Timeline of the Wizarding World
The Years of Terror
During the 1970s, Voldemort began to gather followers who were eager for a share of his power. The closest followers of Voldemort were known as the Death Eaters. These years got progressively more dangerous and violent.
- As Voldemort's influence grew, some witches and wizards were controlled by the Imperius Curse and forced to commit atrocities, including the torture and murder of Muggles.
- Voldemort capitalized on the prejudice and distrust between the giants and the Wizarding World; the giants became Voldemort's followers and killed and tortured many people.
- The Dark Mark is used by Death Eaters to indicate a house where they have committed murder.
- No one dared to become friendly with strange witches and wizards, not knowing if they were Voldemort supporters.
- Hogwarts became one of the few safe places in the Wizarding World.
- Bartemius Crouch is head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement; the Aurors are authorized to use drastic methods not differing greatly from the tactics used by the Death Eaters they fight
The Moose Jaw Meteorites are threatened with disbandment because of their habit of celebrating a victory by flying over villages trailing sparks from their brooms (QA8).
Ludo Bagman plays Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps
c. Y-10 (1970 or early 1971)Albus Dumbledore becomes headmaster of Hogwarts"It seemed impossible that I would be able to come to Hogwarts. Other parents weren't likely to want their children exposed to me.Dumbledore apparently became headmaster shortly before Lupin came to Hogwarts.
"But then Dumbledore became Headmaster, and he was sympathetic. He said that as long as we took certain precautions, there was no reason I shouldn't come to school...."
Y-10 (1970) M=10 BW=0 LM=16TOP - TIMELINESturgis Podmore starts his third year at Hogwarts
Lucius Malfoy starts his sixth year at Hogwarts
Bill Weasley born
Determined from Rowling's statement on her website that Bill is two years older than Charlie, who is three years older than Percy.
We know that Charlie was born December 12 two years later (1972). They will have started school, however, the year they turned 12 (JKR).1970
Myron Wagtail, lead singer of The Weird Sisters, is born (fw92)
Y-9 (1971) M=11 BW=1 LM=17the Whomping Willow is planted to protect the entrance to a secret passage to the Shrieking Shack
The Shrieking Shack becomes "haunted"
the folks of Hogsmeade are startled to discover loud haunting noises coming from a small house on the outskirts of the town once a month; this house becomes known as the Shrieking Shack and gains the reputation for being the most haunted building in Britain
Remus Lupin is accepted as a first year student at Hogwarts
he will go to the Shrieking Shack every month when he transforms into a werewolf
Lucius Malfoy begins his seventh year at Hogwarts.
Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Lily Evans, and Severus Snape start their first year at Hogwarts; all are sorted into Gryffindor except Snape, who is made a Slytherin
From "Snape's Worst Memory", we know that Snape, Black, Lupin, Pettigrew, and Potter were all in the same year.
Kirley Duke, lead guitarist of The Weird Sisters, is born (fw92)
Y-8 (1972) M=12 BW=2 CW=0 LM=18Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape begin their second year at Hogwarts.
The reason for Lupin's monthly disappearances is discovered by Black, Potter, and Pettigrew.
They resolve to learn how to become Animagi to help Remus out, but it will be several years until they master the magic required.
Charlie Weasley born
Determined from Rowling's statement on her website that Bill is two years older than Charlie, who is three years older than Percy; the actual month and day are also from Jo's site (JKR)1972
The Chudley Cannons change their motto from "We shall conquer!" to "Let's all just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." (QA7)
Muggles Who Notice, by Blenheim Stalk, is published (FB)
Y-7 (1973) M=13 BW=3 CW=1 LM=19Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape begin their third year at Hogwarts.
Sirius, James, and Peter are working on learning to become Animagi
Sirius Black and James Potter first visit Hogsmeade.
Sirius Black and James Potter gain a reputation as practical jokers and troublemakers, although everyone likes them.
They visit the Three Broomsticks in the town of Hogsmeade.1973
Hesper Starkey dies (fw69)
Janus Thickey pretends to be killed by a Lethifold, only to turn up some time later living with the landlady of the Green Dragon (FB)
Y-6 (1974) M=14 BW=4 CW=2 LM=20Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape begin their fourth year at Hogwarts.1974
Heathcote Barbary, rhythm guitarist of The Weird Sisters, is born (fw95)
Herman Wintringham, lute player for The Weird Sisters, is born (fw96)
Stan Shunpike, conductor on the Knight Bus, is born (HBP10)
c. Y-5 (1975)Sirius Black sees his cousin Bellatrix for the last time until after they're both in Azkaban (OP6).Y-5 (1975) M=15 BW=5 CW=3 LM=21
Mundungus Fletcher is banned from the Hog's Head (OP17).Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape begin their fifth year at Hogwarts.
