16 December is the 350th day of the year (351th in leap years). There are 15 days remaining.
- 1775: Jane Austen, the Muggle author who wrote Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and 'Sense and Sensibility, is born.
- 1992: Hermione Granger continues brewing Polyjuice Potion in the Second-floor girls' lavatory.
Behind the scenes
- 1975: Tony Christian, the British actor who plays a Slytherin Beater in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is born.