Timeline of the Wizarding World
The 1990s - Harry Potter at Hogwarts
of the 1990s comprise the stories of the Harry Potter novels themselves.
The years in which these stories take place are not stated specifically
in the books but can be deduced from clues. The official timeline of the
stories, as found on the Chamber of Secrets DVD second disk, uses the dates
of the 1990s for these events, and it is from the "real" calendars of those
years that I have derived many of the dates and days of the week indicated
here. Some days and dates are specified in the books, others are approximated
or deduced. However, the days and dates given in the books do not match
any existing "real" calendar -- in fact, some dates are simply impossible,
such as books where two Mondays happen in a row.
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Slytherin wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups.
c. June 23
Aunt Marge comes to Dudley's 10th birthday party
She brings Ripper, her favorite bulldog.
Harry accidentally steps on Ripper's tail and the dog "trees" him.
Marge finally calls the dog off around midnight.
When Marge comes to visit during the summer of Y13, Harry remembers past
"On her last visit, the year before Harry started at Hogwarts, Harry had
accidentally trodden on the tail of her favorite dog. Ripper had chased
Harry out into the garden and up a tree, and Aunt Marge had refused to call
him off until past midnight. The memory of this incident still brought tears
of laughter to Dudley's eyes."
Harry recalls this event in his Occlumency lessons.
"He was nine, and Ripper the bulldog was chasing him up a tree and the
Dursleys were laughing below on the
He was nine because
his own tenth birthday was still a month away.
The date is
approximate because although we do know the date of Dudley's birthday,
we don't know for certain that the party happened on that exact day.
Harry's 10th birthday
The Flyte and Barker company introduces the Twigger 90 broomstick.
The Gryffindor Quidditch team is particularly poor this year. Wood is in his
fourth year, while Charlie Weasley is in his seventh and is Quidditch
Captain. On the other hand, the rest of the team are second years, so
perhaps it's just a matter of their being inexperienced. The team consisted
We don't know
for sure which years Charlie was Captain of Quidditch, but it seems likely
that we was Captain in his seventh year and possibly one or two years before
that as well. We aren't told why this team was so poor, since they have
a superb Keeper and a Seeker who could have played for England, but McGonagall
says of them a year later:
- seventh year, Seeker, Captain
Oliver Wood - fourth year, Keeper
Angelina Johnson - second year, Chaser
Alicia Spinnet - second year, Chaser
unknown third Chaser - possibly seventh year since she isn't back in the
Fred Weasley - second year, Beater
George Weasley - second year, Beater
"Heaven knows, we need a better team than last year. Flattened in that
last match by Slytherin,
I couldn't look Severus Snape in
the face for weeks..."
We are also not told why
Fred and George would have been
familiar with Wood's pre-game
speeches at the beginning of the 1991-1992 season when he wasn't the Captain
this year. While this isn't an error exactly, it does suggest that Rowling
wrote these passages without realizing that the facts wouldn't fit together
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DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR FROM JULY 1991 THROUGH JULY 1992
Charlie Weasley sits his NEWTs and leaves school.
Slytherin wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups. They "flattened"
Gryffindor in the final match.
Saturday, June 23
Nimbus 2000 broomstick is released and a display model appears in
Quality Quidditch Supplies. (PS5)
Dudley's eleventh birthday.
Aunt Petunia, and Uncle Vernon
to the zoo, where he first exercises his gift of being a
to speak with a boa constrictor.
This is a Saturday according to the book. It comes approximately
one month before Harry's birthday.
That morning, Dudley receives a
video camera for his birthday:
"At that moment the telephone rang and
Aunt Petunia went to
answer it while Harry and
Uncle Vernon watched
Dudley unwrap the racing bike,
a video camera..."
After the zoo
incident on Dudley's birthday, Harry is confined to his cupboard for a
few weeks. By the end of that period, the video camera is broken:
"By the time he was allowed out of his cupboard again,
the summer holidays had started and
Dudley had already broken
his new video camera..."
