The following events occurred in the year 1971:
- Royston Idlewind is appointed International Director of the International Confederation of Wizards Quidditch Committee, but is met with the wizarding world's dislike and distrust after issuing the statement that the only thing he disliked about Quidditch was the crowds.
- 1 September: Sirius Black, James Potter, Lily Evans, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Adrian and Stebbins are Sorted and start at Hogwarts.Template:Fact
Individuals that started at Hogwarts
- Sirius Black (Gryffindor)Template:Fact
- Lily Evans (Gryffindor)Template:Fact
- Severus Snape (Slytherin)Template:Fact
- Remus Lupin (Gryffindor)Template:Fact
- James Potter (Gryffindor)Template:Fact
- Peter Pettigrew (Gryffindor)Template:Fact
- Adrian (unknown house)Template:Fact
- Stebbins (unknown house)Template:Fact
Behind the scenes
- 8 March: Rose Keegan, a British actress who portrayed a red haired witch in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, is bornTemplate:Fact
- 17 September: Ian Whyte, a Welsh actor, stuntman and former professional basketball player who played Olympe Maxime in full-body shots in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is born.