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Morfin Gaunt attacks Tom Riddle Sr. with hives jinx

Merope Gaunt liked to wait by the window for a glimpse of handsome Tom Riddle Sr., a rich Muggle boy. Morfin Gaunt, Merope’s brother, mocked her for it and late one night he caught her at it. Just for spite, he hit Tom Riddle Sr. with a Hives Jinx. This… Read More


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Merope Gaunt fools Tom Riddle into marrying her

c. December 1925 – Merope Gaunt, besotted as she is with the handsome Muggle who rides his horse near her miserable hovel, somehow hoodwinks him into marrying her. Most likely, she does so by giving him a love potion. Read More

Marvolo Gaunt returns from Azkaban to find Merope gone

He had been given a six-month sentence. Forced to live alone, he withers away and dies sometime within the next two and a half years. Read More

Merope Gaunt gets pregnant with Tom Marvolo Riddle

Her husband, Tom Riddle, leaves her very soon afterward – Dumbledore suspects because she stops giving him love potion. Read More

Mrs. Cole starts working at the orphanage

Shortly after Mrs. Cole takes the job at the London orphanage, Merope Gaunt appears on the doorstep on a snowy New Year’s Eve, gives birth to a baby boy, then dies. Cole was a teenager at the time. Read More

Merope Gaunt sells Slytherin"s locket to Borgin and Burkes

Pregnant and desperate for money, she has no idea what it’s worth and is only given ten Galleons for it. The locket is later sold to Hepzibah Smith. Read More

Tom Marvolo Riddle is born

He is born in a Muggle orphanage to a witch mother, Merope Gaunt, and Muggle father, Tom Riddle. His mother Merope dies an hour later, living just long enough to name her son after his father, Tom, and her father, Marvolo Gaunt (HBP13). She is nineteen years old. The older… Read More

Merope Gaunt dies after giving birth to Tom Marvolo Riddle

Merope Gaunt arrives at the orphanage in the evening, destitute and near death. She had no will to live and has forsworn magic after being abandoned by her Muggle husband, Tom Riddle, whom she had tricked into wedlock with a love potion. Shortly after arriving, she gives birth to a boy… Read More

Morfin Gaunt returns from Azkaban

He returns after a three-year sentence to find both his father, Marvolo and sister, Merope, dead. He lives alone in the Gaunt house for many years, until Tom Riddle returns and frames him for murdering the Riddle family. (HBP10)… Read More

Tom Riddle terrorizes two children in the sea cave

On a summer visit to the seashore with the children from the orphanage, Tom Riddle coerces two of the other kids, Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop, to go with him into a cave. The two other children, according to Mrs. Cole, were never the same after. Tom said only that… Read More

Tom Riddle gets his wand at Ollivander"s

Young Tom Marvolo Riddle receives a wand made of yew wood with a phoenix feather core at Ollivander’s before he starts at Hogwarts (PS5). Harry Potter’s holly wand also had a phoenix core, making them “brother wands,” and leading to the Priori Incantatem effect years later in the Little… Read More

Dumbledore visits Tom Riddle"s orphanage

August, 1938: After charming the skeptical matron with magic, manners, and gin, Dumbledore meets Riddle in his room and reveals that the boy is a wizard and invites him to Hogwarts. Tom Riddle proves himself to be a bossy, hostile, independent, and calculating child who terrifies and torments the other… Read More

Tom Riddle starts at Hogwarts

He charms all his teachers with the exception of Albus Dumbledore, the Transfiguration teacher, who is uneasy about him. Read More

Tom Riddle learns about the Chamber of Secrets and decides to find and open it

He is in his first year at Hogwarts when he learns about the existence of the Chamber. He is determined to find it but doesn’t succeed until five years later, in June of 1943. Read More

Slughorn is head of Slytherin

Horace Slughorn teaches Potions at Hogwarts and is Head of House for Slytherin. He spends a good deal of time forming friendships with well-connected and particularly gifted students. Read More

