What Happened "Fifty Years Ago"?
When a photo of the Riddle tombstone from the "Goblet of Fire" film first appeared in publicity photos, fans immediately spotted some glaring canon errors. I started to wonder how sure we could be of the dates of events that happened "fifty years ago." New information was included in Half-Blood Prince, so I decided it was time to redo the timelines and make sure everything was correct. Fortunately, most of what was published in the timeline was correct. However, there is one major revision that was necessary. The murders of the Riddles in their house in Little Hangleton was now specifically noted as taking place during the summer of Tom Riddle's sixteenth year, which would be the summer he was fifteen. Here, then, is the chart showing the events of Tom Riddle's life. I've also included Hagrid's timeline for clarification.
NOTE: The events on this timeline could be moved a year or two in either
direction and not violate canon. There are two events described as happening
"fifty years ago, Tom Riddle's murder of his parents (fifty years before
1994) and Hagrid's expulsion from Hogwarts (fifty years before 1993).
|Tom Riddle||school year
|age in Sept/Dec||Rubeus Hagrid||school year
|age in Sept/Dec||Other events|
|1927||-||-||0/1||-||-||-||Fantastic Beasts first published|
|1931||-||-||4/5||Fridwulfa, Hagrid's mother, abandons her family||-||2/3|
|1932||-||-||5/6||-||3/4||The Ilfracombe Incident|
|1935||-||-||8/9||-||6/7||first Atlantic broom crossing|
|1936||-||-||9/10||-||7/8||McGonagall starts Hogwarts in September|
visit from Dumbledore to Riddle in the orphanage
Sept - start Hogwarts
|-/1||11/12||-||9/10||Known staff at Hogwarts:
Dippet, Dumbledore, Slughorn
|1939||in 2nd year -
hears about the Chamber of Secrets and is determined to open it
|1940||hears about CoS (cont to June)||2/3||13/14||Sept - starts Hogwarts
sorted into Gryffindor
|1941||3/4||14/15||father dies between September and June of next year||1/2||12/13|
|1942||summer - travels to Little Hangleton to seek out his
relatives in the "summer of his 16th year" (p340)
|4/5||15/16||father dies before end of June||2/3||13/14||deaths of the Riddles in Little Hangleton, blamed on Morphin Gaunt|
|1943||Learns of Horcruxes from Slughorn (sometime during 1943)
late spring - Chamber of Secrets opened, Myrtle killed by basilisk
begins constructing the diary horcrux (putting his "sixteen-year-old self" into it)
|5/6||16/17||June - expelled||3/-||14/15|
|1945||leaves school||7/-||18/19||-||16/17||Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald|
Primary editor: Steve Vander Ark.
Original page date ; Last page update 28 November 2014 SVA