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Nobody was left untouched by the Battle of Hogwarts. The search for Horcruxes, the epic catch phrases like the Molly Weasley’s “Not my daughter bitch!” and the deaths of so many beloved characters like Remus Lupin, all work to create an epic ending. The one thing we do not know is the date of the battle; well not until the fans discovered it.

A memory refresh first: the last book of the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, features The Battle of Hogwarts marking the end of the Second Wizarding War. Every character from the series got their part in it, it doesn’t matter what contribution they gave during the series. In the end the victor is the Order of Phoenix and Harry’s so-called “Dumbledore’s Army”, ultimately ridding the magical world of Voldemort’s presence and his control over it.

And now the intricate details that we did not know, but love. As it happens, the famous battle happened on May 2nd, 1998. If you are wondering how somebody came around digging out such information the answer is simple: the writer, J.K Rowling, wrote it herself.

A fan found this piece of data in the documentary named J.K Rowling: A year in the Life, where it is supposedly mentioned that the Battle of Hogwarts took place on May 2nd. The documentary could originally be seen in the UK and is now made available for those owning the “Special Features” DVD of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rowling says of Bill and Fleur Weasley’s eldest child:

"Victoire, who’s in the epilogue, was so named because she was born on the anniversary of the battle that finished it all. Which is the second of May, if anyone’s been paying attention."

In terms of the year in which the Battle of Hogwarts occurred, Rowling’s candidly confirmed that, too. Last year, the writer tweeted in honor of the Battle’s anniversary.


And 2014-16 = 1998! (You’re welcome). Only a few weeks left before the Battle of Hogwarts’ 17th anniversary celebrations commence.

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