Tom Riddle murders his father and grandparents

He first visits his uncle, Morfin Gaunt, and uses magic to steal Marvolo’s ring and frame Morfin for the murders of the Muggles in the Riddle house. Tom uses the murders to create his first Horcrux, the ring. The next day, Morfin is taken to Azkaban, where he remains until his… Read More

Morfin is framed for the Riddle murders

Tom Riddle Jr. came looking for his maternal family in Little Hangleton and discovered a disheveled Morfin in the filthy Gaunt hovel. He learned of the history of his mother and father, then Stupefied Morfin. He went across to the Riddle house, murdered his… Read More

Tom Riddle turns Marvolo"s ring into his first Horcrux

Shortly after murdering his father and grandparents, Tom Marvolo Riddle uses those murders to create a Horcrux from Marvolo Gaunt’s heirloom ring. The ring had once belonged to the Peverell family. Read More

Tom Riddle starts his fifth year at Hogwarts and is made a Prefect

Hagrid is starting his third year. Read More

Tom Riddle meets with Professor Slughorn and asks him about Horcruxes

He is now wearing the ring he stole from his uncle Morfin during the summer, and is accompanied by his group of friends which includes Avery and Lestrange. Read More

Tom Riddle learns to open the Chamber of Secrets and releases the Basilisk

He had first heard about the Chamber of Secrets five years before and had spent that time working out there it could be located and how to enter it. When he finally does open it, he uses Parseltongue to control and release the Basilisk within. A Hogwarts student, Myrtle Warren,… Read More

Moaning Myrtle"s Death

Myrtle Warren is being teased by Olive Hornby and flees into a second floor bathroom to sulk. She hears a male voice — that of Tom Riddle opening the Chamber of Secrets — and steps out to tell him off for being in the girls’ bathroom. Instead she comes face… Read More

Hagrid is falsely accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets

He is so accused because Tom Riddle catches him raising an Acromantula in the castle (CS17). Read More

Tom Riddle is given an Award for Special Services to the School

He receives it for helping “catch” Hagrid and accusing him (falsely) of opening the Chamber of Secrets (CS13, CS17). Read More

Rubeus Hagrid is expelled from Hogwarts

Hagrid is expelled after being accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets and releasing a monster who killed Myrtle Warren. He was framed for this by Tom Riddle, who saw Hagrid as an easy target for persecution, being oversized and clumsy and unusually fond of dangerous creatures. Tom confronted Hagrid,… Read More

Tom Marvolo Riddle turns the diary into a Horcrux

He uses murder of Myrtle in June (BLC) and the knowledge he gained from Slughorn to work the Dark Magic required to turn the diary into a Horcrux (HBP23). Read More

Grey Lady reveals her secret to Tom Riddle

c. 1944 – Tom Riddle, using his considerable charisma and charm, convinces the ghost of Ravenclaw House, Helena Ravenclaw, to reveal the secret hiding place of her mother’s long-lost diadem. Years later, she would confess to Harry that he seemed to understand her anguish and remorse (DH31). Read More

Tom Riddle begins his seventh year at Hogwarts and is made Head Boy

He is dabbling in the Dark Arts, having already created a Horcrux, and some of his closest friends are already referring to him as Lord Voldemort; outwardly, however, he is a model student (CS17, HBP23). Read More

Tom Riddle finishes his seventh year and applies for a job teaching at Hogwarts

Headmaster Armando Dippet turns him down, saying that at eighteen he is too young. He then goes to work for Borgin and Burkes instead. Read More

Tom Riddle kills Hepzibah Smith, framing her house-elf, Hokey

After doing so, he steals Slytherin’s locket and Hufflepuff’s cup – items he later uses to make Horcruxes. Read More

Tom Riddle creates a Horcrux from Hufflepuff"s cup, this time using the murder of Hepzibah Smith

