We can't believe we never noticed this
Words – Channing Sargent
But trust Reddit to find a new Harry Potter book detail that completely knocks the air out of us.
On Wednesday, a Reddit post pointed out that Harry attended a Deathday Party on the 31st October 1992. The date was the 500th anniversary of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington’s (AKA Nearly Headless Nick) death, as well as the 11th anniversary of his parents, James and Lily Potter’s deaths.
The books don’t directly address the shared deathday. However, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Hagrid tells Harry that Voldemort ‘turned up in the village … on Halloween ten years ago’, Bustle notes.
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However, as Reddit user imapiekindaguy points out: ‘We don’t know if Harry really takes in this part of what Hagrid is saying; after all, he’d just had two fairly big shocks in being told he is a wizard and that his parents had been murdered.’
So, Harry deserves a little empathy when you ask: ‘What in the Deathly Hallows is he thinking, going to a party on the anniversary of his parents’ death?’ Maybe he hadn’t put the pieces together yet. Or maybe he had, and he just felt it appropriate?
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Then again, the party IS kind of low-key.
Or, maybe Harry was unknowingly taking his place in legend. As Minerva McGonagall told Dumbledore, she ‘wouldn’t be surprised if [Oct. 31st] was known as Harry Potter Day in the future.’
Ah, Harry Potter theories. Always making us think.
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