The Founding of Hogwarts and the Deathly Hallows
The Harry Potter timeline really begins towards the end of the tenth century, with the founding of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's not clear whether Hogwarts was the first such wizarding school or not; dates for most of the other schools, such as Beauxbatons, have rarely been stressed. But certainly Hogwarts is the most important to Rowling's Wizarding World stories, which are typically focused on the British wizarding community.
Until the founding of Hogwarts, most British witches and wizards had been homeschooled. The establishment of a dedicated center of learning led to a massive boom in the discovery of new spells, with some sorcerers growing to real prominence and significant influence. Merlin, for example, was a Slytherin who championed Muggle rights (he may even have been taught by Salazar Slytherin himself, although he clearly rejected Slytherin's anti-Muggle philosophy). The Peverell brothers either discovered or - more likely - created the Deathly Hallows.
By the end of the 17th century, the wizarding community was growing tired of constant conflict with Muggles. As a result, the International Confederation of Wizards established the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, one of the most important events in the Fantastic Beasts timeline.
- 990 AD: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was established by Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff, and Rowena Ravenclaw. Each of the four founders had their own focus and philosophy, but the relationship between Slytherin and the rest grew increasingly strained as he stressed the need to train only Purebloods. Slytherin created the Chamber of Secrets beneath the school; it's believed he originally intended to use it as a secret place to train his students in spells the others disagreed with. It's unclear how long Slytherin stayed at Hogwarts; in the end, though, he left in a fury, sealing an enchanted Basilisk within the Chamber of Secrets. He established a legend that the Chamber would one day be opened to purge Hogwarts of those unworthy of magic.
- 1100s: Merlin became part of the Court of King Arthur. A firm believer in Muggle rights, he founded the Order of Merlin to prevent wizards using magic on them.
- 1200s: The Deathly Hallows were created. According to legend, the Peverell Brothers - Antioch, Ignotus, and Cadmus - met Death on a lonely road, and walked away with the Hallows. It's been speculated that, rather, they were actually three powerful wizards who created the Hallows themselves.
- 1300s: The French alchemist Nicolas Flamel successfully created the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone), which granted Flamel and his wife immortality when they consumed the Elixir of Life created by the Stone.
- 1400s: The Yorkshire-born Beedle the Bard wrote down his "fairy tales," immortalizing legends such as the tale of the Deathly Hallows.
- 1692: In the face of growing anti-magic violence worldwide, the International Confederation of Wizards established the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. This is a crucial event in the Fantastic Beasts timeline, and is essentially the beginning of modern wizarding society. Wizards went into hiding for good, creating their own secretive communities. Many small villages and hamlets - such as Godric's Hollow - became home to groups of magical families, who banded together to protect one another.
- 1700s: The Chamber of Secrets was almost discovered when Hogwarts installed a complex new plumbing system. Corvinus Gaunt was on-hand to ensure it was further concealed, however.
- 1707: The Ministry of Magic was officially founded in the United Kingdom.
- 1880s: Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana Dumbledore were born.
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- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018