After murdering Smith, Riddle steals Hufflepuff’s cup and Slytherin’s locket. He uses the murder of Smith to create a Horcrux from the cup. Read More

Tom Marvolo Riddle disappears

After the death of Hepzibah Smith, Riddle vanishes for ten years. He travels far and wide, sinking deeply into the Dark Arts, consorting with the very worst of wizard-kind. He undergoes so many dangerous, magical transformations that when he resurfaces years later as Lord Voldemort, he is barely recognizable. Read More

Tom Riddle murders a Muggle tramp and creates the Locket Horcrux

After stealing Salazar Slytherin’s locket from Hepzibah Smith, Tom Riddle uses the murder of “a Muggle tramp” to turn the locket into a Horcrux with part of his soul inside (BLC). Read More

Morfin Gaunt dies in Azkaban

Morfin, believing until the end that he was guilty of killing the Riddles, dies in Azkaban and is buried outside the walls of the prison (HBP17). Read More

Voldemort turns Ravenclaw"s diadem into a Horcrux

Tom Riddle had wheedled the location of the Horcrux from the Grey Lady while a student at Hogwarts. At some point after leaving school, he traveled to Albania, retrieved the diadem, and used the murder of an Albanian peasant to turn the diadem into a Horcrux (DH31). Read More

Voldemort hides the Diadem Horcrux in the Room of Requirement

Ten years after the death of Hepzibah Smith, Voldemort returns to Hogwarts, ostensibly to ask Dumbledore for a teaching job. Dumbledore refuses. Voldemort then curses the Defence Against the Dark Arts position, and since that day, no professor has stayed for more than one year in that post. Voldemort’s… Read More

Lord Voldemort visits Hogwarts to ask for a teaching job

Lord Voldemort sets up a meeting with the recently-appointed Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, to ask for the Defense Against the Darks Arts position at Hogwarts. However, Dumbledore pointed out that Voldemort was certainly aware that the headmaster would never have offered that position to him and asked what his true… Read More

Lord Voldemort rises to power

With his band of Death Eaters, Voldemort’s first reign of terror begins. His ascent to power is marked by strange disappearances. Read More

Unable to deal with the rising threat of Voldemort, Minister for Magic Eugenia Jenkins is forced from office

She handled riots and marches fine in the late Sixties but Voldemort’s rise starting around 1970 proved too much for Jenkins. Read More

Kreacher and Voldemort visit the sea cave

Voldemort announces that he requires the services of a house-elf. Regulus Black volunteers Kreacher, the old house-elf who serves his family in Grimmauld Place, ordering him to do whatever the Dark Lord demands, then to come home. Voldemort takes Kreacher to the sea cave where he has prepared an island… Read More

Snape overhears part of the Prophecy and rushes to tell Voldemort

When Dumbledore met at the Hog’s Head with Sybill Trelawney as a “courtesy” to interview her for the post of Divination Professor, she suddenly launched into a real prophecy about a child with the ability to vanquish the Dark Lord. (OP37) Lurking outside the door and listening at the… Read More

Peter Pettigrew starts passing information to Voldemort

Dumbledore and his allies begin to realize that there is a spy in their midst but Peter is not suspected. Read More

Defeat of Voldemort; James and Lily Potter are killed

Voldemort attempts to kill Harry Potter after murdering his parents, but the spell rebounds onto Voldemort. Harry is left alive with a scar on his forehead that hides an accidental Horcrux made of Voldemort’s shattered soul. Voldemort, nearly dead and without physical form, retreats into the forests of Albania where… Read More

As a result of a curse gone wrong, a piece of Voldemort"s soul attaches itself to baby Harry

Harry Potter receives a scar on his forehead when the curse rebounds off of him. Voldemort’s body is destroyed in the blast and a piece of his soul attaches itself to the only living thing in the room: one-year-old Harry Potter. While not becoming an actual Horcrux, Harry functions very… Read More

