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     -- Gilderoy Lockhart (CS4)

The Harry Potter Lexicon web site is constantly being revised, expanded, and edited. New information is added on a daily basis. It would be impossible to list every change here on this page. However, you will find listed here any new pages that have been added as well as major revisions.

You'll also find any news about the Lexicon. Our goal is to make this web site the most complete and thorough resource about the Harry Potter universe available anywhere, in any format. You can help us reach that goal by filling out a feedback form. Let us know how we're doing and give us your suggestions for improvement.

Thanks for visiting the Harry Potter Lexicon!

Dragonologist new WotM on JKR.com
December 31, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

With the new year comes a new Wizard of the Month… Harvey Ridgebit

This is a new canon character, but the Peruvian Vipertooth and the dragon sanctuary in Romania are not. So is this the reservation where Charlie works? Would Charlie’s occupation be Dragonologist then? hmmm…

Edit: At 9:30 pm EST Dec31, the copyright date in the site’s meta data was changed to 2007.
By 9 am Jan1st the date on the Biography journal had reverted to 2004.
Still no change on the FSA archive, or the copyright notices in the entry and exit flash screens.

On another note, Jo did not wish Tom Riddle a happy birthday this year, and she never has.


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2006 Lexicon Year in Review
December 31, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

As most folks do at this time of the year, we have looked back at the events of the past year on the Lexicon and marveled at it all.
To quote Dumbledore from the first Leaving Feast “Another year gone! … What a year it has been!” :)
We welcomed new staff, introduced several exciting new features and enjoyed amazing gifts from Jo. We hope you enjoy this list of some things that were important to us.

Lexicon Highlights of 2006

and Happy New Year!


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Who is your country’s most popular Potter character?
December 30, 2006

Posted by: John

I started playing around with Google Trends yesterday, and came up with some fun results I wanted to share. For those who don’t know, it’s a set of statistics about where (in what countries and cities) different terms and phrases are most commonly Googled.

First, “Harry Potter” is most frequently Googled in Bolivia, with no English-speaking countries in the top ten, although the city in which people most frequently search for him is Salt Lake City.

More importantly, “Harry Potter Lexicon” is by far most commonly searched in the Phillipines, with the US a distant second.

I also thought it was interesting to look at the countries which most frequently Googled some of our favorite characters:
DumbledoreAustralia
SnapeUK (by a significant margin)
HagridSweden (twice as often as any other country)
HermionePeru
Ron Weasley – Chile
VoldemortHungary (by far)
Harry – Bolivia

And as for some key words and phrases:
HorcruxUS
HogwartsSweden (nearly three times as often as any other country)
Diagon Alley – Italy (by far)
QuidditchPoland

It’s a fun site to play with – you can check it out yourself here: Google Trends


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Door closes on JKR.com
December 28, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

The Do Not Disturb sign is back on the Door today.
The Door was open for a full week this time.

I’ve now completed a page in the Guide to JKR.com detailing the puzzle behind the Door Opening #7.
I included some screenshots of the candle in the mirror. As I noted in a previous update, the site seems to be getting “darker” and the flame on the candle in the Links bookcase was shrinking. Well, notice the candle in the mirror has too!


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Happy Birthday Steve!
December 27, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

birthday cake
Please join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday today, December 27th, to
Steve Vander Ark, HH, CWWEA-ld, MMM, KCL, SM, Gurg

Headmaster of the HPLexicon,
Chief Warlock of the Wizarding Examinations Authority- Lexicon Division,
Minister for Muggle Magic
Keeper of Canon and Lists at the Floo Network
Supreme Mugwump of the Wizardry Fandom
Gurg of the HP giants

Steve, no title is quite fitting for the important role you serve in our world or the position you hold in our hearts. Thank you for all you do, and here’s wishing you many happy returns!


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More About Hallows
December 24, 2006

Posted by: John

As part of our quest for the possible meanings of ‘hallows,’ Lexicon friend Bandersnatch kindly agreed to assemble some information for us. The result is an excellent essay which gives us some context for the new book‘s title.

