Harry Potter’s Astrological Birth Chart
Although I am aware — reluctantly aware, but still aware —
that Harry Potter is a fictional character, the fact remains that he
has a birth date. Any person, real or otherwise, with a birth date also
has an astrological birth chart, and Harry is no exception!
In analyzing Harry Potter’s chart I have made an effort to
view him as a real person and to be objective. In other words, I did
not take what I knew of Harry’s character and make it fit into his
chart to prove that astrology “works.” Whether you believe in astrology
or not is up to you. I have found it to be an unexplainable yet
fascinating and useful tool, especially in the field of personality
analysis. I rarely use astrology for purposes of divination because
predicting the future is such a tricky thing, and so many factors are
involved in the outcome of events.
When reading Harry’s chart I often got goose bumps because
this chart fits his character so well. Intentionally or not, Joanne
Rowling has eerily picked the perfect birth date for her hero! I tried
a few different times, since we don’t know the time of day when Harry
was born, and I feel 5PM, or thereabouts, gives the most accurate
chart. My map of England was oddly missing Godric’s Hollow ;), so I
just used London as the birth city. Enjoy!
Birth Chart for Harry James Potter, 5 pm 31 Jul 1980, London, UK.
THE ASCENDANT is 10 degrees of SAGITTARIUS.
THE SUN is in 8 degrees of LEO in the EIGHTH HOUSE.
THE MOON is in 0 degrees of ARIES in the THIRD HOUSE.
MERCURY is in 19 degrees of CANCER in the EIGHTH HOUSE.
VENUS is in 25 degrees of GEMINI in the SEVENTH HOUSE.
MARS is in 12 degrees of LIBRA in the TENTH HOUSE.
JUPITER is in 11 degrees of VIRGO in the NINTH HOUSE.
SATURN is in 24 degrees of VIRGO in the NINTH HOUSE.
URANUS is in 21 degrees of SCORPIO in the ELEVENTH HOUSE.
NEPTUNE is in 20 degrees of SAGITTARIUS in the FIRST HOUSE. (retrograde)
PLUTO is in 19 degrees of LIBRA in the TENTH HOUSE.
CHIRON is in 18 degrees of TAURUS in the FIFTH HOUSE.
THE MOON’S NORTH NODE is in 20 degrees of LEO in the EIGHTH HOUSE.
THE PART OF FORTUNE is in 2 degrees of LEO in the EIGHTH HOUSE.
THE MIDHEAVEN is 10 degrees of LIBRA.
THE SUN TRINES THE MOON
THE SUN CONJOINS THE NORTH NODE
THE SUN CONJOINS THE PART OF FORTUNE
MERCURY SQUARES PLUTO
MERCURY TRINES URANUS
VENUS OPPOSES NEPTUNE
VENUS TRINES PLUTO
VENUS SQUARES SATURN
MARS CONJOINS THE MIDHEAVEN
MARS CONJOINS PLUTO
SATURN SQUARES NEPTUNE
CHIRON OPPOSES URANUS
CHIRON TRINES SATURN
Now for the fun part . . .
Destined to Make a Splash
With eight planets splashed across the Southern Hemisphere
(top half) of the chart, Harry was clearly born to make a big impact on
the world! This top-heavy chart is usually present in politicians,
religious leaders, and others in the public eye. Add to this the triple
threat of Harry’s Sun, Moon, and ascendant each representing a
different fire sign (Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius, respectively), and
you have a fiery force to be reckoned with. An overall view of the
chart indicates a complex person who is brave, proud, spirited, honest,
generous, loyal, self-centered but caring, fated for fame, likely to
inherit legacies from dead loved ones, friendly yet temperamental, more
sensitive and dreamy than he lets on, vengeful, emotional and darkly
brooding at times. Follow me up the ladder to Professor Trelawney’s
classroom and I’ll explain in more detail. . . .
