Author Archives: Steve Vander Ark

Sorting is back on Pottermore!

It’s weird how excited I am about this. I mean, I don’t get all worked up about Potter polls or simulated Hogwarts classes or any of that. I’m just get excited about canon, okay? And online sorting hats aren’t canon, … Continue reading

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Talking about the Lexicon on Mugglenet Academia

As the new site comes closer to being live, I spent some time as a guest on Mugglenet Academia podcast. We chatted about the 18-year history of Harry Potter fandom and about the plans and hopes for the new Lexicon in … Continue reading

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Where is the new Lexicon?

It’s almost here. As many of you know, two years ago, Nick Moline and I started working on a complete update and overhaul of the venerable Lexicon website. Our goal was to find a way to bring all the content … Continue reading

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When was Charlie born? A Canon Conundrum

We’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 … Continue reading

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More Pottermore magic

The 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 … 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: “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 … Continue reading

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Episode 15: The one who is both brave AND clever

The 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), http://media.blubrry.com/hplex/p/www.hp-lexicon.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/hpl-podcast-episode15.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:07 — 54.1MB) … Continue reading

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Pottermore update! Well, not really …

I 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 … Continue reading

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Harry Potter Mysteries that Aren’t

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 … Continue reading

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Minor Canon Error on Pottermore?

So who won the 1966 Quidditch World Cup? According to Rowling’s history of the event on Pottermore, it was Australia:

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4 Ways Pottermore Facts Connect with Other Canon

Pottermore 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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