The wizarding world that we know today developed over centuries of interaction with the Muggle world, starting as allies and friends and over the years withdrawing under suspicion and persecution. Many, many events make up this vast tapestry of history, but here in this timeline you will find the most important, the most influential, and in some ways the most colorful of all those events. (This timeline is being curated by the Lexicon editors and will be filled over the next weeks with the events they consider important in Wizarding history. Check back as it grows!)

Growing distrust on the part of Muggles for wizards and witches compels the four greatest witches and wizards of the age – Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin – to found Hogwarts. Ravenclaw is said to have dreamed of a warty hog leading her to a particular cliff… Read More
Helena, the daughter of Hogwarts founder Rowena Ravenclaw, stole her mother’s diadem and ran off to Albania. Her mother became deathly ill soon after and sent Helena’s estranged fiance, a baron, to find her and bring her back (DH31). Read More
Gertie Keddle, living near Queerditch Marsh, writes about some local witches and wizards playing a new game on broomsticks; over the next few centuries this game evolves into Quidditch (QA3). Read More
Growing friction between Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin erupts into violence, with the result that Slytherin leaves Hogwarts after creating the Chamber of Secrets. He places a basilisk within the Chamber, someday to be released to finish his “noble work” of ridding the castle of those he considered to be… Read More
At a Quidditch match, Chief Barberus Bragge of the Wizards’ Council releases a Golden Snidget and offers 150 Galleons to whichever player catches it first; this eventually proves so popular that a new position is added to Quidditch teams, the “Hunter,” whose sole task is to catch a Golden Snidget… Read More
The tradition begins with the three European Wizarding schools: Beauxbatons Academy, Durmstrang Institute, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It will continue off and on for many centuries. Read More
As the magical world separates itself more and more from Muggle society, Muggles are particularly afraid of magic but not very good at recognizing it, leading to persecution of suspected witches. Wendelin the Weird is burned at the stake 47 times in various disguises (using a Flame-Freezing Charm to protect… Read More
This first Quidditch World Cup game to be played has gone down in history as one of the most violent of all time, as it involved every one of the 700 ways to commit a Quidditch foul. The final match pitted Transylvania against Flanders (QA6). Read More
Sir Nicholas inadvertently caused the teeth of a noblewoman to grow to the size of tusks with a misfiring spell. His penalty was beheading, but the execution was botched, leaving the head attached by only a small amount of skin and sinew. Sir Nicholas died but became a ghost rather… Read More
Daisy Dodderidge founded the Leaky Cauldron along what was then a country lane outside of London as a connection between the Muggle and Wizarding world. The back alley of the pub eventually became a magical gateway into Diagon Alley. Over the centuries, the Leaky Cauldron became enfolded into the ever-expanding… Read More
Isolt Sayre makes the journey to America under the guise of a young Muggle man named Elias Story. Once on land, she leaves the puritan pilgrams behind, afraid of persecution, and goes to live in the mountains (Pm). Read More
Ilvermorny was started in the stone house on Mount Greylock in Massachusetts by witch Isolt Sayre and No-Maj James Steward as a way of educating their magical adopted boys Chadwick and Webster Boot (Pm). As word spread, they were soon joined by… Read More
Tragic trials and convictions of witches and wizards in North America by Puritans who believed that magic was the devil possessing the accused person. Many of the accused were actually magical, although some were merely unfortunate No-Majs. At least two Judges were known Scourers (Pm:History of Magic in North America). Read More
A summit meeting of the International Confederation of Wizards takes place. The discussion about magical creatures lasts seven weeks and includes delegations of goblins, centaurs, and merpeople. The result of this summit is the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, which effectively hid the Wizarding community away from the Muggles (Pm). Read More
In 1693 after the International Statute of Secrecy was passed, American witches and wizards set up their own government known as the Magical Congress of the United States. This underground government totally separate from the No-Maj included representatives from magical groups all over North America, and was set up in… Read More
The Ministry is formed as part of the massive transition in the Wizarding world which followed the passage of the International Statute of Secrecy in 1692. UIick Gamp is chosen to be the first Minister for Magic. The initial task of the Ministry, led by Gamp, was calming… Read More
Barebone was a descendant of Scourers who believed that all witches and wizards should be killed. He befriends a gullible young witch named Dorcus Twelvetrees, plies her with seemingly innocent questions, then steals her wand and publishes the locations of both Ilvermorny and MACUSA headquarters. Dorcus serves a year in… Read More
Logistical difficulties plague efforts to get students to and from Hogwarts while adhering to the Statute of Secrecy. Minister for Magic Ottaline Gambol, who appreciates Muggle innovation, comes up with the idea of using a steam engine. The exact origin of the Hogwarts Express is uncertain, but it is rumoured… Read More
The Ministry of Magic made a decision to leave full control of Gringotts Wizarding Bank in the hands of Goblins. It remained so until a partial takeover by the Death Eaters when Voldemort took control of the Ministry in 1997 (JKR-W3)… Read More
Albus Dumbledore, one of the greatest wizards of the modern era, is born to Kendra and Percival Dumbledore in the village of Mould-on-the-Wold (DH2, DH11). Read More
Newt grows up to be a famous Magizoologist and author of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More
Newt Scamander leaves Hogwarts under a cloud, having been accused of endangering students. Albus Dumbledore, then a teacher at Hogwarts, argued against his expulsion (WFT). Soon after, Newt begins working for the Ministry of Magic (FB). Read More
World War I was a vast military conflict fought between the Allies, a group of nations including Britain, France, and the United States, and the Central Powers, which consisted principally of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The war originated in Europe due to a web of alliances and treaties which drew in… Read More
