Where Are They Now? Our Favorite Characters Five Years in the Future

jennifer castleIn 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.

JK Rowling, Hermione Granger, Ron WeasleyHarry Potter

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.


Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Suzanne Collins, MockingjayThe Hunger Games

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.


SE Hinton, Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny CadeThe Outsiders

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.



Charlotte Bronte, Mr. Rochester, ThornfieldJane Eyre

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.


Stephenie Meyer, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, Jacob Black, Renesmee Cullen, Breaking DawnTwilight

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 Caulfield, JD SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye


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!

39 thoughts on “Where Are They Now? Our Favorite Characters Five Years in the Future

  1. The comment about Jane & Mr. Rochester’s kids “inherited his hotness” better be a badly explained joke. Because Mr. Rochester was incredibly ugly in the books. Jane, although plane, was physically out of his league, (it was only his money and status that put him above her).

    I suggest you reread the books before you make contrive remarks about them.

    /classics defender.

    • Yes, but at the time Jane Eyre was written, standards of attractiveness were different than they are today: a man with rippling abs was not considered sexy, because it meant he worked a physical job and was thus poor enough to need the job. The man that women would have been drooling over would have been a man like Mr. Rochester, because he had the money to sit around and do nothing all day.


      Yes, we shall rule the world as Classics Defenders. Stopping villains who deform classic literature with sarcastic remarks and correct passages! Love it. 🙂

      • Certainly was. Yet Rochester is also described as having an athletic guise, so, just reminding everyone of that.

  2. Very funny! 😛 Yeah, I can see how Hogwarts students would feel just a teensy bit safer now that Harry’s graduated.

    I must concur with ‘Classics Defender’, though… Have you actually read Jane Eyre, or was your comment for that one based off the most recent movie version? Because Rochester was just as plain in appearance – if not more so – than Jane, in the original book. Love is not always about ‘hotness’. 🙂

  3. “Meanwhile, the students of Hogwarts are 90% less likely to die now that Harry has graduated.” OH MY GOD IT IS SO TRUE. *dying*

    • Hahaha I literally just finished that series for the tenth time and came on here for some oh-no-I-just-finished-Harry-Potter-again-what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life-now therapy.

  4. Jane Eyre… That random French girl…

    Look, everyone knows Adele fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in the nineties, from which she grew in fame to continue singing songs about how strong women are and heartbreak and stuff like that.

    I mean, really. That’s just how it happened.

  5. I have not read Jane Eyre, but I must defend spelling from Classics Defender. You used “plane” a homophone of the word you intended. Perhaps “plain” would be better suited to your sentence?
    Diana, I find your comment hilarious :).

  6. Hahaha love the Twilight and Harry Potter ones 🙂 especially that the Hogwarts students are 90% less likely to die now that he graduated XD

  7. This was pretty genius. They were all hilarious, and even though the classic defenders were technically right, the Jane Eyre one was still super funny. I only wish they could have been longer…

  8. Five years later, Harry and Ron are falling behind on their Auror work because they can’t cheat off Hermione.

    yes. exactly.

  9. Harry Potter did not graduate from Hogwarts. You don’t ‘graduate’ from secondary school. Anyway, Potter didn’t even finish seventh year, so there.

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