Where are James, Lily and Snape during the Fantastic Beasts movies? Are they at Hogwarts or are they still too young to be at Hogwarts?


They weren't even born yet

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in 1926 and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in the following year, 1927.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - The Original Screenplay


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

On the contrary Lily, Snape and James were all born in 1960, a lot later than the Fantastic Beasts films we've seen so far.

The headstone was only two rows behind Kendra and Ariana’s. It was made of white marble, just like Dumbledore’s tomb, and this made it easy to read, as it seemed to shine in the dark. Harry did not need to kneel or even approach very close to it to make out the words engraved upon it.

    JAMES POTTER                    LILY POTTER
 BORN 27 MARCH 1960             BORN 30 JANUARY 1960
DIED 31 OCTOBER 1981            DIED 31 OCTOBER 1981

  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Their births are even the same going by film canon.

James and Lily Potter's grave stone
Click image to enlarge.

That doesn't mean we won't see them though as we know these films are already playing fast and loose with the timeline. For example, they changed Minerva McGonagall's birthday/age.

  • It's one thing to wiggle McGonagall's DoB, who is after all an "old lady teacher" in the original books and another to wiggle someone who has an explicit age and ties to a particular period. – Jontia Nov 8 '19 at 10:54
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    @Jontia Oh sure, it's just an example that the timeline isn't exactly strict to the original canon, especially the books, and if they want a cameo for the sake of it they will do so. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 8 '19 at 10:55
  • There are ways Rowling could explain McGonagall being in Fantastic Beasts. She could have been lying to Umbridge or her 39 years may not have been consecutive. – Jimmy Vailer Nov 8 '19 at 15:04
  • @JimmyVailer Sure it could be explained. The most likely outcome is that it was done for a cameo for fans to be like "oh cool" with not much thought behind it at all. Also JKR is bad at maths... – TheLethalCarrot Nov 8 '19 at 15:05
  • You can't make that assumption without seeing the next 3 movies. Maybe there's a reason McGonagall is needed for the plot. – Jimmy Vailer Nov 8 '19 at 15:07

The first Fantastic Beasts movie was set in 1926. The Crimes of Grindelwald was set in 1927.

Lily was born on January 30, 1960. James was born on March 27, 1960. Snape was born on January 9, 1960.

The dates above come from Pottermore, however, since Pottermore no longer exists, the Pottermore Wiki links are the best I could source for the birthdays.

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    Is there any point in this answer? The only thing it adds to mine is Snape's birthday which doesn't really add much at all in my opinion. It's also not really sourced at all, if sourcing from Pottermore, include links and quotes. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 8 '19 at 15:03
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    There's the wayback machine at the very least. The point is, try and find evidence to back this up, at the moment this is a "take my word for it" answer. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 8 '19 at 15:06
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    @JimmyVailer Your comments have become quite rude. Stop posting rude comments and, if necessary, step away from the computer and calm down. – Null Nov 8 '19 at 15:46
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    @JimmyVailer Criticism of posts (for, e.g., lack of evidence) is the prerogative of any user on the site (generally the users familiar with the work in question). Such users with sufficient reputation may also choose to downvote answers which lack evidence. My responsibility as a moderator is not to judge the quality of a specific answer (moderators need not be knowledgeable about every on-topic work); rather, moderators are responsible for to making sure users express criticism of each other constructively. You were the one posting rude comments. – Null Nov 8 '19 at 18:25
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    @JimmyVailer The original comment which started the argument (the first one on your answer) could have been phrased a bit nicer but it at least included constructive criticism (to add links/quotes). You are the one who got rude (other users thought so too since they flagged your comments) and the other user was generally polite despite your incivility. It's understandable that you felt targeted/antagonized but that doesn't give you the right to be rude. – Null Nov 8 '19 at 19:02

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