Picquery is an extremely competent and accomplished witch who guides the United States magical community through the difficult years of the rise of Grindelwald and the catastrophic attacks of the Obscurial in New York City in 1926. She leaves office in 1928 (WFT, Pm). Read More
c. December 1925 –  Merope Gaunt, besotted as she is with the handsome Muggle who rides his horse near her miserable hovel, somehow hoodwinks him into marrying her. Most likely, she does so by giving him a love potion. Read More
Merope Gaunt arrives at the orphanage in the evening, destitute and near death. She had no will to live and has forsworn magic after being abandoned by her Muggle husband, Tom Riddle, whom she had tricked into wedlock with a love potion. Shortly after arriving, she gives birth to a boy… Read More
He is born in a Muggle orphanage to a witch mother, Merope Gaunt, and Muggle father, Tom Riddle. His mother Merope dies an hour later, living just long enough to name her son after his father, Tom, and her father, Marvolo Gaunt (HBP13). She is nineteen years old. The older… Read More
Eight years after the book was commissioned and Newt Scamander started travelling the world in search of magical creatures, Obscurus Books publishes the guide. Fifty-two editions of the book have now been published as of the late 1990s, and it has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts since its original… Read More
Although the book is published anonymously, the author is widely believed to be Cantankerus Nott. The book sparks controversy in the wizarding community when it specifies the so-called “Sacred Twenty-Eight,” a list of the most “pure” of the pure-blood families. Read More
On a summer visit to the seashore with the children from the orphanage, Tom Riddle coerces two of the other kids, Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop, to go with him into a cave. The two other children, according to Mrs. Cole, were never the same after. Tom said only that… Read More
August, 1938: After charming the skeptical matron with magic, manners, and gin, Dumbledore meets Riddle in his room and reveals that the boy is a wizard and invites him to Hogwarts. Tom Riddle proves himself to be a bossy, hostile, independent, and calculating child who terrifies and torments the other… Read More
He first visits his uncle, Morfin Gaunt, and uses magic to steal Marvolo’s ring and frame Morfin for the murders of the Muggles in the Riddle house. Tom uses the murders to create his first Horcrux, the ring. The next day, Morfin is taken to Azkaban, where he remains until his… Read More
Myrtle Warren is being teased by Olive Hornby and flees into a second floor bathroom to sulk. She hears a male voice — that of Tom Riddle opening the Chamber of Secrets — and steps out to tell him off for being in the girls’ bathroom. Instead she comes face… Read More
Hagrid is expelled after being accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets and releasing a monster who killed Myrtle Warren. He was framed for this by Tom Riddle, who saw Hagrid as an easy target for persecution, being oversized and clumsy and unusually fond of dangerous creatures. Tom confronted Hagrid,… Read More
The threat posed by Grindelwald and his plans for world domination become so dire that the Wizarding world clamors for Dumbledore to intervene. It is only when he has no choice that Dumbledore finally confronts his old friend in an epic duel. In the end, Dumbledore wins the duel and takes… Read More
After the death of Hepzibah Smith, Riddle vanishes for ten years. He travels far and wide, sinking deeply into the Dark Arts, consorting with the very worst of wizard-kind. He undergoes so many dangerous, magical transformations that when he resurfaces years later as Lord Voldemort, he is barely recognizable. Read More
Greyback attacks Remus in revenge for Lyall’s unguarded comments that werewolves are “soulless, evil, deserving nothing but death.” Shortly before Remus’s fifth birthday, the tenth of March, Greyback breaks into Remus’s bedroom and bites him. Lyall arrives in time to drive Greyback away, but the damage was done. Read More
Ten years after the death of Hepzibah Smith, Voldemort returns to Hogwarts, ostensibly to ask Dumbledore for a teaching job. Dumbledore refuses. Voldemort then curses the Defence Against the Dark Arts position, and since that day, no professor has stayed for more than one year in that post. Voldemort’s true purpose… Read More
Lord Voldemort sets up a meeting with the recently-appointed Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, to ask for the Defense Against the Darks Arts position at Hogwarts. However, Dumbledore pointed out that Voldemort was certainly aware that the headmaster would never have offered that position to him and asked what his true purpose… Read More
Tom Riddle had wheedled the location of the Horcrux from the Grey Lady while a student at Hogwarts. At some point after leaving school, he traveled to Albania, retrieved the diadem, and used the murder of an Albanian peasant to turn the diadem into a Horcrux (DH31). Read More
In the late sixties, civic unrest in the Wizarding community took the form of pure-blood riots in response to Squib Rights marches (Pm, JKR-W3). It is likely that Idris Oakby, the famous campaigner for squib rights, would have been involved in some way. She would have been nearly 100 years old… Read More
The pure-blood riots were in response to Squib Rights marches in the late 1960s. The crisis was handled well by newly-appointed Minister for Magic Eugenia Jenkins. Read More
The tree is magically enchanted to protect what is concealed in its roots: the entrance to a secret passage to the Shrieking Shack. It is planted so that when Lupin arrives as a student, he can be taken by Madam Pomfey to the Shrieking Shack once a month when he… Read More
Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Lily Evans, and Severus Snape start their first year at Hogwarts; all are sorted into Gryffindor except Snape, who is made a Slytherin (DH33). Read More
He subsequently goes to live with James Potter and his parents, who treat Sirius as a second son. The Black family disowns Sirius and removes him from the family tree. Read More
Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, and James Potter explore the castle and grounds in their Animagus forms and learn more about the secrets of the place than anyone, even Filch. They then create the Marauder’s Map, signing it with their nicknames: Moony (Lupin), Wormtail (Pettigrew), Padfoot (Sirius), and Prongs… Read More
