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1881 Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is born. 1918 Rowling cites this year as that in which Newt Scamander (who, within the context of her novels, is the "real" author of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is asked to write a compendium of magical beasts – which, she explains, eventually became the book she herself wrote for Comic Relief.[26] Late 1925 Marvolo and son Morfin Gaunt attack Tom Riddle Sr. (Voldemort's eventual father) leading to both being arrested and imprisoned. Daughter Merope reacts to her family's imprisonment by enchanting Riddle (with whom she has fallen in love) into loving her, and the two are married roughly a year before the birth of their child.[27] 1927 The fictional publication year of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which, in reality, was written and published by Rowling herself in 2001.[26] Also the year when Tom Riddle (also known as Lord Voldemort) was born. 1935 Jocunda Sykes flies over the Atlantic Ocean on her broom - the first such transoceanic crossing by magical means. September 1937 Minerva McGonagall begins studying at Hogwarts. Summer 1938 Albus Dumbledore visits Tom Riddle in a London orphanage and tells him he is a wizard. September 1938 Tom Riddle begins studying at Hogwarts.[27][28] September 1940 Rubeus Hagrid begins studying at Hogwarts.[29][30] July-August 1942 Tom Riddle, age 15, visits his estranged uncle Morfin who has returned from Azkaban and now lives alone following the deaths of his sister and father. Riddle seeks out and murders his father and paternal grandparents, then frames his uncle Morfin Gaunt for the crimes by implanting false memories into his mind.[31] 1943 As Rowling relates in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, precisely 50 years before the events of that book, Riddle secretly opens the Chamber of Secrets (introduced by Rowling in this book, a legendary hidden chamber under the castle, built by the rebellious founder Slytherin), and releases the monstrous serpent (a basilisk) hidden within. As a result, a young student, Myrtle, was killed. Riddle – who, like Harry, is depicted as hating his home in the mundane world, and enjoying life in the school – being shown by Rowling to fear that the school will be closed because of his actions, is then shown to frame Rubeus Hagrid for the crime. As a result, Hagrid is expelled, and Riddle – whose culpability in the matter is unknown – is rewarded; however, Rowling also ensures that the matter is reversed by the end of the same novel.[29][30][32] 1944 Minerva McGonagall finishes her studies at Hogwarts. 1945 Albus Dumbledore defeats the notorious Dark Wizard Grindelwald in this year, at the age of 64 and takes the Elder Wand from him.[33] Historically, it was the year in which the Second World War ended, with the defeat of Nazi Germany in May, and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan in August. These two facts, according to Rowling, are not a coincidence.[34] The same year has also been shown by Rowling as being Tom Riddle's final year at Hogwarts. As she revealed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he requests of the headmaster, Armando Dippet, that he be employed by the school as a teacher; significantly to the plot of the novels, this request is refused on the basis that Tom was too young to teach yet. Then Rowling notes that Riddle instead found work in Borgin and Burkes, shown in the novels to be a purveyor of cursed and Dark objects.[35][36] 1946 Rowling notes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Tom Riddle – having discovered in the course of his work at Borgin and Burkes two treasures, formerly the property of Salazar Slytherin and Helga Hufflepuff (that of Slytherin, Rowling is careful to note, was a hereditary possession of Riddle's maternal family) – facilitates the murder of the objects' legal owner Hepzibah Smith and disappears. This marks the final chronological stage in the novels when he appears as Tom Riddle; when he next appears, he has become in appearance and nature "Lord Voldemort".[35] c. 1948 Harry Potter's used copy of Advanced Potion-Making, marked with This Book is the Property of the Half-Blood Prince, is dated as published in this time frame - being "nearly fifty years old" during Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts.[37] The textbook previously belonged to Severus Snape, and his mother Eileen Prince before him.[38] 1953 The Holyhead Harpies, led by Gwendolyn Morgan, defeat the Heidelberg Harriers, led by Rudolf Brand, in a seven-day epic Quidditch match. Rudolf proposes marriage to Gwendolyn. She gives him a concussion with her broom.[39] 1956 Rowling revealed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Minerva McGonagall, the firm but fair Deputy Headmistress who plays a major role in the novels, had in the autumn term of that novel (and thus the chronological year of 1995) been teaching "Thirty-nine years this December": thus, since the December of 1956.