Enjoy: The Grail Hallows and Harry Potter


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Roonwit writes about his research into the decoy titles
December 24, 2006

Posted by: Lisa

We asked Roonwit to write this entry about his (and Pablo’s) research into the titles, and this is what he sent us…
Warner Bros. have often registered decoy trademarks with the real Harry Potter titles, for example the trademarks
HARRY POTTER AND THE GREEN FLAME TORCH,
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE,
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALLOWS OF HOGWARTS,
HARRY POTTER AND THE HOGSMEADE TOMB,
HARRY POTTER AND THE HOGWARTS HALLOWS
are some of those registered on 24th July 2003 under the alias “Seabottom Productions Limited”. They obviously do this because they need the title registered before it is announced, but HP fans do occasionally check the registrations in publically accessible databases, so registering just the real titles would be a bit of a giveaway.

After the release of book 7′s title, Pablo (aka El Cronista) from harrylatino.com, spotted that the trademark DEATHLY HALLOWS had been registered under a new alias “Stone Connect (UK) Limited” and found two others and guessed they might be the alternate titles Jo mentioned on her website. Presumably Warner Bros. realizes that we read the databases and chose to register the trademark without the “Harry Potter and the” to hide them further.

However the ones Pablo found were only part of the full list, of which
HEART OF RAVENCLAW,
DEATHLY HALLOWS,
DEADLY VEIL,
DEMON’S SWORD,
QUEST OF THE SERPENT
were all registered on 5th December 2006.

Such registrations contain decoys for the real titles, other words relating to the Harry Potter books (for example WHOMPING WILLOW is also a trademark), but they could also contain the alternate titles Jo considered for the 7th book if she decided to register them.

The other trademarks were registered to “Stone Connect (UK) Limited” on 5th September 2006:
GREY LADY,
HEIR OF GRYFFINDOR,
LOST SCEPTRE,
BROKEN WAND,
GRYFFINDOR QUEST,
PEVERELL QUEST

and on 2nd November 2005:
WAND OF GRYFFINDOR,
RING OF DESTINY,
ELDER WAND,

and on 25th October 2005:
REVENGE OF DUMBLEDORE
MARCH OF THE DEATH EATERS,
RETURN OF THE DARK LORD,

and on 22nd October 2005:
CURSE OF NAGINI,
LAST PROPHECY,
HALLOWS OF HOGWARTS,
MUDBLOOD REVOLT,
SEVENTH HORCRUX,
WAND OF GRINDELWALD,
FINAL CURSE

It is interesting to note that HARRY POTTER AND THE HALLOWS OF HOGWARTS was registered at the same time as the title of book 6, and HALLOWS OF HOGWARTS were registered, so, given the resemblence to the final title, it is possible that this was the working title for book 7 back in 2003.

Lisa writes: Thanks, Roonwit, and Pablo for doing all of this. We have a better picture of Jo’s naming process (and lots of titles to chuckle about) because of your hard work.


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Is ‘Hallows’ a noun or verb?
December 22, 2006

Posted by: Lisa

As John said, we’re trying to research this with more authoritative sources than are usually found free on the web. Some brilliant research and theorizing is being done, but here at the Lexicon we want to be cautious and make sure we’re giving you the best tools we can.

One area of confusion for a lot of people is “is ‘Hallows’ a noun or verb?” Many fans are going to one of the free dictionaries on the web and they are inadequate for such old-fashioned words. I consulted the mother of all English dictionaries, the Oxford English Dictionary and found that hallows can be either a noun or a verb, but that only one form of usage makes sense in the context of the stories.

Adverb/verb
Deathly as an adverb: Resembling death (“deathly cold”).
Hallows as a verb: To make holy or set aside for God (“Bring their candles to be blessed and hallowed”).
My interpretation? A blessing ceremony that turns deadly or looks like it does — which seems too overtly religious to me.

Adjective/noun
Deathly as an adjective: Causing death, resembling death or pertaining to death (“deathly mists,” “deathly stillness” and “His wounds, many and deathly”).
Hallows as a noun: A saint (All Hallows=All Saints), a saint’s shrine or collection of relics (can also be pagan relics). Note: The noun is usually plural.
My interpretation? A powerful place or collection of powerful objects that appears death-like, causes death or has power over death.

Another curious meaning for ‘Hallow’ and ‘Hollow’ is that it is an old-fashioned way to shout hello, especially while hunting. I am certain that this is not what Jo has in mind.


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Deathly Hallows
December 22, 2006

Posted by: John

Good morning!

