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The Simpsons
In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter.
Title text: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter.

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The Simpsons started with a Christmas episode in 1989, with the rest of the first season airing in 1990. Since Bart is always 10, this puts him as having been born in 1979 or 1980. While none of the characters age, it has now been on the air long enough that Bart and Lisa would have reached Homer and Marge's original age by now if they had aged normally.

The title text further relates this to Harry Potter, providing an explanation for why nobody has aged. In the Harry Potter universe, Harry was likewise born in 1980, making the events/school years of the Harry Potter books span 1991 to 1997. This makes the implication that Bart would have been accepted to Hogwarts, causing major enough issues that it was decided this needed to be prevented, so it says they were stopped from aging. However, Hogwarts is established as serving the U.K. As an American, Bart would be sent to Ilvermorny instead (which would likely also affect the age he goes, most likely taking place after elementary school).

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[A black frame containing a table of two columns and three rows, mostly in grey. The columns are titled 1990 and 2018, the rows are titled Lisa, Bart, and Homer & Marge. Lisa & Bart's ages now, as well as Homer & Marge's age in 1990, are in black, surrounded by a black circle visually grouping these three entries together]

Fun Fact:

Lisa: 8, 36
Bart: 10, 38
Homer & Marge: 36-ish, 64-ish

If you were Bart and Lisa's age during the first few seasons of The Simpsons, this year you're the same age as Homer and Marge.



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