"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
25 December, 2002
23 December, 2002
The Chapter by Chapter pages for each of the books are being
"upgraded" into Reader's Guides. The
page for book one
has been changed into the new format, although all the text
and links aren't finished. Take a look and see how you like it. Eventually,
there will be four main ways to use the Lexicon:
the A to Z index,
the Reader's Guide, the Site Search,
and browsing using the menus. That should allow anyone to find
what they want in a way that suits them.
I am trying to
find a way to contact Jenna who used to run the now-defunct Unofficial
Harry Potter Fan Club website. If you can help me with this, please let
13 October, 2002
Since I last posted
here, I have modified/edited/added to over one hundred of the five hundred
pages of information of the Lexicon. Most of those changes have been minor:
a new spell added to the Spell Encyclopedia, for example. Here's a few
other of the updates and changes:
I've been working a lot on the Master Indexes, too. These are a top
priority right now.
26 September, 2002
map has been added to the Atlas, contributed to the Lexicon by Hermione.
It's a beautiful map of the chambers under Hogwarts where the Philosopher's
Stone was hidden. I have added links to it so you can click on various
places and be taken to relevent places in the Lexicon, but as a result
the page is approximately 170k. If you have comments on that, either good
or bad, by all means send me an email and express your view. If it seems
like most people would rather not deal with pages of that size, I'll turn
it back into just a normal map.
17 September, 2002
I have opened a
forum for the Lexicon.
You can sign on and make comments, discuss your theories about the books,
make suggestions for improvement, and so on. I'm doing this on a trial
basis to see if the folks who come to my site find it useful.
2 September, 2002
I'm sure you already noticed the biggest change around here: the new
main index page and front door. The design for these was inspired by the
Daily Prophet design seen in the films as well as the lettering on
blackboards in Hogwarts classrooms.
The effect is supposed to suggest signboards of a style you might find
on Diagon Alley. I have received plenty of email about the new design,
most of it positive. I am now working on placing that motif throughout
the site, but since I have to edit each page individually, and since there
are about 500 pages, it will take a while for the design to work its way
New essay: When
Magic Meets Muggle Technology, by PrefectMarcus.
Updates of note:
2 August, 2002
essay about Fawkes
I have updated the
page about the fifth
I am working on a new, complete index of the Harry Potter universe, with
references linked to complete information within the pages of the Lexicon.
It's called "The
Harry Potter Universe A to Z." This is an ongoing project. I'm currently
through N, although the links aren't all in place on every page. When this
is finished, this index will provide the most complete Harry Potter encyclopedia
in existence. If there are details that don't appear, please let me know
and I'll add them.
I have removed
all counters and site statistic monitors from my home page to protect users
from unwanted advertising and pop-up windows. Again, I apologize for the
New maps of the
Quidditch World Cup
are posted in the Atlas
27 July, 2002
24 July, 2002
- A visitor to the Lexicon emailed me about an annoying pop-up advertising
window that appeared whenever he browsed to my site. I was very surprised,
since I don't put any advertising at all on my site. I understand that
it's necessary for sites to accept advertising, and I might have to go
that route myself soon just to pay the bills, but I really hate some of
the underhanded tactics companies use.
windows are bad enough, but this particular window doesn't even behave
properly--it doesn't have the normal close button and won't respond to
a right-click-close on the task bar button. The source of this ad is the
website tracker on the bottom of the main page, so I didn't place the ad
there. I had no idea it was happening at all. You might be surprised that
I didn't know that this window was appearing, but I didn't. I use a wonderful
piece of software called Internet Sweeper that keeps any of these extra
windows from opening, so I never saw it. To add insult to injury, that
ad generates no revenue for me, so while you all suffered, it didn't even
help to run the Lexicon site. This is intolerable.
The upside of all this is that
1) I have emailed a complaint to the company that gives
me the tracker, but I don't expect that they'll do anything about it; and
2) I heartily suggest that everyone download and install a copy of Internet
Sweeper, available at this website:
This is a free program that has been highly recommended by, among others,
If I can't
get the company to remove the ad, I'll be removing that tracker from my
site. That's too bad, since I do like seeing stats on usage, but it's not
worth it if my users have to be hit with abominations like that pop-up.
8 June, 2002
Where do I start?
I counted and I've added or modified 97 pages since June 8, the last date
I made an entry here. I can't begin to list everything, so I'll just mention
some of the big changes:
a lot of new information has been added to the
Potter FAQ has been updated--well, rewritten actually
a new atlas is in the works, the Atlas of the Wizarding World, beginning
with the Gazetteer, which is being added to on a regular basis
probably the biggest
addition is the new Main Index, which is currently under construction.
You'll find examples of the new pages linked to the
Main Index page.
and the most anticipated (but still incomplete) addition is the
Map, which currently only includes some basic information, not the
detailed castle map that everyone has been emailing me about. Tha's still
4 June, 2002
More new material added:
calendar of Goblet of Fire is here, and it's, well, spectacular. This
one was put together by AmyZ and she has done a wonderful job with it.
