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Day-by-Day Calendar of Order of the Phoenix

Day-by-Day Calendar of Order of the Phoenix

NOTE: This calendar is NOT formatted for smaller screens. We are working to create a version which will work on any size device, but that’s a bit trickier than you might think with the calendar layout. Since this is a direct port from an outdated system, some of the formatting might be a bit wonky and some links might not work. 

Editors: Amy Z. and Joywitch M. Curmudgeon

The numbers following some descriptions are chapter/page references: OP29/651 means chapter 29, page 651 of the first hardcover US edition (like all good purists, we embrace the UK edition as the standard, but we’re working from the first hardcover US edition at the moment, so bear with us).

Harry’s course schedule

History of Magic
1 1/2 hours (OP12)
Double Charms
Divination (OP13)
break (OP12) break (OP18) break break break
double Potions
1 1/2 hours
double Transfiguration Transfiguration (OP13) Potions (/234; block unknown, but as a guess we’ll put it at the same time as Monday)
lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch
Divination (OP13) Care of Magical Creatures (OP13) double Herbology (OP18)
double Defense against the Dark Arts Herbology (OP13) Care of Magical Creatures (OP18)
dinner dinner dinner dinner dinner
Astronomy (OP13) time unclear–see Inconsistencies


Ron’s schedule, as far as we know, is the same as Harry’s.

Hermione’s differs in that she has Ancient Runes on Monday (OP26) and Arithmancy first thing on Wednesday, and of course no longer takes Divination (OP15).

Fred and George have Herbology first thing Monday morning (OP12) and Charms right before lunch on Monday (OP15).

Other information:

Lucius Malfoy is 41 as of September 1995(OP15), so he was born in 1953 or 1954. Of course, he could be lying about his age. And dyeing his hair.

Dinner is served before 5 p.m.: “As Harry was starving, and he had his first detention with Umbridge at five o’clock, he headed straight for dinner … (OP13)

Inconsistencies and Unknowns

Although we know from CS8 that Harry’s fifth year of school would be 1995-96, the days of the week once again do not correspond to the actual calendar of those years.

There must be a spell that saves Rowling from inconsistency by turning every first day of the fall lessons into a Monday . . . see the Goblet of Fire calendar. Here, August 12 is a Thursday, making it quite impossible for September 2 (the first day of lessons) to be a Monday. Nevertheless, Rowling says it lessons begin on a Monday so a Monday it shall be.

In OP13, Astronomy is established as taking place on a Wednesday, sometime before dinner: “He had to give up his lunch hour to complete the picture of the Bowtruckle and, meanwhile, Professors McGonagall, Grubbly-Plank and Sinistra gave them yet more homework, which he had no prospect of finishing that evening because of his second detention with Umbridge.” Barbara Werschkun suggests: “Maybe they only have theory lessons on Wednesday afternoon and do the actual star watching some other time? But when? Because Harry is in detention every evening that week, plus the following, and there is no mention of him missing Astronomy because of it…” And when does the theory class take place? Wednesdays are jammed full.

First day of the winter term is a Monday some days after Christmas; previous years suggest January 6, but due to Harry’s description of Christmas as a “three-week break” (OP21), we’ve placed it at January 13.

Things get kind of vague from April on; there are about six weeks between “Snape’s Worst Memory” and the beginning of O.W.L.s, but I haven’t found a date to anchor either one.

Ditto on the very end of term. The chronology goes like this:

Three days before the end of term (earliest possible date is Monday after the climactic Thursday), Ron and Hermione leave hospital wing.
Two days later: Umbridge leaves Hogwarts
Last day of term: Harry discovers Sirius’s mirror, talks to Nick; end-of-term feast.
Day after: return home on the Hogwarts Express.
Events in blue are approximate dates. The lettered items in the calendar have corresponding notes below.

August 1995 – July 1996
and c. 1980
Jul – Aug – Sep – Oct – Nov – Dec – Jan – Feb – Mar – Apr – May – Jun
probably 1980 (possibly late 1979),
“a cold wet night,” Trelawney predicts the birth of the Dark Lord’s mortal enemy that July
Aug 1 2
9:23 p.m.: Harry and Dudley are attacked by two Dementors in an alley off Magnolia StreetHarry is nearly expelledSends letters to Sirius, Ron and Hermione
3 4 5 6
dusk: the Dursleys are lured from their home by Tonksstill no Hedwigevening:
the Advance Guard arrives in Privet Drive to rescue Harry; they fly to 12 Grimmauld Place in LondonSnape gives a report at Order meeting (plan of a building is in use)
Aug 8
Harry’s hearing; originally scheduled for 9 am (OP2), moved to 8 am
13 14 OP6OP7 OP8
Aug 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Aug 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Aug 29 Aug 30

MoM passes Educational Decree #22, allowing MoM to appoint professors if Dumbledore can’t find someone

