The following events occurred in the year 1996:
- Unknown Date: The Rosenfeld case falls apart after questions about the Veritaserum used being tainted.
- 7 January: Fred, George, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Harry return to Hogwarts on the Knight Bus escorted by Lupin and Tonks.
- 8 January: Harry Potter begins Occlumency lessons with Severus Snape.
- Broderick Bode is strangled to death by a Devil's Snare while in St Mungo's.
- Ten Death Eaters, including Bellatrix Lestrange, escape from Azkaban prison in a mass breakout.
- 14 February: Harry Potter and Cho Chang have their first date in Hogsmeade. Afterwards, Harry is interviewed by Rita Skeeter for The Quibbler, as arranged by Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
- 21 April: Educational Decree Number Twenty-Eight passed by Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge making Dolores Umbridge Headmistress of Hogwarts School.
- Dumbledore's Army is discovered after Marietta Edgecombe informs Dolores Umbridge about the organisation. Albus Dumbledore takes the fall and leaves Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- Fred and George Weasley depart from Hogwarts, jinxing Inquisitorial Squad members on their way and leaving a Portable Swamp behind, and open Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley.
- Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw at the last Quidditch match of the school year.
- Hagrid introduced his half brother, Grawp to Harry and Hermione.
- 16 June:
- 17 June and 18 June:
- Umbridge is attacked in the Forbidden Forest by centaurs when she calls them "filthy half-breeds."
- Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood thwart Lord Voldemort's plans to steal the prophecy and the Battle of the Department of Mysteries ensues.
- The Order of the Phoenix comes to their assistance; various Death Eaters are captured; the prophecy is destroyed and Sirius Black is murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange.
- Voldemort duels Dumbledore and possesses Harry, but flees when the Ministry of Magic arrive.
- Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge is forced to accept Voldemort has returned, Umbridge is removed from Hogwarts and Cornelius resigns from Minister for Magic.
- The Second Wizarding War officially begins, according to the Ministry of Magic.
- Mr Ollivander mysteriously disappears. The Brockdale Bridge and the Millennium Bridge are brought down by Death Eaters.
- Rufus Scrimgeour replaces Fudge as Minister for Magic.
- Draco Malfoy begins his duties as a Death Eater.
- Narcissa Malfoy has Severus Snape take an Unbreakable Vow to help her son with the task Lord Voldemort assigned him: to kill Albus Dumbledore
- 31 July: Harry Celebrates his 16th Birthday at the Burrow, but the celebrations are marred by grisly tidings from Remus Lupin of more Dementor Attacks, and the discovery of Igor Karkaroff's body in a shack up north.
- Rufus Scrimgeour sends a letter to Albus Dumbledore trying to get him to convince Harry Potter to become the Ministry of Magic's poster boy.
- 1 September: the first meeting of the Slug Club takes place on the Hogwarts Express. Harry sneaks into Draco Malfoy's compartment and gets hit with a Full Body Blind Curse. Nymphadora Tonks rescues him and Severus Snape takes him to the Welcoming Feast.
- 20 December: Horace Slughorn, new Potions professor at Hogwarts, holds a Christmas party for his favourite students and other associates.
- Christmas holidays: Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour tries to convince Harry Potter to work with the Ministry of Magic, but Harry confirms his loyalty to Albus Dumbledore.
Individuals that started at Hogwarts
Individuals that graduated from Hogwarts
- Roger Davies
- Angelina Johnson
- Lee Jordan
- Alicia Spinnet
- Patricia Stimpson
- Kenneth Towler
- Mrs Abbott
- 10 January: Broderick Bode,Unspeakable.
- 18 June: Sirius Black
- Between 28 June and 4 July: Emmeline Vance died
- June - July: Igor Karkaroff
- Late summer: Amelia Bones.
- Florean Fortescue
- Fox near Spinners End
Behind the scenes
- 26 May: Will Dunn, who played James Sirius Potter, born <ref name="Will birth">England & Wales births 1837-2006. Entry no. 072. Print.</ref>
- 5 December: Benedict Clarke, who played Young Severus Snape, born.
- Isabella Columbus, who played Girl in Flourish and Blotts, born.
- Katie Head, who played an Unknown role (Cut in the final edit), born.
- Taylor Triphook, who played an Unknown role (Cut in the final edit), born.
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 - (Occlumency) "“Looks like we’ll have to split up,” said Tonics briskly, looking around for empty chairs. “Fred, George, and Ginny, if you just take those seats at the back … Remus can stay with you. …” She, Harry, Ron, and Hermione proceeded up to the very top deck..."
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 - (Occlumency) “I will expect you at six o’clock on Monday evening, Potter. My office." - Severus Snape This is the Monday after Harry returns (Sunday the 7th) via the Knight Bus after holiday break.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 - (Snape's Worst Memory)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 As the Christmas holidays are two weeks long, beginning on Christmas Day (25 December) and going on for fourteen days, the holidays end on 8 January. The day after, 9 January, was the day in which Harry had his Occlumency lessons. Therefore, the day Hermione reads about Bode's death would be 10 January.
- ↑ It is explicitly stated that Karkaroff was able to stay alive for "a year" meaning that he died sometime after June 1996 (as this was "a year" after he fled) and when it was revealed to the Order.
- ↑ Harry Potter Cast: Will Dunn. MuggleNet. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- ↑ England & Wales births 1837-2006. Print.
- ↑ Harry Potter Film Series Cast: Benedict Clarke. MuggleNet. Retrieved 23 May .
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