17 February is the 48th day of the year. There are 317 days remaining (318 in leap years).
- 1858: Priscilla Dupont is forced to step down from the office of Minister for Magic, following a number of incidents derived from ther irrational loathing of the Muggle Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston. She is succeeded by Dugald McPhail.
- 1994: Professor Remus Lupin gives Harry Potter a lesson on the Patronus Charm.
Behind the scenes
- 1987: Emerson Spartz, President & CEO of MuggleNet, is born.
- 1991: Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley, is born.