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22 November, 2003
After a busy few days, I finally got back to working on the Lexicon. Nik the
Hermit's analyses of
Little Whinging and of
number four Privet Drive
is complete and I've uploaded it all. He actually
found a house of the type that the Dursleys' house would be and has drawn
his floorplans accordingly. He's also made an interesting discovery about
street names, which I've posted as a
This is really good stuff, folks.
Just a personal note: Hello to Brian and Emma...yes, it is me.
15 November, 2003
New page added about the
Okay, okay, I know, there ISN'T a Hogwarts choir in the books, so this
is definitely NOT CANON, but it's so interesting that I decided to add
the page anyway. Included on the page are the lyrics and music for the
song they are singing in the trailer, "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
I also put a couple of images from the trailer onto that page. I don't
usually use film images and if permission doesn't come through from Warner
fairly quickly, I'll remove them.
15 November, 2003
been asking about this for years, and I've finally done it. I have spent
the last couple of hours tracking down all the essays on the Lexicon and
creating an index
page. ("And there was great rejoicing") I
am fairly certain I found them all, but if any more turn up I'll have to
add them later. It's late...
12 November 12, 2003
essay has just been added, this one called "How
Safe Is Privet Drive?", written by Jen Reese. To complement the essay
I've included another beautiful drawing by Marta T. based on the first
chapter of Order of the Phoenix.
11 November, 2003
In case anyone's interested, I've uploaded a
showing a scan of one of the pages of my research notebook about OP. I
had a few requests for people who wondered what my notebooks looked like,
so if that's you, here you go.
Nik the Hermit has added a whole new section to the
on the location of Privet Drive, determining when the house was built
and giving some of the details of what it must look like. Nik has promised
detailed plans of an actual Surrey house of just this description...stay
9 November, 2003
3 November, 2003
the Chamber of Secrets
film, edited by Marilyn Cole
page for the Atlas giving details of the location of Little Whinging
in Surrey, carefully researched by Nik (who lives in that area and has
been investigating homes and neighborhoods)
Two new essays have been added:
Also added are a wonderful new
of Wizarding London and a page describing various special types
of wizards, from Animagi to Seers.
2 November, 2003
Most of the
new spells have been added to the Spell Encyclopedia, which is a bit of
a relief, since I do get a lot of email reminding me about them. I am still
adding more, however. Tonight, for example, I added Permanent Sticking
Charm. That's because I'm currently on Chapter 6.
that means. I am cataloging the new book chapter by chapter in my notebook.
I am in the middle of chapter 18 at the moment, writing down every little
detail. The process of getting that information from my notebook into the
Lexicon takes a little longer, and in that I'm only on chapter 6. You can
tell how far I am by checking out the page of chapter descriptions for
OP: the entries for chapters 1-6 are much more detailed than the entries
for the rest of the book. As I work on each chapter, I always find a huge
number of new things to add to the Lexicon. For example, tonight I added:
That isn't all
from chapter 6. I have to double-check that all of Sirius's relatives have
been entered in the Which Wizard section (although Michele worked on this
summer and she is very thorough, so I don't expect that I'll have to add
anything there). I also need to add all those delightful Dark Magic items
to the Lexicon.
information about Doxies and Puffskeins to the Bestiary
a whole new page about
notes about Doxy eggs in the Potions ingredients list and about
Doxycide and antidotes to the Potions Encyclopedia.
added "shifty" to the British glossary and checked that "you lot,"
"pastilles," "fancies," "snogging," and "skiving" were on the
while I was adding Permanent Sticking Charm, I added information
about Patronus (that Cho's was a swan and the phrase "corporeal
added Wartcap Powder to the Potions Encyclopedia
So why am I
telling you this? I guess it's just to let you know that things are getting
done around here. None of these additions would typically warrent an entry
on this "What's New" page, but these kinds of edits are happening all the
time. I just thought you'd like to know.
