When did the Harry Potter books take place?
I always wondered when the setting of the books was supposed to be. Is it set in the past? Present? Future?
I remember seeing somewhere that there was actual years/dates associated with events in the book.
Is there a visual timeline of all the Harry Potter events somewhere with years/months/days mentioned?
@Xantec That's not Wikipedia. That's Wikibooks (a sister project).
@DVK We generally consider general reference to mean that you can find the answer easily on Wikipedia or some other obvious reference. Here… “Each book chronicles one year in Harry's life with the main narrative being set in the years 1991–98”. But that doesn't cover the events from the backstory. Some random Internet link such as Xantec's link to Wikibooks isn't a general reference.
@Gilles - I was thinking more "Wikia". (both this Q - as Keith's answer shows - and the one about Highlander actor considerations that I just answered). The timeline is on Wikia as well: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Dating_conventions
All dates in the HP world trace back to the Death Day party of Nearly Headless Nick in The Chamber of Secrets. It was stated that his it was his 500th Death Day. The cake reads:
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington died 31st October, 1492
So, it stands to reason that during the second year, Harry Potter was 12, and that it was the year 1992. All dates can be calculated from that moment in time.
It should also be noted that this isn't strictly adhered to, specifically, Dudley has Playstation before they came out, among other things.
well, thats sad. if Dudley had a Playstation, it would have made great sense for Harry and Hermione to have cellphones and internet.