Timeline of the Wizarding World
The Wizarding World has a long, interesting history which is revealed in the various canon sources. This timeline details every known event in that long history, from the opening of Ollivanders to the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. We have split the timeline into a number of separate pages to make them a bit less cumbersome to load and view. This page serves as an introduction to the timeline, an index of the individual pages, and a guide to the annotations and icons you'll find.
Descriptions of events are annotated and listed with the following conventions:
The c. in front of the year indicates that we don't know it exactly, that it's an approximate date. Many dates do not have this notation, of course.
The designation beginning with Y indicates a date relative to the main events of the story. Year zero is Harry's birth, so as shown above we can see that McGonagall was born 55 years before Harry was. A date given with a standard calendar year, in this case 1925, indicates the calendar year which corresponds to the relative year on the official timeline found on the DVD version of the second book.
Years which are known exactly, not inferred from the official timeline but stated outright, can be identified by the fact that they will not indicate a relative date.
Following the date are several abbreviations in red with numbers following them. These give the ages particular characters turn during that year. In the example above we see that Minerva McGonagall is just born and Albus Dumbledore is 80 years old. A list of character abbreviations can be found below.
The icon indicates a particular category for this event. In the case above, we see that this event is an important one in the life of a major character. A table of icons and their meaning can be found below.
The small text in blue annotates the entry with information about how the date is derived and with background details.