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This article lists the general events of the 19961997 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which have been witnessed by the majority of the students and teachers. It leaves out those events which are only known to Harry Potter and the people close to him.


The staff at Hogwarts during the 1996–1997 school year were as follows:

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry faculty and staff during the 1996–1997 school year
Post Incumbent Notes
Headmaster Professor Dumbledore was killed on the school grounds, at age 115, during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.
Deputy Head Professor Minerva McGonagall
(Acting Head from 30 June, 1997)
Head of Gryffindor House Professor Minerva McGonagall
Head of Hufflepuff House Professor Pomona Sprout
Head of Ravenclaw House Professor Filius Flitwick
Head of Slytherin House Snape quit his post after having killed Professor Dumbledore atop the Astronomy Tower; on the run from the Ministry of Magic.

Slughorn becomes Head of Slytherin House once again when Snape was on the run.

Arithmancy teacher Professor Septima Vector
Astronomy teacher Professor Aurora Sinistra
Care of Magical Creatures teacher Professor Rubeus Hagrid
Charms Master Professor Filius Flitwick
Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Professor Severus Snape
(1 September, 1996 to 30 June, 1997)
Snape quit his post after having killed Professor Dumbledore atop the Astronomy Tower; on the run from the Ministry of Magic.
Divination teacher Sybill Trelawney and Firenze share classes, much to dismay of the former.
Flying instructor Madam Rolanda Hooch
Herbology teacher Professor Pomona Sprout
History of Magic teacher Professor Cuthbert Binns
Muggle Studies teacher Professor Charity Burbage
Potions Master Professor Horace Slughorn Out of a prolongued retirement, Slughorn had already been Potions Master at Hogwarts in the 1940s-1970s.
Study of Ancient Runes teacher Professor Bathsheda Babbling
Transfiguration teacher Professor Minerva McGonagall
Matron Madam Poppy Pomfrey
Librarian Madam Irma Pince
Gamekeeper Professor Rubeus Hagrid
Caretaker Mr Argus Filch Examined the students' possessions that were brought into Hogwarts in the starting of the school year.

Known school leavers

Well-known events

The following are events which occurred at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during this school year, that the average Hogwarts student knew about.

The cursing of Katie Bell

Katie Bell in terrible pain after touching a cursed necklace

Katie Bell's cursing being discovered

Whilst on a trip to Hogsmeade, Katie Bell accidentally touched a cursed Opal Necklace and became very ill.[1] She was sent away from school for a while to be cured at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.

It was known by a few that Katie was actually put under the Imperius Curse, by Madam Rosmerta, innkeeper of the Three Broomsticks, who had also been put under the Imperius Curse. She was ordered to give the then-packaged necklace to Albus Dumbledore, but in an argument with her friend Leanne the package tore open and Katie was cursed.[citation needed]

The Slug Club

Horace Slughorn created a group of his favourite students to get together during this year. They were informally known as the Slug Club.[citation needed]

First meeting at Hogwarts Express

On the train from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, some students were invited to join the Slug Club for the first time in Horace Slughorn's compartment. They were all chosen due to impressive family connections, except for Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, who got in on their own merits. Food and drink was provided for the club on the train, and it was there that Slughorn decided who was good enough to remain in the club. Marcus Belby and Neville Longbottom were deemed unworthy.[citation needed]

Regular meetings


A Slug Club meeting at Hogwarts

Throughout the term, many club meetings were held. These mainly consisted of the so-called "lucky" students sitting around and eating Slughorn's expensive food and drink. Harry Potter never attended these meetings, due to a combination of detentions, lessons with Albus Dumbledore, and a lack of interest.[citation needed]

Christmas Party

Draco Busted Gatecrashing HPB

The Slug Club 1996 Christmas Party

In 1996, the Slug Club hosted a Christmas Party. Members were allowed to invite a guest of their choice. Horace Slughorn also invited other well-known members of the wizarding community who were also once members of the club. These included a pair of vampires.


The following is a list of known members of the 1996–1997 Slug Club and the reason for their having gained entry.[2]

Quidditch Cup

The Gryffindor Quidditch team, captained by Harry Potter won the house Quidditch Cup this year. A lot of this was due to Ron Weasley's extraordinary performance as Keeper—albeit because he thought Harry had slipped some Felix Felicis into his pumpkin juice at breakfast that day—and the return of Katie Bell as Chaser. Gryffindor won the last match against Ravenclaw 450–140. Ginny Weasley played seeker in this match because Harry was in detention.[citation needed]

Final standings

  1. Gryffindor[citation needed]
  2. Ravenclaw (-20)[citation needed]
  3. Hufflepuff (-400)[citation needed]
  4. Slytherin (-410)[citation needed]

The Death Eaters' attack

Dark Mark Over Hogwarts

The Dark Mark cast over Hogwarts by Death Eaters in 1997

Some Death Eaters, including Alecto and Amycus Carrow and the werewolf known as Fenrir Greyback stole into the school using a Vanishing Cabinet set up in the Room of Requirement by Draco Malfoy. They promptly set the Dark Mark over the school, and began defending themselves against members of the Order of the Phoenix and of Dumbledore's Army.[citation needed]

Dumbledore's death

Headmaster Albus Dumbledore died upon being struck by Severus Snape's Avada Kedavra curse.[3] His body is jetted off into the air and lands on the grass near the castle, where students were able to see it.[citation needed]

Snape's flight

Severus Snape, along with Draco Malfoy and the other Death Eaters fled the school after fighting against members of Dumbledore's Army and the Order of the Phoenix. They did not gain control over the school, and it was soon revealed that Snape was (seemingly) a Death Eater and that he was the one responsible for the killing of Albus Dumbledore. He performed the Killing Curse curse that killed him.[citation needed]

Fenrir Greyback, responsible for Bill Weasley's injuries

Battles and injuries

Due to the Order of the Phoenix's good defence of the school, and the contribution of Dumbledore's Army, not a single Hogwarts student sustained serious injury. Neville Longbottom and Charms Professor Filius Flitwick sustained minor injuries in the battle. One Death Eater died however, and Bill Weasley was bitten by Fenrir Greyback, who was not in werewolf form at the time. So, Bill never became a werewolf. He instead sustained some horrible scars on his face.[citation needed]

Dumbledore's funeral

On the last day of the school year, all Hogwarts students attended Albus Dumbledore's burial and funeral. Many other guests were there, mainly witches and wizards from Hogsmeade and the Ministry of Magic. All students were sad on this grave day.[citation needed]

Amorous relationships

Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown KISS2

Lavender Brown about to kiss Ron Weasley after the first Quidditch match

Many "boyfriend/girlfriend" relationships occurred during the 1996–1997 school year. The known ones were as follows:

See also


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)