The mysterious and dangerous
where the Philosopher's Stone was hidden have their own page. I added a
detailed timeline of the Stone and made other additions and corrections
additional magic items now include Quidditch balls, magic books, and a
nice paragraph about the Vanishing Cabinet.
detailing where Neville Longbottom almost certainly calls home on the Longbottom
27 April, 2002
Several new sections have been added to the Lexicon. Probably the most
exciting is The
Definitive Directory of Magical Devices and Items. This new list pulls
together several separate lists of magical items and artifacts in one encyclopedia.
I've been adding as many new items as I can (look up "doors," for example,
and you'll find the door of the high security vault in Gringotts along
with the doors of Hogwarts which Flitwick taught to recognize a portrait
of Sirius Black.)
7 April, 2002
I've been working
on adding more material to some of the existing pages. I've added a lot
to the page for Peter Pettigrew,
for example. I've also been gathering some new fan artwork
to add here and there.
pages are also under renovation. Once I started organizing the information
from Quidditch Through the Ages, I realized that one little page
wouldn't be enough, so I've been working on reorganizaing that section.
One of the first things I did was break it all up into separate pages,
such as this one about Quidditch
at Hogwarts. There's a lot more to come.
Quite a few people
have written to ask if I would consider allowing translations of pages
from the Lexicon. Up until now, I have said no, just because I wasn't sure
how to go about doing that and protecting my copyrights. But that's changing.
I now have an assistant editor, Benjamin, who has translated the
main timeline into French.
He is working on translating other pages as well.
When a page becomes available in French, an icon of the French flag appears
in the left margin, as you can see on the original English version of the
timeline page. Click on that icon and you are taken to the French version
of the page. This is something of an experiment, so by all means
if you have comments or suggestions.
24 March, 2002
Plenty of updating,
added tidbits of information, and so on. I can't list every change. My
goal is to finish adding the last details from GF and then get started
on Quidditch Through the Ages...
Latest new pages:
chapter by chapter page for
25 February, 2002
17 February, 2002
by Chapter, short synopses of each chapter in the books, contributed
by William Silvester. I'm in the process of adding artwork and links to
the four pages.
New essay, from Leroyal Terrell Gould, III:
Many, many edits and additions here and there (check out the new artwork
page, for example).
Another new essay, this one from Carlos Velasco Medina, about
in the Harry Potter universe.
detailed analysis of the events on the evening of June 6, 1994, which is
the climactic scene in the Shrieking Shack toward the end of PA.
21 January, 2002
It does seem like there aren't many updates lately, I know. In fact, there
is a lot of work being done, but you might not notice it right away. I
have recently discovered that a lot of material from the Lexicon has been
stolen by a number of websites. I have found everything from my maps to
entire pages copied into other people's sites. This is particularly
frustrating to me, since I've put an enormous amount of work into the
Lexicon and it really hurts to have someone just steal that away and post
it as if it were their own work.
As a result, instead of spending my time creating new pages, I've had to
work on adding some rudimentary security to the pages I already have. I
am not stupid, I know that anyone who really wants to steal my work will
be able to get around anything I set up. But at least this might discourage
some of those who either through ignorance or wishful thinking think that
if they see it on the web, it must be free for them to use. So I'm sorry
that I haven't been able to work on new essays or new maps. For now, I'm
working on copying my material onto newly designed pages that discourage
theft. Hopefully this necessary work will be done soon and I can get back
to the things I enjoy more and that you all enjoy finding in the Lexicon.
I took a little time out this afternoon from the boring work to create a
page for Cho
Chang. I wanted to spotlight the beautiful artwork of
Rourke who has kindly given me permission to publish her work in the
Lexicon. I used her portrait of Cho on the new page. I'll be adding more
of her work as soon as possible.
16 January, 2002
I spent time this weekend doing a lot of editing. You'll find new links,
new artwork, and new information all over the Lexicon. For example,
check out the Diggory family page or
the meaning of the name 'Malecrit' in the
I also FINALLY got to work on the
family page. I've now created separate pages for each member of the
family. I've added some new artwork here and there as well. I didn't get
the descriptions quite to the level of completeness that I would have liked,
but it's past 1 am and I'm going to bed.
As you might imagine,
creating and maintaining the Lexicon is a huge job for one person. It takes
a lot of time and also money. In order to help support the site,
I've added a page of recommended
reading. If you click on any of the items on that page and order them
from Amazon.com directly from that link, a nice percentage of the sale
comes back to me. If you use the Lexicon link as your way into Amazon.com
and order something else, a smaller percentage of that sale will also come
back to me. If you're interested in supporting the Lexicon, please consider
making a purchase. Remember, if you order an item directly through a link
to that item on my page, it helps the most.
I also added a new
discusses Ginny Weasley and her various relationships with other characters
in the books. JKR has promised that there will be more "boy-girl" stuff
in the next book, so I figured it was time for the Lexicon to start talking
about romances and things like that.
4 January, 2002
2 January, 2002
I've added a
map to the Atlas: Ottery St. Catchpole and the surrounding area, showing
New pages over the Christmas holidays:
New artists whose work appears in the Lexicon: