March is typically an uneventful month for Harry and the others at Hogwarts. Hermione starts studying intensely for the exams:
Hermione, however, had more on her mind than the Philosopher’s Stone. She had started drawing up revision schedules and color-coding all her notes. Harry and Ron wouldn’t have minded, but she kept nagging them to do the same.
“Hermione, the exams are ages away.”
“Ten weeks,” Hermione snapped. “That’s not ages, that’s like a second to Nicolas Flamel.”
There are Quidditch matches, of course, and plenty of interesting lessons (Nifflers and Hex-Deflection, for example). Things do get very interesting for Harry and his friends in 1996 and 1997. And who can forget Ron’s memorable birthday in 1996 when he was passionately, desperately, and very briefly in love with Romilda Vane and Harry literally saved his life?
The two-week Easter break sometimes occurs at least partly in March. It doesn’t take place at the same time each year since it’s tied to the date of Easter Sunday, so the weeks off could be anywhere from the latter half of March through the middle of April. Students typically travel home for this break.
Here are the highlights for March:
Marvolo Gaunt returns from a six-month sentence in Azakaban to find his daughter gone. She had enchanted the Muggle young man Tom Riddle she had been pining for and run off with him. The couple conceives a son around the end of March.
Remus Lupin is born on the 10th of March. James Potter, who would become a close friend of Lupin’s at Hogwarts, is born a few weeks later on the 27th.
On the1st of March, Molly and Arthur Weasley welcome their sixth son into the world and name him Ronald Bilius Weasley.
During Harry’s Time at Hogwarts:
“Witch Weekly” magazine publishes an article alleging a love triangle between Harry, Hermione, and Viktor Krum. Hermione received hate mail as a result.
March 6: The Trio meet with Sirius who is living in a cave above the village of Hogsmeade with Buckbeak.
During the first week of March, Umbridge sacks Trelawney and attempts to evict her from Hogwarts castle. Dumbledore hires Firenze to teach Divination. The Centaur teaches his first lesson on March 10.
Ron’s seventeenth birthday on March 1st is memorable indeed. On the 8th, Gryffindor loses their Quidditch match to Hufflepuff, a match commentated by Luna Lovegood. On the 10th, Harry meets for the fourth time with Dumbledore and learns about Tom Riddle’s activities after leaving Hogwarts.
During the last week of March, Harry, Hermione, and Ron are captured by Snatchers and brought to Malfoy Manor. There they discover Luna, Griphook, and Ollivander imprisoned in the cellar. They are all rescued by Dobby and transported to Shell Cottage. However, Dobby is struck in the heart by a dagger thrown by Bellatrix and dies in Harry’s arms. The elf is buried in the dunes overlooking the sea.
Here’s the full list of events, characters, artwork, and other Lexicon entries I’ve chosen for the home page scroller for March. As always, feel free to suggest additions in the comments.