28 October, 2003
I am delighted to announce that a
essay has been added to the Lexicon, this one delving into the possible
connections between Ginny and Harry. The author of this essay, Water Witch,
emailed me the other day to point out, without rancor, that she had indeed
submitted this essay to the Lexicon back in July, so my statement below
that no one had submitted an essay to me about other relationships was
in fact wrong. She was right...I discovered the emails of our conversation
in my inbox, still waiting for me to do something with the link she'd provided.
That brings up a rather important point. I do get a a LOT of email. I
have a feeling that during the last few months, since
Order of the Phoenix was released,
I likely misplaced or forgot about other conversations I've had. There
are currently something like 680 items in my inbox and 200 in my Lexicon
folder. If you've been wondering why I haven't emailed back or, worse yet,
why I never published something that I told you I would, and if you're
now harboring nasty, angry thoughts about me, I apologize profusely. You
can wait it out and hope I somehow find myself back to your emails, stewing
all the while, or you can forgive me and send another email to gently remind
me. Your choice.
I suppose there's
always the chance that your next email will just become number 681, but
the volume of messages coming into my inbox has dropped quite a bit in
the last two months and there is a pretty darn good chance that I won't
forget you a second time. And if you want to email me and tell me how wrong
I am to put "shipping" essays on the Lexicon, go right ahead and do so.
I have a file for those too.
24 October, 2003
has been interesting. You'd think that I would have been familiar enough
with the, uh, fervency of fans when it comes to "shipping," but I have
to admit that I was surprised by the reactions in email to Penny's essay.
Some accused the Lexicon of no longer being impartial. Some have pointed
out that Rowling's statements seem to indicate that Hermione and Ron have
a budding relationship and that Harry doesn't enter in to it, so speculation
on that score is "against canon." Others have criticized the Lexicon for
joining the shipping debate at all because they find the whole thing
distasteful or even inappropriate.
Let me remind
everyone of a couple of things. First of all, since relationships have
become a part of the canon in books four and five, it is perfectly reasonable
for the Lexicon to include information on the subject. Secondly, since
virtually nothing is actually told to us about any relationship between
any main characters except that of Harry and Cho, pretty much anything
put forward is going to be speculation.
Put those facts
together and that means that the Lexicon should and will publish well-researched,
thought-provoking essays on the subject of relationships ("shipping"),
and that these essays will speculate and draw conclusions from hints in
or interpretations of the text. You don't have to read them if you don't
One other point
needs to be made. The Lexicon has never really been completely impartial.
Pretty much every essay, for example, involves speculation and drawn conclusions.
Even the more factual parts of the Lexicon include a few "facts" which
have only been deduced or assumed, not proven. This is unavoidable. We
try desperately hard to research away the uncertainty, but sometimes we
just have to go with our assumptions and hope for the best. Take the day-by-day
calendars, for example. You can read in the explanatory text on the pages
the level of research that was done to try to put those calendars together.
Even with that kind of careful work, the day-by-day calendars are filled
with speculation, assumption, and guesses. They're pretty darn good guesses,
but they are nevertheless guesses.
So why don't
I have a Harry/Ginny or a Ron/Hermione essay? Because so far, no one has
submitted one. Rather than complain about Penny's piece, why don't some
of you fire up your word processors and write me an essay? I can't promise
that I'll publish it, but I'll certainly consider it.
And what "side" am I on in this debate? I'm not telling.
On the subject of artwork, however, some valid objections have been raised.
I chose the pieces I did because they represented some of the scenes which
Penny referenced in her essay. However, as a few folks pointed out, the
scenes depicted almost seemed to show Harry's relationships with characters
other than Hermione. I think that's a good point. With no disrespect
intended to Marta at all, I will be looking for suitable replacement
artwork for that page. I'll place Marta's work elsewhere in the Lexicon. I
haven't heard from her specifically about this issue, but I don't think
she'll be offended if I move her artwork off that page.
19 October, 2003
got around to editing and publishing an essay from my dear friend Penny
Linsenmayer, who was in many ways the person most responsible for
Harry Potter for Grown Ups being what it is today. Penny's essay is entitled
and Friends: The Evolving Relationship Between Harry and Hermione."
I used several of Marta
T.'s wonderful drawings as illustrations for Penny's essay. Considering
the author and artist, then, this is a Lexicon page you won't want to miss.
I am very honored that both of these amazing people have given me permission
to showcase their work.
I have been
adding more of Cassie Songer and Vic Xntric's illustrations to the Bestiary.
Look for the shrinking Moke!
Quite a few
folks have written to remind me that there are still a few spells missing
from the Encyclopedia. I promise you I haven't forgotten. I've been adding
them as I get time. Last night I added Colloportus and Protego. Just hang
in there, I'll get them all. I'm actually still cataloging the fifth book,
so I split my time between researching and adding information.
5 October, 2003
14 September, 2003
beautiful new illustration called "Mourning" by Marta T., on the
for the fifth book.
new artwork added to the Bestiary, thanks to Cassie Songer and Vic Xntric
outline of the
of the life of a Wizard, from infancy through old age
page, edited by Marilyn Cole, compiling all the essential information
about the first Harry Potter film, including changes from the book
a very nifty Wizard
money converter which was programmed for me by Niklas Åkerlund
I've just added another new essay, this one by Ali Hewison, entitled
Tragedy of Petunia Dursley.
7 September, 2003
A couple of new things to mention:
1 September, 2003
Sandra Diersing has given me permission to include on the
page a very perceptive short essay of hers about socks.
I've posted a page which details some of the more
facts and speculations about the whole timeline question. This page
will answer some of the commonly-asked questions about things like the
Playstation and Nicolas Flamel's birthdate. I want to make sure I think
Shaun Hately, the map wiz, for his comments which appear on that page.
Oh my goodness, where do I begin?
been editing pages left and right, so many that I can't even begin to list
them all. She's added name origins and much more information to the Wizards
lists, the new song to the Sorting
Hat page, OP information to the pages for Snape
and Lupin, details to
the timeline of
Harry's life, and she's done a brilliant job of listing and analzying
all the detentions
and House Points
for the latest book. She's also added a list of all the incidents of Transfiguration
in the books. You'll find major updates on many pages, including:
While she's been
doing all of that, I've been creating some new pages (which aren't quite
ready yet) and working through a backlog of materials which have been submitted
and which are sitting in my project pile. One of these, an excellent visual
guide to the time travel incident toward the end of the third book,
was sent to me way back in May, and it's only now that I've gotten around
to putting it online. It's been a busy summer!
And to top it all off, the
Forum is back up and better than ever, thanks to some amazing work
by Kip and Denise.
Stick around, the Lexicon is just getting better and better.
17 August, 2003
Before I get
to the latest updates and new pages, I need to take the opportunity to
officially welcome Michele Worley to the staff of The Lexicon. Until now,
the staff of the Lexicon has consisted of just one person. A lot of folks
have contributed over the years, but no one has actually become a staff
member. No one but me has ever had hands-on access to the 450+ pages of
the Lexicon. I was and still am very protective of this website.
first started sending me notes and information, I wasn't looking for an
assistant editor. As her emails kept coming, however, and as I realized
the quality of research she was doing and more importantly, the care with
which she wrote about the Harry Potter canon, it dawned on me that what
she was sending me was virtually identical to what I was doing myself.
to become the assistant editor and has been busy adding information and
doing a lot of editing that has been sorely needed. She's doing a spectacularly
great job, and I am delighted to have her aboard. If you get a chance,
you can email her at email@example.com and welcome her and thank her
yourself. She's really the one responsible for all the information from
the new book making it into the Lexicon so soon.
she's been hard at work adding that new information, I've had a chance
to create some new pages:
13 August, 2003
Guide to Magic is an index that incorporates spells, potions, magic
items, and other terms into one nice list.
pages have been updated with new information about the locations of
various rooms. We now can place every known room on a floor of the castle
except the Transfiguration classroom.
of the ground floor of Hogwarts has been updated to include the corridor
of classrooms and also an entrance to the courtyard that is mentioned in
Pince's page has been given an update including a beautiful drawing
by Marta T. of Harry and Ginny being thrown out of the library ("Chocolate
in the LIBRARY?!"). I've reduced the image to make it load faster, but
if you click on it you'll be able to see the picture in all its glory.
Believe me, it's worth the download time.
Two new magic pages have been added, one about
Magic and the other about Movement
Magic. These pages discuss the various levels of these general categories
of magic and list the various spells and items which create the magical
effects. I'm hoping to add more of these kinds of pages covering other
types of spells.
A new chart has
been added to the Timelines section. This is a master
chart of classes from 1965 through the present, with a seven-year block
for each class at Hogwarts. You can tell who is at school with whom very
easily. I've added several staff members to the chart too, indicating when
they began teaching at Hogwarts.
Lots of new
stuff, including huge numbers of edits and additions by Michele, who is
amazing and wonderful. I'll list them all when I get a chance (I'm just
in for a few hours from camping by Lake Michigan...ahhh...). I have also
added a couple of new pages that might be of interest:
Speaking of the artwork, it's currently quite a huge file. I'll be reducing
its size when I get a chance, but in the meantime let it load, it's worth
4 August, 2003
Added a couple more facts to the
Facts page, including another bona fide error.
has been working on a list of the differences between the UK and US editions
of The Order of the Phoenix. Her list
is now complete and has been uploaded. It's surprising, really, how few
differences there are. Just a reminder, if you're curious about the meanings
of some of the British phrases and terms, slide on over to the Strictly
British page. You should be able to find the meaning of any thing that
has you puzzled.
3 August, 2003
More editing. I've uploaded one of the images from my History of the
Wizarding World presentation from Nimbus 2003, a
that shows who was at Hogwarts during the time that James and his friends
were there. I've also added a new website to the Resources
page, Visualizing Harry Potter, and Amy Z. has updated the Order of the
has been working on maps of various Harry Potter locations. I'll be posting
them on the Lexicon as he gets them ready. The first one, which is based
on my sketch map, is of Hogsmeade.
Shaun has added the OP locations and made the whole thing look very nice
indeed. I image-mapped it so it's clickable, too.
2 August, 2003
I have to
say again how much I am indebted to Michele Worley. The page about Legilimency
just shows what excellent research Michele is doing.
Major new material:
31 July, 2003
Page with nice description of
including an outstanding assessment of where
Legilimency may have occurred elsewhere in the books.
A similar page about
Thanks to Isabel Nunes of the team working to translate
Order of the Phoenix into Portugese, we now know for sure that
Sinistra is a woman. Isabel emailed me and told me that the translators
were using the Lexicon as a reference as they worked, which was a real
kick for me. She asked whether Sinistra was a man or a woman and I told
her that we weren't sure, since it never says in the books. So Isabel contacted
Rowling's representatives and was assured that Sinistra is in fact female.
So that's one little mystery solved.
A couple of new items were added to the
Fantastical Facts page for Order of the Phoenix. One is an error
in the book--an honest to goodness error, probably a typo that slipped by
editors who don't know the books as well as we do. The other is a weird
moment in the book that I noticed and thought I'd throw out for you all to
Nimbus 2003 and a relaxing vacation, during which time I added a LOT of
new information. I've uploaded all the new stuff. Here's a list of the
I have to take
a moment to thank Michele L. Worley who has made a lot of these updates
possible. I have been able to pull up Michele's emails and find ready-to
cut-and-paste character descriptions, lists of books, and so on. Thank
you so much!
9 July, 2003
Lots more new stuff. Here's a partial list:
added to the Malfoy
Mansion page, by Angela West
updated the page
including details of her two correct prophesies
new terms added
to the Strictly
British glossary, including "budgerigar" and "titchy."
