I've felt pretty busy in the past. At least, I think I've been busy before. But if I were to compare even my absolutely busiest, most hectic, and sleep deprived day to the one Harry Potter and his friends had on May 1, 1998, I start to feel like the laziest person of all time. To be fair, he was fighting for the lives of wizards and Muggles everywhere in the Final Battle of Hogwarts.
Redditor OwlPostAgain posted a breakdown on the Harry Potter subreddit of Harry's day between 6 AM on May 1st to the wee hours of the morning on May 2nd. I always knew that this was a busy time for them - you know, fighting a war and all - but seeing it all listed out like this really puts into perspective how much can be done in about 24 hours.
*Just to clarify, the GIFs are from the movies, but this is breaking down Harry's day from the book. If you've only seen the movies there will be a few differences!*
Starting around 6 AM, May 1, 1998.
Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook wake up and prepare to break into Gingotts.
Manipulate their way into Gringotts by disguising themselves as Bellatrix Lestrange, fake identities, and Harry's invisibility cloak.
Burned by fake treasure in the Lestrange vault.
They manage to escape Gringotts with Helga Hufflepuff's cup on the Ukrainian Ironbelly.
Spend a few hours flying over the UK.
Harry tuned into Voldemort's thoughts and found that another Horcrux was hidden at Hogwarts.
The trio arrives in Hogsmeade but triggers the Caterwauling Charm so they are almost caught by the Death Eaters.
Dumbledore's brother, Aberforth, saves them and brings them to the Hog's Head Inn.
This is when they get their only meal of the day which consisted of bread, cheese, and mead.
They hear the story of Dumbledore's past and tries to convince them to flee the country, but they refuse.
Aberforth leads them through a tunnel to Hogwarts where they meet up with Neville and the D.A. in the Room of Requirement.
Harry and Luna break into the Ravenclaw common room to look for clues as to what Voldemort would use as a Horcrux symbolizing Rowena Ravenclaw.
Professor McGonagall and Amycus Carrow show up and Harry reveals himself to McGonagall.
McGonagall and the other heads of houses oust Snape from the castle and start preparing Hogwarts for battle.
Meanwhile, Ron and Hermione re-enter the Chamber of Secrets to use a Basalisk fang to destroy the cup.
Harry finds the Grey Lady, Helena Ravenclaw, and realized that Tom Riddle hid the diadem in the Room of Requirement.
Harry meets back up with Ron and Hermione at the RoR where they tell him that they destroyed the cup.
Hermione and Ron kiss FINALLY.
They enter the Room of Requirement and narrowly escape the Fiendfyre spell cast by Crabbe, saving Draco and Goyle in the process. The diadem and Crabbe both perish in the fire.
At this point it's about midnight - yes, only midnight - and Harry realizes that the Death Eaters have made it into the castle.
They duel with Death Eaters where Fred Weasley dies.
The trio sneaks out to the Shrieking Shack where Voldemort was set to meet Snape.
They watch as Voldemort has Nagini kill Snape. Then Harry retrieves the memories from Snape's tears.
Voldemort announces a one hour armistice in which they should collect their dead and surrender before the battle resumes.
Harry runs up to Dumbledore's office and uses his Pensieve to completely alter basically everything he knew about Snape and his entire life.
Now understanding that he must sacrifice himself to save the ones he loves, Harry tells Neville to kill Nagini, then goes to the Forbidden Forest.
Harry uses the resurrection stone to bring back his parents, Sirus, and Remus.
Harry lets Voldemort kill him.
Harry goes into Limbo and speaks to Dumbledore. He decides to wake up, leaving Limbo to fight in the second half of the Battle of Hogwarts.
Harry, presumed dead, is brought back to Hogwarts by the Death Eaters in the arms of Hagrid.
Ron and Hermione and the others briefly mourn Harry while Voldemort announces Harry's death.
Neville kills Nagini.
Everyone begins fighting again inside the Great Hall.
Molly Weasley kills Bellatrix and Harry reveals himself again.
Harry tells Voldemort that he is the true owner of the Elder Wand.
Harry kills Voldemort just as the sun starts to rise.
They visit Dumbledore's portrait and the two talk for a bit.
Harry repairs his phoenix feather wand and returns the Elder Wand to Dumbledore's tomb.
Harry goes off to his dormitory, agrees that he's had enough trouble for a lifetime and wonders if Kreacher can bring him a sandwich.
And thus ends the longest and most taxing day ever. You deserve at least a decade of naps, Harry.
So the next time you think you're having a particularly tough day, just be glad that you weren't Harry, Ron, or Hermione on May 1, 1998. If they can survive an entire day without sleeping, barely eating, and defeating the Dark Lord, you can do just about anything!