Aug 31
1 a.m. Sturgis Podmore caught breaking into an MoM doorBooklists and prefects badges arrive; Ron and Hermione are made prefectsMoody shows Harry picture of the first OrderMrs. Weasley tackles the Boggart
Sept 1
Hogwarts Express to school/ first day of term
Sept 2
First day of lessonsDraught of Peace in PotionsHarry gets detention in DADA (starting next day), is warned about Umbridge by McGonagall
5 p.m. Harry detention with DU
Harry detention with DU
Harry detention with DU
Q tryoutsHarry detention with DUHarry feels pain and what he later (Oct. 8) recognizes as happiness when Umbridge touches him
Harry writes Sirius, meets Cho in OwleryIn the Daily Prophet: Sirius in hiding in London; Sturgis Podmore sentenced to 6 months in AzkabanFirst Gryffindor Quidditch practice
Percy’s letter arrivesSirius appears in Gryffindor common room fireMoM passes Educational Decree #23 appointing Umbridge High Inquisitor
DP article reporting High Inquisitor positionUmbridge inspects Charms (7th year class)Harry detention with DU (this time for remark about Quirrell)Umbridge inspects Divination
Umbridge inspects Transfiguration and COMCHarry detention with DUaround midnight: Hermione suggests Harry begin teaching them DADA
Harry detention with DU
Harry detention with DU
Harry detention with DU
14 OP14OP15
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24
Hermione again asks Harry to teach DADA
25 26 27 28 OP16
29 30 Oct 1 2 3 4 5
First Hogsmeade weekendDumbledore’s Army recruiting meeting in the Hog’s Head
6 7
Umbridge disbands all student organizationsHedwig is attackedUmbridge inspects PotionsTrelawney announces that she’s on probationHRH talk to Sirius via common room fire; Umbridge almost catches him
Angelina gets permission to reform Quidditch team7 p.m. Quidditch practiceHarry gets flash from Voldemort: impatience, angerDobby returns Hedwig, talks with Harry in common room
First meeting of Dumbledore’s Army
10 11 12 OP17OP18
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 Nov 1 2
Gryffindor/Slytherin Quidditch matchHarry, Fred, George banned from QuidditchHagrid returns, HRH visit
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
a Saturday in November (x)
x+1 Hermione visits Hagrid again x+2 Hagrid returns to staff table x+3 First COMC lesson with Hagrid (thestrals) OP21
Dec 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18
last DA meeting of the termCho kisses Harry under mistletoeHarry dreams about attack on Arthur Weasley. In proximity to Dumbledore, wants to attack himHe and Weasleys return to 12 Grimmauld Place
Visit to St. Mungo’s to see Mr. Weasley
last day of termHermione arrives at 12 Grimmauld Place
21 OP21OP22,OP23
22 23 24 25
ChristmasHRH, Ginny, Mrs. W, Bill, and twins visit Mr. W in St. Mungo’sHRH and Ginny see Prof. Lockhart, Neville & Longbottoms
26 27 28
29 30 31 Jan 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Snape tells Harry he’ll be teaching him Occlumency
HRH, G, F, G return to Hogwarts on the Knight Bus, escorted by Tonks and Lupin
first day of termfirst Occlumency lessonten DEs escape from AzkabanBroderick Bode strangled by Devil’s SnareHarry has surge of happiness making him realize something V wanted has happened
DP reports DE escape, Bode deathHagrid tells HRH he’s on probation. He has more injuries
OcclumencyEducational Decree #26 appears in school (teachers not allowed to give information beyond lessons)
16 17 18 (OP25)

All Divination and CoMC classes now supervised by DU (OP25/552) (how does she get to her own classes?)

19 20
21 22
23 24 25 Harry dreaming almost every night about Dept. of Mysteries corridor (OP25/554)
26 27
28 29
30 31 Feb 1
2 3
4 5
6 7 8 wetter and warmer weather (OP25/555)
9 10
11 12
13 DAY OMITTED TO MAKE DATES AGREE (Valentine’s Day has to be a Sat.:OP24/528) 14
Harry and Cho go to HogsmeadeHarry sees Hagrid, with new injuries, in 3 BroomsticksHarry meets Hermione, Rita and Luna in 3B, gives Rita interview for Quibbler
15 16
Hermione analyzes Harry and Cho’s dateRon has bad Q practice
17 18
19 20 21
Gryffindor loses to Hufflepuff, 240-230 (Ginny catches Snitch)In dream, Harry almost pushes open corridor door
22 23
March Quibbler appears, with Harry interview (OP26/578); Harry gets loads of lettersBy midmorning, ED #27 makes possession of the Quibbler an expulsion offense (OP26/581)
Before Transfiguration: Cho says sorry (apology? sympathy?), kisses Harry; Seamus changes his mindQuibbler reprints fastest-selling-ever issueHarry dreams of being Voldemort and questioning Rookwood; Avery wrongly told V Bode would be able to remove “it,” Rookwood putting V on right track
26 27 28
29 Mar 1
2 3
4 5 6
7 8
Trelawney sacked, Firenze hired (OP26/590: “a couple of weeks after his dream of Rookwood”)
9 10

