"Ladies and gentlemen, what an extraordinary moment this is!
The perfect moment for me to make a little announcement I've been
sitting on for some time!"
-- Gilderoy Lockhart (CS4)
28 December, 2001
24 December, 2001
A couple of new pages have appeared on the Lexicon.
Christoph Siemens sent me some new artwork, and I've added his delightfully
creepy picture of an
to the Bestiary.
9 December, 2001
Once again, there are many edits, additions, and improvements all through the
Lexicon. I'm adding links to many pages, new spells to the Spell Encyclopedia,
new characters to the list of Witches and Wizards, and things like that.
I have added a new map to the Wizard's Atlas. This one is of
I've also added a page for good old cowardly
the boarhound. I've been looking for a picture to put on that page, but
no one seems to have included Fang in their artwork of Hagrid. Too bad...
While I'm on the subject of pictures: I've been asked why I don't include
pictures from the film on the Lexicon site. The fact of the matter is,
it's illegal to do that without permission from Warner Bros. I have
written and asked, but so far I've not been given permission to use any
pictures from the movie. They did give me permission back in June to
include the artwork from the books, but that's all they've done so far.
8 December, 2001
I have revised and updated the
which discusses the mysteries surrounding the attack by Voldemort on Harry's
family in 1981. After scads of email, some of which was downright nasty,
I decided that it was worth an afternoon's work to make things clearer.
There are still pages coming which discuss the priori incantatem effect
and the fidelius charm, both key factors in our understanding of the events
of that fateful night, but they might have to wait until later.
2 December, 2001
26 November, 2001
25 November, 2001
again, adding little details here and there. I have added a couple of spells
from the film, but one of them,
Solarum, really doesn't fit into the canon. I have put it into
the Encyclopedia of Spells, but with a disclaimer. I'm afraid I may have
to do that with other details from the films when I add them to the Lexicon.
While JKR had a lot of input into the creation of the film, she did not
have final say and she did not approve every single detail. The film does
not agree with the books on every single point, and for the purposes of
this Lexicon, the books are considered the final word.
Elizabeth Dalton has written a nice essay about
Changing Image of Grown-Ups in the Harry Potter books which I just
added to the "Delving Deeper into Harry Potter" resources of the Help/About
19 November, 2001
I added several new spells to the Spell Encyclopedia (it's amazing how many
there are when you really look!)
I added a new essay: Languages
at Durmstrang by Eric Oppen. I still have a couple more that I'm working
I broke the list of witches and wizards into several smaller pages. When
it was all in one page, it was getting too large to open quickly and cumbersome
to edit. I've added a number of new names to the list, including a couple
of new Weasleys.
And I still have a huge backlog of new material which I have been trying to
find time to add to the Lexicon. Hopefully, I'll have all of GF, QA, and
FB added before the new book comes out!
16 November, 2001
10 November, 2001
Along with numerous edits and small additions here and there, I
created a page about
fixed this link -- sorry, everyone, and thanks so much to those who emailed
me about it!)
24 October, 2001
There has been a lot of editing over the last few days. I've added a couple of
new spells and a few new magic items. I'm also working on several new essays
which I'll post soon.
delighted to have been given permission by Christoph Seimens to add some
of his artwork to the Lexicon. You'll find the first ones on the Nearly
Headless Nick and the Voldemort
pages. His contact information is not on the artists'
page yet, but it will be soon.
movie opens in six days. I've received a video tape which includes snippets
of the film, some interview soundbites, and about 14 minutes of candid
video as various scenes were being shot. I've also been in contact with
folks who have already seen the movie. I have made a decision to include
at least some of the new information from the film into the Lexicon. The
reference for these tidbits is (SS/f), which means the film version of
Sorcerer's Stone. You will find new facts added to the
spell, the page about James
Potter, and a few other places. I'll add more as more details become
14 October, 2001
I've been doing some general editing all through the Lexicon's 300+ pages. I
actually discovered a couple of pages that still had the old formatting,
which just goes to show you that I need to watch a little closer.
I've added a delightful (if somewhat confusing, for us Muggles) essay by Edis
Bevan. He gives us a taste of what a Muggle
Studies textbook might be like...
7 October, 2001
I have added several works of art done by
Torné, a very talented artist. Edgar's work currently appears on the
new Voldemort page
and on the Hogwarts Ghosts page.
