After Contradictions There are numerous contradictions in the timeline, though it should be noted that, in the FAQ section of her website , Rowling has admitted having difficulty with managing mathematics, so perhaps perfect internal consistency is not to be expected.
In addition, considering the Harry Potter universe is a fantasy world, it's possible that certain dates may differ between it and the "real world". Despite its problems, this timeline is extensively used by fans and Warner Bros. However, several anachronisms have crept through in the movies, such as featuring the destruction of the Millennium Bridge in the film version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , even though the novel and the film are supposed to take place two years before the bridge was built.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , the Dursleys are seen to have a flat-screen television, which were not commonly available in the mids. In addition the Dursley's car, shown in the same film, bears a year registration plate. A short film with the movie series cast, The Queen's Handbag , was produced in as part of the 80th birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. The skit violates the dating convention by having the characters reference the event, even though for them it should still be the mids.
Problems with time Often when dates are given, they are given with a day of the week that does not match with that date as it in actual history. This is usually explained as artistic licence on the author's part.
There are also contradictions within the books in this area. For example, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , both 1 September and 2 September are given as Mondays and, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Buckbeak 's trial is set on 20 April, but careful parsing of the text reveals that it could have happened no later than February.
However, it was later stated that 22 November was a Tuesday, which it was in Historical problems Although the series, according to the timeline derived from the Chamber of Secrets reference, is set in the nineties, the series often seems as though it is set in the late nineties to mids, roughly concurrent with the publication of the books.
According to the above timeline, this should occur in the summer of , when the Prime Minister was John Major , whose immediate predecessor was a woman Margaret Thatcher. It is possible, however unlikely, that Fudge could be referring to a more distant predecessor, as Thatcher took office before Fudge supposedly became Minister for Magic.
Although one could imagine a scenario in which Fudge was delegated by the Minister for Magic to meet with the Prime Minister while he, Fudge, was in an inferior office. Additionally, the personality and history of the Prime Minister portrayed appears to more closely match that of Tony Blair than of John Major.
An article in the Daily Mail notes that Rowling is close to the then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown often viewed as a rival to Blair's leadership of the Labour Party, who succeeded him and became Prime Minister , and that she might have been attempting to show Blair's worst side. If the books were set in sync with publication date of Philosopher's Stone, then this event would occur in after Blair became Prime Minister.
A similar problem involves Nicolas Flamel , who was mentioned as being at the time of the first book, but Nicolas Flamel was a real historical figure and would not have reached that age until , around the time the first book was published. The rebuttal for this is that the date the "real" Nicolas Flamel was born does not correspond with the Nicolas Flamel of Harry Potter. Another problem exists regarding Rubeus Hagrid 's tenure as Hogwarts's gamekeeper.
It is implied throughout the series that Hagrid was given that position within a few years of his expulsion from school in But in one scene of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Molly Weasley reminisces about Ogg , Hagrid's predecessor; since Hagrid's years as gamekeeper appear to overlap with Molly's years at school, it seems unlikely that she remembers a previous gamekeeper. However, it is possible that Hagrid did not become a gamekeeper immediately after being expelled, but rather started as Ogg's assistant.
This is plausible given that when Harry thinks that he will be expelled for flying on the broomstick without permission in his first year, he wonders if he would be allowed to stay on as Hagrid's assistant. There is at least one anachronism in the books. According to the timeline, this would be in the summer of , but that sort of gaming console was not launched anywhere until December , and then only in Japan.
However, considering his parents gave him whatever he wanted, they could have gone out of Britain to get it, as well as use special connections.
Or, Harry might have confused the PlayStation with a similar console. As most wizards are ignorant of how Muggle technology functions, the latter theory seems plausible, although Muggle-raised wizards knew much more about Muggles than the average wizard. Another mistake occurs in dealing with the attendance of Bellatrix Lestrange and Severus Snape at Hogwarts.
Sirius Black mentions Snape and Bellatrix's attendance of the school overlapping at a certain point; however, this is impossible, as Bellatrix attended the school from either to or to , while Snape started at Hogwarts in Sirius could have meant that Snape and Bellatrix ran with the same crowd, but at different times, or the same manner of people, or maybe Bellatrix had to repeat at least one year. Another contradiction is that Merlin could not have both been in King Arthur 's court and have attended Hogwarts, as King Arthur ruled from late 5th century to early 6th century, but Hogwarts was founded c.
If the canonical timeline of the books — is correct, there are several anachronisms in the films. Perhaps most glaringly is that at the start of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix set in according to the timeline , when Harry is bringing Dudley home, a February numberplate is clearly visible in the background; and then when Harry is flying down the Thames toward his trial, he flies past the Canary Wharf development in , only One Canada Square had been completed and the London Eye not built until