We’ve been working around our already jammed holiday schedules to do some site updates with the new book title. We’ll be abbreviating it site-wide as DH, as you probably could have guessed.

I’ve got a brand-new page up and running: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lisa has been helping me put together some research on the title (from reputable sources rather than Google, which is challenging sometimes) and I’ve got some information there. Hopefully more will be coming soon.

Lisa has also made a placeholder image until we get the book’s real cover, which you can see on our main page.

One thing I found that I thought was interesting: in OP26, Voldemort‘s hands are described as “deathly white.” It’s on page 586 in the Scholastic (American) version. Someone else probably already saw that, but I haven’t had time to jump into the forums and see.

Keep the speculation flowing!


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Door opens on JKR.com, Book 7 title announced
December 21, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

Christmas present from JKR.com
The secret Door on Jo’s site is open just in time for Christmas! But you’ll still need to puzzle your way in. Here’s how:
1. Click on the open door in the mirror, a small tree will appear.
2. Click near the top of the Door, a wreath will appear.
3. Click near the top of the mirror, garland will appear.
4. Click on a spiderweb, to “clear the cobwebs”.
5. Click on the windchimes (second chime from the right), it turns into a key.
6. Drag the key to the lock, the Door opens.
7. Click on the gift, it opens.
8. Click in the box to play the game of Hangman. Type letters on your keyboard to guess the title.

I’ll have detailed instructions with screenshots posted in the Guide to JKR.com soon. :) Wow what an exciting day!

Thank you for the magical Christmas present Jo! Happy Christmas!

Notes: Clever Jo had told us to expect the title today! Remember in OP in the Hall of Prophecies, when the prophecies were crashing around, and we heard “… at the solstice will come a new…” said the figure of an old, bearded man… “…and none will come after…” said the figure of a young woman. Today, Dec. 21st is the winter solstice. :)

Leaky is having traffic issues, so if they appear down, please have patience.

I’m enjoying the “Reusable Hangman – Spell It Or He’ll Swing”, a Weasley Wizarding Wheezes product. :D

ALSO:This is the 7th Door opening! How fitting to reveal the title of the seventh book. :)

Be sure to check out Bandersnatch’s comments in the Pensieve for some very interesting thoughts.


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Diary and Rumour update on JKR.com
December 19, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

Jo has updated her site this morning with a new Diary entry and a Rumour.


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Happy Birthday Charlie Weasley
December 11, 2006

Posted by: Belinda

… and we have another birthday! The WotM calendar on Jo’s site is displaying birthday wishes to Charlie Weasley for December 12th.
Happy Birthday Charlie!


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August 8, 2006
Belinda here. Once again the Wizard of the Month on Jo's site, Erica Stainwright, is a new canon character. This has been the case for the past four months, providing us here at the Lexicon with fresh new canon to incorporate! (We always get excited over new canon.) Also this week she added a book in the 'Links' bookcase: CHLG: The Children's Voice, with information and links to the website of the charity that she helped found through the Children's High Level group.

July 31 , 2006
Lisa and Bel here. We thought you'd enjoy reading the full list of questions that Lexicon staff came up with for the Lumos Trivia Challenge pitting The Leaky Cauldron against Mugglenet.

July 27, 2006
Lisa here. I have begun a blog where I intend to post Potter and Lexicon-related news and photographs: Madam Pince's Potter Pages.

July 26, 2006
Paula here. I've posted a new essay: Arthur Weasley's Relationship to Sirius Black: First Forays into the Black Family Tree, by new Lexicon contributor Sylvie Augustus. Of particular interest to the true Pottergeeks out there, I think!

June 30th, 2006
Belinda here. The Wizard of the Month on Jo's site for June (Daisy Hookum) and July (Tarquin McTavish) were both new characters. Most of the WotM have been from the Famous Wizard Cards, but occasionally she has given us these charming additions to the canon.

June 28th, 2006
Happy birthday, Dobby!

June 25, 2006
Paula here. Two new essays have been posted. One is on the ever-popular subject of Horcruxes, by new Lexicon contributor Megan Bostelmann, arguing that Harry is not a Horcrux. And Professor Koniphorous Swamp, who in her own words "appears to have too much free time on her hands," has written a new essay sharing with Lexicon readers "More than You Ever Wanted to Know about Frog-spawn."

