As I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in cinema two nights ago, I couldn’t help wondering how this particular story fits into Harry Potter’s world. And I suspect a lot of people do.
To feed my own curiosity and to make things clearer, I set out on listing the timeline and the characters that I found crucial enough from the movie. At the very least this will shed more lights to understand the whole JK Rowling’s Wizarding World and how Fantastic Beasts is just as essential as the part of Harry Potter.
1926 – 1945
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM story time
(Gellert Grindelwald vs. Albus Dumbledore)
1991 – 1998
HARRY POTTER story time
(Voldemort vs. Harry Potter)
Details of the Timeline
1894: Gellert Grindelwald begins attending Dumstrang Institute.
1899: Grindelwald meets and forms a close friendship with Dumbledore in Godric’s Hollow after being expelled from Durmstrang Institute.
Later in 1899: Aberforth, Dumbledore’s brother, becomes aware of Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s plan. Dumbledore’s sister, Ariana, is accidentally killed during a three-way duel between Dumbledore, Aberforth and Grindelwald, prompting Grindelwald to flee.
1900-1926: Grindelwald forms an army to terrorize Europe and tries to steal the Elder Wand
December 1926: Newt Scamander arrives in America. Tom Riddle Jr.,who later becomes Lord Voldemort, is born in London.
1927: Scamander publishes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
1938: Voldemort starts attending Hogwarts.
1943: Voldemort transforms the Resurrection Stone into his first horcrux.
1945: Voldemort disappears from Hogwarts. Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald in a duel, taking control of the Elder Wand and ending the Global Wizarding War. Grindelwald is sentenced to life in Nurmengard prison.
1956: Dumbledore is appointed headmaster of Hogwarts.
1970: The First Wizarding War begins.
July 1980: Harry Potter is born in Godric’s Hollow.
October 1981: Voldemort’s soul is ripped from his body when he attempts to kill baby Harry, ending the First Wizarding War.
September 1991: Harry Potter starts attending Hogwarts.
December 1991: Harry Potter receives Invincible Cloak as a Christmas present.
1992: Voldemort tries to steal Philosopher’s Stone but fails.
June 1995: Voldemort regains his physical body and the Second Wizarding War begins.
June 1997: Severus Snape kills Dumbledore.
March 1998: Voldemort kills Grindelwald in Nurmengard in an attempt to gain control of the Elder Wand.
May 1998: Harry defeats Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, ending the Second Wizarding War.