16 August is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years). There are 137 days remaining until the end of the year.
- 1993: Harry Potter enjoys his "strange new freedom" at Diagon Alley. He eats breakfast in the Leaky Cauldron and after breakfast, spends the long sunny days exploring the shops and eating on the pavement cafés. Florean Fortescue helps him with his History of Magic homework and gives him free sundaes every half an hour.
- 1997: Harry, Ron and Hermione monitor the entrance to the Ministry of Magic
Behind the scenes
- The weather forecast for this day in 1994 stated that it would be very dry with bright spells of light but moderate wind through the night, with a temperature of fifty-five to sixty-one degrees Fahrenheit in the south. In the north, it would be humid and warm with bright spells but increasing rain and showers.
- 1987: Elliot Francis, the actor who plays a Sixth year Slug Club member in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is born.
- 1991: Evanna Lynch, who plays the trio's friend Luna Lovegood, is born.