24 May is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years). There are 221 days remaining until the end of the year.
- 1993: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley "follow the spiders" into the Forbidden Forest, and meet Aragog.
- 1995: That night Ludo Bagman explains to the Triwizard Tournament champions on what the Third Task will involve which is to take place one month later. Shortly afterwards Bartemius Crouch Snr is murdered by his son, Barty Crouch Jr, transfigured into a bone, and buried in Rubeus Hagrid's garden.
Behind the scenes
- 1949: Jim Broadbent, the actor who portrays Horace Slughorn, is born.
- 2008: Robert Knox, who plays Marcus Belby, is tragically stabbed to death in a barfight while protecting his brother.