Fire Flowing Freely
Since the element of fire signifies passion, creativity,
vitality, enthusiasm, courage, loyalty, and physical strength, and he
is “triple fire,” Harry has these qualities in abundance. As a Leo, he
would possess many of these qualities already, but throw in a
Sagittarius Ascendant (rising sign) and an Aries Moon and you have
someone whose fire flows freely from superconscious to subconscious to
conscious. Harry’s fiery, courageous nature is not a front. It is
genuine, neither forced nor repressed; it emerges effortlessly from
These complementary fire signs also indicate a person who
values truth too much to fabricate facts. Harry may tend to be
secretive, he may break all the rules, but he is not dishonest. His
temperament simply has little patience for lies, because he views them
as annoying obstacles in the way of the truth. It is therefore
appropriate that in addition to his famous lightening-bolt scar, our
hero has acquired a second scar across his hand in the form of the
phrase “I must not tell lies” (OP13).
What Sagittarius rising people lack in bulk and brawn they
make up for in speed and physical agility. Sagittarius on the Ascendant
also adds a certain risk-taking quality to Harry’s personality and a
willingness to put his life on the line in the pursuit of an idea. This
is a boy who never backs away from a challenge! This can present a
problem if the risk is too dangerous, because Harry doesn’t stop to
analyze the situation — he just goes for it! Game-playing Sagittarius
mixed with showy Leo loves to win, and makes Harry’s desire for that
Quidditch cup outweigh any fear of an injury. However, Sagittarius’s
ruling planet (Jupiter) in the analytical sign of Virgo indicates that
Harry’s mind is quite capable of detailed thinking, particularly when
there is a mystery to solve. It also shows a sense of humor that leans
toward the sarcastic and cynical end of the spectrum.
Harry’s Aries Moon trining his Leo Sun explains why his peers
are so eager to view him as a leader. He unconsciously exudes a quality
of leadership…it practically seeps from his pores. This can make
Harry’s role as a leader clear to others even before it is clear to
him, like when Hermione suggests he teach his peers Defense Against the
Dark Arts. Harry may have been surprised at first, but he fell quickly
in to the role of teacher and captain, because it is his nature. All of
this free-flowing fire can give Harry a lazy streak though, especially
where classroom work is concerned. Any triple fire sign personality is
going to have a hard time concentrating on his studies while his
Firebolt gathers dust.
Eighth House Lion
As a Leo, one of Harry’s defining personality traits is pride.
The Sun’s eighth house placement also gives Harry’s proud ego a
Scorpion streak, and his self-esteem can be fueled by a desire for
revenge. His need to avenge the death of his parents gives him a
mission to fulfill and a definite identity, but Harry needs to be
careful not to use revenge to define who he is as a person. He would
also be well advised to open up more about his plans instead of trying
to accomplish everything covertly, which is a Scorpio trait. (No wonder
the Sorting Hat considered placing Harry in Slytherin!) This placement
also gives Harry the potential for emotional depth beyond the reach of
many Leos and explains why he is so physically small and dark for one
born in July, as Professor Trelawney once pointed out (GF13).
Also, Harry’s Sun (conscious self) being placed in the eighth
house of death and legacies seems ominously appropriate for a boy who
is in many ways surrounded by death, haunted by it, resentful of it,
yet curious about death and the afterlife. Legacies and fortunes from
the dead are also destined to benefit Harry, due to his Sun conjoining
his Part of Fortune (Pars Fortunae) in the eighth house. He has already
been the heir of two wills, and may benefit financially from death
again before all is said and done. Harry’s Part of Fortune snuggles up
so close to his exalted eighth house Sun that good fortune is a natural
part of who he is. Harry was, in a sense, born “under a lucky star.”
Harry needs this extra luck to continually emerge intact from the
dangerous situations he attracts, and it will always be there to ensure
he remains victorious. Those with this position are born winners who
mysteriously attract good luck and often end up in just the right place
at the right time, with or without a dose of Felix Felicis!
Harry’s unique personality creates a paradox of generosity
combined with self-absorption. Harry is giving, loving, and extremely
loyal, yet essentially self-centered in the way a child is
self-centered. It is simply not in a child’s nature to be focused on
the needs of others, and neither is it in Harry’s — even as an adult.
For example, when Harry mourns the deaths of Sirius and Dumbledore, it
is a kind of selfish mourning. His sorrow is for himself and how he
will have to live without them in his life rather than for their own
lost lives. His powerful ego can also get him into trouble because he
truly feels that rules do not apply to him; he is above following the
guidelines laid out for everyone else. Harry’s actions are chiefly
ego-driven, yet luckily his chart displays other factors which keep him
from becoming egomaniacal and bestow a fair amount of sensitivity and
introspection upon him. (I will discuss these later.)
A Lonely Moon
Harry’s moon in Aries sitting all alone at the Nadir (very
bottom) of his chart tells me many things. First, I see a powerful
inner spirit that could go unnoticed or misdirected for years until
properly channeled and schooled in the right direction. Thank goodness
for that Hogwarts letter! It took a school (third house rules
education) to allow Harry the opportunity to unleash his hidden nature
(Moon governs the inner self) upon the world. Still, even at a school
he loves, that Arian temper tends to have little patience with
authority figures and it’s not surprising that Harry has a hard time
obeying authorities and not lashing out at his teachers and classmates
now and then. An intense yet independent emotional structure keeps
Aries-Moon types from sharing their emotional reactions with others. No
matter how painful their feelings, they would always rather suffer
Interestingly, a mother who loved him with a fierce,
warrior-like devotion is also likely with Harry’s Moon sign, but that
same fierceness from a mother figure directed against him is the other
side of the coin. Petunia Dursley is in many ways an “evil twin” of
Lily Potter; they are both strong-willed and aggressively protective of
their sons — Harry just unfortunately ended up in the care of the wrong
Evans sister! Harry’s Aries Moon also draws him to women (or girls) who
are passionate, headstrong, and independent. He is not attracted to
submissive, shy girls and it makes sense that Ginny had to show her
assertive side before Harry noticed her.
A Dreamy Introduction
One reason I believe 5PM to be an accurate birth time is
because it places retrograde Neptune in Sagittarius in Harry’s house of
self (first house). To me, this fits Harry’s personality, especially
his dreams and fantasy life. Now we all know Harry can be hot-tempered
and quick to act, sometimes before even thinking first. Yet in many
respects he is still a dreamer first and a doer second. The moment we
are first introduced to an eleven year-old Harry he is dreaming. He is
ordered to wake up, then rolls over on his back trying to remember the
dream he had because it was “a good one” (PS2). He can’t quite pull
himself from that dream world to face reality just yet. Even as Harry
matures, we are often told of his vivid nightmares, daydreams, and
wishful thinking. He usually dreams first, then sets his dreams into
This dreamy aspect of Harry’s personality makes sense
considering he was basically locked in a closet for ten years,
alternately ignored and bullied into submission. Naturally, any child
in this situation will channel his or her energy into daydreams to
create a fantasy life in which the dreamer can shine. With all of
Harry’s creative fire and Leonine energy, we can assume his dream life
was particularly lively and probably played a vital role in keeping him
sane during the pre-Hogwarts years of his life.
Neptune’s retrogradation (apparent backward movement) through
Harry’s first house seems to foretell that his dreams and desires can
never be fully realized. Sure, he is able to escape the dreaded Dursley
residence for a magical alternate world (just what a Neptunian dreamer
would hope for, as Neptune rules alternate realities, fantasies, magic
and deceit), but upon entering this new realm Harry soon discovers that
things are tough all over, so to speak. He learns facts about himself
that would make a more timid boy wish he had stayed safely in the
cupboard beneath the stairs! Although Harry is a brave Leo, I suspect
at times he still falls back on that good old dream world in which his
parents never died and life is a happy fairy tale.
Venus’ opposition to Neptune confirms that although dreams
will always play a big role in Harry’s life — more so than he will ever
let others see — his dreams are fated never to bring him contentment.
They are more of a bittersweet pleasure; a deep yearning for what can
never be attained. This lends a constant tinge of melancholy to his
personality even in the brightest moments, but also gives him powerful
intuitive abilities. If our fiery little hero had more patience to
develop these talents he would find that he has a natural gift for
Legilimency, it is just undeveloped.