Voldemort announces that he requires the services of a house-elf. Regulus Black volunteers Kreacher, the old house-elf who serves his family in Grimmauld Place, ordering him to do whatever the Dark Lord demands, then to come home. Voldemort takes Kreacher to the sea cave where he has prepared an island… Read More
In 1979, Voldemort demanded the use of a house-elf, and Regulus sent Kreacher, a family elf that he was very fond of. However, the elf was left behind to die by Voldemort on the secret island in the sea cave where he’d hidden the locket Horcrux. Regulus had commanded Kreacher… Read More
His apprehension is followed shortly thereafter by that of Antonin Dolohov, who had worked with Karkaroff when they were both Death Eaters. It had taken Moody six months to track him down. Read More
When Dumbledore met at the Hog’s Head with Sybill Trelawney as a “courtesy” to interview her for the post of Divination Professor, she suddenly launched into a real prophecy about a child with the ability to vanquish the Dark Lord. (OP37) Lurking outside the door and listening at the… Read More
Dumbledore meets her at the Hog’s Head about taking the position, although he is disinclined to continue offering Divination at all. Trelawney then makes a prophecy about a baby who will be born at the end of July, a baby who will be able to defeat the Dark Lord –… Read More
Ron Weasley is born, the sixth child (and sixth son) of Molly and Arthur Weasley of The Burrow, near Ottery St. Catchpole. Read More
Harry James Potter was born to James Potter and Lily Evans Potter. His birth appeared to fulfill a prophecy given months before by Sybill Trelawney. This prophecy would be the impetus for many events, including the death of James and Lily 18 months later. Sadly, James’ parents, Fleamont and Euphemia Potter,… Read More
Death Eater Severus Snape sent a message to Albus Dumbledore to meet him on a lonely windswept hilltop in late 1980 so he could warn him that Lily Evans Potter and her child were in danger of being attacked by Voldemort (DH33). When the Headmaster arrived he found a… Read More
Ginny is the youngest child of Arthur and Molly Weasley, the first girl born in seven generations (JKR). Read More
Voldemort attempts to kill Harry Potter after murdering his parents, but the spell rebounds onto Voldemort. Harry is left alive with a scar on his forehead that hides an accidental Horcrux made of Voldemort’s shattered soul. Voldemort, nearly dead and without physical form, retreats into the forests of Albania where… Read More
After the night James and Lily Potter are killed and Voldemort disappears, Peter Pettigrew fakes his own death in a busy Muggle street. All the Ministry can find of Pettigrew is one finger. To throw them off his trail, Pettigrew had cut off his right index finger before transfiguring into his… Read More
At his trial, Bagman admits having passed information to Augustus Rookwood, but claims that he didn’t realize that Rookwood was working for Voldemort. Mad-Eye Moody, for one, has no trouble believing Bagman had been foolish rather than deliberately treacherous. Barty Crouch, Sr. thinks that Bagman should be sent to Azkaban, but the… Read More
A group of Death Eaters — Bellatrix Lestrange, her husband Rodolphus, and Rodolphus’s brother Rabastan, along with Barty Crouch Jr. (although this is never explicitly confirmed) — torture Frank Longbottom with the Cruciatus Curse in the belief that he knows the whereabouts of Voldemort after the… Read More
Harry receives his first letter from Hogwarts, which Uncle Vernon burns. After he boards up the letter box, letters begin to appear rolled up inside eggs and down the chimney. Read More
Harry and Hagrid visit Diagon Alley. Harry realizes how famous he is when he is recognized at the Leaky Cauldron. At Gringotts, Harry learns of his parents’ fortune and Hagrid retrieves the Philosopher’s Stone. Harry meets Draco Malfoy for the first time at Madame Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. Harry… Read More
Harry catches the Hogwarts Express at 11 am at King’s Cross Station, where he is helped by Molly Weasley and encounters several members of the Weasley family. He and his fellow students then travel until evening to Hogwarts. Harry properly meets Ron Weasley and they share a compartment; he and Ron immediately… Read More
Classes begin at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Harry and Ron get into trouble with Filch when they get lost. He assumes they’re trying to break into the forbidden third floor corridor. Read More
Madam Hooch instructs the First Years, who use approximately twenty of the school’s sub-par brooms. Neville injures himself on his broom, and Madam Hooch escorts him to the Hospital Wing. While the class is thus unsupervised, Harry and Draco fight it out on brooms over Neville’s Remembrall, which Draco took. Read More
Draco challenges Harry to a duel the evening of their first flying lesson. Draco suggests midnight in the Trophy Room. In reality, Draco is setting Harry up to be caught out of bed after hours and has no intention of dueling anyone. Harry, with Ron in tow as his second,… Read More
When Professor McGonagall saw Harry fly for the first time, she knew he would be a natural Seeker for the Gryffindor team. On the day of his first practice with Gryffindor Captain Oliver Wood, a brand new Nimbus 2000 arrives for Harry, courtesy of McGonagall. It is accompanied by a… Read More
September 19, 1991 — Harry brings his new Nimbus 2000 broom to the Quidditch pitch as 7 pm. While waiting for Gyffindor Quidditch Captain Oliver Wood to show up, Harry flies around the goal posts, reveling in the responsiveness of the broom. When Wood arrives, he complements Harry’s flying, then… Read More
The feast is interrupted by a Mountain Troll who almost kills Hermione Granger; she is saved by Harry and Ron, after which they become friends. Meanwhile, Quirrell, who let the troll in, heads for the Philosopher’s Stone – but is stopped by Snape. Read More
For this important Gryffindor v Slytherin Quidditch match – Harry Potter’s first ever, Harry’s friends in the audience support him with a banner reading “Potter for President” and cheer him on. From the stands, Professor Quirrell tries to knock Harry off his broom with magic during the… Read More
Among his Christmas gifts, Harry is astonished to receive is an Invisibility Cloak with an anonymous notes informing Harry that it had belonged to his father, and the admonition to “Use it well” (PS12). Read More
Harry’s first Christmas dinner at Hogwarts is a memorable affair, involving mountains of delicious food, Dumbledore wearing a bonnet, magical Christmas crackers, and the rare vision of tipsy Hagrid kissing the cheek of a blushing McGonagall (PS12). Read More
After Christmas dinner, Ron immediately falls asleep and Harry decides to use his father’s Invisibility Cloak to explore the castle. Under the cloak, he sneaks past the Fat Lady and then decides to go research Nicolas Flamel in the library’s Restricted Section. The library is very dark and the Restricted… Read More
