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'''Valentine's Day''' or '''Saint Valentine's Day''' is an occasion celebrated on [[14 February]] in both the [[Muggle]] world and the [[wizarding world]]. It is the traditional day on which people express their [[love]] for each other, particularly romantic love, by sending [[Wikipedia:Greeting card|Valentine's cards]], presenting [[Wikipedia:Valentine's Day flowers|flowers]], or offering [[Wikipedia:Confectionery|sweets]].
 
'''Valentine's Day''' or '''Saint Valentine's Day''' is an occasion celebrated on [[14 February]] in both the [[Muggle]] world and the [[wizarding world]]. It is the traditional day on which people express their [[love]] for each other, particularly romantic love, by sending [[Wikipedia:Greeting card|Valentine's cards]], presenting [[Wikipedia:Valentine's Day flowers|flowers]], or offering [[Wikipedia:Confectionery|sweets]].
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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===1970s/80s===
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During his years as a student at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], sometime between [[1976]] and [[1982]], [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] craved the attention of his peers, and once his usual exploits failed to grant him that, he took to grander, more dramatic means of garnering attention: one such attempt was sending himself eight-hundred Valentines, causing breakfast to be cancelled due to the number of droppings and feathers in the [[porridge]].<ref name="pottermorebio">''[[Pottermore]]'' - Gilderoy Lockhart's biography</ref>
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===1993===
 
===1993===
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{{Quote|Lockhart's idea of a morale-booster became clear at breakfast time on February fourteenth.|Lockhart foists a surprise on Hogwarts.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
The [[Great Hall]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] was decorated with large, lurid pink flowers. Heart-shaped confetti was falling from the pale blue ceiling. [[Gilderoy Lockhart]], professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at the time, was wearing lurid pink robes to match the decorations. He organised the event, and hired a dozen [[Dwarf|dwarfs]] wearing golden wings and carrying harps to make them look like cupids. All day long, the dwarfs kept barging into the classes to deliver valentines, and become an annoyance to the teachers.<ref name="CS13">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Chapter 13</ref>
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The [[Great Hall]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] was decorated with large, lurid pink flowers. Heart-shaped confetti was falling from the pale blue ceiling. [[Gilderoy Lockhart]], professor of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] at the time, was wearing lurid pink robes to match the decorations. He organised the event, and hired a dozen [[Dwarf|dwarves]] wearing golden wings and carrying harps to make them look like cupids. All day long, the dwarves kept barging into the classes to deliver valentines, and become an annoyance to the teachers. Lockhart's over-decoration and insensitivity led the rest of the staff, as well as [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], to be extremely disgusted with it all.<ref name="CS13">{{COS}}, Chapter 13 (''The Very Secret Diary'')</ref> This was almost a repeat of what Lockhart incurred during his time as a student, being equally annoying.
   
[[Harry Potter]] received many valentines that year, including [[Ginevra Weasley's dwarf-delivered Valentine's message to Harry Potter|one]] from [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]''' '''that sang:
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[[Harry Potter]] received many valentines that year, including [[Ginevra Weasley's dwarf-delivered Valentine's message to Harry Potter|one]] from [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] that sang:
   
:''His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,''<br />
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:''His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,''
:''His hair is as dark as a blackboard.''<br />
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:''His hair is as dark as a blackboard.''
:''I wish he was mine, he's really divine,''<br />
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:''I wish he was mine, he's really divine,''
 