Although Dumbledore helped Harry learn not to “dwell on dreams
and forget to live,” Harry must draw upon the strength of his bold Sun
and Moon signs to avoid falling back on escapist fantasies and forge
ahead on the rocky road to reality. Harry’s view of reality, though, is
likely to always be blurred by his own ideas and beliefs and he has a
hard time viewing anything in an objective, impartial light. This trait
is manifested physically in Harry’s natural blurred vision without his
trademark glasses. A certain magnetic charm or glamour is also present
in those with Neptune on the ascendant, and Prince William is one who
shares this position with Harry.
The Chosen One
Harry’s Mars conjoining his Pluto in the Libran tenth house
could not make his life goal any clearer. Any planets sitting at the
Midheaven (very top) of the chart indicate a person’s career goals,
aims in life, and aspirations, and Mars mixed with Pluto is a very
volatile combination! Mars is concerned with fighting, brutally if
necessary, while Pluto adds three D’s to the battle: Determination,
Destiny, and Death. Pluto is not a planet to be taken lightly; it means
business. Paired with Mars in the tenth house, it clearly points to
Harry as “The Chosen One” to fight a duel to the death with Lord
Voldemort. This placement also enables Harry with the drive to see his
mission through and to handle the pressures of being fated for such a
Happily, a Libran influence of harmony and kindness is
bestowed upon this aspect, showing that Harry is not a vicious killer
by nature. Harry’s temper may cause him to have murderous thoughts, but
truly he would rather solve problems in a more peaceful way. He will
probably only be driven to murder when the choice is to kill or be
killed. If (when?) Harry finally defeats Voldemort, it is clear that he
will constantly seek out new evils to conquer, so in a sense his life’s
work will never be completed. An Auror is a perfect career choice for
someone this willing to “fight for what’s right.” With Venus
harmoniously trining Pluto, Harry could never be swayed by the Dark
Arts. He truly has love (Venus) on his side and in a strange way he
actually views his impending showdown with Voldemort as a labor of
love, not hatred. Speaking of love, let’s move on. . . .
Love on the Quidditch Pitch
Harry’s Venus is in Gemini in the seventh house trining Pluto
in the tenth house, opposing Neptune in the first house and squaring
Saturn in the ninth house. Wow. Harry has a variety of conflicting
issues to deal with when it comes to a romantic relationship! The
placement of Venus in the seventh house (house of relationships) in
harmony with Mars gives every indication that Harry is very interested
in having a girlfriend and someday a wife. He wants and needs a stable
influence to love him and be the recipient of all the love he has to
give in return, but with Pluto’s influence on Venus Harry is not likely
to date too many girls or play the field in pursuit of the right
partner. Although men with Venus in Gemini can tend to be fickle and
casually date many different women, the rest of Harry’s chart shows
that deep down he is too loyal and serious about love to dole out his
So we know that Harry dreams of the perfect mate and would be
a good catch himself, so what’s the problem, you ask? Well, that pesky
retrograde Neptune rears its head yet again by opposing his Venus,
confusing him and making girls and romance seem at times like a foreign
language to him. His judgment is so cloudy in this area he sometimes
would rather just dream about love than actually attempt to decipher
its mysteries. At the heart of his romantic reluctance lies a fear of
being deceived by women, which would wound his lion’s pride. This
explains why Ginny Weasley would appear gradually more appealing in
Harry’s eyes — he has been around her long enough to establish trust
and familiarity. Fiery Ginny has much in common with Harry
astrologically, so he sees her as a like-minded ally and feels
comfortable with her. However, two Leos together can become
competitive, and mutual tempers might be a problem area if their
All of the factors in Harry’s chart point toward him falling
for a girl who is assertive, spirited, athletic, and loves to fly
through the air as much as he does (Venus and Mars are in air signs
Gemini and Libra), so it figures that Harry would look for love on the
Quidditch pitch. However, Saturn (planet of restrictions) in reserved
Virgo at odds with Harry’s Venus gives Harry shyness and inhibition
around girls he is attracted to. Saturn’s hold on Venus does not
exactly help Harry to see himself as a social magnet, and he will
always suffer from a touch of social insecurity. Unfortunately, the
more he avoids girls the more attractive he becomes to them, so poor
Harry can’t win! His innate charisma will always shine through any
bashful façade, keeping him at heartthrob status forever,
whether he likes it or not. Mars in Libra gives us a hint that Harry is
just not as aggressive in his love life as in other areas. In love,
unlike Quidditch, he would rather be the Snitch than the Seeker.