Harry slips into an unused classroom to avoid being caught out of bed by Filch and Snape. Inside the classroom is a tall, ornate mirror. When Harry looks in it, he sees his parents and generations of his family. Harry remains transfixed by what he sees until a noise startles… Read More
Dumbledore explains what the Mirror does —  that it shows the deepest desire of a person’s heart — and warns of the danger of losing oneself in the dream it presents. He informs Harry that the Mirror will no longer be found in that disused classroom. Read More
Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive just in time to see the baby Norwegian Ridgeback emerge from its egg. The baby dragon sneezes some sparks and almost bites Hagrid (who is delighted). Then everyone realises that Draco Malfoy has witnessed the event through a window. (PS14)… Read More
Using the invisibility cloak, Harry and Hermione sneak Norbert up to the top of the astronomy tower, where Charlie’s friends successfully attach Norbert’s crate to their brooms and fly away with the dragon without being caught. Unfortunately, Harry and Hermione forget the invisibility cloak at the top of the tower are… Read More
With Hagrid supervising, they track down a dead unicorn. Harry encounters Voldemort for the first time in the form of a hooded figure drinking unicorn blood. Read More
After finding out that Dumbledore is gone from Hogwarts, and being unable to convince McGonagall of any danger, the trio decide to go through the trap door themselves to protect the Stone.  Neville tries to stop them in a show of bravery only to be hit with a Full-Body Bind… Read More
Going on alone from the potions room, Harry finds Professor Quirrell and the Mirror of Erised in the next chamber. Harry is shocked to find that Quirrell (and not Snape) has been trying to kill him and get the Philosopher’s Stone. Quirrell tries to use the Mirror of Erised to… Read More
Harry finally wakes up in the Hospital Wing days after his faceoff with Quirrell. Dumbledore fills in some of the ambiguities that still remained for Harry and his friends after all they discovered. Following his talk with Professor Dumbledore, Harry is released from the Hospital Wing and allowed to attend… Read More
The Flamels live for over six hundred years thanks to Nicolas having created the Philosopher’s Stone. After Lord Voldemort tries to get the Philosopher’s Stone, it is decided that the Stone should be destroyed. The Flamels use the last of the Elixir of Life to stay alive long enough to… Read More
Dobby appears in Harry’s bedroom and tells Harry that his life will be in danger if he returns to Hogwarts for his second year. Between his excitement about meeting Harry, his sense of urgency in his mission to warn him, his astonishment at Harry’s kindness, and his guilt and fear… Read More
Ron, Fred, and George wake Harry up in the middle of the night to take him to the Burrow. They use Mr. Weasley’s flying car to pull the bars off the window, and then they help Harry get his belongings and load them into the car. They manage to do… Read More
Using Floo powder for the first time, Harry fails to follow all the instructions he’s given by the Weasleys and ends up one fireplace off. It happens to be the fireplace in Borgin and Burkes, a shop in Knockturn Alley selling all manner of dark magic items. He barely hides… Read More
Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys visit Flourish and Blotts to buy school books. There they discover that Gilderoy Lockhart is signing his new book, Magical Me. When Lockhart spots Harry, he drags the boy up in front of the camera with him and announces the crowd that he will be… Read More
When they crash into the barrier between platforms nine and ten (and Hedwig makes a noisy fuss about it), Harry and Ron attract the attention of Muggles at King’s Cross. Unable to follow the rest of the Weasleys to platform nine and three quarters, Ron and Harry miss the Hogwarts… Read More
This time the Chamber is opened by Ginny Weasley, under the influence of Tom Riddle, by means of his diary. Harry first hears the voice of the Basilisk during his detention with Lockhart. Read More
Harry is discovered at the scene of the crime, and students start suspecting him to be the heir of Salazar Slytherin. Harry and his friends, meanwhile, begin to suspect Draco Malfoy. Read More
In a Quidditch match against the Slytherin Quidditch Team, a rogue Bludger breaks Harry’s arm. During the game one Bludger persistently followed his every move, making it impossible for Harry to look for the Snitch or for Gryffindor’s Beaters to protect their Chasers (CS10). Determined to outfly… Read More
Harry is in the Hospital Wing regrowing all the bones in his arm and hears them bring in Colin in the middle of the night. The next morning, Ron and Hermione start working on brewing Polyjuice Potion (CS10). Read More
Harry unwittingly uses Parseltongue to talk to a snake in front of the whole school; the Hufflepuffs in particular are now entirely convinced he’s the heir of Salazar Slytherin. There is a huge turnout for the first and only meeting of Lockhart’s duelling club. Snape is also there to help… Read More
While searching for Justin so he can explain his actions of the previous night’s dueling club Harry overhears a group of Hufflepuffs gossiping about him. He confronts them, but leaves abruptly in fury, causing him to blunder through the castle unfocused.  Hurrying through a dark corridor Harry trips over a… Read More
Crabbe and Goyle are drugged (by some Sleeping Draught that Hermione puts in some chocolate cakes) and have their hair stolen by Harry and Ron. They add their hairs to the potion and drink it in the bathroom. Disguised as Crabbe and Goyle, Ron and Harry quiz Draco Malfoy and… Read More
Lockhart takes it upon himself to whip up a celebration; Harry receives an anonymous singing valentine. That night, Harry learns how to work Riddle’s diary and travels into his memory, which convinces Harry that Hagrid had opened the Chamber of Secrets. Read More
The Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff Quidditch game, to determine the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup, is cancelled abruptly by Professor McGonagall. She takes Ron Weasley and Harry Potter to the Hospital Wing where they find that Hermione Granger and Penelope Clearwater are the latest victims to be… Read More
Harry and Ron follow the spiders, stopping at Hagrid’s hut to get Fang to go with them before entering the forest. Deep in the dark, thick forest, they come across Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia, which appears to have gained some degree of sentience and free will since it crashed into… Read More