June 4, 2006
Paula here. Have a look at our new essay, in which Owen de Lyon wonders "What Came Before the Hogwarts Express?"

May 17, 2006
Paula here. I recently posted a humorous and imaginative essay in which new Lexicon contributor pepoluan wonders of the wizarding world How do they make all those books? Have fun!

May 10, 2006
Paula again, with another fabulous scholarly essay.  Alan Jacobs, Professor of English at Wheaton College and a scholar of Christian theology and literature, among other things, has allowed us to publish on the Lexicon his essay “Opportunity Costs — What does it profit a man to defeat the Dark Lord but lose his soul?” The essay, a thoughtful exploration of the moral dilemmas depicted by Rowling in her books, but especially in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, originally appeared at WEB LINKBooks & Culture, November/December 2005, Vol. 11, No. 6, Page 22 on ChristianityToday.com. Enjoy!

April 30, 2006
Paula here — three new essays have been posted! Douglas Moran has Some Thoughts on House Elves, and Professor Koniphorus Swamp, who “has devoted her career to the investigation of the biology of magic,” has provided Another View of Magic, Genes, and Pure Blood in response to an earlier essay on wizarding genetics by glamourousgeek, and explains Genes and Appearance in Animagi in another essay.

April 25, 2006
Some of you have already discovered that we've added a new feature to some of the Lexicon pages. It's called the Pensieve, and it's designed to allow you to add information to the page. Yes, it's a comment tool, but we'd like to encourage you to use it carefully. We'd like to accumulate some informative, insightful comments in each Pensieve which we will leave attached to the page to enhance what's already there. We won't be putting a Pensieve on every page. At the moment, there's a Pensieve only on these pages:

If you encounter one of these, read what's there and by all means chip in with your carefully considered comments. Do yourself (and us) a favor, though, and read the Terms of Service before you post.

April 16, 2006
Paula here. From the moment it was physically possible for the first fan to have finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Harry Potter fandom has been speculating on what is going to happen in Book Seven — and what needs to happen, given the puzzles, mysteries and loose ends scattered throughout the first six books. A new Lexicon essay, aptly named The List, is a list compiled by Anita (akh), Jo Mears (Serenadust) and Pippin, with contributions from Lyn J. Mangiameli and Siriusly Snapey Susan, of all the things the authors speculate — or hope! — will be addressed in Book Seven. For more information on Book Seven, you might also want to check out pages dedicated to the subject on The Lexicon, and Lexicon Floo Network partner WEB LINKMadam Scoop's.

April 8, 2006
Paula here. I've just posted a terrific scholarly essay on the depiction of virtue in the Harry Potter books that should be a real treat to read for anyone who appreciates just how important the Harry Potter books are. It's called Harry Potter and the Good Life, and it was written by WEB LINKSteven S. Tigner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toledo and a scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at the Boston University School of Education. Enjoy!

April 6, 2006
We have been asked to remove the archive of the test from the Lexicon, and we have done so. Sorry about that, I know that many of you never had a chance to see the test in action, but Jo has asked us not to provide the archive and we of course will comply.

April 4, 2006
Belinda here. I am very excited to announce that we now have functioning archive files of the latest Door opening onWEB LINKJKRowling.com. This is only a copy, but you will be able to work the puzzle to open the door and read the full W.O.M.B.A.T. test. You will not however, receive a Student Identification Code at the end, nor will this copy of the test be scored. We at the Lexicon wish only to preserve the experience for fans to revisit. You will also find files of all previous Door openings, and Instructions for working the puzzles, should you want them. We hope you enjoy replaying them, especially for those folks who missed them during their short time on Jo's site.

April 3, 2006
Paula again. Two more essays have been posted: Love and Death in Harry Potter, by Paul Spilsbury, and The Importance of Neville Longbottom, by Douglas Moran.

We've been busy little beavers at the Lexicon this weekend!

April 2, 2006
Hey y'all, this is Steve. We've just uploaded a commentary and guide to the W.O.M.B.A.T. test which Jo put on her website. This guide doesn't give "correct" answers since in many cases we just don't know for sure. It does pull together canon resources which will be helpful and also gives some thoughts and comments from me and Belinda. We're still going through things and we might be adding more commentary as the day goes on, so refresh your page every so often.