I am also adding new artwork by
and Lord Voldemort. They contributed illustrations of J.K.Rowling
and of the Niffler
(and I'm going to add more soon.)
I have been editing various pages, including adding quite a bit of information
to the Dudley page.
Amy Z, a frequent contributor to the Lexicon, has written a very nice essay
about the plotlines
in Prisoner of Azkaban. You'll find it in the "Delving Deeper
into Harry Potter" section of the Help/About
I've also added (finally) the essay by Rrishi Raote about the use of
words in the Harry Potter books.
26 August, 2001
biography page for Lord Voldemort
has been updated with a fantastic and comprehesive history of the most
dangerous Dark Wizard of our age by contributing editor, Wednesday. Linked
to that is a timeline as well.
19 August, 2001
At long last, the essay by Ebony about
in the Wizarding World has been added.
I've uploaded pages detailing all the differences between British and US
versions of the book. You can access them from the
15 August, 2001
of the kind of information I don't include in the Lexicon, things like
movie news and filksongs. The sites I've linked there are the ones I consider
to be the best.
I've added a
some contact information about the artists whose work I feature in the
2 August, 2001
After a number of requests, I have added a page about the
Potter Trading Card Game, with a couple of links and also a list of
etymologies for some of the new spell names.
I've been adding names to the
list of Witches and Wizards. Laura Freeman, one of the more prolific
artists whose work is featured on the Lexicon, has contributed a number
of wonderful portraits to add to that page. Check out her pictures of Hannah
Abbot and Lee Jordan, for example. That page is getting a bit, well,
large, but it's worth the wait to see all the artwork.
27 June, 2001
I've been spending a lot of time getting the Harry Potter for Grown Ups
FAQ web site up and running. It's quite something! Check it out if you
get a chance. The FAQ Site is a series of essays compiling and excerpting
material from the discussions from the Harry Potter for Grown Ups
group. You'll find there the collected wisdom of over 1500 Harry Potter
fans who have spent hours and hours thinking about and talking over details
of the books in the message area of the group. I will be placing links
in the Lexicon between the two sites, so watch for that.
I finally put together a
of the ground floor of Hogwarts castle, based on careful reading of
the books. The Great Hall and the Entrance Hall take up most of the space.
You'll notice that the trailer from the film does NOT agree with the arrangement
as given in the books, and of course the books are considered canon and
the movie is not. This is quite a nice map, I think. I'm working on more
of them for the
Atlas of Hogwarts.
calendar of Prisoner of Azkaban is done and uploaded. This one was
very tricky, since there was no way to make the dates actually fit any
real calendar. I managed to put it together as logically as possible, but
there are three main discrepencies that are noted at the beginning of that
23 June, 2001
I've spent the last couple of days researching Diagon Alley. The result is a
greatly expanded page
of details about the shops there and also a map
of Diagon and Knockturn Alleys. The map is of course not technically
canon, but it does follow the clues given in the books very exactly. For
example, since in SS5 Hagrid travels from the Leaky Cauldron to Madam Malkin's
and when he gets there he has two ice creams in his hands, I made sure
there is an ice cream parlor between the two. Shops that are described
as smaller I made smaller. I added shops that are mentioned but not named
(e.g. the stationery shop where they buy ink, quills, and parchment, which
is mentioned as being next door to Quality Quidditch Supplies. All the
most well-known shops seemed to be on the Leaky Cauldron end of Diagon
Alley when I plotted them all out, so I made the far end a bit on the shabby
side, with the junk shop, the second-hand robe shop, and Ollivander's way
down there. All this research still doesn't make it canon, but it makes
for a darned interesting map, in my opinion.
6 June, 2001
I've created a new page for
Headless Nick. The artwork on that page comes from a French site which
includes tons of very interesting clip art-style illustrations. I have
permission from them to include more of those pictures, but since they
are designed for a black background, most of them don't work very well
for the Lexicon. The one of Nick is very, very cool -- animated too --
so I'm glad it worked for that page.
The Harry Potter Lexicon has just been given permission by Warner Bros. to
place scanned images of Mary GrandPré's artwork on various pages. This
means that I'll be scanning and including some of her chapter art. I am
excited to be able to include these wonderful drawings in the Lexicon.