Harry and Ron have just figured out what the monster was and where to find the Chamber of Secrets. They run to the staff room but no one is there. A few moments later an emergency staff meeting is called and Harry suggests that they hide in the wardrobe to hear what’s going on… Read More
Harry, Ron, and Professor Lockhart open the entrance to the underground Chamber. Along the way, Lockhart uses Ron’s broken wand and blasts himself with permanent Memory Spell damage and bringing down a section of the ceiling. Harry, cut off from the others, proceeds to the Chamber on his own where… Read More
Harry kills the Basilisk and uses its fang to destroy the diary, therefore destroying Riddle and saving Ginny’s life. Gilderoy Lockhart’s memory is destroyed when he attempts to Obliviate Ron and Harry and get out of the Chamber. Later that night, the Petrified people are restored using Mandrake Draught. Read More
He is freed when Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into throwing him a sock (CS18). Read More
Marge insults Harry’s father, and Harry’s deep anger leads to uncontrolled magic. Marge inflates like a balloon and floats up to the ceiling. Knowing he’s in trouble with the Dursleys for blowing up Marge and believing he’s expelled from Hogwarts for performing magic outside of school, Harry grabs his school… Read More
He does his homework out in the open, eats free ice creams, picks up his books, and repeatedly stops by Quality Quidditch Supplies to admire the Firebolt. (PA3)… Read More
She buys him at the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley, using the ten galleons her parents gave her for an early birthday present. The witch in the shop said that Crookshanks had been there for ages, that nobody wanted him. Read More
In Hagrid’s first Care of Magical Creatures lesson, Harry approaches, bows, and wins the trust of the hippogriff Buckbeak. Draco, on the other hand, taunts the creature, which promptly retaliates with very sharp claws. Read More
Lupin, who believed that practical experiences were the best way to teach, brought his class of Third Years to the staff room where a Boggart had taken up residence in the wardrobe. The Boggart tried to scare a number of kids in the class, beginning with a very nervous Neville… Read More
Everyone thinks Sirius Black wants to kill Harry. Dumbledore sends all of the students to sleep in the Great Hall overnight so that the teachers and staff can search the school. Snape thinks Lupin is helping Sirius sneak into the castle. Read More
The Gryffindor Quidditch Team loses to Hufflepuff when Dementors invade the pitch. The effect of their presence causes Harry Potter to fall off his broom, and Cedric Diggory grabs the Snitch. Harry’s Nimbus 2000 is blown into the Whomping Willow and smashed to bits… Read More
Fred and George know that Harry desperately wants to go to Hogsmeade but he is not allowed because escaped convict Sirius Black is on the loose and the castle is surrounded by Dementors. So they decide to give him the Marauder’s Map, which they discovered in Filch’s filing cabinet under… Read More
Harry wakes up on Christmas morning in 1993 to a pile of presents at the foot of his bed. Among them is a long thin box with no note attached. When Harry opens it a brand new Firebolt rolls out of the wrappings.  Harry and Ron are in shock. They… Read More
Tonks completes her three years of training and qualifies as an Auror. As a Metamorphmagus, she excelled at Concealment and Disguise training, but she noted that her natural clumsiness made Stealth difficult (OP3). Read More
The Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures considers the fate of the Hippogriff and sentences him to death. Read More
In this match, the Slytherin team members resort to dirty tactics to try and beat Gryffindor’s team in the last Quidditch match of the year. However, in spite of Slytherin’s efforts to foul and cheat, Harry Potter catches the Snitch and Gryffindor wins the Quidditch… Read More
Harry and Hermione lead the hippogriff away while the execution party – an elderly member of the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, Walden Macnair (the executioner), Dumbledore, and Hagrid – is busy inside Hagrid’s hut. Prompted by Dumbledore, Harry and Hermione used Hermione’s Time-Turner to return to the time… Read More
Frank, the elderly caretaker, investigates intruders in the Riddle House. He is killed by Voldemort in an upstairs room. Harry Potter, two hundred miles away in Little Whinging, wakes up with his scar hurting after seeing this event in a dream (GF1). Read More
The game is brutal and so fast-paced that Ludo Bagman’s commentary can barely keep up. The Bulgarian National Team’s young seeker, Viktor Krum, uses his excellent flying skills to catch the Snitch, doing so despite his team being down more than 150 in order to avoid further humiliation at the… Read More
Sometime after the end of the Quidditch World Cup final, the carousing in the campground turns malicious. A crowd of Death Eaters magically hoists the Muggle Roberts family high into the air and tosses them about. Other witches and wizards, perhaps drunk or merely overcome by a mob mentality, happily… Read More
Hermione is outraged by the treatment of house-elves in the Wizarding World, so she starts an organization called the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare or S.P.E.W. It doesn’t exactly catch on with her classmates. Read More
After the Halloween feast is over, the venerable Goblet of Fire is brought forward. One by one, the names of the chosen champions fly out of the Goblet. They are Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory, and, to everyone’s surprise, Harry Potter. Read More
The champions take it in turn to try to steal a golden egg from the clutches of a different kind of dragon. Harry summons his broom to help him get the egg from his dragon a Hungarian Horntail, and he completes the task in the shortest amount of time. Before… Read More
Professor Dumbledore agrees to let the dismissed house-elves Dobby and Winky work at Hogwarts, and even agrees to pay Dobby. Dobby is thrilled with his new situation, but Winky is deeply ashamed of being a free house-elf (GF21). Dumbledore originally offered Dobby ten Galleons a week plus time off,… Read More
All the students, including the visiting contingents from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, attend the Yule Ball as part of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament celebrations. Harry and Ron don’t have much fun – Harry spends the night jealous of Cedric, who brought Cho Chang, and Ron spends it jealous of Viktor Krum,… Read More