A Constructive Sadness
Mercury (planet of thoughts and communication) in Cancer in the eighth house adds more
fuel to Harry’s “secret” intuitive powers and makes his mind an ideal recipient
of Voldemort’s Parseltongue abilities. I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry
possesses other secret, mysterious gifts of communication waiting to be
discovered. Mercury’s position also indicates that however confident, however
popular, however brave Harry becomes a portion of his thoughts will always
dwell on his losses. The sign of Cancer is associated with orphans, and I feel
that one of Harry’s worst habits is to continually remind himself and others
that he is an orphan, that his loved ones are dead, that fate has cruelly
singled him out. This can intensify Harry’s dark side, lending a degree of
sadness and self-pity to his words and actions, but it is also a necessary
reminder of his life’s mission; it is a constructive sadness.
Harry is not one to waste his life wallowing in depression, but he is bestowed with
just enough misery and longing to effectively hold a long-term grudge. He can
cling to a prejudice or hatred with crablike tenacity, never forgiving or forgetting.
This trait is useful because, well… where would the wizarding world be if Harry
just decided to bury the hatchet with Voldemort and go have a Butterbeer?
Harry’s ability to hold a grudge is instrumental in providing him with the
motivation he needs to fulfill his mission, but the down side is that Harry
also tends to brood over and cling to his hatred of others who may not deserve
it. He is too proud and stubborn to easily forgive those who have wronged him.
Although Harry is generally self-confident, Mercury in Cancer tends to instill him
with more bouts of doubt and sensitivity than the average Leo male, but
again this serves a purpose. It keeps Harry from becoming too arrogant
or power-hungry, for he can’t help but feel for others and want to be
accepted by them. He possesses a very Cancerian need for a home and
family, which explains why he loves staying at The Burrow. Harry
desperately needs to feel familial warmth and acceptance, and Mercury’s
link with Uranus (okay, no Uranus jokes!) in the eleventh house proves
that the answer to Harry’s need for family can be found in his friends,
who have become his surrogate family. This also indicates a willingness
to befriend unusual or unpopular people (like Neville Longbottom and
Luna Lovegood) and remain loyal to them, perhaps acting on a deep
The Healing Power of Friends
The comet Chiron, though not a planet, can show an area where
a person feels deeply wounded, and Chiron falls in Taurus in the fifth
house of Harry’s chart, opposing Uranus in the eleventh. This tells me
that Harry’s long-term lack of Christmas presents, clothes that fit,
and good food (that wasn’t eaten by Dudley first) left a void in him
that all the Galleons in the world couldn’t fill. The only way for
Harry to heal the wounds caused by the Dursleys’ deprivation is to be
generous with his friends, and he knows it. This is an area in which
our Harry shines. He was glad to give away his Triwizard Tournament
winnings to Fred and George,
and would probably split his
vault with Ron if he thought Ron would accept it.
Because Ron Weasley’s Sun falls in Harry’s third house,
Harry sees Ron as someone with whom he can communicate; a sounding
board for Harry’s thoughts and ideas. With
Ron, secretive Harry tends to open up the lines of communication more
than with anyone because Neptunian Harry feels a strong emotional bond
with Piscean Ron, also a dreamer. (Neptune rules Pisces.) Although
neither boy is comfortable acknowledging this emotional bond, it is
still there, permeating their friendship with a mutual, unspoken trust.
Ron’s Leo Venus gives him a dose of bravery and pride as well — enough
to admire these traits in Harry and aspire to be more like him.
Hermione Granger, a double Virgo (Sun and Moon in Virgo)
also brings an important quality to Harry’s world. She
stops to logically analyze a situation before haphazardly reacting like
Harry does. Hermione’s Sun falls in Harry’s ninth house of ideas and
higher learning, joining Harry’s Saturn and Jupiter in Virgo. This
tells me that Harry views Hermione as crucial in expanding his ideas
and bringing them to life. Hermione’s Mars conjoining Harry’s Mercury
in Cancer shows that Hermione’s energy fuels Harry’s thinking — her
presence inspires him, helps him work harder, and she might even be
able to teach him a thing or two about expressing emotions before all
is said and done.
