7 October is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). There are 85 days remaining until the end of the year.
- 1995: Educational Decree Number Twenty-four is passed by the Ministry of Magic: all student organisations, societies, teams, groups, and clubs are disbanded, and are only allowed to reform with permission. Hedwig is injured as Professor Umbridge attempts to intercept Harry's post. She is taken to Professor Grubbly-Plank to be treated. Sirius Black is nearly caught by Umbridge in the Gryffindor common room fire.