Know Your History – 31st July – Harry Potter born!

On this day… 31st july 1980 – Harry Potter born

 According to Pottermore today would be Harry’s 35th birthday!Harry Potter

Harry James Potter (b. 31 July, 1980) was a half-blood wizard, the only child and son of James and Lily Potter (née Evans), and one of the most famous wizards of modern times. In what proved to be a vain attempt to circumvent a prophecy, that stated a boy born at the end of July of 1980 could be able to defeat him, Lord Voldemort attempted to murder him when he was a year and three months old. Voldemort murdered Harry’s parents as they tried to protect him shortly before attacking Harry himself. This early, unsuccessful attempt to vanquish Harry led to Voldemort’s first downfall, marking the end of the First Wizarding War and to Harry henceforth being known as “the Boy Who Lived”. One consequence of Lily’s loving sacrifice was that her orphaned son had to be raised by her only remaining blood relative. Harry was raised by his Muggle aunt Petunia Dursley in a home where he was neither welcomed nor nurtured, but would be protected from Lord Voldemort, at least until he was seventeen years old. As the only known survivor of the Killing Curse (up to that point) Harry was already famous before he arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Early on his eleventh birthday, Harry learned that he was a wizard. He began attending Hogwarts in 1991.

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