Quirrell takes a year off and encounters Voldemort

Quirrell takes a year off from Hogwarts for some first hand experience fighting the Dark Arts. He will be gone from September 1990 through June of 1991. While in Albania, he encounters Voldemort and brings him back. Read More

Failed attempt to steal the Philosopher"s Stone

He is directed by Voldemort to attempt to steal the Stone, but he fails. As a result of this failure, Voldemort decides to possess Quirrell in order to control his actions more closely. Read More

Voldemort possesses Quirrell

Quirrell begins wearing a turban to hide Voldemort’s face, which is sticking out of the back of Quirrell’s head. Read More

Harry confronts Quirrell, defeats Voldemort

Going on alone from the potions room, Harry finds Professor Quirrell and the Mirror of Erised in the next chamber. Harry is shocked to find that Quirrell (and not Snape) has been trying to kill him and get the Philosopher’s Stone. Quirrell tries to use the Mirror of Erised to… Read More

Ginny is possessed by Tom Riddle in his diary

After finding an old diary in with her school books and assuming that it was something from her parents, Ginny starts to write in it, not thinking anything of it when the dairy starts writing back. Only realising something is wrong when she started to lose bit of her memory… Read More

The Chamber of Secrets is reopened

This time the Chamber is opened by Ginny Weasley, under the influence of Tom Riddle, by means of his diary. Harry first hears the voice of the Basilisk during his detention with Lockhart. Read More

A visit to the past by means of the mysterious diary

Harry learns how to work Riddle’s diary when he dribbles ink onto the pages and words appear. He has a written conversation with the memory of Tom Marvolo Riddle held in the diary and travels into Riddle’s memory of fifty years ago. In the memory Harry sees Tom… Read More

The spirit-form of Voldemort is defeated by Harry

Harry kills the Basilisk and uses its fang to destroy the diary, therefore destroying Riddle and saving Ginny’s life. Gilderoy Lockhart’s memory is destroyed when he attempts to Obliviate Ron and Harry and get out of the Chamber. Later that night, the Petrified people are restored using Mandrake Draught. Read More

Bertha Jorkins is murdered by Voldemort

She is missing for over a month at the time of the Quidditch World Cup of August 1994. Her Head of Department, Ludo Bagman, is too busy — and irresponsible — to send someone to look for her. Voldemort uses her murder to create a Horcux out of Nagini (BLC). Read More

Voldemort"s murder of Bertha Jorkins allows him to create a Horcrux using Nagini

The ritual to create the Horcrux would have been performed at some point fairly soon after the murder of Jorkins. Read More

Voldemort moves into the Riddle House

Voldemort is in the form of a grotesque homonculus, kept alive with constant feedings of a potion which included venom from Nagini. Peter Pettigrew, now known only as Wormtail, is taking care of his master, although his distaste for the task is evident. Voldemort’s intention is to stay until the Quidditch… Read More

Frank Bryce is killed

Frank, the elderly caretaker, investigates intruders in the Riddle House. He is killed by Voldemort in an upstairs room. Harry Potter, two hundred miles away in Little Whinging, wakes up with his scar hurting after seeing this event in a dream (GF1). Read More

Duel in the Graveyard

After Voldemort’s rebirth in the Little Hangleton graveyard, he forces Harry into a duel. He intends to show his superiority over Harry in defeating him. However, the twin wand cores result in a very different outcome when the Priori Incantatem effect produces images of the last spells Voldermort cast. These… Read More

Voldemort kidnaps Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory

Cedric is killed by Wormtail using Voldemort’s wand. Voldemort is restored to his body in an ancient ceremony (GF32). The Death Eaters are called back to him and they gather (GF33). Voldemort and Harry then duel, and Harry manages to escape with Cedric’s body (GF34). Back at… Read More

