Character Birthdays

Many authors come up with an astonishing amount of detail about their characters and the worlds they live in.  Even if there’s no chance they’ll ever show up in the actual book, the little details are part of what makes a fictional world come to life- and personally, my favorite kind of extra detail is a character’s birthday.

I know it’s silly.  I’ve been told that character birthdays are completely inconsequential many times, even once by a bestselling author.  Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, responded to my tweet asking if her characters have birthdays with “No. I don’t really think it’s important.”

Of course, she’s right.  It’s not important.  The day a character was born almost never makes a difference to plot or personality or anything at all.  But birthdays are FUN.  Celebrating or even just noticing a character’s birthday is entertaining and, in my opinion, makes that day slightly cheerier.  Birthdays are a nifty little connection between fictional worlds and the real one, and I like to pay attention to them.

With that in mind, below is my personal list of all the birthdays I can find for characters I care about.  All dates are given by the author/creator or a source directly affiliated with him/her, unless otherwise indicated.

What do you think about character birthdays?   Also, let me know if you know of any I missed!

  • January 5th – Michael Moscovitz (The Princess Diaries)
  • January 9th- Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
  • January 19th –Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • January 24th – Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • January 26th- Gilderoy Lockhart (Harry Potter)
  • January 30th- Lily Potter (Harry Potter)
  • February 4th – Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)
  • February 6th- Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • February 12th – Gromit (Wallace and Gromit)
  • February 29th – Mitsukuni Haninozuka (Ouran High School Host Club)
  • March 1st – Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • March 1st – Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings)
  • March 4th – Clarisse Renaldo (The Princess Diaries)
  • March 10th – Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)
  • March 22nd – Kenny McCormick*** (South Park)
  • March 27th – James Potter (Harry Potter)
  • March 29th – Jesse Turner (Supernatural)
  • April 1st – Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • April 1st – Veser Hatch (Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name)
  • April 8th – Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)
  • April 13th – John Egbert (Homestuck)
  • April 28th – Elizabeth Callahan (Young Wizards)
  • May 1st – Mia Thermopolis (Princess Diaries)
  • May 2nd  - Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
  • May 5th – Takashi Morinozuka (Ouran High School Host Club)
  • May 8th – Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
  • May 9th – Kermit the Frog* (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, etc.)
  • May 15th – Pomona Sprout (Harry Potter)
  • May 26th – Kyle Broflovski (South Park)
  • June 5th – Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)
  • June 6th- Meredith Sulez (The Vampire Diaries – novels)
  • June 9th – Hikaru & Kaoru Hitachiin (Ouran High School Host Club)
  • June 9th – Donald Duck (Disney cartoons)
  • June 28th – Dobby (Harry Potter)
  • July 1st – Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones)
  • July 1st – Eric Cartman*** (South Park)
  • July 1st – Jason Grace (Heroes of Olympus)
  • July 7th – Harold Callahan (Young Wizards)
  • July 30th – Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)
  • July 30th – Lily Moscovitz (Princess Diaries)
  • July 31st – Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
  • August 11th – Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • August 18th – Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • August  25th – Christopher Rodriguez**(Young Wizards)
  • August 31st – Gigo, along with others of his species (Young Wizards)
  • September 1st – Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl)
  • September 9th – Tally Youngblood (Uglies)
  • September 9th – Shay (Uglies)
  • September 19th – Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
  • September 20th – Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly and Serenity)
  • September 22nd – Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings)
  • September 22nd – Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings)
  • September 25th – Garrick Ollivander (Harry Potter)
  • September 26th – Quirinus Quirrell (Harry Potter)
  • September 27th – Scott Pilgrim (Scott Pilgrim)
  • September 29th – Hazel Lancaster (The Fault in Our Stars)
  • September 29th – Adam Milligan (Supernatural)
  • October 4th – Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
  • October 7th – Tina Hakim Baba (The Princess Diaries)
  • October 16th – Tara Maclay (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • October 17th – Filius Flitwick (Harry Potter)
  • October 19th – Stan Marsh (South Park)
  • October 20th – Dairine Callahan (Young Wizards)
  • October 30th – Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • November 16th – Conrad Achenleck (Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name)
  • November 18th – Mickey Mouse(Disney cartoons)
  • November 18th – Minnie Mouse (Disney cartoons)
  • November 22nd – Kyoya Ootori (Ouran High School Host Club)
  • November 29th – Bill Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • November 29th – Hanna Falk Cross (Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name)
  • December 1st – Jade Harley (Homestuck)
  • December 3rd – Dave Strider (Homestuck)
  • December 4th – Rose Lalonde (Homestuck)
  • December 6th – Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter)
  • December 12th – Charlie Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • December 12th – Susannah Simon**** (Mediator)
  • December 14th – Faith Lehane***** (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • December 21st – Will Stanton (The Dark is Rising)
  • December 22nd – Thalia Grace (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • December 31st – Voldemort (Harry Potter)
  • December 31st – Hanna (Graceling Realm)

*Kind of.

**possibly September 25th.

***according to the South Park Archives.

****Meg Cabot says that this date “sounds right” though she isn’t positive.

*****This date is debated, as it appeared in what is usually considered to be in a non-canon book.  But it hasn’t been contradicted elsewhere, and Eliza Dushku (Faith’s actress) has tweeted it.  That’s good enough for me.

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5 Responses to Character Birthdays

  1. Want to say Thanks! I’m trying to put together such a list myself. I’m shocked no one has apparently done it definitively before!

  2. Pip says:

    I love this list, but you don’t take it far enough! Year! They need full birthdates. What year was he/she born in. I am putting together a list that needs all the data, because, as you said, the details are fun!

    • Tripleness says:

      Thanks! And I’d love to give a year, but I made the decision not to because many of them don’t actually have a specific year. Some of the series these characters come from have sliding timelines or simply don’t ever specify years. Others do have them, such as Harry Potter characters, but I didn’t want to make the list uneven. I’d be happy to send the years I do have to you, though, if you’re interested.

      Thanks again for commenting!

  3. nick1372 says:

    Thank you for this! I found this in a Google Search trying to create my own list and it helped me so much!

    It’s also awesome to find someone else who likes the Young Wizards series!!! I seriously can’t find anyone else! :D

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