1 July, 2003
6 July, 2003
New and improved today:
I've had a number
of emails asking me (sometimes not very nicely) why I didn't get all the
new spells listed in the encyclopedia yet. It's not that easy, folks. For
example, in chapters 1-3, which I did today, there are seventeen spell
references. That means that I have to look at seventeen different bits
of magic and decide how to include them in the Lexicon.
added new spells
to the Spell Encyclopedia from chapters 1-3
Some are easy--Lumos,
for example, is already entered in the encyclopedia, so all I have to do
is add the new references. But then again, there's the whole thing about
Harry being able to cast that Lumos spell without actually having his wand
in his hand. So maybe that isn't so simple--how do I enter that exactly?
And do I need to add that little tidbit to any other pages while I'm at
it? What have we just learned about doing magic in the Harry Potter universe?
Or what have we just learned about Harry?
are more difficult to place in the encyclopedia. For example, Harry's locked
bedroom door opens up all by itself in chapter 3. Someone obviously cast
a spell, but which one? Alohomora? The door opening spell Lupin cast on
the wardrobe in PA? Or is this some brand new spell that needs to be included
somehow? Then what do I call it? Or do I create a new entry for "door magic,"
and include references to doors from the Magical Items section too?
I will be going
through this process for every magical reference in the entire book, and
you know what? It's going to take a while. But in the long run, that's
what makes the Lexicon something special. So please be patient. It's worth
1 July, 2003
Lots of new information added. The section on the
of Magic used to be one page, now it's, I dunno, about six. I'm adding
names to the Witch Wizard section a little at a time, too. I can't list
every single change here, there are way too many. I have just received
a beautiful drawing of a Thestral, so I'm eager to create a page for those
weird, amazing creatures. I'm also keen to start adding spells to the Spell
Encycopedia. Stay tuned, I'll get to that later today...
27 June, 2003
26 June, 2003
New pages uploaded:
New pages uploaded:
25 June, 2003
everyone who spotted an error in the calendar and emailed. Yes, Harry had
classes with Snape TWICE a week, Monday and Wednesday, not just once. I'll
update the calendar as soon as I get a chance. More good stuff coming...
25 June, 2003
the dedicated effort of two people, Amy Z. and Joywitch Curmudgeon, I have
been able to post the day-by-day
calendar of Order of the Phoenix including Harry's
course schedule and other notes. This is a work in progress, since
none of us has had time to really analyze every word of the books yet.
Even so, this is an excellent resource for those of us who want to really
dig into the story. As the next few weeks go by and as I fill my notebooks
with research, I'll be revising this calendar as necessary. If you have
found any pertinent details in the book that we may have missed, by all
means send me an owl.
15 June, 2003
indeed. The Harry Potter Lexicon is now part of the most exciting resource
for Potter information in the entire Muggle world, The Floo Network. The
editors of the various web sites of the Floo Network are working together
to bring you the absolute best and most complete information, news, and
reference material about the Harry Potter universe and Harry Potter fandom.
This collaboration might not always be obvious, but it's an enormous advantage
to you, the users of the Floo Network.
Here's a good
example of how this works. A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Electronic
Arts about the Famous Wizards cards they feature in their games. With confirmation
from them that Rowling herself created the cards, I started working on
adding the information from the cards to the Lexicon. B. K. Delong of the
Leaky Cauldron, another Floo Network member site, asked me if I had a complete
list of the information from those cards and I forwarded him my text file
with all of the card details, compiled from the different sources where
those cards appear. He and Melissa Anelli, also of TLC, then contacted
people they knew at Wizards of the Coast to get verification that Trading
Card and Chocolate Frog card information was also created by Rowling.
B. K. also acquired permission for me to reprint card images on the Lexicon
site! As a result of the Floo Network editors working together, you will
be treated to in incredibly complete and detailed set of pages about the
Famous Wizards cards. That section of the Lexicon is in the works and should
be finished in the next few days.