Lupin is made Prefect (OP9)
Sirius, James, and Peter finally learn the complex spells necessary to become Animagi.
They begin to accompany Remus when he transforms, affecting his ability to maintain some semblence of humanity as a werewolf.1975
Gideon Crumb, bagpipe player for The Weird Sisters, is born (fw95)
Hairy Snout, Human Heart, by an anonymous author, is published by Whizz Hard Books (FB)
Y-4 (1976) M=16 BW=6 CW=4 PW=0 LM=22Oliver Wood born
On the afternoon of their Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L., James Potter publicly humiliates Severus Snape for Sirius Black's amusement (OP28).
Percy Weasley born
Determined from Rowling's statement on her website that Bill is two years older than Charlie, who is three years older than Percy. Although Charlie turned four this year, he was three years old when Percy was born and will be three school years apart as well (JKR).
Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape begin their sixth year at Hogwarts.
Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, and James Potter explore the castle and grounds in their animal forms and learn more about the secrets of the place than anyone, even Filch. They create the Marauder's Map, signing it with their nicknames: Moony (Lupin), Wormtail (Pettigrew), Padfoot (Black), and Prongs (Potter).
fateful practical joke
Snape is intensely curious about where Lupin goes each month. Sirius jokingly suggests that Snape follow Lupin through the passage beneath the Whomping Willow. James Potter, realizing that Snape would encounter a full-blown and very dangerous werewolf at the end of the passage, stops Snape from going through, thereby saving his life. Snape, much to his disgust, is indebted to James Potter because of this.
Sirius Black runs away from home (date uncertain) and is disowned by his family.
Sirius ran away from home when he was about sixteen, and was subsequently treated like a second son by James Potter's parents (OP6).1976
Orsino Thruston, drummer for The Weird Sisters, is born (fw95)
Y-3 (1977) M=17 BW=7 CW=5 PW=1 LM=23September
Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape begin their seventh year at Hogwarts.
James and Lily are Head Boy and Girl (PS4)
Cedric Diggory born
Cedric is a fifth year in book three, which takes place in 1993-94. In book four, then, he's a sixth year student, but he's old enough to participate in the Triwizard Tournament, just like Angelina Johnson. Like her, his birthday must be in the early fall, between the beginning of school and October 31.
Angelina Johnson born
Y-2 (1978) M=18 BW=8 CW=6 PW=2 FGW=0 LM=24April 1
George and Fred Weasley are born (GF12, JKR)
Sirius Black, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Severus Snape sit their NEWTs and leave Hogwarts.
Sirius Black got his own place, having inherited money from his uncle Alphard (OP6).1978
Merton Graves, cello player for The Weird Sisters, is born (fw95)
Universal Brooms, Ltd. producer of the Shooting Star broomstick, goes out of business (QA9)
a spate of kangaroo killings in Australia is determined to be the work of a rogue Antipodean Opaleye dragon (FB)
Y-1 (1979) M=19 BW=9 CW=7 PW=3 FGW=1 HG=0 LM=25
Cho Chang born
Peter Pettigrew starts passing information to Voldemort
Dumbledore and his allies begin to realize that there is a spy in their midst but Peter is not suspected
Regulus Black attempts to back out of being a Death Eater and is killed on Voldemort's orders (OP6).
We don't know exactly what events led up to the death of Regulus Black, although fan speculation is running wild that he might be the infamous R.A.B. (HBP28) The date is given on the Black Family Tree.
Hermione Granger born (PA4, JKR)
Newt Scamander is awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class, for his contributions to the field of Magizoology (FB).
Gwenog Jones starts Hogwarts, becomes a favorite of Horace Slughorn, the Potions Master (HBP6)
Y0 (1980) M=20 BW=10 CW=8 PW=4 FGW=2 HG=1 HP/RW=0 LM=26Karkaroff and Dolohov captured and sent to Azkaban
Rosier and Wilkes, both Death Eaters, killed by Aurors (GF27)
Susan Bones, Draco Malfoy born
and other students of Harry's year, although some may have been born in 1979 (as Hermione was)
Dumbledore interviews Trelawney
He meets her at the Hog's Head about taking the position of Divination teacher at Hogwarts, although he is disinclined to continue teaching that subject. Trelawney makes a prophecy about a baby who will be born at the end of July, a baby who will be able to defeat the Dark Lord.