[40] She probably replaces Dumbledore as the school's Transfiguration professor. The year in which Albus Dumbledore became Headmaster is not certain. However, Rowling's plot exposition in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince made it clear that he became Headmaster around 10 years after Rowling implies Riddle disappeared - and thus, somewhere between 1955 and 1957.[35][41] But this appears to be contradicting Remus Lupin's statements in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which imply Dumbledore didn't become Headmaster until much later, around 1970. (see "Contradictions" above). It is also implied in the same novel that, shortly after Dumbledore became Headmaster, Riddle returned to Britain – fully in the name and disguise now of "Lord Voldemort" – and requested the Defence Against the Dark Arts teaching position. When refused this by Dumbledore, Rowling explains, Voldemort – who had already recruited followers, including Rosier, Nott, Mulciber, and Dolohov, 'jinxed' the post he had requested – an explanation given by Rowling for the regular change on the school staff to that position each year in the novels.[35] It is also said in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that Voldemort hid the Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw in the Room of Requirement on the night that he asked for the position, before meeting Dumbledore. c. 1966 As noted by Rowling, through a comment of the 'Minister for Magic' in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (in the chronological year 1996), Voldemort, becoming more powerful, is supposed to have begun his campaign of fear against the Wizarding World around this time.[42] 1967 The Nimbus Racing Broom Company is formed.[43] c. 1970 Albus Dumbledore becomes Headmaster of Hogwarts. (based on a statement given by Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; see "Contradictions" above) c. 1968-1970 Arthur Weasley and Molly Prewett, the parents of Ron Weasley (the best friend of Harry Potter), who are known to have eloped, are presumed to have done so around this period.[44] 1970 Beginning of the first war against Lord Voldemort and his followers. As stated by Albus Dumbledore in the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - "We have had precious little to celebrate for eleven years." Fall, 1971 As noted above, the six notable characters (James Potter, Lily Evans, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, and Severus Snape) of the generation prior to that of the children who feature in Rowling's novels begin school at Hogwarts at this time. (See above).[45][46] June, 1976 Severus Snape is tormented and humiliated by James Potter and Sirius Black, and Lily Evans saves Snape (both currently best friends), but this infuriates Snape once everyone starts taunting him about Lily saving him. Snape says he does not need help from a Mudblood. This ends Lily and Snape's friendship, and it devastates Snape. Snape looks at this moment as one of the worst in his life.[14] 1978 Universal Brooms goes out of business.[47] c. 1978-1979 Rowling has not made clear when James Potter and Lily Evans – the parents of the main character – were married. Accordingly, no firm date exists; since it is known, through various pieces of information given by Rowling, that they were married by the time Harry was conceived, the range of marriage possibilities is thus from around 1978 to Autumn 1979, when Rowling has made clear Harry was conceived.[48] 1979 The year in which Regulus Black, the brother of Sirius Black, is shown as having died on the Black Family Tree. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is discovered that he was, in fact, surrendering himself to the Inferi guarding Slytherin's locket. Before he dies, however, he entrusts the locket to his house-elf, Kreacher. He gives final orders to the elf to destroy the locket by any means and not to tell his family how he died. c. late 1979 - early 1980 Rowling explained in first Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and then Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that Sybill Trelawney, the semi-competent Seer of the novels, makes her first real Prophecy at some point in the year before the birth of Neville Longbottom and Harry in late July 1980 (the 30th and 31st, respectively). Both Potter and Longbottom are referenced by the Prophecy in relating a substantial issue of the novels, the issue of who is 'destined' to destroy Lord Voldemort. This successful prophecy earns Trelawney a position at Hogwarts, teaching Divination, which allows Rowling to use her in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to make another real Prophecy.[49][50][51]. Hermione Granger is born on September 19, 1979. 1980 Harry James Potter is born on July 31, 1980. Severus Snape comes to Dumbledore and warns him that Voldemort is hunting Lily Potter and her son in order to make sure the prophecy does not come to pass. Snape vows to Dumbledore that he will do anything he asks if he would take measures to protect her. 1981 In Rowling's novels, the period from September-November 1981 is very important. That September sees Severus Snape – Harry's classroom enemy – hired as Potions teacher at Hogwarts.[40] Shortly after this, on 31 October 1981, comes the beginning of the first novel, and a seminal moment in Rowling's work: Voldemort, the enemy of Harry Potter, kills Lily and James Potter, but when attempting to kill the young Harry, is prevented from doing so by Lily, whose sacrifice to save Harry instills an inborn protection in her son. Voldemort's curse therefore backfires onto him and he is reduced to a terrible state of existence. However the general public considers him dead. Harry, left with the scar he is distinctive for throughout the novels, is then sent to live with his maternal relatives, the Dursleys.[15][52] Rowling allocates to the next day, 1 November, the back story of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Sirius Black, the misjudged villain of that novel, is arrested for the murder of Peter Pettigrew; Pettigrew, in fact, is not dead, but has fled into hiding, while framing Sirius for various murders, as will prove significant in Prisoner of Azkaban.[53][54] Snape vows to Dumbledore to always protect Harry and swears his loyalty to Dumbledore, both almost solely because that is what Lily died for. 1990 Cornelius Fudge becomes Minister of Magic, replacing Millicent Bagnold. 1991 The chronological year in which most of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, takes place. Rowling writes July as being the month in which Harry Potter receives his invitation to attend Hogwarts. He, and the two characters whom Rowling places constantly at his side throughout the novels (Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger), begin attending the school in what Rowling demonstrates to be the September of that year.[8][33] 1992 In the course of the first novel, June of this year sees Harry defeat Lord Voldemort for a second time (although the first time shown to the readers by Rowling).[8][55] The same chronological year, although the second novel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is also set up by Rowling as seeing the beginning of the main plot of the second novel, when the Chamber of Secrets is reopened.[5] 1993 The ending of the second novel and the beginning of the third: Rowling places the climax of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – in which Harry destroys an incarnate memory of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort), rescues Ginny Weasley (who, it emerges, was indirectly responsible for the previous events) and, crucially to the plot of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, destroys a Horcrux of Lord Voldemort – in May of 1993. The event which begins the next novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, comes shortly after, when the major character of that novel – Sirius Black – escapes from Azkaban.[32][56] 1994 6 June Between 2.40pm and 3pm - Professor Trelawney gives her second prophecy to Harry Potter, regarding the return of the Dark Lord to power.[51] 6 June - Harry learns of Sirius' innocence regarding the betrayal of his parents. Peter Pettigrew, guilt now established, flees and rejoins Voldemort.[57] Lord Voldemort murders Bertha Jorkins.[58] Voldemort murders Frank Bryce.[58] Spring or Summer. Gorodok Gargoyles, Lithuanian Quidditch team, defeats Toyohashi Tengu, Japanese Quidditch team.[59] Summer - Ireland wins the 422nd Quidditch World Cup (but Viktor Krum, the Bulgarian Seeker, gets the Snitch).[60] Autumn - Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament for the first time in over a century[21] Saturday 31 October - The names of the champions for the Triwizard Tournament are revealed to the students. (This is controversial because 31 October is on a Monday in 1994)[61] 24 November - The first task of the Triwizard Tournament - Viktor Krum and Harry Potter tie for the lead with 40 points each.[62] 1995 24 February - The second task of the Triwizard Tournament is held - Harry and Cedric Diggory end up tied for the lead with 85 points each.[63] 24 June - The third task of the Triwizard Tournament is held.[64] 24 June - Peter Pettigrew murders Cedric Diggory in Harry's presence, on Lord Voldemort's orders, and using the Dark Lord's wand. Voldemort is restored to full power.[65] 24 June - The Order of the Phoenix is re-established by Albus Dumbledore.[66][67] 2 August - Harry saves his cousin Dudley from two Dementors sent by Dolores Umbridge in Little Whinging.[68][69] (Dudley was aware that Harry had saved him, but this fact is only revealed much later). 12 August - Harry is put on trial for breaching the "Decree for Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery" and the "International Statue of Secrecy," but, following effective testimony from Albus Dumbledore, he is cleared of all charges by the Wizengamot and allowed to go back to study at Hogwarts. 5 October - In Hogsmeade, at the Hog's Head, Dumbledore's Army is created by Hermione Granger and Harry Potter.[70] 1996 There is a mass breakout of ten Death Eaters from Azkaban. Ministry officials continue denying Voldemort's return and instead pin the blame on Sirius Black, claiming he helped the prisoners escape. Voldemort does not recover the Prophecy from the Department of Mysteries, due to the efforts of Harry and company. Harry learns of Professor Trelawney's first prediction and the wizarding world is finally alerted to Voldemort's return. Sirius Black dies in The Death Chamber of the Department of Mysteries. Lucius Malfoy and other Death Eaters are arrested and taken to Azkaban.