This article lists the general events of the 1996–1997 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:
- Headmaster/Headmistress: Professor Albus Dumbledore, temporarily replaced by Professor Minerva McGonagall.
- Head of Slytherin House and Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher: Professor Severus Snape.
- Head of Ravenclaw House and Charms teacher: Professor Filius Flitwick.
- Head of Hufflepuff House and Herbology teacher: Professor Pomona Sprout.
- Head of Gryffindor House Deputy Headmistress and Transfiguration teacher: Professor Minerva McGonagall.
- Divination teachers: Professor Sybill Trelawney and Professor Firenze.
- Muggle Studies teacher: Professor Charity Burbage.
- Potions master: Professor Horace Slughorn.
- Ancient Runes teacher: Professor Bathsheda Babbling.
- Astronomy teacher: Professor Aurora Sinistra.
- Arithmancy teacher: Professor Septima Vector.
- Care of Magical Creatures teacher: Professor Rubeus Hagrid. (Also Gamekeeper.)
- History of Magic teacher: Professor Cuthbert Binns.
Known school leavers
- Cho Chang
- Cormac McLaggen
- Katie Bell
- Marietta Edgecombe
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
Whilst on a trip to Hogsmeade, Katie Bell accidentally touched a cursed opal necklace and became very ill. 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.
The Slug Club
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 Weasly, 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.
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.
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.
- Note: This was the only Slug Club meeting Harry attended, albeit because Professor Slughorn told Hermione to check Harry's schedule to assure he could attend.
- Blaise Zabini — His mother is a beautiful witch who has been married and widowed at least seven times and has thus inherited a great deal of gold from her former husbands.
- Cormac McLaggen — Uncle Tiberius is well connected within the Ministry of Magic.
- Flora and Hestia Carrow — unknown.
- Ginny Weasley — talented in casting the Bat-Bogey Hex.
- Harry Potter — the 'Chosen One'.
- Hermione Granger — the top student in her class.
- Melinda Bobbin — family owns a large chain of apothecaries.
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.
- Gryffindor
- Ravenclaw (-20)
- Hufflepuff (-400)
- Slytherin (-410)
The Death Eaters' attack
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.
Headmaster Albus Dumbledore died upon being struck by Severus Snape's Avada Kedavra curse. His body is jetted off into the air and lands on the grass near the castle, where students were able to see it.
Snape's flightSeverus 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.
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.
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.
Many "boyfriend/girlfriend" relationships occurred during the 1996–1997 school year. The known ones were as follows:
- Ginny Weasley and Dean Thomas: this relationship failed due to Dean's supposed overprotectiveness of Ginny.
- Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown: this relationship started when Ron helped Gryffindor to win the Quidditch match against Slytherin, it also jeopardised Ron's friendship with Hermione Granger.
- Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley: these two had liked each other for a long time before going out. However, Harry ended the relationship shortly after Dumbledore's funeral because he wanted to protect Ginny.
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