:''The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.''<ref name="CS13"/>
 
:''The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.''<ref name="CS13"/>
   
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===1996===
 
===1996===
{{dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry|Look, let's not talk about Cedric right now...let's talk about something else.|Cho|I thought, I thought you'd u-u-understand! I need to talk about it! Surely you n-need to talk about it too! I mean, you saw it happen, d-didn't you?|Well - I have talked about it, to [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and Hermione, but -|Oh, you'll talk to Hermione Granger! But you won't talk to me! P-perhaps it would be best if we just...just p-paid and you went and met up with Hermione G-Granger, like you obviously want to!|Harry and Cho on their date|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry|Look, let's not talk about Cedric right now... let's talk about something else.|Cho|I thought, I thought you'd u-u-understand! I need to talk about it! Surely you n-need to talk about it too! I mean, you saw it happen, d-didn't you?|Well I have talked about it, to [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and Hermione, but |Oh, you'll talk to Hermione Granger! But you won't talk to me! P-perhaps it would be best if we just... just p-paid and you went and met up with Hermione G-Granger, like you obviously want to!|Harry and Cho on their date|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
[[File:HarryChoValentine.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Harry and Cho on their first date.]]
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[[File:HarryChoValentine.jpg|thumb|left|160px|Harry and Cho on their first date.]]
[[Harry Potter]] and [[Cho Chang]] shared their first kiss in [[December]] of [[1995]], and went on their first date on Valentine's Day in [[1996]] in [[Hogsmeade]]. [[Pansy Parkinson]] spotted them, nastily shouting to Cho: "I don't think much of your taste...at least [[Cedric Diggory|Diggory]] was good-looking!" Harry and Cho also saw a large poster with ten pictures of [[Death Eaters]] who had [[Azkaban escapes#1996|escaped]] [[Azkaban]], including [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]. Cho noted that when [[Sirius Black]] had escaped Azkaban in [[1993]], there were a hundred [[Dementor]]s patrolling Hogsmeade and Hogwarts, but not a single one was present despite the escape of ten Death Eaters.
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[[Harry Potter]] and [[Cho Chang]] shared their first (and only) kiss in [[December]] of [[1995]], and went on their first (and only) date on Valentine's Day in [[1996]] in [[Hogsmeade]]; Harry had great difficulty in picking up the courage to ask her out during the first day back from the [[Christmas holidays]]. [[Pansy Parkinson]] spotted them, nastily shouting to Cho: "I don't think much of your taste...at least [[Cedric Diggory|Diggory]] was good-looking!", causing an awkward silence for the couple and Cho to look at her own feet in embarrassment. Harry and Cho also saw large posters with ten pictures of [[Death Eaters]] who had [[Azkaban escapes#1996|escaped]] [[Azkaban]], including [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], pasted all over the shop windows. Cho noted that when [[Sirius Black]] had escaped Azkaban in [[1993]], there were a hundred [[Dementor]]s patrolling Hogsmeade and Hogwarts, but not a single one was present despite the escape of ten Death Eaters, something Harry did not complain about.
   
Later, the two decided to drink coffee in [[Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop]], where there a number of golden [[Wikipedia:Cherub|cherubs]] that were hovering over each of the small, circular tables, occasionally throwing pink confetti over the occupants. Harry was reminded unpleasantly of [[Dolores Umbridge]]’s office. The tea shop was full of nothing but couples, all of them holding hands, including [[Roger Davies]] and his girlfriend. The sight made Harry feel uncomfortable at the thought of Cho expecting him to hold her hand.
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Later, the two decided to drink [[coffee]] in [[Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop]], where there a number of golden [[cherub]]s that were hovering over each of the small, circular tables, occasionally throwing pink confetti over the occupants. Harry was reminded unpleasantly of [[Dolores Umbridge]]’s office. The tea shop was full of nothing but couples, all of them holding hands, including [[Roger Davies]] and his girlfriend. The sight made Harry feel uncomfortable at the thought of Cho expecting him to hold her hand. As Davies and [[Roger Davies's girlfriend|his girlfriend]] kissed over their [[sugar]] bowl, Cho looked at them as though setting a standard that she expected Harry to live up to, causing him even more discomfort. It was inside here that Harry's date went nightmarishly wrong.
   
The two soon got into an argument, after Harry told Cho that he was going to meet his friend Hermione Granger afterwards, and asked if she wanted to accompany him. Jealous, Cho tried to gauge Harry's feelings for her by mentioning that Roger had asked her out, but she had turned him down. This just bewildered Harry, who was inexperienced with girls. Cho then asked him about [[Cedric Diggory]], her former boyfriend whose death Harry had witnessed the [[1995|previous year]], and grew increasingly upset, ending up in tears and leaving Harry confused, and by then the whole cafe was watching him.
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The two soon got into an argument, after Harry told Cho that he was going to meet his friend Hermione Granger afterwards, and asked if she wanted to accompany him. Jealousy stemming from misunderstanding, due to how Harry worded it, Cho tried to gauge Harry's feelings for her by mentioning that Roger had asked her out, but she had turned him down. This just bewildered Harry, who was inexperienced with girls. Cho then asked him about [[Cedric Diggory]], her former boyfriend whose death Harry had witnessed the [[1995|previous year]], and grew increasingly upset when Harry refused to talk about it, ending up in tears and leaving Harry confused, and by then the whole cafe was watching him. As Harry chased after Cho, she already disappeared from the street, and he gave up from the rainy street and anger at Cho's attitude; this would be the first step towards the end of their relationship.
   