[71][49][72] After leaving Hogwarts, Fred and George Weasley open in Diagon Alley Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, a popular and successful joke and gag shop.[73][74] Rufus Scrimgeour replaces Cornelius Fudge as Minister for Magic.[42] Albus Dumbledore destroys another of Voldemort's Horcruxes, formerly encased in Marvolo Gaunt's ring.[75] Albus Dumbledore is cursed in the process. With the help of Severus Snape, this curse is trapped in his right hand. He is told by Snape he has around a year to live. It is also at this time he asks Snape to kill him within the year before Draco Malfoy or any Death Eaters get the opportunity. Albus wishes for Draco's soul to remain whole and for Draco to be spared from torture under the Death Eaters.[76] Harry, Ron, and Hermione start their sixth year at Hogwarts. Draco Malfoy sneaks off to Knockturn Alley to go to Borgin and Burkes to reserve a vanishing cabinet to get the Death Eaters into Hogwarts.[74][77] 1997 June - Albus Dumbledore is killed by Severus Snape. Harry Potter decides upon his quest to destroy the remaining four (actually five) Horcruxes in which Lord Voldemort has sealed fragments of his soul.[78][38] 27 July - Harry Potter leaves Privet Drive for the last time, accompanied by six fake Harry Potters and a crew of Order of the Phoenix members; group narrowly escapes the Death Eaters. Alastor Moody and Harry's pet owl Hedwig are killed during this flight.[79][80]George Weasley has his ear cursed by Snape; this, however, turns out to be an accident following the revelations of the seventh book. 31 July - Harry turns 17 and becomes of age in the wizarding world. 1 August - The wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour.[81][82] 1 August - Voldemort seizes power in the ministry, kills Rufus Scrimgeour and places a henchman as New Minister for Magic, starting a regime of masked terror.[82] 31 August - Severus Snape appointed Headmaster of Hogwarts under Voldemort's orders, replacing Minerva McGonagall[83] 2 September - Hermione Granger obtains Slytherin's locket, a Horcrux, from Dolores Umbridge.[84] 24 December - Harry Potter and Hermione Granger visit James and Lily Potter's grave at Godric's Hollow. There, they meet Bathilda Bagshot, who is in fact possessed by Voldemort's snake. Hermione accidentally breaks Harry's wand as they are escaping.[85] 26 December - Ron Weasley destroys Slytherin's locket with Gryffindor's sword.[86] 28 December - Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger visit Xenophilius Lovegood and learn about the Deathly Hallows. 1998 March/April - Harry, Ron, and Hermione are captured and taken to Malfoy Manor, but they are saved by Dobby who dies in the fray via Bellatrix Lestrange's knife. 1 May - Harry, Ron, Hermione and Griphook (a goblin) break into Gringotts Wizarding Bank and steal Hufflepuff's cup, then escape with the aid of the dragon that guarded some of the vaults. 2 May - the Battle of Hogwarts, at which the four remaining Horcruxes (Ravenclaw's diadem, Hufflepuff's cup, the snake Nagini and Harry Potter) are destroyed. Professor Minerva McGonagall ousts Severus Snape and leads Hogwarts and Order of the Phoenix forces against Voldemort and the Death Eaters; however, Harry discovers Snape's true allegiance shortly after Snape's death, with the help of his memories. Many people on both sides die in this battle, including Lupin, Tonks, Colin Creevey, Fred Weasley, and Bellatrix Lestrange. After the Horcrux inside him is destroyed, Harry returns to the living world through his own free will after being presented with a choice by Dumbledore, who appears before him. Voldemort is finally killed by a backfiring curse cast with the Elder wand, which refuses to kill Harry because Harry is its true master. Kingsley Shacklebolt is appointed temporary Minister of Magic. Sometime before his eighteenth birthday, Harry joins the Auror Department. 2007 Harry is appointed Head of the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic. 2017 September - Neville Longbottom is the Herbology professor at Hogwarts; Ginny and Harry drop off their two sons, James and Albus, at the Hogwarts Express while their daughter, Lily, watches; Hermione and Ron drop off one of their children, Rose, while their son Hugo watches; Draco and his wife drop off their son, named Scorpius. Remus and Tonks' son Teddy goes to see Fleur and Bill's daughter, Victoire, off to Hogwarts, the two having just been caught kissing by James.[87] The Defence Against the Dark Arts position is no longer jinxed, due to Voldemort's death. Kingsley Shacklebolt is the Minister of Magic.[88] [edit] Births (Note: Many of the approximate dates in the twentieth century are because Hogwarts accepts students aged eleven as of August 31, so it is possible for any of the students whose birth-month is not given to have been born sometime in the last third of the previous year.)

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