Just before Harry's
birthday, on the 24th of July, Harry receives a letter addressed to him
in his cupboard under the stairs. Uncle Vernon moves Harry to Dudley's
second bedroom upstairs, where Harry sees the video camera and we learn
that Dudley's birthday was a month ago:
"Nearly everything in here was broken. The month-old video camera was
lying on top of a small, working tank..."
We know from the book that July the 24th was a Tuesday. The Saturday
approximately one month before Tuesday, July 24, would be
Saturday, June 23. So we know that
Dudley's birthday is June 23.
Like most dates in the books, this doesn't correspond
to the dates in any particular "real life" calendar.
Harry Potter is invited to Hogwarts
c. July 24 Presumably, Percy gets
his letter informing him that he's been made a Prefect.
This assumes that Hogwarts letters to new students go out at the same time
as those to returning students.
July 24 - 30 - letters
begin arriving via owl post to invite Harry to Hogwarts.
are determined by counting back from the established date of July 31 for
We are told
the days on which these dates fall:
This reminded Harry of something. If it was Monday -- and you could usually
count on Dudley to know the days the week, because of television -- then
tomorrow, Tuesday, was Harry's eleventh birthday.
In the "real"
1991, however, July 31 fell on a Wednesday.
Harry's 11th Birthday
How do we
know that Harry was born on July 31? This has been established in many
places in the books, perhaps most importantly in Dumbledore's discussion
of the Prophecy in OP. However, we can first determine this from PS8:
In the Daily
Prophet, Harry reads:
BREAK-IN LATEST -- Investigations continue into the break-in at Gringotts
on 31 July..."
He reacts in surprise:
said Harry, "that Gringotts break-in happened on my birthday! It might've
been happening while we were there!"
July 31, just after midnight
- Hagrid arrives at the Hut on the Rock
Harry and Hagrid visit
Hagrid retrieves the
from the Gringotts'
high security vaults.
Draco Malfoy for the first time in
Malkin's Robes for All Occasions.
as a birthday present for Harry
Quirrell attempts to steal the
Stone from Gringotts
Weasley gives his pet rat, Scabbers, to his younger brother Ron. Scabbers
is really Peter Pettigrew in disguise.
Sunday, September 1
nearly everything Ron owned, Scabbers the rat was secondhand (he had once
belonged to Ron's brother Percy) and a bit battered.
From this comment
by Ron on the Hogwarts Express that September, it would seem that Ron received
Scabbers from Percy when Percy was given his owl upon being made Prefect.
Assuming that Ron and his brothers received their Hogwarts letters at the
same time that Harry would have received his, had Uncle Vernon not intervened,
then we know that Percy was made Prefect on July 24. Sometime after that,
Molly and Arthur bought Percy his new owl, Hermes. This may very well have
been when the Weasleys came to Diagon Alley to buy their school things.
Scabbers and he's useless, he hardly ever wakes up. Percy got an owl from
my dad for being made a prefect, but they couldn't aff -- I mean, I got
by Quirrell's inability to steal the Stone, decides to inhabit him. Quirrell
begins wearing a turban to hide Voldemort's face, which is sticking out
of the back of Quirrell's head.
Uncle Vernon and Aunt
Petunia treat Harry as if he doesn't exist.
month with the Dursleys wasn't fun. True, Dudley was now so scared of Harry
he wouldn't stay in the same room, while Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon
didn't shut Harry in his cupboard, force him to do anything, or shout at
him -- in fact, they didn't speak to him at all. Half terrified, half furious,
they acted as though any chair with Harry in it were empty."
Ron Weasley, and
Draco Malfoy start their first
year at Hogwarts
Thursday, September 12
They catch the Hogwarts
Express at 11 am at King's Cross Station, then travel until evening
Harry meets Ron and Hermione on the train. Ron becomes his friend.
Dudley Dursley undergoes surgery
for the removal of a pig's tail from his rather large behind
"Why are you going to London?" Harry asked, trying to keep things friendly.
The day of the week is assumed from the fact that the next day,
September 2, when classes start at Hogwarts, it is a Monday.