Harry then went to meet Hermione, whom he was surprised to find sitting with [[Luna Lovegood]] and [[Rita Skeeter]] in the [[Three Broomsticks]]. Hermione arranged for Skeeter to interview him so as to get his account of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]] out to the public, since the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was branding him a liar or a nutter in the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''. The interview was subsequently published in ''[[The Quibbler]]''.<ref name="OOTP25">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 25 </ref> [[Dolores Umbridge]] banned it at Hogwarts, which only made it even more popular, becoming the best-selling issue of ''The Quibbler'' ever<ref name="OP26">''Order of the Phoenix'', Chapter 26</ref>.
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Harry then went to meet Hermione, whom he was surprised to find sitting with [[Luna Lovegood]] and [[Rita Skeeter]] in the [[Three Broomsticks]]. Hermione arranged for Skeeter to interview him so as to get his account of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Return of the Dark Lord|return]] out to the public, since the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] was branding him a liar or a nutter in the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''. The interview was subsequently published in ''[[The Quibbler]]''.<ref name="OOTP25">{{OOTP}}, Chapter 25 (''The Beetle at Bay'')</ref> [[Dolores Umbridge]] banned it at Hogwarts, which only made it even more popular, becoming the best-selling issue of ''The Quibbler'' ever<ref name="OP26">{{OOTP}}, Chapter 26 ('Seen and Unforeseen'')</ref>.
   
 
==Valentine's Cards==
 
==Valentine's Cards==
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
{{Quote|Dear Harry. Thinking sweet thoughts of you. Happy Valentine's Day. Romilda.|Card from the chocolate box|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
 
{{Quote|Dear Harry. Thinking sweet thoughts of you. Happy Valentine's Day. Romilda.|Card from the chocolate box|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Romilda Vane]] gave Harry a box of [[Chocolate Cauldrons]] spiked with [[Love Potion]] for Valentine's Day. In the novel, however, she gave them to him before [[Christmas]].
 
   
== Appearances ==
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* In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Romilda Vane]] gave Harry a box of [[Chocolate Cauldrons]] spiked with [[Love Potion]] for Valentine's Day. In the novel, however, she gave them to him before [[Christmas]].
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' {{Comment|PS1 and GBC versions}}
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==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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* {{COS}} {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' {{Non-canon}}
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* {{COSVG}} {{Comment|PS1 and GBC versions}}
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* {{OOTP}}
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* {{HBPF}} {{Non-canon}}
   
 
==Notes and References==
 
==Notes and References==
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{{Reflist}}
   
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[[Wikipedia:Valentine's Day|Valentine's Day]] article at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]
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* [[Wikipedia:Valentine's Day|Valentine's Day]] article at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]].
   
 
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A holiday celebrated by the wizarding community and the Muggle world.

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is an occasion celebrated on 14 February in both the Muggle world and the wizarding world. It is the traditional day on which people express their love for each other, particularly romantic love, by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering sweets.

HistoryEdit

1970s/80sEdit

During his years as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, sometime between 1976 and 1982, Gilderoy Lockhart craved the attention of his peers, and once his usual exploits failed to grant him that, he took to grander, more dramatic means of garnering attention: one such attempt was sending himself eight-hundred Valentines, causing breakfast to be cancelled due to the number of droppings and feathers in the porridge.[1]

1993Edit

"Lockhart's idea of a morale-booster became clear at breakfast time on February fourteenth."
—Lockhart foists a surprise on Hogwarts.[src]

The Great Hall of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was decorated with large, lurid pink flowers. Heart-shaped confetti was falling from the pale blue ceiling. Gilderoy Lockhart, professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts at the time, was wearing lurid pink robes to match the decorations. He organised the event, and hired a dozen dwarves wearing golden wings and carrying harps to make them look like cupids. All day long, the dwarves kept barging into the classes to deliver valentines, and become an annoyance to the teachers. Lockhart's over-decoration and insensitivity led the rest of the staff, as well as Ron Weasley, to be extremely disgusted with it all.[2] This was almost a repeat of what Lockhart incurred during his time as a student, being equally annoying.

