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The Harry Potter Canon

Ancient Egypt and Greece – 3000 BC through 100 AD

This is an era of Muggle/Wizard cooperation; many political and religious leaders were witches and wizards.

Growing distrust and prejudice – 100 – 1692 AD

Muggles begin to fear wizards. Some try to manipulate their magical bretheren for their own gain. At the same time, the wizarding community persecutes and marginalizes the goblin and house-elf populations. The Wizarding world is governed by the Wizard’s Council. 

  • Early years 100-1100
    • Founding of Hogwarts – late 900s
    • Invention of Quidditch – 1000s
  • Middle years 1100-1300
  • Crisis builds – 1300-1700
    • Establishment of the Leaky Cauldron – 1500s
    • Establishment of St Mungo’s hospital – early 1600s
    • Witch burnings and goblin uprisings – 1600s
    • International Statute of Secrecy – 1692
    • Founding of the Ministry of Magic – 1700

Era of Secrecy – 1700-1880

  • The Wizarding World is governed by the Ministry of Magic
  • Creation of the Hogwarts Express – 1835

The Modern Era – 1880-1998

  • Beginning of the Saga – 1880 – 1940
  • The Rise of Grindelwald – 1940-1945
    • Defeat of Grindelwald in the duel with Albus Dumbledore – 1945
  • Peaceful years as Tom Riddle secretly becomes Lord Voldemort – 1945-1959
  • The Rise and Fall of Lord Voldemort – 1960 – 1998
    • The First Rise of the Dark Lord/The Marauders – 1970 – 1981
    • The Interim Years – 1981 – 1990
    • The Second Rise of the Dark Lord – 1990 – 1998
      • 1991-1992 – including all of Harry’s first year (PS)
        • Voldemort returns to Britain
      • 1992-1993 – including all of Harry’s second year (CS)
      • 1993-1994 – including all of Harry’s third year (PA)
      • 1994-1995 – including all of Harry’s fourth year (GF)
        • The Triwizard Tournament
        • The rebirth of Voldemort in the Little Hangleton graveyard
      • 1995-1996 – including all of Harry’s fifth year (OP)
      • 1996-1997 – including all of Harry’s sixth year (HBP)
        • The Second War begins
      • 1997-1998 – including all of Harry’s seventh year (DH)
        • The Battle of Hogwarts and the final defeat of Voldemort

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Notes

This timeline overview of Wizarding history is compiled from many different sources. The overall tone of the various eras is evident in many references throughout the canon, particularly with regard to the rising tensions between Muggle and magical populations before 1700. The details of Voldemort's second rise to power and eventual demise are the subject of the novels. Eras are not named in the canon, but they are given titles here for sake of clarity and convenience.

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