"Taking Dudley to the hospital," growled Uncle Vernon.
"Got to have that ruddy tail removed before he goes to Smeltings."
Gryffindors and Slytherins have their first flying lesson
Harry is made Seeker on the
happens on the second Thursday of the school term.
spotted a notice pinned up in the Gryffindor common room that made them
all groan. Flying lessons would be starting on Thursday..."
Date can be determined from the fact that this is the Thursday of the
second week of school, which must logically be the 12th, since classes
started on the 2nd.
How do we know
that this is the Thursday of the second week? Because when Harry is following
McGonagall away from his flying lesson, he is afraid that he will be expelled.
He thinks to himself:
"Now he'd done it. He hadn't even lasted two weeks."
Fred and George hear about this, they say:
tell you, we're going to win that Quidditch cup for sure this year...We
haven't won since Charlie left, but this year's team is going to be brilliant."
According to Rowling's
statement that Charlie is three years older than Percy, Charlie just left
two months before. There's been no time for them not to have won "since
Charlie left." They haven't PLAYED since Charlie left. Again, this is an
error in the text.
The feast is interrupted by a Mountain Troll who almost kills
she is saved by Harry and Ron, after which they become friends
We have already seen that we can't trust the "real" calendar
to give us the days of the week when we know the date, but just for
interest sake, Halloween in 1991
was on a Thursday. The Gryffindor first years had Charms that morning and
learned the Wingardium Leviosa spell.
as a Christmas present from
Harry discovers the Mirror of Erised and sees his family for the first time
On the official timeline, this is in 1991.
Christmas in 1991 was on a Wednesday.
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Saturday, May 9
The calendar lists this date as April 24, but all we really know is
that it is a few weeks before exams and that the weather gave the
first hint of summer coming.
Charlie's friends take
Harry and Hermione on top of the
Derived from the estimated date of Norbert's hatching.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron follow Quirrell after the
overcome the various protections, and defeat
Quirrell/Voldemort's attempt to steal the
a few days later
of this event are contingent on the dates of exams in Harry's first year.
We are given dates for exams in books two and three--the first week of
June--but that doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule The calendar for
this book gives the date as June 4, based on the exam dates in the other
books, but here on the timeline we'll play it a bit safer and just go with
End of Term Feast - Gryffindor win House Cup (but not the Quidditch Cup, which
goes to Slytherin)
2001 broomstick is released; Lucius Malfoy buys them for the Slytherin
Quidditch team. As it happens, Draco is made Seeker during the upcoming
school term (CS)
12th birthday. Dobby the house-elf visits Harry Potter in Privet Drive.
DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR FROM JULY 1992 THROUGH JULY 1993
The Dursleys hold a dinner party
for the Masons which is disrupted by a falling violet pudding.
Harry is sent a warning letter from
the Ministry, reminding him that he is not allowed to do magic outside
of school. (CS1,
George, and Ron rescue Harry from the Dursleys in their father's flying
This is very
likely the night of August 3, three days after Harry's birthday. He arrives
at the Burrow on the morning of August 4.
and Ron miss the Hogwarts Express and fly Mr. Weasley's bewitched car to
and his friends start their second year at Hogwarts. Colin Creevey, Luna
Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley start their first year.
Lockhart becomes the new Defense Against The Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts
Chamber of Secrets is reopened
This time the Chamber is opened
by Ginny Weasley under the influence of Tom Riddle by means of his diary.
hears the voice of the Basilisk during his detention with Lockhart. This
is about a week into the school year, so it didn't take Riddle long to
force Ginny to open the Chamber.
Feast and 500th Deathday for Nearly Headless Nick
Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets attacks its first victim: Filch's
cat, Mrs. Norris
If we go by
the calendar of this year according to the official timeline, Halloween
is on a Saturday.
Creevey Petrified by the basilisk
Finch-Fletchley and Nearly-Headless Nick petrified
Harry and Ron use Polyjuice Potion to "become" Crabbe and Goyle.
