Timeline of the Wizarding World
The Beginning of the Tale
The first half of the twentieth century is the era of
Rubeus Hagrid, and
The story of Harry Potter
really starts during these years with the birth of two unusual,
boys who would have an enormous impact on his life fifty years later.
Rubeus Hagrid is described
during these early years as "big, blundering,...in
trouble every other week," while
Tom Marvolo Riddle is the complete
opposite: "poor but brilliant, parentless but so brave, school prefect,
model student." The two boys, as well as
Minerva McGonagall, were born in
the mid-1920s. They attended
Hogwarts one year apart from
each other, until Tom Marvolo Riddle's
malevolent actions framed Hagrid and
got him expelled.
Tom Marvolo Riddle had discovered the
Chamber of Secrets,
and this event was the catalyst for his eventual metamorphosis into
Lord Voldemort some ten years
Minerva McGonagall was a witness
to these events as a student, as was
Albus Dumbledore, who was close
to a hundred years old and a teacher at the time.
Dumbledore's influence on events
was subtle -- he suspected and distrusted
Riddle and kept him under close
watch. Dumbledore restored
Hagrid to something akin to a normal
life. He also defeated the dark wizard
Grindelwald at this time.
These events would resonate through the story of
Harry Potter fifty years later.
1900 through 1909 A.D.
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early 20th century
Roderick Plumpton captains
the Tutshill Tornados
to five British and Irish League wins.
Perpetua Fancourt, inventor
of the Lunascope,
is born (fw75)
Gladys Boothby creates the
Moontrimmer broom (QA9)
Roland Kegg, president of the
English Gobstones team, is born (fw76)
Tilly Toke, hero of the
Ilfracombe Incident of 1932, is born (fw77)
Dorcas Wellbeloved dies
1910 through 1919 A.D.
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Leopoldina Smethwyck dies (fw64)
Joscelind Wadcock, famous
is born (fw78)
Derwent Shimpling, comedian
and famously purple wizard, is born (fw79)
Jocunda Sykes, first
person to cross the Atlantic on a broomstick, is born
Frank Bryce born
Frank was about to
celebrate his 77th birthday at the beginning of book four,
which is Y14. He was born, then, in Y14-77, which is Y-63.
According to the official timeline, Y-63 is 1917.
Celestina Warbeck, the
"Singing Sorceress," is born (fw81)
Augustus Worme of
commissions the young
Newt Scamander to write a
guide of magical beasts. The result is
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,
first published in 1927, a book which has since gone into 52 editions.
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c. Y-55 (c.1925)
famous spell-book writer, is born (fw83)
Roderick Plumpton of the
makes the fastest-ever capture of the Snitch: three and a half seconds in a
match against the
famous for wanting to lift the Wizard's Statute of Secrecy, is born (fw84)
Minerva McGonagall born
JKR said in Sch2
that McGonagall was "a sprightly 70" years old. Using that information,
we can determine the year in which she was born by subtracting 70 years.
As with Dumbledore's birthyear, the trick, of course, is knowing what year
to subtract that 70 years from. If we assume that Rowling was saying that
McGonagall was 70 years old at that point in the stories, which was summer
of Y15, then she was born in Y-55 (Y15 minus 70 years). According to the
official timeline, Y-55 is 1925. Interestingly, that would make McGonagall
a contemporary of Tom Marvolo Riddle
Bob, Bill, and Barnaby Ollerton start the Cleansweep Broom Company.
Their first broom, the Cleansweep One, revolutionizes the game of Quidditch.
New Years Eve
literal book interpretation
MM=2 AD=82 TR=0
Tom Marvolo Riddle born
Tom Marvolo Riddle born in a Muggle
orphanage to a witch mother,
Merope Gaunt, and
His mother dies, living just long enough to name her son after his father,
Tom, and her
father, Marvolo Gaunt.
Sometime before this,
Tom Riddle Sr.
had left Merope when
he realized that she was a witch, and the child is
raised in an orphanage.
Tom said that he was
sixteen years old at the time of
Hagrid's expulsion from
Hagrid was expelled in his third year,
which was fifty years ago from June of Y13, or Y-37.
Tom was born in
Y-53, therefore, or 1927.
However, according to the official timeline (CS/DVD),
Hagrid's expulsion was in June of
1942, not 1943, which means that
Hagrid's expulsion from
Hogwarts was actually fifty-ONE years before June of Y13.
