The following events occurred in the year 1996:
- 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.
- 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
- Harry Celebrates his 16th Birthday at the Burrow the celebrations are marred by grisly tidings from Remus Lupin of more Dementor Attacks and Igor Karkaroff's body was found in a shack up north.
- Late Summer
- 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.
- 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.
- 25 December: Burning of the Burrow
Individuals that started at Hogwarts
Individuals that graduated from Hogwarts
- Roger Davies
- Angelina Johnson
- Lee Jordan
- Alicia Spinnet
- Patricia Stimpson
- Kenneth Towler
- Mrs. Abbott
- Broderick Bode
- Amelia Bones
- Sirius Black
- Igor Karkaroff
- Emmeline Vance
- Florean Fortescue
- Fox near Spinners End
- 1996 on Wikipedia
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