They learn that Malfoy is NOT the
heir of Slytherin. Hermione is victim of an incomplete transfiguration
and goes to the Hospital Wing for the next month
Hermione is accidentally changed partially into a cat
She spends the next month in the hospital wing
after June, 1992
die after a long, long life
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The Sweetwater Texas Quidditch team, the All-Stars, defeats the
in a five-day match (QA45)
Dolores Umbridge crafts
anti-werewolf legislation which makes it almost impossible for
Lupin to get a job
Hermione Granger and
Penelope Clearwater are Petrified; Hogwarts Quidditch Cup is cancelled
Hagrid is sent to
Dumbledore is removed as
headmaster of Hogwarts
Ron enter the
Forbidden Forest and meet
the spirit-form of Voldemort is defeated by Harry Potter in the
Chamber of Secrets
Lucius Malfoy is removed from
the Board of Governors of Hogwarts, Hagrid and Dumbledore
return to Hogwarts
Dobby the house-elf
is freed from service to the Malfoy family
Gryffindor wins the House Cup. No Quidditch Cup is awarded.
Granger family vacations in France
Arthur Weasley wins 700 Galleons
in a Daily Prophet drawing
c. July 30
The Weasley family spends a month in Egypt, visiting Bill.
They leave a week before Harry's birthday and stay until the week
before the end of holidays. They are gone the last week of July
and the first three weeks of August.
Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban
DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR FROM JULY 1993 THROUGH JULY 1994
Very likely the escape happened within a day or two of
Harry's birthday, since it shows
up on the morning news on the 31st. Black saw the photo of the Weasleys
during that previous week, on a copy of the Daily Prophet Fudge was finished
reading. This particular photo had appeared a week before Harry's birthday,
which would be on the 24th. Fudge wouldn't be carrying a paper more than
a day old, so Black would have proabably seen the picture on that actual
day. Given reasonable time for all this to occur, it works out logically
that he worried frantically about what to do to protect Harry for several
days, was heard moaning "He's at Hogwarts" in his sleep as he agonized
over the situation, then finally escaped on the 29th or 30th.
Aunt Marge comes for a visit to the Dursleys.
On the last day of Aunt Marge's visit, Harry blows her up and runs away.
August 7 - August 30
The Knight Bus
picks him up in Magnolia Crescent and drops him off at the Leaky Cauldron.
Harry stays at the Leaky Cauldron and spends his days in Diagon Alley.
Quality Quidditch Supplies displays the new Firebolt broomstick.
Harry meets Hermione and Ron in Diagon Alley.
They are all staying at the Leaky Cauldron. Hermione buys
Harry and his friends begin their
third year at Hogwarts, which is now surrounded by
Remus Lupin begins his professorship
The Gryffindor Quidditch
team is looking very promising this year.
Wood says that "Gryffindor hasn't
won for seven years now." His is taking into account the fact that no Cup
was awarded last year when he says this (so that it agrees with other such
comments in the book, quoted below). The last time Gryffindor won the Quidditch
Cup, then was the 1983-1984 season.
This year's team consists of:
first year, the following comment is made:
Oliver Wood, seventh year, Keeper, Captain
Angelina Johnson, fifth year, Chaser
Alicia Spinnet, fifth year, Chaser
Fred Weasley, fifth year, Beater
George Weasley, fifth year, Beater
Harry Potter, third year, Seeker
Katie Bell, fourth year, Chaser
If they won their next match, against Hufflepuff, they would overtake Slytherin
in the house championship for the first time in seven years...As the match
drew nearer, however, Harry became more and more nervous, whatever he told
Ron and Hermione. The rest of the team wasn't too calm, either. The idea
of overtaking Slytherin in the house championship was wonderful, no one
had done it for seven years, but would they be allowed to, with such a
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The Toyohoshi Tengu, the Quidditch team from Japan, narrowly misses
a win over Lithuania. (QA8)
Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures considers the fate of
the hippogriff Buckbeak
Peter Pettigrew, disguised as
Scabbers the rat, is cornered and revealed. He escapes and spends the next
months searching for Voldemort in Albania
at sundown, Buckbeak is scheduled to be executed; Sirius Black is captured
that evening and narrowly escapes suffering the Dementor's Kiss by riding
to freedom on Buckbeak
Gryffindor wins both the Quidditch and the House Cups.
