to do is thank everyone who helped me finish this story. First, thanks to Nobody Knows PJ like Me and Pixiepuff13 for betaing this story. I am extremely grateful for all of your hard work and assistance. Thanks to everyone who left a review, especially those of you who did so early! I got a lot of useful feedback from all of you. This story was far, far more successful than I ever had hoped, and I am glad I was able to share it with you.
Some quick replies to reviews first. Someone asked about the prophecy that Ginny heard. The last line actually has a double meaning, so the Twisted Path refers to both Ginny's journey through Slytherin as well as Snape's twisted mind.
Another person took issue with whether Snape deserved to die or not. Snape didn't deliberately murder Nott because he thought Nott was a stalker. However if Snape hadn't thought Nott was a stalker, he would have found some other way to deal with Nott other than killing him. This isn't said to exonerate Snape though. He still is guilty, but not of premeditated murder. In any event, he ends up confined to mental institutions for the rest of his life.
I guess to explain this, the way I see Snape as a character (in general, not in this story specifically) is as a character who is not a very nice person generally, but who comes to be motivated by relatively noble intentions. He is both selfish and selfless at various times, and his reformation is only complete once he fails to save Lily.
So, now for my post mortem. The first thing, I have to admit, is that I made one huge mistake, something I initially considered a strength. But a lot of the reviews and such confirmed that while the mistake I made itself was crowd pleasing, the results of that mistake were very much not. The mistake was, I didn't kill Sirius in third year.
At the time, it made sense. But the ripples it sent through the plot eventually became a problem, and I didn't see what the problem was until well after I was committed to that decision. It was only when I was doing rewrites that I realized what I had done, and by then it was too late to fix, I had integrated Sirius into the story.
Basically, If Sirius Black had died at the end of third year, the main focus of fourth year would have been Harry's rage. Originally Harry was supposed to put Crouch's plot together, but essentially let his rage prevent him from taking any effective action against it. This also would have affected most of fourth year's subplots. There would have been less Harry fooling about, though the double date scene still would have been there, though it would not have ended with Harry groping Daphne.
A lot of later moments get robbed of their power because of this too. When in fifth year, Harry decides to take down Dumbledore instead of Fudge, think of what that must mean to Harry if Fudge is responsible for Sirius' death. Think of what Harry must be thinking as he's forced to fall in line behind Fudge for most of sixth year.
So why did I do it? Well I like Sirius. If you want to know more there will be a section at the end that reveals the full logic. Marked by giant spoiler tags.
Another problem is Harry's passivity in this story. He has a tendency to sit back and wait for the plot to happen to him. Part of this is a weakness of following canon so closely for so long. But even after I left canon, I let canon dictate my schedule as far as how Harry was reacting to things. There were reasons for this, but once Harry turned 17 I could have hurried things up a bit.
So getting into the nitty gritty of my writing, I think there are some things I need to improve on. Descriptions are an issue, I have a tendency to gloss over them, especially when I get into an action scene. When I do include them they generally are good, but I will admit, I don't like writing lots of descriptive text.
My grammar is acceptable, but not great. I have a natural tendency to phrase things in the passive voice, which is sometimes what I want my characters to be doing. But not all the time or even most of the time. I should use more colons, semicolons, and dashes.
Sometimes I make my characters do logical leaps that are just on the edge of sense. I know that can be off-putting for some people, and I am trying to work on it. This honestly probably goes back to my problem with descriptive text: it's easier to have Harry logic his way through something rather than showing it, but that's not good writing.
So what did I do well? Plotting. My mistake with Sirius aside, I am actually really proud about how I balanced all the various plot threads throughout this story. There was a lot going on, and some of it wasn't outlined very well at first. It took a lot of work to keep the story running, and it was really fun work. Getting to a later point in the story and letting some tiny thing you set up almost 20, 30, or at times 59 chapters ago pay off is just a great feeling.