Voldemort is reborn

After years of plotting, striving, and thwarted attempts, Lord Voldemort is reborn by means of a complicated ritual in the graveyard near Little Hangleton. Wormtail performs the ritual, sacrificing his own hand in the process. The ritual also required blood from Harry Potter and the bones of Tom Marvolo Riddle’s… Read More

Harry escapes the graveyard by portkey

As Voldemort and Harry duel in front of the Death Eaters, the twin phoenix feather cores of their wands create a “Reverse Spell Effect” known as Priori Incantatem, and shades of Voldemort’s previous victims come out of his yew wand and protect Harry, including… Read More

Ten Death Eaters escape in the first mass breakout from Azkaban

They are freed by Voldemort as he rebuilds his power. The Ministry led by Fudge blames the whole thing on Sirius Black. The Daily Prophet reports: The Ministry of Magic announced late last night that there has been a mass breakout from Azkaban. Speaking to reporters in his private office,… Read More

The Battle of the Department of Mysteries

On the evening of June 20, 1996, a running battle is fought between members of the D.A. led by Harry Potter, a group of Death Eaters led by Lucius Malfoy, and members of the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius Black is killed and many others are wounded (OP35). When… Read More

Amelia Bones is killed by Voldemort

In 1996, the Head of Magical Law Enforcement put up a fight while being killed personally by Voldemort inside a locked room where she had been living alone (HBP1). Read More

Ollivander is kidnapped

A number of disappearances, including those of Garrick Ollivander and Florean Fortescue occur in the summer of 1996, shortly after the world realizes that Lord Voldemort is, indeed, back (HBP6). Ollivander is held captive in Malfoy Manor for a year and a half, tortured, and forced to make wands (… Read More

The Second War begins

It’s a busy two weeks: When Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge refuses to step aside for Voldemort, the Brockdale Bridge is destroyed, killing dozens of Muggles. Amelia Bones, Head of Magical Law Enforcement, and Emmeline Vance, a member of the Order of the Phoenix, are murdered – the former by… Read More

Dumbledore destroys the Ring Horcrux with the Sword of Gryffindor

Dumbledore discovers the ring in the ruins of the Gaunt hovel near Little Hangleton. He takes it back to his office at Hogwarts where he uses the Sword of Gryffidor to destroy it. Read More

Voldemort takes over Malfoy Manor

Malfoy Manor in Wiltshire becomes the headquarters for the Death Eaters at some point prior to August 1997. Read More

Harry and Dumbledore watch Slughorn"s memory

Just after midnight on the same evening that Aragog is buried, Harry returns to the entrance to Gryffindor Tower to find the Fat Lady asleep. After the burial, under the influence of a fair amount of alcohol and a rush of sad memories, Slughorn had given Harry the memory of… Read More

Harry and Dumbledore retrieve the fake Horcrux from inside Voldemort"s sea cave

Harry and Dumbledore enter the cave where Voldemort has hidden a Horcrux. After swimming to the entrance, Dumbledore spatters it with his blood to gain entry and they take a hidden boat across a lake. Protecting the Horcrux is a potion that Dumbledore drinks, though Harry must force him to;… Read More

Battle of the Seven Potters

The Battle of the Seven Potters is an aerial battle over southern England fought on the evening of 27 July 1997 between members of the Order of the Phoenix led by Mad-Eye Moody and a group of Death Eaters led by Lord Voldemort. The Order of the Phoenix strives to… Read More

Moody dies in battle

Moody is attacked by Voldemort in the skies over Surrey during the Battle of the Seven Potters. Mundungus Fletcher, who is riding with Moody, panics and Disapparates, leaving Mad-Eye vulnerable. Voldemort’s Killing Curse hits Moody and his body falls from his broom. Later that night, when the battle is over, members… Read More


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Fall of the Ministry

The Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, is tortured and murdered. Pius Thicknesse, who was put under the Imperius Curse a week or two before, is installed as the new Minister. With the power of the Ministry behind them, Death Eaters openly attack Order of the Phoenix… Read More