International Confederation of Wizards Conference
DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR FROM JULY 1994 THROUGH JULY 1995
Bertha Jorkins takes her ill-fated
holiday in Albania, where she encounters Pettigrew and Voldemort. She is
tortured, then murdered.
In World Cup play, England is defeated by Liechtenstein.
Harry Potter's 14th birthday
early Saturday, August 20
Voldemort and Wormtail take up residence in the old Riddle House;
Frank Bryce is killed, shortly before his 77th birthday
Monday, August 22
Harry Potter wakes up after seeing Bryce's death in a dream, with his scar hurting
Final of the 422nd World Quidditch Cup, Ireland beats Bulgaria, 170 to 160
Tuesday, August 23
Bartemius Crouch sacks his house-elf, Winky, after she is
found holding the wand which had cast a Dark Mark spell
Monday, September 1
Harry and his friends travel to Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express.
Monday, September 2
We know that they travel to Hogwarts on a Monday because the evening
before is identified as a Sunday:
been an absolute uproar,' Percy told them importantly the Sunday evening
before they were due to return to Hogwarts."
It's clear from
the story that the rest of the events described of that night are taking
place the evening before they leave.
We know that
this is also a Monday from this reference at breakfast that day:
not bad.. . outside all morning,' said Ron, who was running his finger
down the Monday column of his schedule."
delegations from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons arrive at Hogwarts
Goblet of Fire selects the champions for the
Saturday, November 21
Hogsmeade weekend for Hogwarts students
Tuesday, November 24
First Task of the Triwizard Tournament
Yule Ball, 8 PM until midnight
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February 24, 9:30 AM
Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament
June 24, at dusk
Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament
Voldemort kidnaps Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory. Cedric is killed by Wormtail using
Voldemort's wand. Voldemort is restored to his body in an ancient ceremony.
The Death Eaters are called back to him and they gather. Voldemort and
Harry duel and Harry manages to escape with Cedric's body.
Fudge and Dumbledore choose different paths. Fudge hides his head in the
sand. Dumbledore begins to call together those he can trust to fight Voldemort.
No Quidditch Cup awarded, no mention of who won the House Cup.
DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR FROM JULY 1995 THROUGH JULY 1996
The Cleansweep 11 broom is released
Harry Potter's 15th birthday; he receives Honeydukes chocolate from
Ron and Hermione, but throws it away unopened out of frustration with
his situation (OP1).
At some point during the day, Dudley Dursley beats up 10-year-old neighbour
Mark Evans for "cheek"
Dudley taunts Harry about his nightmares. Dementors attack Dudley and Harry;
Harry drives them off with a Patronus Charm
Mrs. Figg reveals her identity to Harry; Mundungus Fletcher arrives and is
sent to report to Dumbledore. The Improper Use of Magic Office atttempt to
expel Harry from Hogwarts, but Dumbledore arrives at the Ministry and forces
them to comply with the letter of the law
The Dursleys depart for what they believe to be the prize-giving of the
All-England Best-Kept Suburban Lawn Competition.
The Advance Guard - "Mad-Eye" Moody, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks,
Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Emmeline Vance,
Sturgis Podmore, and Hestia Jones - arrive in Privet Drive to escort
Harry to Grimmauld Place
Later that night, Harry dreams about studying weapons in
Care of Magical Creatures
Mundungus Fletcher attempts to stash some dodgy cauldrons at Grimmauld Place
Thursday, August 12
Harry's disciplinary hearing in old Courtroom 10; he sees the
Department of Mysteries corridor in the waking world for the first time.
0530 Harry wakes up
0600 Dumbledore 'by a lucky mistake' arrives at the Ministry,
three hours before the scheduled time of 0900
0800 Harry's disciplinary hearing begins
in old Courtroom 10, the time and venue having been changed without his
Harry empties his moneybag into the
Fountain of Magical Brethren after his acquittal.