Speaking of plotting, I think I handled my plot twists well. For one thing, with the exception of Ginny absorbing the Diary horcrux, (which is supposed to be shocking) I set up good foundations for my plot twists. I lampshaded marriage contracts early on, I constantly have Hermione worrying what would happen if her parents discovered she was sharing a room with Harry, and pretty much everyone seems to have quickly caught on that destroying the horcrux in Harry and not telling Dumbledore about the prophecy meant Arthur was a goner. And this is not to mention the way I set up Snape and his insanity from the very first chapter.
The other thing I think I do well is dialogue. Which is not to say that all of my dialogue is well written. What I am trying to say is that the flow and structure of my dialogue is generally good. I'm good at writing characters quipping back and forth. I am not as good at writing big speeches or actual profound statements. I don't think I'm bad at that, but I'm not especially good at it either.
This whole thing has been really fun, as I haven't really written a full work of fiction before. And that more than anything is why I did it, writing fanfiction is the writing equivalent of playing with Legos. You can take the pieces you are given and scramble them up how you want them.
All told I would give what I have written around a C/B-, on my fanfiction scale. I certainly enjoyed writing it and I hope to write more. This brings me to my next point.
I have given a lot of thought to how I am going to respond to JK Rowling' comments on trans people, but trans women in particular. And of course, she goes and makes it harder to comment the day I am going to post this, so I had to put this off until I could process her latest pettiness. My initial comments, made earlier in the story, still apply. But I am loathe to concede the field on this issue. If she is going to continue to attack trans people using her writing, then I will stand with them in my own. And using her own universe to do so is, in my opinion, appropriate. I am not going to resume publishing Harriet Potter immediately, but I am still writing it and once I have made sufficient progress I will resume publishing at that point, this time with a story and characters that reflect my determination.
So as I have stayed, I am still writing Harriet Potter and the Guardians of Atlantis. I have a decent edited version of part 3: Harriet Potter and the Founders' Wars complete, as well as a rough draft of part 4: Harriet Potter and the Dementors' Harvest completed. For those who haven't read it, it's a story that revolves around a female Harry who ends up getting a reincarnated Morgana le Fay as her Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. There's way, way more to it, of course. Sirius never went to Azkaban in this universe and Barty Crouch Sr. is the Minister for Magic. While I haven't announced a pairing in story yet it is going to be a Harriet/Hermione story. The story is going to have 10 parts total. Part 1 is pre-Hogwarts, parts 2-7 are during Hogwarts and 8-10 are post Hogwarts. Harriet is a lot more of an active protagonist than Twisted Path Harry, and she is also a lot more volatile. A lot of people criticized Harry never getting mad in Twisted Path. That is not one of Harriet's problems!
The big difference is that Harriet Potter follows canon far more loosely than Twisted Path. Canon elements are there, but I use them to set up completely new scenarios. For example, the Chamber of Secrets is a part of the plot of Part 3: Harrier Potter and the Founders' Wars. But it serves more as a prelude to Part 3's main plot than as the main plot itself. The main villains of Part 3 aren't Tom Riddle's diary and a Basilisk, they are Barty Crouch Jr. and Dolores Umbridge.
As I said, I am not going to publish more Harriet Potter right away though. I am going to do a full readthrough and edit of Twisted Path soon, and I will probably publish Twisted Path on AO3 at that point, sans authors notes. So there is still a lot for me to do. I am also still writing more Harriet Potter. I will probably resume publishing that story once I finish writing Part 6.
No ETA's on Avatars and Archons, which I do have an outline for. That story will be Harry/Luna with a brother/sister relationship between Harry and Hermione. Same lack of ETA for Killing Hermione, which is going to be… complicated in regards to the pairings. Because time travel. Harry ends up with Luna though. Eventually.
That's all I have to say! Thank you for reading the Twisted Path! Scroll down for the spoilers I mentioned.
I didn't kill Sirius in Twisted Path because I am going to kill him off in both Avatars and Archons and Harriet Potter. I wanted him to live at least once!