First Divination lesson with Firenze, who asks Harry to warn Hagrid (a)

11 12 13
14 15
16 17
18 19 20
21 22
23 24
25 26 27
28 29
30 31
Apr 1 2 3
April 1

a Monday in April (z):


DA members learn Patronuses; that evening, they’re caught, Dumbledore is sacked, Fudge tries unsuccessfully to arrest him, Harry again feels desire to attack Dumbledore


By this a.m. (z+1): ED #28 makes DU Headmistress

Umbridge interrogates Harry with “Veritaserum”

Twins set off Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-Bangs

Harry gets into prophecy room in his dream


Last Occlumency lesson (z+2): Harry pries into Pensieve, sees Snape’s worst memory

4 5

Easter holidays begin (z+4)OP28/634. Six weeks until exams OP29/651



6 OP28OP29
18 19

Easter break ends

First Monday after Easter holidays

Harry gets career advice from McGonagall, breaks into Umbridge’s office to talk to Lupin and Sirius

Fred and George deposit their swamp and quit school

20 21 22 23 24
26 27 28 29 30 May 1 2
May 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Quidditch final: Gryffindor beats RavenclawHagrid introduces H & H to Grawp
Harry and Hermione tell Ron about Grawp
Jun 1
teachers reviewing for O.W.L.s
teachers reviewing for O.W.L.s
teachers reviewing for O.W.L.s
teachers reviewing for O.W.L.s
teachers reviewing for O.W.L.s
teachers reviewing for O.W.L.s
Harry agrees to test Hermione on Charms after lunch but regrets it

examiners arrive during dinner

Five(?) Mondays after career advice: O.W.L.s begin (b)

a.m. Charms written O.W.L.

p.m. Charms practical O.W.L.

a.m. Transfiguration written O.W.L.

p.m. Transfiguration practical O.W.L.

Herbology O.W.L. DADA O.W.L.s: written and practical No O.W.L. for Harry and Ron; Hermione has Ancient Runes (OP31) See Inconsistencies and Unknowns for more info
a.m. Potions written O.W.L.

p.m. Potions practical O.W.L.

p.m. Care of Magical Creatures practical O.W.L. a.m. Astronomy theory O.W.L.

p.m. Divination O.W.L.

11 p.m.
Astronomy practical O.W.L.

Umbridge and others go to sack Hagrid, who fights them off and runs out the front gates carrying Fang

McGonagall tries to intervene on his behalf, is Stunned and taken to St. Mungo’s

4 a.m. things finally settle down, Harry goes to bed

No exam for Harry in a.m.

2 p.m. History O.W.L.

Has vision of Sirius being tortured by V

Night-next day early a.m.: All hell breaks loose. Gets caught using Umbridge’s fire, H & H lead Umbridge into Forest to be captured by centaurs, 6 students go to MoM to rescue Sirius, etc. Sirius killed, DEs captured.

Dawn: AD and Harry return to AD’s office

Evening: Fudge acknowledges to DP that V is back

Sunday Prophet carries story of Thursday night’s events

McGonagall returns

(OP38) See Inconsistencies and Unknowns for last few days of term
  1. This Divination lesson takes place “a few days after the sacking of Prof Trelawney” (OP27/599); I’m guessing it’s Wednesday, because they have Divination on Mondays and Wednesdays and it seems unlikely that they’d have it a third time each week.
  2. We have a firm date for the Quidditch final, and some time, more than two days, seems to have elapsed between then and the first day of O.W.L.s. [At least a week, since at least one if not two weeks’ classes are held after Gryffindor/Ravenclaw conducting final reviews, accompanied by Ernie’s questions about everyone’s study habits before Herbology, Draco’s scare tactics outside Potions, and McGonagall’s anti-cheating lecture and presentation of the exam schedule to her students. Not to mention the black market in brain stimulants. – MLW] I would place the first day of exams at June 8 or 15, making the date of Dumbledore’s firing (seven weeks earlier, according to (OP29/651) April 20 or 27.

Thanks to sharp-eyed readers Barbara Werschkun*, Lauren, Cecilia Rotella, Ryann, Tracy, Alyce Gilson, Jonas Klaiber-Lodewigs, Sue Upton, Jenni, Alex Wallis, Sarah Munch, Maggie Manterola, Loobyloo, Gunilla Kåårefjäärd, Sheila, B4neone, and Danila Szabo, who contributed details and corrections to this page.  You warm our nitpicking little hearts.

*LOON (League of Obsessed Nitpickers) Member of the Month goes to Barbara for sending several pages and over a dozen carefully documented and argued points of calendar detail.


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