In You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle, Justine’s one of the stars of a popular documentary film series, Five at Six. The premise? Check up on the five kids every five years to see what’s new in their lives and how they’re changing as they grow up. We can’t get enough of Justine’s crazy experiences in these movies. Good news: You can start reading You Look Different in Real Life right here on Figment!
Justine’s story got us thinking: What would happen if we checked in on some of our favorite fictional characters five years after their books ended? Who would be the same, and who would have changed beyond recognition? Inspired by You Look Different in Real Life, here are Figment’s thoughts on what might have happened to these characters after the final pages.
We all know (and are trying to forget) what Harry’s up to nineteen years after he defeats Voldemort, but what about when the final battle was still a fresh memory? Five years later, Harry and Ron are falling behind on their Auror work because they can’t cheat off Hermione. Hermione has replaced the entire Ministry law department with house-elves. Meanwhile, the students of Hogwarts are 90% less likely to die now that Harry has graduated.
Like in Harry Potter, we know what the distant future holds for these characters, but the immediate future? Not so much. Even though Katniss chose Peeta over Gale, like, for real this time, she’s still waffling a little, and Peeta provides her with a constant supply of delicious baked goods in case she changes her mind. Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch’s book about the Hunger Games is, obviously, a bestseller. Everyone is in therapy.
With the support of his brothers, Ponyboy has graduated high school and is studying English in college. His dream job is to be a writer, but if that doesn’t work out, he plans to take his friend Johnny’s parting words literally and open a gold emporium. Currently, he is contemplating changing his name to Horseman to reflect his newfound adulthood.
Over the last five years, Mr. Rochester has continued to regain his sight, and it’s a little bit of a shock for him when he remembers just how plain Jane actually is (it’s fine, though, his kids inherited his hotness). Thornfield has been rebuilt: Jane insisted on a unique attic-less design, just in case Rochester has any more ex-wives hanging around. That random French girl Jane used to nanny for has conveniently disappeared.
Edward and Bella have sadly broken up; Edward claims he is “too young” for such a big commitment. Renesmee and Jacob, meanwhile, have just had their first child, Sarella Billward Black, who is a quarter human, a quarter vampire, and half werewolf. She has her mother’s eyes and her father’s abs. Basically, she’s the most beautiful creature on Earth, and she will grow up to be half of the next great supernatural romance. (Spoilers: her future boyfriend is a wood nymph.)
Holden is still whiny. Still acts like a child. Still hates grown-ups. Nothing to see here, folks.
Which of these characters’ futures did we get right? And where do you see your favorite characters in five years? Let us know in the comments! And if you want to see just how much five years can change someone, start reading You Look Different in Real Life right now!