Barty Crouch Sr. is found staggering out of the forest on the Hogwarts grounds, acting like a madman. Harry leaves him with Krum while going for help, but on return Crouch is gone and Krum’s unconscious body is discovered. On subsequent search, Crouch cannot be located. Read More
The third task is a maze of 20 foot high hedges on the quidditch pitch, with the Triwizard cup placed in the center. The first to reach it will be the winner of the Triwizard tournament. Hagrid and Professors McGonagall, Moody and Flitwick are dispatched as patrollers around the edge… Read More
When two boys instead of just one — Harry — arrive with the Portkey from the middle of the Triwizard maze, Voldemort callously orders Wormtail to to “kill the spare.” Cedric dies in a flash of green light. Read More
As Voldemort and Harry duel in front of the Death Eaters, the twin phoenix feather cores of their wands create a “Reverse Spell Effect” known as Priori Incantatem, and shades of Voldemort’s previous victims come out of his yew wand and protect Harry, including… Read More
Two Dementors attack Harry and Dudley in an alley in Little Whinging. The Dementors show up just as Harry is frightening Dudley by pretending to perform magic. The Dementors, we find out later, had been sent by Dolores Umbridge (OP32). After Harry saves his cousin and himself (he successfully conjures… Read More
The Dursleys depart for what they believe to be the prize-giving of the All-England Best Kept Suburban Lawn Competition. The Advance Guard — “Mad-Eye” Moody, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, and Hestia Jones — arrive at number four, Privet Drive to… Read More
Harry attends his hearing for underage magic in front of a Muggle in defending himself and Dudley from Dementors. Fudge continues to disbelieve him about Voldemort’s return, and Dumbledore arrives to assist Harry. Mrs. Figg testifies and Harry is cleared of all charges.He sees the Department of Mysteries corridor in… Read More
Ron confronts Cho Chang about the Tutshill Tornados, after which Hermione tells him off (OP12). From this point on, Hermione tends to drag Ron out of the way when Cho wants to talk with Harry. Harry is given a week’s worth of detentions by Umbridge and a biscuit by… Read More
Hermione invites interested students to the Hog’s Head, and twenty-eight people show up. In the dirty, seedy Hog’s Head pub, where many of the more typical patrons keep their faces covered, students gather who are interested in going around Umbridge and learning more than just theory of Defense Against… Read More
The Gryffindor and Slytherin Quidditch teams play their first match of the 1995-96 season. Ravenclaw Luna Lovegood has constructed a roaring Lion Hat to show her support for Gryffindor. The Slytherin supporters have invented a song, “Weasley is Our King“, to unnerve Keeper Ron Weasley. Ron, who… Read More
After the last DA lesson before Christmas, Cho Chang remains behind in the Room of Requirement with Harry. They talk about the DA and about Cedric’s death, she starts to cry, then they kiss. Later, in the common room, Harry describes the experience as “wet.”… Read More
As a member of the Order of the Phoenix, Mr. Weasley takes a turn standing guard at the Department of Mysteries. Harry sees the snake attack in a dream (OP21). Harry brings his vision to Dumbledore’s attention, and other members of the Order rush to save Mr. Weasley and… Read More
Since only a few are allowed in to visit Mr. Weasley at a time, the others wander the hospital. On another floor, Harry, Ron, and Hermione encounter Lockhart, still suffering from the memory charm gone wrong, and, to their surprise, Neville, who is visiting his parents with his Gran. Read More
Because of Harry’s vision before Christmas, (involving Mr Weasley being attacked by Nagini) Dumbledore decides that Harry should start taking Occlumency lessons with Snape so that he will be able to close his mind against the Dark Lord. The sessions take place in Snape’s office once a week, and Snape… Read More
Harry Potter has his first date with Cho Chang. They have coffee at Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop and Harry’s tactlessness causes a misunderstanding. Harry then meets Hermione at the Three Broomsticks where he finds her sitting with Rita Skeeter and Luna. Harry agrees to be… Read More
Marietta Edgecombe squeals on the D.A. to Umbridge. Rather than let Harry get expelled, Dumbledore takes the fall instead and is removed from Hogwarts. Unwilling to “go quietly,” he instead makes a dramatic escape. Read More
When the D.A. is caught at practice, Dumbledore takes the blame and leaves the school. By order of her own Educational Decree 28, Hogwarts High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge becomes the Headmistress. Unhappy with this development, the students soon revolt (OP28). Read More
As they stand ready to leave Hogwarts, flying off into the sunset on their brooms, they announce to the awed crowd of students: “If anyone fancies buying a Portable Swamp, as demonstrated upstairs, come to number ninety-three, Diagon Alley – Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes. Our new premises!” Fred and George Weasley worked for… Read More
The twins are caught by Filch turning a Hogwarts corridor into a swamp. Umbridge tells them that they’re going to find out what happens to wrongdoers at Hogwarts, to which they reply “No, I don’t think we will.” They Accio their brooms from her office and fly off into the… Read More
On the evening of June 20, 1996, a running battle is fought between members of the D.A. led by Harry Potter, a group of Death Eaters led by Lucius Malfoy, and members of the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius Black is killed and many others are wounded (OP35). When… Read More
Snape and Narcissa take the vow together, with Bellatrix serving as Bonder. Snape agrees to help Draco with his task and to finish it for him if Draco fails (HBP2). Read More
It’s a busy two weeks: When Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge refuses to step aside for Voldemort, the Brockdale Bridge is destroyed, killing dozens of Muggles. Amelia Bones, Head of Magical Law Enforcement, and Emmeline Vance, a member of the Order of the Phoenix, are murdered – the former by… Read More
July 13, 1996, just after midnight – En route to the Burrow from Privet Drive, Dumbledore takes Harry to call on Horace Slughorn – who, in trying to evade the Death Eaters, possible employers, and anyone who would make him do work or associate himself with one side over another in… Read More
There they meet up with Hagrid, have a run-in with Draco and Narcissa Malfoy in Madam Malkin’s, visit Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and follow Draco to Borgin and Burkes, where they overhear him threatening Mr. Borgin. Read More