Harry Potter received many valentines that year, including one from Ginny Weasley that sang:

His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,
His hair is as dark as a blackboard.
I wish he was mine, he's really divine,
The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.[2]

Lockhart also received a number of valentines that year from fawning students, though Hermione refused to admit whether or not one was sent by her.

1996Edit

Harry: "Look, let's not talk about Cedric right now... let's talk about something else."
Cho: "I thought, I thought you'd u-u-understand! I need to talk about it! Surely you n-need to talk about it too! I mean, you saw it happen, d-didn't you?"
Harry: "Well — I have talked about it, to Ron and Hermione, but —"
Cho: "Oh, you'll talk to Hermione Granger! But you won't talk to me! P-perhaps it would be best if we just... just p-paid and you went and met up with Hermione G-Granger, like you obviously want to!"
— Harry and Cho on their date[src]
HarryChoValentine

Harry and Cho on their first date.

Harry Potter and Cho Chang shared their first (and only) kiss in December of 1995, and went on their first (and only) date on Valentine's Day in 1996 in Hogsmeade; Harry had great difficulty in picking up the courage to ask her out during the first day back from the Christmas holidays. Pansy Parkinson spotted them, nastily shouting to Cho: "I don't think much of your taste...at least Diggory was good-looking!", causing an awkward silence for the couple and Cho to look at her own feet in embarrassment. Harry and Cho also saw large posters with ten pictures of Death Eaters who had escaped Azkaban, including Bellatrix Lestrange, pasted all over the shop windows. Cho noted that when Sirius Black had escaped Azkaban in 1993, there were a hundred Dementors patrolling Hogsmeade and Hogwarts, but not a single one was present despite the escape of ten Death Eaters, something Harry did not complain about.

Later, the two decided to drink coffee in Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, where there a number of golden cherubs that were hovering over each of the small, circular tables, occasionally throwing pink confetti over the occupants. Harry was reminded unpleasantly of Dolores Umbridge’s office. The tea shop was full of nothing but couples, all of them holding hands, including Roger Davies and his girlfriend. The sight made Harry feel uncomfortable at the thought of Cho expecting him to hold her hand. As Davies and his girlfriend kissed over their sugar bowl, Cho looked at them as though setting a standard that she expected Harry to live up to, causing him even more discomfort. It was inside here that Harry's date went nightmarishly wrong.

The two soon got into an argument, after Harry told Cho that he was going to meet his friend Hermione Granger afterwards, and asked if she wanted to accompany him. Jealousy stemming from misunderstanding, due to how Harry worded it, Cho tried to gauge Harry's feelings for her by mentioning that Roger had asked her out, but she had turned him down. This just bewildered Harry, who was inexperienced with girls. Cho then asked him about Cedric Diggory, her former boyfriend whose death Harry had witnessed the previous year, and grew increasingly upset when Harry refused to talk about it, ending up in tears and leaving Harry confused, and by then the whole cafe was watching him. As Harry chased after Cho, she already disappeared from the street, and he gave up from the rainy street and anger at Cho's attitude; this would be the first step towards the end of their relationship.

Harry then went to meet Hermione, whom he was surprised to find sitting with Luna Lovegood and Rita Skeeter in the Three Broomsticks. Hermione arranged for Skeeter to interview him so as to get his account of Lord Voldemort's return out to the public, since the Ministry of Magic was branding him a liar or a nutter in the Daily Prophet. The interview was subsequently published in The Quibbler.[3] Dolores Umbridge banned it at Hogwarts, which only made it even more popular, becoming the best-selling issue of The Quibbler ever[4].

Valentine's CardsEdit

Often, cards are exchanged on this day to show affection. They come in many different shapes and sizes and are given in both the muggle and wizarding world.

Behind the scenesEdit

"Dear Harry. Thinking sweet thoughts of you. Happy Valentine's Day. Romilda."
—Card from the chocolate box[src]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. Pottermore - Gilderoy Lockhart's biography
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26 ('Seen and Unforeseen)

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