Riddle was 16, then, in June of 1942, and therefore was born in 1926. Either
date may be considered correct. However, since the Lexicon follows what is
directly given in the books over other sources, the dates in this timeline
are derived from a literal interpretation of fifty years.
New Year's Eve is given in
Depending on exactly when
Merope Gaunt Riddle
arrived at the orphanage, Tom
may have been born on New Year's Eve or just after midnight, on
New Year's Day. Since the book says New Year's Eve, however,
that's what we go with here on the Lexicon.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
is first published. (FBix)
MM=3 AD=83 TR=1 RH=0
Rubeus Hagrid born of human father
and Fridwulfa, a
AD=84 TR=2 RH=1
Randolph Keitch and Basil Horton create the Comet broom company.
Their first model is the Comet 140
Stock market crash in the U.S., beginning of the Great Depression
c. Y-49 (1931)
AD=86 TR=4 RH=3
Hagrid and his father, her human family
"'Course, I can' remember her too well...she left, see.
When I was abou' three. She wasn' really the maternal sort."
MM=7 AD=87 TR=5 RH=4
The Ilfracombe Incident
A rogue Welsh Green dragon
descended on a beach full of Muggle holidaymakers.
Tilly Toke and her family happened
to be there. She was awarded the Order of Merlin First Class for saving
Muggle lives. The Toke family cast the largest Mass Memory Charm of this
century on all the Muggles of Ilfracombe. The Muggles now remember nothing
of the incident, with the exception of an old fellow now called Dodgy Dirk,
who still claims that a "dirty great flying lizard" attacked him on the
beach. People think he's crazy, of course. (fw77, FBxvi, c.f.FB12)
defeat the Vrasta Vultures in what is considered by most
fans to be their finest hour. The match lasted sixteen days (QA)
AD=89 TR=7 RH=6
Cleansweep Two is released
MM=10 AD=90 TR=8 RH=7
first Atlantic broom crossing by
Jocunda Sykes on an Oakshaft 79
Oswald Beamish, pioneer of Goblin rights, dies (fw66)
Bertie Bott, inventor of
Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans,
is born (fw85)
AD=91 TR=9 RH=8
c. Y-44 (1936)
McGonagall starts her first year
at Hogwarts; she is sorted into Gryffindor
JKR has stated on her website that Heads of
Houses were members of those
Houses when they were at
AD=92 TR=10 RH=9
c. Y-43 (1937)
McGonagall starts her second year
Cleansweep Three is released
AD=93 TR=11 RH=10
Comet 180 is released
c. Y-42 (1938)
Tom Marvolo Riddle in
the orphanage and offers him a place at Hogwarts.
McGonagall starts her third year at Hogwarts
Tom Marvolo Riddle starts his first year at Hogwarts
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AD=94 TR=12 RH=11
McGonagall starts her fourth year at Hogwarts
Tom Marvolo Riddle starts his second year at Hogwarts
he hears about the
Chamber of Secrets
and determines to find and open it
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Albus Dumbledore is
Transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts
Armando Dippet is Headmaster of Hogwarts
Frank Bryce returns from
fighting in World War Two.
He "had a hard war," according to the barkeep at the pub in
Little Hangleton. He was wounded and walks with a limp.
He takes up as gardener for the Riddles and avoids people for the most part
home quite a few years before the end of the war in 1945, undoubtedly because
he was wounded.
AD=95 TR=13 RH=12
Tinderblast broom is released by Ellerby and Spudmore of the Black Forest
c. Y-40 (1940)
McGonagall starts her fifth year at Hogwarts
Tom Marvolo Riddle starts his third year at Hogwarts
Hagrid starts his first year at Hogwarts; he is sorted into Gryffindor
is December 6 (JKR), so he turns 12 a couple of months after starting Hogwarts.
c. Y-40 through -39 (1940-41)
Hagrid acquires an
Acromantula egg and hatches it in a cupboard in the castle
"I was not born in the castle. I come from a distant land.
A traveler gave me to Hagrid
when I was an egg. Hagrid was
only a boy, but he cared for me, hidden in a cupboard in the castle,
feeding me on scraps from the table."
AD=96 TR=14 RH=13
December 7 - Attack on Pearl
c. Y-39 (1941)
McGonagall sits her OWLs
starts her sixth year at Hogwarts
Tom Marvolo Riddle starts his fourth year at Hogwarts
Hagrid starts his second year at Hogwarts
"...big, blundering Hagrid, in trouble every other week..."
