The following events occurred in the year 1988:
- Neville Longbottom is accidentally dropped from an upstairs window by his Great-Uncle Algie. When he bounces instead of falling to his death, it proves he is not a Squib.Template:Fact
- Charles Weasley is made a Prefect.Template:Fact
- Bill Weasley is made Head Boy.Template:Fact
Behind the scenes
- Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the films, is born on 24 AugustTemplate:Fact to Joanna and Nigel Grint
- Alfred Enoch, who plays Dean Thomas, is born on 2 December to Balbina Gutierrez Russell and Russel Enoch
- Devon Murray who plays Seamus Finnegan, is born on 28 October to Fidelma and Michael Murray.