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The fans might feel like Harry Potter characters and the story itself is very relatable, and it is definitely a great source of fun for any age. But how old were the characters really? And how did they grow up? It was really impressive to watch the children, wizards, from the franchise be so powerful and brave despite their young age. So let us start with some basic information!
How old is Harry Potter?
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter was eleven years old. When we say this it also applies to his school colleagues from his year, since most of the first years are eleven when they start school.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he and his friends are twelve. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, they are thirteen, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fourteen, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix fifteen, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince sixteen, and finally, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, they are seventeen years old.
Most fans know that Harry Potter and J. Rolling have the same birthday and that the famous date is July 31, but the author has also revealed the birthdays of many other characters over the years. Lord Voldemort made his first attempt to disprove the prophecy when Harry was one year and three months old.
In this attempt, he kills Harry’s parents while Harry’s parents are trying to defend him, and this attempt to kill Harry resulted in Voldemort’s first Horcrux that was the accidental one.
This event marked the end of the First Wizarding War, and Harry became known as the “The boy who lived” because he was the only survivor of this deadly curse. On his 11th birthday, Harry finds out he is a wizard because Rubeus Hagrid appears with a birthday cake and tells him about his family. This is one of our favorite scenes!
Harry first attended the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991. Hat’s first decision was to put Harry in the Slytherin house, but Harry asked for “no Slytherin”, and the Hat listened to this request instead. Let’s remember how Harry’s decision influenced the rest of his life.
So he was put in the Gryffindor House. At school, Harry became close friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, then the youngest Quidditch seeker of the century, and finally the Quidditch captain of Gryffindor House in his sixth year. He helped win 6 cups.
In his fourth year, Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, although the competition ended with the tragic death of Cedric Diggory and the return of Lord Voldemort. During the next school year, Harry reluctantly taught and led Dumbledore’s Army. He also fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during which he lost his godfather, Sirius Black.
How old is Hermione Granger?
Hermione Jean Granger was born on 19 September of 1979. She was an English Muggle-born witch born to Mr. and Mrs. Granger. At the age of eleven, she learned about her magical nature and was accepted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hermione began attending Hogwarts in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. She possessed a superb educational mind and it was known she would be a remarkable student in virtually every subject that she studied.
During her fourth year, Hermione became an advocate for the better treatment of house-elves, forming the association S.P.E.W., and helped in Harry’s preparation for the Triwizard Tournament. In her fifth year, Hermione became one of the founders of Dumbledore’s Army and fought alongside other members in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
In her sixth year, Hermione continued her role as Prefect and fought in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Hermione truly had a major role in a few other alternative battles of the Second Wizarding War, too. In 1997, she fought in the famous Battle of the Seven Potters, along with the members and friends in Order of the Phoenix.
She continued her journey by helping Harry find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, a quest in which several of her actions were essential. She destroyed Hufflepuff’s Cup, a Horcrux, with Ron using a basilisk fang found in the Chamber of Secrets. Hermione then fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, helping in the defeat of the Death Eater who tortured her, Bellatrix Lestrange.
How old is Ron Weasley?
Ronald Bilius “Ron” Weasley was born on March 1, 1980, and he was the sixth and youngest son of Arthur and Molly Weasley and an English pure-blood-born wizard. He was also Bill’s, Charlie’s, Percy’s, Fred’s, and George’s younger brother, as well as Ginny’s older brother.
The twins delighted in teasing Ron, as did his younger sister Ginny, though they were all close. Ron was terribly protective of Ginny, which we can notice clearly when she was seeing Dean who made her cry very often. So Ron had the right to intervene, or at least he thought so.
How old is Albus Dumbledore?
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was born in 1881, according to Rowling’s website, making him either 115 or 116 at the time of his death. Even though in an interview, she said Dumbledore was about 150 years old.
How old is Luna Lovegood?
Luna Lovegood was born on 13 February 1981. She was a British witch who was the only child of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Luna was raised by her father, the editor of the magazine The Quibbler, near the village of Ottery St Catchpole in Devon, where her mother died accidentally while playing with spells when she was nine years old.
Luna attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a student and made friends with the famous trio. She was a Ravenclaw House student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1992 to 1999. Luna joined Dumbledore’s Army, a Harry Potter-led organization, in her fourth year, and quickly rose through the ranks.
She took part in the Department of Mysteries War in 1996 when she was only 15 years old.
How old are the other Harry Potter characters?
When James and Lily were 20 years old, they just had Harry, and when Sirius was just 21 years old when he entered Azkaban. These facts are not the easiest to grasp since we believed Sirius was much older.
When Harry first arrived at Hogwarts, Hagrid was 63 years old, while Snape was just 31. According to the Harry Potter fandom Wiki, Lupin and Tonks married in 1997, making Lupin 37 years old and Tonks 24 years old. Tonks attended the same school as Charlie Weasley, but she graduated only a few months before Harry.
James and Lily probably married and had Harry at a young age because of the first war against Voldemort, which is not that strange at all. Of course, it was only because of their deaths and Lily’s sacrifice for Harry that their story ended so suddenly.
Tonks most likely decided to marry Remus as soon as possible during the second Voldemort war for the same reasons. Remus’s condition had kept him from finding a partner, let alone having a wife and child.
Students are not sent a letter on their birthdays, however. They typically get their letters/notifications in the summer before school starts. By coincidence, Harry’s birthday is in the summer, so it is about the same time, and technically Harry got his first letter a week before his birthday.
We hope this clarified some questions and concerns about the ages and the brutality of life these young individuals had to go through. Still, their stories never age, much like the characters in them!