Now jump ahead
a week from now. As of next Saturday, The Order of the Phoenix will have
changed everything. You will be glad to know that a team of editors, not
just little ol' me, will be working hard to update and revise and expand
the Lexicon to bring you all the new information as quickly and accurately
Everything. The Harry Potter Lexicon, as part of the Floo Network, is more
than ever your best place for Harry Potter information.
13 April, 2003
The DVD of Chamber of Secrets is out and it includes the Official Timeline
Read this important
note about the timelines of the Lexicon... thanks!
13 April, 2003
editing and adding to pages left and right. I just uploaded about thirty
revised pages, including one or two new ones. I'm not going to list all
the changes here, but you will want to take a look at the new essay, entitled
Potter: The Truest Gryffindor of All?
I have also
added some new information to the book
five page, but this information includes spoilers of the plot. I have
taken steps to prevent anyone from accidentally reading it, but even so,
Some have asked
what will happen with the Lexicon when Order of the Phoenix comes out.
Obviously, I'll be adding the new information as fast as I can, but it
will take some time. I'll be looking for new artwork and essays to add
and writing plenty of new pages myself. Good thing I'll be on summer break
and will have time to put into it!
5 March, 2003
In my last
entry, I mentioned that Disney Adventures magazine stated that the 101
Wizard cards in the video games were designed by Rowling. I said that I
was trying to find out if that were true, but in the meantime I was going
to start including that information in the Lexicon. Since then I have been
informed by a source in the know that everything in the games is indeed
either designed by or approved by Rowling.
So what, you
say? Well, for canon purists like me, that's a pretty big deal. That means
that there are a lot of new things which must be included into the Lexicon,
sure, but it also strongly suggests that other official products, the trading
card game for example, are canon as well, if Rowling has the same relationship
with them as she has with the game designers.
I don't have
any word yet from Wizards--and they have ignored my emails asking for more
information--so we can't be sure. But I am starting to rethink my position
on what is and isn't canon and what will and won't be included in this
And that means
that I may have just set myself up for a LOT more work! I suppose I needed
something to do between now and June 21...
22 February, 2003
I know some
of you have decided that I must have given up on the Lexicon, what with
the lack of entries here. It's true that I haven't been spending as much
time on the site as I did before, partly because I'm getting closer and
closer to being "done" until the next book comes out, and partly because
I'm working on a book which is taking a lot of my time. But there have
been changes and additions happening over the last two months, mostly small
changes rather than whole new pages. I've updated the Order of the Phoenix
page to include the new release date. I've also been editing the pages
for some of the other books (although I seem to have misplaced my copy
of Quidditch Through The Ages!). If you wander through the Lexicon, you'll
discover new information here and there.
when June 21 rolls around, I'll be extremely busy. What fun it will be
to have a whole new book's worth of material to write about! In the meantime,
there are new facts turning up every so often. For example, the latest
edition of Disney Adventures magazine includes a complete list of all 101
Famous Wizards cards from the Chamber of Secrets game. In the introduction
to the list, the magazine states that these were invented by Rowling herself,
which means that they must be considered canon. I am working on verifying
that this is true, but in the meantime, I've started adding the considerable
amount of information from those cards into the Lexicon. This will take
quite some time, since almost every card includes information which applies
to more than one Lexicon page. Also, there are some inconsistencies between
the cards and the information given in other places in the canon.
All of this will keep me happily working as we all wait for June 21.
Oh, one more
thing. I have finally found a picture of Snape that I like well enough
to include on the Snape
page. The other one that's there has bothered some people because they
think it makes the Potions Master look too nasty and gross. Personally,
I think a lot of people romanticize that character too much, but
I will agree that the picture that was there made him look very bad. So
I've added an alternative picture, a beautiful drawing by Bridget Haines
called The Dark Mark.
[Monty Python and the Holy Grail, of course...]