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19He Was Only 22 When Sent To Azkaban

Sirius Black on the cover of the Daily Prophet

Sirius escapes from Azkaban during Harry’s third year at Hogwarts in 1993 after twelve years of wrongful imprisonment. He comes out seriously affected by the experience, and so it’s easy to forget that he was only around twenty-two years old when he was sent to the

notorious prison.

Voldemort started his rise to power when Lily and the Marauders were still students at Hogwarts. Sure, they were all precocious and eager to fight the good fight, joining the Order of the Phoenix upon graduating, but the dire situation of the Wizarding World makes it easy to overestimate their ages. When you remember just how young they were, it really brings into perspective just how difficult the conditions were under Voldemort’s reign.

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