When it comes to Harry Potter’s age in the movies, it’s a curious fact to witness.
On one hand, people know that his age increases by one year for every school year.
On the other hand, the movies themselves weren’t created every year.
This somewhat confuses the mind, as the actor obviously aged quite a bit during that time period, especially considering how quickly children grow.
If you’re from the other side of the pond and aren’t familiar with the United Kingdom’s school system, students normally go through the whole seven years with one school.
This is also how it’s divided up in the fictional movie as well as the book series. It’s not divided into three and four years like in the United States.
There are some exceptions to this if you’re interested.
How old is Harry Potter in each movie:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 11 years old
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: 12 years old
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: 13 years old
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 14 years old
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 15 years old
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: 16 years old
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 & Part 2: 17 years old
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Harry Potter Age In Each Movie
Before going onto the age of the wizarding genius for each movie, we’ll go over a summary of each one so you have enough context to process the information.
You may even reflect on your own time during school, especially if you remember when the original fictional movie series or even book series was released.
Read further below if you’re curious about this subject.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
This is the first story in the series when the main character first learns some of his innate abilities after living for so long alone at his aunt and uncle’s house.
It’s also the setting where he has his first encounter with the villain of the main series.
This particular movie is about trying to find the mythical philosopher’s stone and preventing it from getting into the wrong hands.
The age of our little wizard during this phase of the story is eleven years old going on to twelve.
This is the year that any aspiring witch or wizard, even ones from magical families, go for the first time to learn magic in school.
While it’s not mentioned, it’s likely that all students probably went to a “normal school” before this age.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
As the second installment of the series, this is also our main protagonist’s second year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
He made some friends in the previous installment and is just getting used to life in the magical world and its social order.
While it doesn’t directly deal with the main antagonist, he’s still involved through a deep secret in the school.
When this story took place, it’s the second year we learn about the main aspiring wizard, and he’s of age twelve going on to thirteen years old.
This means that he’s in 7th grade and is starting to become older as he learns more about who he is and what he can do.
The same can be said of his classmates.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This third movie in the series involves a prison escape of someone very close to the little wizard but hasn’t actually met yet.
In fact, the reputation of this prisoner leads people to believe that he actually wants to kill Harry.
It involves the main character and his friends roaming around the school in secret, through various hidden passageways and rooms.
Since it’s the third year that our main character is at the school, he’s thirteen years old and going on to fourteen.
As his birthday is shortly before the beginning of the school year, he turns this age around the beginning of the story.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In this movie, the fourth one, the main aspiring wizard enters a grand competition between three different magical schools. Instead of moving up to a different school, he stays in the same Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for another four years, or at least that’s what’s expected.
Secretly, he suspects a plot but doesn’t quite know what will happen in the end.
This is when the main character turns fourteen going on fifteen years old, which is the age that highschool students enter freshman year in the US.
He starts to learn more about the world of spellcraft and gets into some more advanced topics.
He also develops quite a few new relationships.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The fifth-year movie is when the story really starts to get interesting.
With danger just around the corner, a team of elite wizards and witches gather to prevent a global disaster in the magical world and the normal one.
Each successive movie seems to have a deeper plot and an interesting cast of characters.
The little wizard isn’t as little anymore and turns fifteen years old going onto sixteen years.
This time, his workload is much bigger, consisting of schoolwork as well as dealing with the real world.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This is the sixth movie and is also when the series takes a bit of a darker turn, but not too much as it’s still focused on as a children’s story.
It involves the mystery of the half-blood prince’s identity and morality.
Without spoiling any of the details, there’s quite a lot of alchemy in this one.
In this installment, Harry is sixteen years old going on seventeen years old.
Just about all high school students are juniors at this age, looking to where they’ll go next as far as college and career are concerned.
In England, some people actually go to university at this age.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 & Part 2
Finally, the last book had been so big that it was actually split into two movies.
This is Harry’s seventh and final year of what was supposed to be a full study at Hogwarts.
With so many enemies abound, this turns out not to be the case.
These two movies contain some of the biggest adventures in the series as they take place in various locations.
Our sensational wizard in both of these movies is seventeen going on eighteen.
Keep in mind, as with all the movies, that his birthday is shortly after the beginning of the movie.
So, in the case of the first movie, he’s briefly sixteen years old, and in the second he’s seventeen throughout the whole picture.
That was a list of every movie and corresponding book along with Harry Potter’s age during that moment in the story.
Pointing this out makes it clear how old he actually is, as it doesn’t correspond to how old the actor is and how he seems to quickly get older with each consecutive movie.
This is just the nature of how movies are made and how long they take. After all, actors don’t stay young forever.