Just a side note, I'm on vacation on Jekyll Island where the weather is spectacular. I figured you would all be wanted some information about the test, though, so in spite of vacations and beautiful sunshine, I worked on this page last night and this morning over IM with Belinda. The sacrifices we make for Potter...

April 1, 2006
Paula here. I've neglected to mention the addition to the Lexicon of two essays published in February. The first, The Complications with Memory by Suzanne Foster, is a comprehensive survey of the myriad ways memory is integral to the progression of the Harry Potter series. The second, Where is Spinner's End? by Claire M. Jordan, is a detailed and fact-filled speculation about where the heck in the Muggle world Snape's home, Spinner's End, could possibly be. My apologizes to the authors of these fine essays!

March 31, 2006
Belinda here. I have updated the Guide to Jo's website with information about the fifth opening of the Secret Door including instructions on how to work the puzzle to get behind the door (for those who have yet to figure it out for themselves, or perhaps having troubles).

March 21, 2006
Lisa again. Steve let me fiddle with his page on the night Harry's parents were killed. I have clarified the timeline, added key quotes, and updated the information so that it takes into account recent statements Jo has made as well as the information from Book 6. I started a topic over on theWEB LINKLeaky Lounge if you want to discuss this page!

March 20, 2006
Lisa here. I have been adding new artwork to the following pages: Harry, Quotes about Harry, Quotes about Ron, Quotes about Voldemort, Luna, Snape, Tom Riddle, Lucius Malfoy and the Malfoy family. Many thanks to Sebastien Theilig, Makani, Tea with Voldy, and Jenny Dolfen. Hope you like them!

March 18, 2006
Paula here. I've posted two great new essays. The first, "Is Harry a Horcrux,"by Stephen Haas, makes a well-thought-out argument for the idea that, you know, Harry is a Horcrux! The second, "Dumbledore vivens Snapeque bonamicus", by Denis Howarth, is a spectacular essay theorizing, as many fans have, that Dumbledore is not dead (but making a very fine pitch for the theory), and also discussing the evolution of the relationship between Harry and Snape. Enjoy!

March 12, 2006
Lisa here. I think I have finally added all the new character names (canon and non-canon) and information from the new documents at JKR's site. Here is a summary:

  • New names (non-canon): Mylor Sylvanus, Oakden Hobday and Bathsheba Babbling
  • New names (canon): Tilden Toots and Georgina Smythe
  • New first-names (non-canon): Aurora Sinistra, Cuthbert Binns and Septima Vector
  • Rowling also considered the names 'Pi Vector' and 'Digit Vector' (non-canon)
  • Alternative first-names (non-canon): Elvira Umbridge
  • Alternative last names (non-canon): Draco Spungen
  • Mopsus was to have been the Divination professor (non-canon)
  • Peter Pettigrew was to have been the one that impersonated Moody, not Barty Crouch, Jr. Is this the infamous Book4 plot hole? (non-canon)
  • In an early draft of OP, the Death Eater Macnair was the person visiting Bode at St. Mungo's on Christmas Eve.
  • Jo chose the name 'Rosmerta' for a village woman because she equated it with "good purveyor"
  • The Muggle Studies professor is female (non-canon)
"Canon" in this case means that we're 100% sure these characters exist in Jo's current Wizarding World. The planning charts and early drafts cannot be considered canon because they were heavily revised by the time the book was published.

March 9, 2006
Belinda here. I've updated the Guide to Jo's website with most of the changes today. You can find detailed instructions for collecting the new scrapbook extras in the Tips and Tricks section as well as many images of how the site looked before the update for comparison.

March 3, 2006
Clint here. Some of you may have already noticed, but there's a new way to explore the Lexicon! Check out our new Knight Bus Tours of the Lexicon. Each tour will take you on a journey to some places you know and some places you may have never been before. There are currently two tours running: a tour of the classical influences in Harry Potter and a tour of the new Gazetteer section. Please note that you must have JavaScript enabled to take the tours.

March 3, 2006
Lisa (again). Well, I finally came up with a design for the main Wizards page that I like! See what you think.