Ron Weasley born
Dudley Dursley born
How do we know when Dudley's birthday is? Well, we know that Harry's is July 31. A week before his birthday in 1991, on July 24, Harry begins getting letters from Hogwarts. At this point, Harry is given Dudley's second bedroom, where he discovers Dudley's "month-old" video camera, broken. That camera was given to Dudley for a birthday present (PS2) on Dudley's birthday, which must therefore be about a month before July 24.
No, wait, there's more. We know that in the year Harry turned 11, Harry's birthday was on a Tuesday and Dudley's was on a Saturday. Counting back a month from Tuesday, July 24, we find that the nearest Saturday is the 23rd. So regardless of the year in which this is taking place, Dudley's birthday is almost certainly on June 23.
Neville Longbottom born to Frank and Alice Longbottom, famous Aurors (OP37, JKR)
Harry Potter born
Y1 (1981) M=21 BW=11 CW=9 PW=5 FGW=3 HG=2 HP/RW=1 GW-0 LM=27August 11
Ginny Weasley born
Snape applies for the post of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts; Dumbledore hires him as Potions Master instead (OP17).
In October of 1995, Snape told Umbridge that he had been teaching at Hogwarts for 14 years, but unlike McGonagall, he did not specify the month. If Snape was speaking precisely, that would mean he was hired c. 1981 but before Voldemort's fall on the last night of October. If Snape was speaking loosely, he could have been hired in November or December.
c. October 24
The Fidelius Charm is cast on the Potters with Peter Pettigrew as Secret Keeper.
Defeat of Voldemort
Voldemort attempts to kill Harry Potter after murdering his parents, but his spell rebounds onto him.
Voldemort, nearly dead and without physical form, retreats into the forests of Albania where he possess the bodies of various animals to survive for the next decade, waiting.
Hagrid, on Dumbledore's orders, goes to Godric's Hollow to rescue baby Harry from the ruins of the house.
November 1 (or possibly November 2)
Peter Pettigrew fakes his own death, killing twelve Muggles in the process
Sirius Black is arrested and at some point in the next few weeks is sent to Azkaban without a trial. He is 22 years old (JKR).
November 1, late evening
Hagrid delivers baby Harry to Dumbledore, who is waiting in Privet Drive to leave the baby with the Dursleys.
But there are twenty-four hours missing from the chronology of events of these two days...
Bill Weasley turns eleven
Because his birth date is November 29, Bill would have started Hogwarts in 1982, when he was almost 12 years old.1981
Adalbert Waffling dies (fw74)
after Y1 (1981)Sirius Black is framed for the murders of Peter Pettigrew and twelve Muggles on November 1, 1981
He is sent by Bartemius Crouch, Sr. to Azkaban without a trial.
Bellatrix Black Lestrange, Rodolphus Lestrange, Rabastan Lestrange, and Bartemius Crouch Jr. are arrested for using the Cruciatus Curse on Frank and Alice Longbottom in an attempt to discover the whereabouts of Voldemort; all of the accused are sent to Azkaban
Frank Longbottom and his wife Alice are committed to St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, driven insane from the Cruciatus Curse
Bartemius Crouch Jr. is secretly rescued from Azkaban
His mother uses Polyjuice Potion to take his place there, where she dies within a year. Bartemius Crouch Jr. is kept a virtual prisoner in his father's home, tended by Winky, a loyal house-elf
In disguise as a rat, Peter Pettigrew becomes a pet of Percy Weasley
He chooses Percy, a member of a solid wizarding family, in order to stay aware of what was going on in the magical world and perhaps hear word of his former master, Voldemort.
Y2 (1982) M=22 BW=12 CW=10 PW=6 FGW=4 HG=3 HP/RW=2 GW=1 LM=28September
Bill Weasley starts his first year at Hogwarts. He is sorted into Gryffindor.
Bill Weasley turns twelve
Y3 (1983) M=23 BW=13 CW=11 PW=7 FGW=5 HG=4 HP/RW=3 GW=2 LM=29September
Bill Weasley starts his second year at Hogwarts
Y4 (1984) M=24 BW=14 CW=12 PW=8 FGW=6 HG=5 HP/RW=4 GW=3 LM=30June
Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup
Gryffindor wins the Quidditch cup for the last time until 1993-4 at the end of this school year. We don't know who wins the House Cup.
"The idea of overtaking Slytherin in the house championship was wonderful, no one had done it for seven years..." This statement refers to school years, not actual years. The 1983-84 school year is seven school years before that statement was made in the fall of 1991 (PS13) (and yes, from the context we can be almost 100% sure that it's talking about the Quidditch Cup, not the House Cup). Charlie HAD to have been on the team this year, since "Gryffindor hadn't won the Quidditch Cup since the legendary Charlie Weasley...had been seeker." However, according to Rowling's age statement for Charlie, he wasn't. This is an error in the text.
