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When was Charlie born? A Canon Conundrum

charlie_w-mtWe’re in the process of creating a whole new Harry Potter Lexicon, as many of you know. There are currently 27 editors working on the project, all fans who are eager to share their knowledge of canon with the fan community. This truly is a fan project, and an international one. We have editors of all ages and from all over the world: Thailand, France, United States, Spain, Argentina, and more.

As part of that process, I’ve been going through the Harry Potter timeline. I originally created this timeline in 2001 after the two schoolbooks came out and when Electronic Arts added a hundred new characters to the Harry Potter universe with dates of when they lived. Continue reading

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More Pottermore magic

here_lies_dobbyThe folks over at Pottermore have waved their wands once more and produced a few more beautiful scenes from J.K. Rowling’s version of the Potterverse. While we can hardly say that Pottermore is now complete — they’ll need to add a lot more scenes for that to happen — at least we can be glad that we now have moments that span the entire series of novels. Continue reading

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Mysteries about the Map

Today I received an interesting question in email from Katty Geltmeyer, a great fan friend of the Lexicon:

giving_the_map2-tr“In PA, Lupin told Harry, Ron, and Hermione that he found out they were in the Shrieking Shack by using the marauders Map. But Harry and Hermione traveled back in time and were lurking around the Willow. How is it possible that Lupin didn’t see the extra Harry and Hermione on the map?”

Here’s my opinion, based on canon. Continue reading

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Episode 15: The one who is both brave AND clever

snapeThe Harry Potter Lexicon podcast is back with a new series. In this episode Steve talks about Severus Snape (and calls him “Snake” by accident more than once), Continue reading

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Pottermore update! Well, not really …

ham_beanI received an email from Pottermore Insider informing me that there are new Bertie Bots Beans scattered through Pottermore. I jumped on that and spent a pleasant three minutes finding them.

Three minutes. If that.

And it occurred to me at the end of my short search why I find Pottermore delightful and wonderful and, well, a little boring. Continue reading

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Harry Potter Mysteries that Aren’t

c16--professor-trelawneys-predictionFor 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

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Minor Canon Error on Pottermore?

c08--the-quidditch-world-cupSo who won the 1966 Quidditch World Cup?

According to Rowling’s history of the event on Pottermore, it was Australia: Continue reading

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4 Ways Pottermore Facts Connect with Other Canon

thestral1-awPottermore is a gold mine of interesting canon facts. Some of these are brand new but other facts just relate events and characters we’ve encountered before. Some other facts are clearly included to answer fan questions or explain perceived mistakes in canon. Here are a few particularly fun tidbits of canon information that make connections to elsewhere in canon: Continue reading

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3 Cool Things We Learn About Harry in GF9

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

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Was that Quintaped always there?

quintPottermore 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.

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How many Quidditch World Cups have there been anyway?

How can this be the 427th Quidditch World Cup anyway?

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.

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The REAL “new Harry Potter short story”

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

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