February 23, 2006
Lisa here. I have been adding possible name derivations for the Black family. Here is a sampling:

  • Phineas is an English variant of 'Phinehas,' a name from the Bible. 'Phinehas' probably means "Nubian," though some believe it means "serpent's mouth" in Hebrew (WEB LINKBtN). In Greek mythology, Phineus was "a king of Thrace and a prophet. Because he prophesied too truly, revealing too much of the gods' truth to humans, Zeus blinded him and set the Harpies to plague him." Phineus later helped the Argonauts by telling them how to get past one of their hazards. (WEB LINKEM)
  • Isla: 'Isla' means 'island' in Spanish; it is also the feminine version of a Scottish name referring to the island Islay, which lies off of the west coast of Scotland (WEB LINKBtN). Does not seem to be a star or constellation.
  • Cygnus: 'Cygnus' = a male swan (Latin). In Greek mythology, 'Cycnus' was the Musician-king of the Ligurians who was turned into a swan (WEB LINKEM). It is also another name for the constellation called "The Northern Cross."
  • Lycoris: Lycoris is the horticultural name for plants in the lily family. In Ovid and Virgil she was a mistress of Marc Antony (WEB LINKLewis & Short).
I will be adding more soon.

Oh, and Phineas Nigellus has his own page now.

February 22, 2006
I have just discovered that our Lexicon email has been messed up for a few days. Apparently anything sent to an @hplex address will bounce.
UPDATE: (10 am) As far as I can tell, it's fixed. Sorry about the inconvenience.

February 20, 2006
Lisa here. The Lexicon's Black Family Tree has been updated with the new information! We'll be revising the character pages next.

February 20, 2006
Here's our report of the Black Family Tree, thanks to Aberforth!
Key 1 - Phineus' youngest sibling was Isla Black, who married muggle Bob Hitchens.

Key 2 - his 2nd child was another Phineus, who 'supported Muggle rights.

His 3rd child, who married Violetta, was Cygnus (1889-1943).

Their children were:

  1. Pollux (1912-1990) who married Irma Crabbe
  2. Cassiopeia (1915-92)
  3. (Key 3) Marius, 'a squib'
  4. 4 Dorea
Pollux and Irma's children were:
1 Walburga (1925-85) - Sirius' ghastly mother
2 ((Key 5) Alphard, who 'gave gold to his runaway nephew'
3 Cygnus (1938-92) who married Druella Rosier and fathered the 3 sisters, Bellatrix(1951- ), Andromeda (Key 7) who married Muggle-born Ted Tonks, and Narcissa

Now back up to Phineus' oldest son, and he is another Sirius (1877-1952) who married Hesper Gamp [nod to Dickens?] Their children were:
1 Arcturus (1901-91) who married Melania MacMillan
2 Lycoris (1904-65) - not sure M or F
3 Regulus (1906-59)

Arcturus and Melania had 2 children:
1 Lucretia (1915-92) who married Ignatius Prewett
2 Orion (1929-79) who married Walburga and fathered Sirius (Key 6, who 'ran away') and Regulus (1961-79)

The piece de resistance is Key 4, the sister to Callidora and Charis:
Cedrella, scrubbed because she 'married Septimus Weasley')

Feb 17, 2006
John here. I haven't posted here in a while, but it doesn't mean I haven't been busy! I'm very excited to announce the debut of the Lexicon's newest section: the Gazetteer. It's a list of all the countries, cities, buildings, and other places mentioned in the books - nearly 300 in all. I really enjoyed putting it together, and I'll hope you'll enjoy looking through it just as much. Click here to take a peek.

Feb 15, 2006
Lisa here. I have been adding images from the Wizard cards and from Jo's Wizard of the Month to the Wizard A to Z pages. If you click on the thumbnails you can see a larger version of the image.

February 12, 2006
Big news from Italy today. Here's what Albireo sent us, along with scans which we're going over very carefully:

Today, on the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, there is an article about Book Aid International auction, with a complete picture of the Black family tree! You can recognize the half that we already know, but the other half is blurred! The article says that JK deliberately put it out of focus, making the tree not completely identifiable yet! :(

The photo is very small indeed, however you can still notice some bits of new information, which I include right here:

  • One of Phineas' siblings still remained unknown from the previous image… now we know him: his name is Sirius (his dates are unreadable...).
  • Charis Black and Caspar Crouch had 1 son and 2 daughters.
  • One of Phineas' sons (whose name ends -nus) married Violetta Bulstrode and had 3 children: Dorea Black, a removed name and a blurred one. This last one had 3 sons too: one of them married Drusilla Rosier (I'm not certain about her name) and had Bellatrix, Andromeda (removed) and Narcissa. Finally we have the connection between the Malfoys and the main Black tree.
  • Narcissa was born in 1955, Draco in 1980.
  • The other "young branch", on the left, is blurred too: we know from the books it consists of Regulus and Sirius (removed). According to the tree, their parents are both Black
Probably the most exciting detail of all is that Draco's birthyear is given as 1980. That confirms (finally, from Jo's own hand) that the timelines on the Lexicon are correct and that the stories take place between 1991 and 1998. A lot of editing will be necessary all over the site now. Please be patient as we analyze this new information. Thanks so much, Albireo!

Lisa adds: The Black Family Tree has now been updated, as have Draco and Narcissa's entries.

February 8, 2006
A new Harry Potter resource website just opened which is absolutely fantastic. It's called the Potter Index (WEB LINKhttp://www.potterindex.com). This site makes a perfect complement to the Lexicon and the Quotes database here on the Floo. I know that the editors at the Lexicon will be using this site a lot as we research and create new content. I heartily recommend the Index to all of you. Dave, thanks for creating such a wonderful site.

January 31, 2006
Paula here — lots of new essays posted!

We have two provocative essays by glamourousgeek, Magic, Genes, and Pure Blood, discussing wizarding genetics and the meaning of blood status in the wizarding world, and Merlin, God, and You-Know-Who: Religion in the Wizarding World. There's a fun piece analyzing Harry Potter's Astrological Birth Chart by lunalove, speculating that Jo Rowling has chosen the perfect birthdate for her hero based on the planetary positions on July 31, 1980. A Lexicon essay veteran, Ravenclaw Rambler, has done fine work again with his essay In Search of . . . Grimmauld Place. Micheal Hagel wonders Did Albus Dumbledore Set Up Events So That Harry Potter Would Go After the Philosopher’s Stone, and he's found some good reasons in the canon to wonder. For you detail freaks and overall Potterverse geeks (you'd be in good company with Steve!), Diana Summers has used demographics in the United Kingdom and meaning of names to adduce The Secrets of the Classlist first revealed to the fandom by Jo Rowling in the A & E Biography special Harry Potter and Me. There's enough minutiae in that essay to keep even the geekiest Pottergeek happy! Finally, we have an essay by Hugo Costa Paes, What is Magical Power in the Potterverse?

Enjoy!

January 30, 2006
I've been cleaning out my inbox, and have made a number of corrections suggested by our readers. Most notably, the birth and first year dates for Cedric have been changed, and Katie Bell now has her own, expanded page. More corrections & additions coming.

January 29, 2006
The updated and re-organized Black family pages are finished! If you had bookmarked the old pages you will need to update them.

January 28, 2006
Lisa here. All information about the Black family is currently being revised due to the publication of portions of a marvelous hand-drawn Black family tree that Jo is auctioning off to benefit Book Aid International. For now, you can read more at WEB LINKThe Leaky Cauldron. We haven't had this much new information about Sirius' family since book 5! What is on this drawing that is still hidden? This is very exciting.

January 16, 2006
Lisa here. Numerous people have been writing and asking us to clarify dates for Snape, Lily and the Marauders. I have added information to Snape's page with our latest thinking and links to the evidence we used to arrive at our calculation:

Notes on Dates for Snape, Lily and the Marauders: 1959 or 1960?
We know Snape's birthdate from Jo's website; the year range is more complicated to calculate. Our dates are based on the following:
  • Jo said that Snape was 35 or '6 in an interview where she was referring to Goblet of Fire (Comic Relief chat), so that would be 1995 in Harry Potter time, which would make him born in 1959 or 1960.
  • Then she said in a WEB LINKFAQ that Sirius was "around twenty-two" when he went to Azkaban, which would have been in 1981, and that points more to 1959.
    Harry describes the events in Snapes' pensieve memory as being "over 20 years ago" and that was when he was taking his O.W.L.s, so that would suggest that James (and Snape, Sirius, Pettigrew, Lupin and Lily) took their O.W.L.s in 1975, not 1976, which would have been exactly 20 years before; this actually skews us even more toward the late 1950s (OP28, OP35, OP36).




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