For many years, fans spent most of their time online trying to figure out the mysteries in the Harry Potter books. In fact, the Lexicon was born out of those discussions back in 1998, when the group Harry Potter for Grown Ups was a hotbed of theorizing and hypothesizing. Back then, there was no Continue reading
So who won the 1966 Quidditch World Cup?
According to Rowling’s history of the event on Pottermore, it was Australia: Continue reading
Let’s admit it: sometimes it seems that Harry is something of a bumbler in the early books. He fails to ask the most obvious questions of the adults around him. He barely manages his schoolwork and doesn’t seem to be able to write an essay without relying on Hermione. And he comes up with lame excuses for not telling Dumbledore what he knows, which usually compounds the problem. It’s as if he’s wandering around in a daze most of the time. Of course, when you remember that he’s only eleven when he starts Hogwarts, it does make sense. Think about the eleven-year-old boys you know. They’re probably not that different.
There are those moments, however, when Harry’s true strength and inherent talent shines through, even in the early books. Three such moments occur one right after the other in GF9 as the trio escape the chaos at the campsite by running into the woods. Continue reading
Pottermore has updated their map for summer with things like a few beach chairs by the seaside and some wildflowers. I also noticed, however, that there appears to be a Quintaped on a little island off the coast. Has that always been there? As soon as I noticed it, I automatically clicked on it, but of course nothing happened. Hey, Pottermore crew, how about making some of those details clickable? Think of all the little tidbits of information you could hide on the map! And then maybe change it up every so often to keep us all guessing! I for one would visit a little more often if things changed now and then.
Wait, how is it the 427th World Cup already?
For the past couple of months (according to The Daily Prophet in Pottermore) the 427th Quidditch World Cup took place in the Patagonia Desert in Argentina. Since April 12, 2014, J.K. Rowling has been progressively giving us the story of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup through the voices of ace Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet Ginny Potter, and more recently, Gossip Columnist Rita Skeeter.
While Steve may take issue with the media calling this new batch of fake newspaper columns a “Short Story.” I personally have greatly enjoyed getting this view of the Wizarding World as it is today. I really like getting to know bits and pieces of the wizarding world, especially getting our first real glimpse of the Wizarding World outside of Great Britain since Goblet of Fire showed us the 422nd Quidditch World Cup in Dartmoor and of course introduced us to the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons.
Unfortunately bringing up the QWC has revived an old debate concerning the number of Quidditch World Cups there have been. Quidditch Through the Ages tells that the cup was established in 1473 and has been held every 4 years since. There are 2 problems with this, one of which Rowling has answered for us on Pottermore, the other we still have no answer for.
So hey, I’ll bet you noticed that Rowling wrote a New Short Story and posted it on Pottermore. It would be hard not to notice, since it’s been talked about all over, even in the Muggle news. I rushed online to read it the moment I found out.
And it’s pretty cool! Good old Rita Skeeter, still at it. (I can’t help but wonder if she has come clean to the Ministry about being an unregistered Animagus). But it’s not really a story, Continue reading
The “new short story” … which really isn’t a short story and really doesn’t tell us much that’s new, but whatever. PEOPLE.com is jumping on the media blitz bandwagon and giving their picks for casting the movie version, which you’ll find here:
Fantasy Cast J.K. Rowling’s New Story http://bit.ly/1tkqIEJ
This generated an interesting debate among the group of fans I was hanging out with last night. The biggest take-away, aside from whether Warner Bros would turn this into two or three films? We want to know who they’d cast as Neville and Luna more than anything! So what do you think of their choices?
Everybody knows that your Hogwarts letter should arrive on your eleventh birthday. But careful reading suggests that no, it doesn’t. Harry’s only did by coincidence. The first letter actually arrived on July 24. It was only because of Continue reading
Most of the differences between the US and UK editions are very minor, simply changes to phrasing or terms to make the text easier to understand for American readers. However, a few differences are a little bigger than that. In a couple of cases, one version gives a nugget of canon information that the other misses entirely. Since canon facts are what the Lexicon is all about, we’ve been tracking these differences over the years. Here are a few interesting ones: Continue reading
Way back in the late 90s, the Harry Potter books came out in Britain first, long before the US editions. In fact, it took a whole year for Philosopher’s Stone to be Transfigured into Sorcerer’s Stone. During that year, the editors at Scholastic changed a lot more than the title. They replaced a lot of British terms which they assumed would confuse American readers.
In some cases, I guess they were probably right. Many Americans would have no idea what a “bobble hat” or a “packet of crisps” was, and in the U.S. a “jumper” Continue reading
Quidditch is awesome! Quidditch is exciting! Quidditch is the best sport in the world! Those Bludgers flying around, trying to smash into people! The Keepers hanging from their brooms to block a 10-point shot! The Seeker making a spectacular diving catch of the Golden Snitch and scoring 150 points!
Wait, what? The Seeker scores 150 points in one go? Compared to only ten points for a goal? That’s crazy. It doesn’t make sense.
I’ve read the argument any number of times: the number of points gained from a Snitch capture is WAY too large for the game to be fair. Your Chasers can play their hearts out for hours, scoring Continue reading