A complete timeline of the events in Harry Potter, from 1960 to September 1 2017



The wizarding world of Harry Potter has an intricately built history spanning back decades and today – September 1, 2017 – marks a very special day in Harry’s world… it’s the day we see the gang back together on platform 9 3/4, as the next generation (Albus Severus Potter, Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy) start at Hogwarts.

For all the Potter fanatics out there, we’ve charted all the major events that lead up to that event in one handy timeline, beginning with the birth of Lily and James and marking every major event right up until the present day (so no Fantastic Beasts and no Cursed Child).

Get ready to revisit the best and worst of times for the boy who lived.

1960 – Lily Evans and James Potter are born

1965-6 – Remus Lupin is bitten by werewolf Fenrir Greyback

1971 – Lily Evans, the Marauders (James Potter, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew) and Severus Snape start Hogwarts

1975-6 – James Potter, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew become Animagi (the ability to turn into an animal)

The Marauders Sirius Black, James Potter, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter

June 1976 – Severus Snape calls Lily Evans a mudblood, ending their friendship

31st July 1980 – Harry Potter is born

31st October 1981 – Voldemort attacks the Potters, killing Lily and James. His own curse turns on him when he tries to kill baby Harry

Baby Harry Potter

November 1981 – Sirius Black sent to Azkaban after apparently betraying the Potters and killing Peter Pettigrew and 12 Muggles; Harry Potter is taken to live with the Dursleys

31st July 1991 – Harry Potter meets Hagrid and discovers he’s a wizard

1st September 1991 – Harry Potter starts Hogwarts (alongside Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy amongst others)

Harry Potter's first day at Hogwarts with Sorting Hat

25th December 1991 – Harry Potter receives his father’s Invisibility Cloak as an anonymous gift

April-May 1992 – Hagrid has a dragon egg, which hatches and is sent to Charlie Weasley in Romania

June 1992 – Harry Potter goes after the Philosopher’s Stone and defeats Voldemort/Quirrell

Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter

31st July 1992 – Harry Potter meets Dobby the House-Elf

May 1993 – Harry Potter defeats a basilisk and the (first) horcrux of Tom Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets

August 1993 – Harry Potter accidentally inflates his aunt, sees Sirius Black’s animagus form for the first time (all unknowing) and escapes to the Leaky Cauldron via the Knight Bus

December 1993 – Harry receives the Marauders’ Map from Fred and George Weasley

June 1994 – Harry Potter discovers Sirius Black and finds out he’s innocent, rescues him but loses Peter Pettigrew

Harry Potter in the shrieking shack

August 1994 – Quidditch World Cup; there is Death Eater activity, and a Dark Mark in the sky

31st October 1994 – Harry Potter is named the ‘fourth’ champion in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, to everyone’s outrage

June 1995 – Third Tri-Wizard Task; Voldemort is reborn and the Death Eaters called; Harry Potter escapes with the dead body of Cedric Diggory

Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory

August 1995 – Dementors come to Little Whinging and attack Harry Potter and Dudley Dursley

April 1996 – Dumbledore departs Hogwarts rather than be arrested, and Dolores Umbridge is named Headmistress in his place

June 1996 – Battle at the Ministry; Sirius Black is killed. Harry is told about the prophecy which states of Voldemort and himself that ‘neither can live whilst the other survives’

June 1997 – Harry goes to find a (as it turns out, fake) horcrux with Dumbledore. Dumbledore is later killed by Snape after Death Eaters are let into Hogwarts by Draco Malfoy

Dumbledore dies in Harry Potter

July 1997 – Harry leaves Privet Drive for the last time; Alastor Moody and Hedwig the owl are killed

August 1997 – The Ministry falls to Voldemort’s supporters on Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding day

September 1997 – Harry, Ron and Hermione steal the locket horcrux from the Ministry of Magic

December 1997 – Ron destroys the locket horcrux

March 1998 – Harry, Hermione and Ron are captured and taken to Malfoy Manor, where they are rescued (along with Garrick Ollivander, Luna Lovegood and Griphook) by Dobby, who dies in the attempt. Hermione is tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange first

Dobby dies in Harry Potter

April 1998 – Teddy Lupin is born; Remus Lupin asks Harry to be the baby’s godfather

May 1998 – Harry, Ron and Hermione break into Gringotts and escape (with a horcrux) on a dragon

May 1998 – Battle of Hogwarts; Harry Potter defeats Voldemort (Hermione and Ron destroy a horcrux; Neville Longbottom defeats giant horcrux snake Nagini). Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Lupin nee Tonks, and Fred Weasley die

The Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter

1999-2000 – Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley marry

2003-4 – James Sirius Potter is born

2005-6 – Albus Severus Potter, Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy are born

2007-8 – Lily Luna Potter and Hugo Weasley are born

1st September 2015 – James Sirius Potter starts Hogwarts and is sorted into Gryffindor; Teddy Lupin is Head Boy (from Hufflepuff)

1st September 2017 – The Epilogue from Deathly Hallows: Albus Severus Potter, Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy start Hogwarts

EastEnders' Ben Champniss as an extra in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2