A Misdirected Enemy
Dumbledore was right in his
assessment of Draco Malfoy, a
Gemini with Moon in Pisces. He is not a murderer. In fact, Draco is
acutely sensitive to what others think of him, especially someone like
Harry Potter who has the natural gifts of fortitude, stability, and
endurance. These are gifts Draco will never possess and he actually
hates himself for it, as well as hating Harry for being what he can
never be. A cursory glance at Malfoy’s chart tells me that he can be
brutally self-critical to the point of being his own worst enemy, and
his lack of a clear identity has left him vulnerable to the lure of the
Dark Arts. Although part of him is drawn to the power of Lord
Voldemort, his abundance of planets in mutable (changeable) signs is
the real villain. It makes him too easily swayed and his creative
energy too apt to become misdirected.
Draco’s Sun in Harry’s seventh house means that Harry would
be willing to view Draco as a partner — maybe even a friend — but any
partnership between them would probably always remain tenuous at best.
While I don’t see Draco having enough backbone and conviction to b come
a powerful Death Eater, he is so prone to bad influences that one
wonders, should he join Harry’s side, if could he be trusted not to
slip back into his old ways. Draco is, by nature, a fence-straddler. He
is too sensitive and insecure to truly follow in his father’s
footsteps, yet he has been taught to equate sensitivity with weakness
so he must constantly work to keep up the tough act. This is why he
goes so far to prove himself as a “bad guy,” when deep down he doesn’t
know who he is.
Harry, who always knows who he is and what side he is on,
could actually be the leader and positive role model Malfoy needs so
desperately. Draco’s Mars makes an exact conjunction with Harry’s
Jupiter, which speaks volumes about the potential of their
relationship. Under the right circumstances, Harry could be
instrumental in leading Draco down the right path. If Draco were
removed from the comfort zones of Crabbe and Goyle and the Malfoy
family, and if Harry swallowed his pride enough to initiate a fresh
start, who knows what might happen between these two?
Old Man Potter
With aggressive Mars ruling his fourth house of old age, I
can’t envision a retirement-age Harry sipping tea on the front porch
swing. He will still be out there on the front lines of the
battlefield, fighting for all that’s good. His strength and magic
skills will keep growing as he ages, making him an ever more valuable
asset to the wizarding world.
The Moon’s North Node (Caput draconis) lies in the eighth
house next to Harry’s Sun,
while the South Node (Cauda draconis) rests in Aquarius in
Harry’s second house. This
implies that the final step in
Harry’s spiritual evolution
will be to stand alone, facing life and death without relying on friends,
social approval, or the comforts of the material world.
Harry is an exceptional person,
and exceptional people can be close to others but must still journey
through life essentially alone. No one else knows what it feels like to be
“The Chosen One,” so Harry
is basically fated to a somewhat lonely
existence. Before feeling too sorry for him, we must remind ourselves
that he is strong enough to handle it. Studying his birth chart, we can
see that every weapon our hero needs to save the world was given to him
at birth by the planetary forces.
His soul’s quest is to confront his own mortality without
fear, and to make peace with the death that seems to surround him.
Dumbledore’s final lesson in
death waters of the
illustrated this to Harry, although
Harry is still too young to reach
this level of fearlessness. Wizards may
come of age at 17,
but Harry still has a lot to learn.
If he can modify his temper with wisdom and patience, be genuinely
thankful for who he is and what he has been given, resist the temptation
to escape into fantasies, and put the needs of others above his pride,
Harry Potter just might grow to be an
Ronald Bilius Weasley was born
March 1, 1980,
which makes him a Pisces. Pisces rules the third house in
Hermione Jane Granger
was born September 19, 1979.
Draco Malfoy was born
June 5, 1980.
Gemini rules the seventh house in
Draco’s sun sign is
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edited by Paula Hall