Hagrid's father dies
"Course, I never was great shakes at magic, really...
but at least he never saw me expelled. Died, see, in me second year..."
AD=97 TR=15 RH=14
Eunice Murray, famous Seeker for the
Tom Marvolo Riddle starts his fifth year at Hogwarts
He is made a Prefect.
McGonagall starts her seventh year at Hogwarts
[Anyone want to lay bets on whether she was Head Girl or not?]
Hagrid starts his third year at
AD=98 TR=16 RH=15
late May - early June
Tom Marvolo Riddle learns to open the
Chamber of Secrets
and releases the Basilisk
"It had taken me five whole years to find out everything I could
Chamber of Secrets
and discover the secret entrance."
a student named Myrtle dies in a second floor bathroom after seeing the basilisk
June - first week
McGonagall sits her NEWTs
Hagrid falsely accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets
Aragog the acromantula is released into the Forest where he establishes
a colony of the giant spiders
after June 13
Tom Marvolo Riddle is given an Award for Service to the School
Hagrid is expelled from Hogwarts
McGonagall leaves Hogwarts
Tom Marvolo Riddle sits his OWLs
Deduced from Riddle's birth year
Tom Marvolo Riddle
murders his father and grandparents in their mansion in Little Hangleton
He first visits his uncle,
and uses magic to steal
Marvolo's ring and frame
Morfin for the murders
of the Muggles in the big house on the hill.
Tom gave up trying to find his
father's name in wizarding records and then discovered
his maternal line. According to
"In the summer of his sixteenth year, he left the orphanage to
which he returned annually and set off to find his
Meanwhile, in the village of Little Hangleton,
a maid was running along the high street, screaming
that there were three bodies lying in the drawing room of the big house:
Tom Riddle Senior
and his mother and father." (p340, 342)
Tom Marvolo Riddle starts his sixth year at Hogwarts
He is now wearing the ring he stole from his uncle
Morfin during the summer.
He meets with his Head of House,
Professor Slughorn, accompanied by
his group of friends which includes Avery and Lestrange. He asks
Tom Marvolo Riddle constructs his
He uses the recent murders and the knowledge he gained from
Slughorn to work the
Dark Magic required to turn the diary into a
Tom says that he placed his
"sixteen-year-old self" into the diary, so he must have done it
in the fall after the summer when he killed the Riddles and before
he turned 17 at the end of December. His conversation with Slughorn where
he learned about Horcruxes
must have taken place after school started that September, so the timeframe
for the creation of the
diary Horcrux is between
September and December, 1943. All along,
Tom realized that
Dumbledore was watching him
"I knew it wouldn't be safe to open the
while I was still at school. But I wasn't going to waste those long years
I'd spent searching for it. I decided to leave behind a
diary, preserving my
sixteen-year-old self in its pages, so that one day, with luck, I would be
able to lead another in my footsteps, and finish
After June 1943
Hagrid is kept on and trained as
gamekeeper, thanks to Professor Dumbledore
"Only the Transfiguration
seemed to think Hagrid was innocent.
He persuaded Dippet to keep Hagrid and train him as gamekeeper."
AD=99 TR=17 RH=16
Tom Marvolo Riddle begins his seventh year at Hogwarts.
He is Head Boy. He is dabbling in the Dark Arts and some of his closest
friends are starting to refer to him as Lord Voldemort; outwardly, however,
he is a model student
AD=100 TR=18 RH=17
Devlin Whitehorn, founder of
the Nimbus Racing Broom company, is born. (fw86)
Dumbledore defeats the dark wizard Grindelwald
Tom Marvolo Riddle sits his NEWTs
Tom Marvolo Riddle leaves Hogwarts
World War Two ends
after summer 1945
Tom Marvolo Riddle disappears after leaving school
He travels far and wide, sinking deeply into the Dark Arts, consorting
with the very worst of wizard-kind. Riddle undergoes so many dangerous,
magical transformations that when he resurfaces years later as Lord Voldemort,
he is barely recognizable.
AD=102 TR=20 RH=19
Darren O'Hare begins his career with the
he plays until 1960
Creation of the Werewolf Register by
Newt Scamander of the
Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
A History of Magic, by Bathilda Bagshot, is published
by Little Red Books (FBxv)
AD=104 TR=24 RH=21
A blue roan Hippocampus is caught off the coast of Scotland
by Merpeople and domesticated