Charlie Weasley starts his first year at Hogwarts (Bill starts his third year)
c. Y5 (1985)Sirius Black's mother dies.Y5 (1985) M=25 BW=15 CW=13 PW=9 FGW=7 HG=6 HP/RW=5 GW=4 LM=31
Her likeness is captured in a huge portrait which hangs in the entrance hall of her home at Number 12, Grimmauld Place. The house is left vacant except for Kreacher. The house deteriorates dramatically.
"No one's lived here for ten years, not since my dear mother died, unless you count her old house-elf, and he's gone round the twist -- hasn't cleaned anything in ages."
-- Sirius BlackJune
Slytherin wins the Quidditch Cup but not the House Cup.
Aunt Marge comes to Dudley's fifth birthday party.
She whacks Harry around the shins to keep him from beating Dudley at musical statues.
Bill starts his fourth year and Charlie his second
This is the first year that Charlie could conceivably be on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Y6 (1986) M=26 BW=16 CW=14 PW=10 FGW=8 HG=7 HP/RW=6 GW=5 LM=32June
Slytherin wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups.
Bill starts his fifth year, having been made a Prefect, and Charlie starts his third year.1986
The Ugandan Quidditch team, the Patonga Proudsticks, held the Montrose Magpies to a draw, much to everyone's surprise (QA8)
Y7 (1987) M=27 BW=17 CW=15 PW=11 FGW=9 HG=8 HP/RW=7 GW=6 LM=33June
Slytherin wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups.
Bill sits his OWLs.
Percy Weasley starts his first year at Hogwarts
Bill starts his sixth year and Charlie starts his fourth.
Bill Weasley comes of age (17)1987
Roderick Plumpton dies, still claiming that his three and a half second capture of the Snitch was intentional, not pure dumb luck (fw71)
Home Life and Social Habits of British Muggles, by Wilhelm Wigworthy, is published by Little Red Books (FB)
Y8 (1988) M=28 BW=18 CW=16 PW=12 FGW=10 HG=9 HP/RW=8 GW=7 LM=34Neville Longbottom is dropped accidentally by his Great Uncle Algie from an upstairs window.
Instead of falling to his death, he bounces, demonstrating his natural magical ability. His family is ecstatic.
Slytherin wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups.
Aunt Marge comes to Dudley's birthday party
She brings a computerized robot for Dudley and a box of dog biscuits for Harry.
Percy starts his second year, Bill his seventh, having been made Head Boy, and Charlie his fifth, having been made a Prefect.
Y9 (1989) M=29 BW=19 CW=17 PW=13 FGW=11 HG=10 HP/RW=9 GW=8 LM=35
TOP - TIMELINEJunec. Y9 (1989)
Slytherin wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups
Charlie Weasley sits his OWLs.
Bill Weasley sits his NEWTs, leaves school
Fred and George Weasley start their first year at Hogwarts
Charlie starts his sixth year; Percy starts his third year.
Angelina Johnson begins her first year at Hogwarts; she is sorted into Gryffindor
Cedric Diggory begins his first year at Hogwarts; he is sorted into Hufflepuff
Both Angelina and Cedric turn 12 shortly after the beginning of the school year.
The Gryffindor Quidditch team for the 89-90 season includes Charlie Weasley, sixth year Seeker, and Oliver Wood, third year Keeper.
While these are conjectures, it seems logical that both of these players would have been on the team. Charlie may have been Quidditch Captain at this point.Summer?
Quirrell takes a year off from Hogwarts for some first hand experience fighting the Dark Arts. He will be gone from September 1989 through June of 1990.
He encounters Voldemort in Albania and is controlled by the Dark Lord.
There is no specific canon reference to indicate which year Quirrell took off from teaching. However, Hagrid speaks of his nervousness as the result of his year off, and if that year off had been the 1990-1991 school year (the one immediately before Harry comes to Hogwarts), Hagrid wouldn't have known about Quirrell's altered behavior. It doesn't seem likely that Voldemort was present in Britain with Quirrell for an extended period of time, so we can make a fairly good guess that the year off was the year before, the 1989-1990 school year."Poor bloke. Brilliant mind. He was fine while he was studyin' outta books but then he took a year off ter get some firsthand experience...They say he met vampires in the Black Forest, and there was a nasty bit o' trouble with a hag--never been the same since. Scared of the students, scared of his own subject now..." (PS5)September
Fred and George Weasley start their second year at Hogwarts; Percy starts his fourth year.
Charlie starts his seventh year; he is Quidditch captain