On the train, Harry sits with Neville and Luna until Slughorn invites him to tea. Then Harry endures hours of boring conversation with Slughorn and Hogwarts students with important connections (HBP7). Read More
After a morning of tryouts, team captain Harry Potter had selected most of the Gryffindor quidditch team for 1996: Chasers Katie Bell, Demelza Robbins, and Ginny Weasley; Beaters Jimmy Peakes and Ritchie Coote. During the final tryout, for Keeper, Ron saved five and Cormac McLaggen saved only four, due to the… Read More
The Gryffindor team wins against Slytherin in their first Quidditch match of the 1996-97 school year. This was largely thanks to Harry, who pretended to give the Felix Felicis potion to Ron Weasley before the game to bolster his confidence (HBP14). After the game, Ron… Read More
He has spent most of the school year trying to repair the cabinet in the Room of Requirement, a cabinet which had trapped Montague for several weeks during the 1992-1993 school year. The companion cabinet was located in Borgin and Burkes, and it was through there that the Death Eaters traveled… Read More
While Dumbledore is away, a gang of Death Eaters, led by Draco Malfoy, sneaks into Hogwarts through the vanishing cabinet in the Room of Requirement. They battle the Order of the Phoenix, and when Dumbledore and Harry return, Dumbledore freezes Harry as Draco arrives to Disarm Dumbledore (HBP27). After a… Read More
During the Battle of the Tower in June of 1997, Bill Weasley is attacked by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. It is not the full moon, so the wounds do not lead to full-blown lycanthropy, but Bill’s face is terribly scarred and he develops a yen for raw meat (HBP29)… Read More
Lured to the Astronomy Tower by the Dark Mark above it upon his and Harry’s return from the sea cave, Dumbledore encounters Draco Malfoy. Dumbledore immobilizes Harry, who is hidden under his invisibility cloak. Draco says he will kills Dumbledore, but keeps stalling. Draco and Dumbledore discuss Draco’s efforts to… Read More
With Dumbledore’s death, McGonagall, the Deputy Headmistress, takes over as Head. Unlike what happened when Umbridge became Head the previous year, the Head’s office allowed McGonagall to enter. Her first duty was to arrange for Dumbledore’s funeral, for which she solicited advice not only from the Heads of Houses but… Read More
Mundungus Fletcher admits to having stripped 12 Grimmauld Place of its valuables sometime after Albus Dumbledore’s death. While trying to sell them in Diagon Alley, Mundungus was approached by Dolores Umbridge, who asked to see his Ministry sales permit. Instead of landing him with a… Read More
There was no way that Hermione and Ron were going to let Harry go Horcrux hunting alone. So they had to prepare. Hermione started to research, as she does, spells and potions that she thought they would need. One of those spells helped her create her purple beaded bag with… Read More
The Battle of the Seven Potters is an aerial battle over southern England fought on the evening of 27 July 1997 between members of the Order of the Phoenix led by Mad-Eye Moody and a group of Death Eaters led by Lord Voldemort. The Order of the Phoenix strives to… Read More
Moody is attacked by Voldemort in the skies over Surrey during the Battle of the Seven Potters. Mundungus Fletcher, who is riding with Moody, panics and Disapparates, leaving Mad-Eye vulnerable. Voldemort’s Killing Curse hits Moody and his body falls from his broom. Later that night, when the battle is over, members… Read More
Harry, staying at the Burrow, wakes up from a dream of Voldemort searching for Gregorovich and realizes that the Trace is removed. He does random magic (Accio Glasses) and is given a book from Ron who tells him: “This isn’t your average book. It’s pure gold: Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Read More
Soon after the Ministry of Magic falls to Death Eaters (DH8), a commission is set up to keep tabs on Muggle-born witches and wizards. It’s purported mission is to learn about how Muggle-borns came to be magic-users. It requires witches and wizards to prove that they have at… Read More
The Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, is tortured and murdered. Pius Thicknesse, who was put under the Imperius Curse a week or two before, is installed as the new Minister. With the power of the Ministry behind them, Death Eaters openly attack Order of the Phoenix safe houses. Read More
The trio disapparate from the infiltrated wedding at the Burrow to Tottenham Court Road. To calm down and figure out their next move the trio duck into an all-night-cafe. However, because Hermione said ‘Voldemort’, enacting the taboo for the first time, 2 undercover death eaters, Rowle and Dolohov, find their… Read More
With the fall of the Ministry to the Death Eaters on August 1, 1997 (DH9), the attitude of the bureaucracy changed immediately toward the persecution of Muggle-born witches and wizards. A leader in this effort was Dolores Umbridge, who headed up the Muggle-Born Registration Commission which was tasked with imprisoning Muggle-borns… Read More
While ostensibly working for Voldermort, Snape actually does everything he can to protect students without giving away his position of supporting Dumbledore. The Daily Prophet report reads, in part: Severus Snape, long-standing Potions master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was today appointed headmaster in the most important of… Read More
Harry, Ron, and Hermione use Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Ministry Employees (DH12). They recover a Horcrux and make a narrow escape (DH13). Read More
Harry and Hermione, in disguise as an elderly Muggle couple, encounter who they think is Bathilda Bagshot in Godric’s Hollow on Christmas Eve. They follow her to her house, where she is revealed to be Nagini. In the ensuing battle, Hermione’s quick thinking saves the day, but Harry’s wand is… Read More
After rescuing Harry and the Sword of Gryffindor from the icy pool in the forest, Ron uses the Sword to destroy the locket horcrux. The horcrux doesn’t give up without a fight, however, and the visions Ron sees showing Hermione and Harry excluding him and being romantic nearly cause Ron… Read More
Voldemort traces the Elder wand to Grindelwald, who he then visits in a lonely cell atop the tallest tower of Nurmengard. When Grindelwald defies Voldemort, the Dark Lord murders him with a Killing Curse (DH23). Read More
In the cellar of Malfoy Manor, Wormtail attacked Harry Potter, who exclaimed “You’re going to kill me? You owe me!” Wormtail hesitated at this, and the magical silver hand, sensing the weakness, turned on Wormtail and strangled him: His own silver fingers were moving inexorably toward his own throat. The… Read More
