The first week of September is a very eventful period in Hogwarts and Wizarding World history. For British witches and wizards, the date of September first brings fond memories of boarding the Hogwarts Express for the nine-hour journey to Hogwarts in Scotland. They arrive after dark.
Just for the record, sunset on the first of September in Scotland is about 8:15 pm. Allowing for a half hour of dusk, that suggests that the Hogwarts Express arrives in Hogsmeade Station around 8:45 pm. Presumably the Sorting begins around 9:30 and those poor kids don’t get to eat until almost 10pm. No wonder Mrs. Weasley packs sandwiches!
Key events of this week in history:
Students board the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station in London for the journey to Hogwarts.
They arrive after dark and travel by carriage to the castle. First Years travel by boat across the Lake, accompanied by the Gamekeeper.
1992 – Unbeknownst to them, Harry and Ron are blocked from getting to Platform 9 and 3/4 by Dobby. They fly Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia to Scotland where they crash into the Whomping Willow. The car goes wild in the Forbidden Forest.
1994 – Mad-Eye Moody is defeated in an early-morning duel with Barty Crouch Jr., who then impersonates Moody to teach at Hogwarts for the year. That evening, at the Welcoming Feast, the Triwizard Tournament is announced. Oh, and Dennis Creevey falls into the Lake and is rescued by the Giant Squid.
1995 – Sturgis Podmore is arrested while keeping watch over the Department of Mysteries.
1996 – Slug Club meets aboard the Hogwarts Express.
1997 – Snape begins his tenure as Hogwarts Headmaster.
Classes begin at Hogwarts. Schedules are handed out at breakfast.
1992 – Lockhart releases Cornish Pixies in his classroom.
1993 – Draco Malfoy is injured by Buckbeak.
1994 – Draco Mafloy is turned into a ferret by Mad-Eye Moody.
1996 – Harry receives the Half-Blood Prince’s old potions book.
1991 – Harry has his first Potions class in the morning and Snape gives his infamous “I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach” speech. In the afternoon, he and Ron visit Hagrid.
1995 – Detention with Umbridge forces Harry to miss the Gryffindor Quidditch Team’s Keeper tryouts.
1996 – Harry has his first private lesson with Dumbledore where he views memories of Bob Ogden visiting the Gaunt family.