The Ministry of Magic passes Educational Decree 22.
Ron and Hermione receive notification about their appointment as new
prefects. Molly Weasley buys Ron's Cleansweep 11. Harry first sees Moody's
old photograph of the 1970s Order of the Phoenix. Harry, Lupin, and Moody
learn about Molly's boggart
Monday, September 2
0100 Sturgis Podmore arrested
at the Ministry by Eric Munch
1100 Hogwarts Express
departs Kings Cross. Ginny introduces Harry and Neville to Luna Lovegood
Evening. Harry first sees thestrals
Tuesday, September 3
Cho Chang about the
after which Hermione tells him off
(OP12). From this point on,
Hermione tends to drag Ron out of the way when Cho wants to talk with Harry.
Harry is given a week's worth of detentions by Umbridge and a
biscuit by McGonagall
Hermione stops most of Fred and George's testing by putting them on notice
that she'll report them to their mother otherwise. She also starts planting
clothes in Gryffindor Tower for house-elves
Harry gets public support from Luna Lovegood and Ernie Macmillan, while
Angelina appears to be channeling Oliver Wood's spirit. At 5 p.m., Harry's
first detention with Umbridge begins
Wednesday, September 4
At 5 p.m.,
Harry's second detention with Umbridge begins
Thursday, September 5
At 5 p.m.,
Harry's third detention with Umbridge begins, ending about 2 hours later.
Harry encounters Ron, who learns the full truth about the detentions as
Harry learns about Ron's private Keeper practices
At 5 p.m.,
both the Gryffindor Keeper tryouts and Harry's fourth detention with Umbridge
begin, the latter lasting until after nightfall. Ron Weasley is selected
as Gryffindor's Keeper
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Saturday, February 14
date with Cho Chang (the complete fiasco), followed by Rita's interview
of Harry for The Quibbler
of the Department of Mysteries. Sirius Black is killed, and Fudge is forced
to admit that Voldemort has indeed returned. Dumbledore reveals to Harry
the contents of Trelawney's first prediction.
Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup. No mention of who wins the House Cup,
but it probably wasn't Gryffindor
July - first couple of weeks
The Second War begins. It's a busy two weeks
July - week three
Voldemort demands that Fudge step aside and let him take over or there will
be a mass Muggle killing. When Fudge refuses, the Brockdale Bridge is
destroyed, sending a dozen cars into the river below.
Amelia Bones, Head of Magical Law Enforcement,
is killed, apparently by Voldemort himself
Emmeline Vance, a member of the Order
of the Phoenix, is killed by Death Eaters just around the corner from Number
10 Downing Street
much destruction in Somerset is reported,
leading the Muggles to suspect a hurricane, although it was probably the
work of giants working for Voldemort
Dementors are running amok in Britain and are breeding, which has caused
unusually cool weather and persistent mist across the country
Cornelius Fudge is sacked and
Head of the Aurors, takes his place.
A Junior Minister in the Muggle government,
Herbert Chorley, has a bad reaction to an Imperius Curse. The Muggles think
he's just gone a bit funny, since he thinks he's a duck, but he is spirited
away to St Mungo's.
Kingsley Shacklebolt take a position
as a secretary to the Muggle Prime Minister to guard him.
Fudge visits the Muggle Prime Minister
and introduces the him to Scrimgeour.
Voldemort is furious with the failure
of his Death Eaters to retrieve the Prophecy. He recruits Draco Malfoy
as a Death Eater and assigns him the task of killing Dumbledore, at least
in part to punish Lucius for failing, since Draco will almost certainly
Narcissa Malfoy, followed by her sister
Bellatrix, visit Severus Snape in his house on Spinner's End and get him
to take the Unbreakable Vow that he will protect Draco, that he will help
him, and if necessary, kill Dumbledore for him.
Harry spends two weeks at
number four, Privet Drive
Dumbledore visits Privet Drive and takes Harry away. They visit
Horace Slughorn on the way to the Burrow. Slughorn agrees to join
the staff at Hogwarts
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