Delphi is born in Malfoy Manor a few months before the Battle of Hogwarts. Her mother, Bellatrix, and her father, Lord Voldemort, were both killed in that battle and Delphi was raised by Euphemia Rowle. Read More
The elf dies from a knife wound in rescuing Harry and his friends from Malfoy Mansion . Bellatrix had kept the short, silver knife underneath her robes before she threw it toward where Harry and his friends are vanishing (DH22). It hits Dobby in the chest. His last words were “Harry…… Read More
Narcissa brings the captives into the drawing room so Draco can positively identify Harry. He does so reluctantly and half-heartedly, but before the Dark Lord is summoned Bellatrix tortures Hermione and Griphook for information about the Sword of Gryffindor. During the torture Harry and Ron are brought to the cellar where… Read More
Harry, Ron, Hermione, & Griphook break into Gringotts, steal Hufflepuff’s Cup, lose Gryffindor’s sword, and escape on a dragon. Before leaving Shell Cottage, Hermione disguises herself as Bellatrix Lestrange with the use of Polyjuice Potion and disguises Ron by using spells to alter his facial features. Harry and Griphook are… Read More
Voldemort, under the false impression that Snape was the master of the Elder Wand, orders Nagini to attack and kill the erstwhile Potions Master. Snape, bleeding profusely, has barely time to pass along to Harry silvery threads of memories showing his true allegiance and actions before dying. Read More
When the Room of Requirement is destroyed by the Fiendfyre spell cast by Crabbe, the Diadem of Ravenclaw is caught up in the inferno. Harry sees it tossed into the air as he speeds toward the door to escape and catches it. When he is outside of the room and… Read More
After emerging from the pensieve and realizing that he is a Horcrux and must be killed (DH33), Harry starts walking towards the forest. He is at once terrified and numb. He reflects on how precious life is. He has his Invisibility Cloak on as he passes by the Great… Read More
He pulls the sword out of the Sorting Hat, gives a mighty swing, and beheads the horcrux-snake (DH36). Read More
May 1-2, 1998 The climactic final showdown between the side of good and the side of evil. Hogwarts castle was damaged in this battle and fifty people died defending it, including Fred Weasley, Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevey. The Death Eaters enlisted giants, Dementors, and Acromantulas to fight for… Read More
After Voldemort struck him down with the Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest (DH33), Harry finds himself lying naked and without his glasses on a sort of floor surrounded by a bright white mist. Slowly his surroundings take on the shape of King’s Cross Station in London, and when… Read More
As the new Minister for Magic, Shacklebolt takes on the dangerous task of removing the Dementors from the ancient, evil fortress of Azkaban (BLC, Pm). They had been serving as guards there for hundreds of years, a function which allowed the Ministry to maintain some measure of… Read More
Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione bring their children to Hogwarts Express and send the older ones off to school. Draco Malfoy is also there with his wife and son, and Teddy Lupin is also there, seeing off Victoire Weasley. Albus Severus Potter, Rose Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy are all about to… Read More
By the time that the Hogwarts Express is leaving King’s Cross for the start of her daughter Rose’s fourth year, Hermione Granger has become the Minister for Magic (CC1.5). This had been predicted by Rita Skeeter during her commentary at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final (Pm). Read More
By the time that the Hogwarts Express is leaving King’s Cross for the start of his son Albus’s fourth year, Harry Potter has become the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (CC1.5). This would be a promotion to the post from within the Ministry, as he… Read More
After hearing a rumour about an illegal Time-Turner, Harry Potter and his team of Aurors from the Department of Magical Law Enforcement raid the Nott residence and confiscate it. Harry turns over the Time-Turner to Hermione Granger, the Minister for Magic, for safekeeping (CC1.5). Read More
24 February 1995 Using the Time-Turner for the second time, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy prevent Cedric Diggory from winning the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament by using an Engorgement Charm to float him out of the water. Albus has added a special feature… Read More
Realising that Severus Snape is alive in this timeline, Scorpius Malfoy rushes to Snape’s office in the dungeons. Scorpius tries to tell him what life is like in a world where Harry Potter won the Battle of Hogwarts. He also finds out the reason for all the changes: … Read More
Feeling unafraid and confident, Scorpius Malfoy wakes Albus Potter. Scorpius reveals that he has been hiding the Experimental Time-Turner. They agree to destroy it themselves, as the Ministry of Magic can’t be trusted to do it (CC3.14). Read More
Minister for Magic Hermione Granger, at a second Extraordinary General Meeting, announces to the wizarding world that Lord Voldemort had a daughter, whose whereabouts are currently unknown (CC4.1). Hermione, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley and Ron Weasley stand together to take responsibility. Read More
31 October 2020 Sitting with his old baby blanket and remembering his parents – as he does every year on Hallow’s Eve, Harry Potter is joined by his wife Ginny in Albus’s room. As they look at the blanket, Harry sees the holes that the Love Potion… Read More
31 October 2020 Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley arrive in Godric’s Hollow and are surprised at the changes. Putting aside their differences, they use the Golden Time-Turner to go back in Time (CC4.7). 31 October 1981 Arriving in… Read More
31 October 1981 Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy discuss with Albus and Scorpius how they can prevent Delphi and Lord Voldemort from meeting each other. But, as he is the only one of them who speaks Parseltongue,… Read More
31 October 1981 While they wait for the transfigured Harry Potter to meet Delphi pretending to be her father and lure her inside St Jerome’s Church, Albus tells his mother Ginny that everything is his fault. Ginny replies that his father feels the same way “How… Read More
31 October 1981 Harry Potter, his friends and family stand together while Lord Voldemort kills Harry’s parents and tries to kill baby Harry. The harsh green light of the Killing Curse floods the scene three times (CC4.12). Hagrid arrives and goes into the Potter’s ruined… Read More