Author Archives: Steve Vander Ark

“Which part of ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ did you think was light and fluffy?”

Here are a few very interesting Rowling quotes for your reading pleasure. I’ve added my own thoughts here and there. About the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone: “The very, very earliest drafts of the first chapter of ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ have … Continue reading

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Where did the time go?

Most long-term Lexicon readers will be familiar with the infamous Missing 24 Hours problem. It was a very popular topic of discussion way back in the day. This mystery first came to light in 2001

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What is the US equivalent of the Ministry of Magic?

There’s not much information in the canon about witches and wizards in the United States. Rowling mentions a couple of American Quidditch teams in Quidditch Through the Ages, including one in my home state of Texas, as well as the American … Continue reading

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4 Things the Harry Potter Films Got Right

Many of us fans like to complain about the Harry Potter films. Oh, we do so lovingly (for the most part), but we still complain. We wish that this or that scene had been included. We can’t understand why they … Continue reading

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Three Rowling quotes that turned out to be wrong

Back in the heyday of Harry Potter fandom, when we lived in eager (desperate) anticipation of the next book, Rowling gave quite a few interviews. It was clear from the answers she gave that she had the details of her created … Continue reading

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Five errors in the original text of book one and how they were fixed

In the summer of 2004, Bloomsbury released new editions of the Harry Potter books. These new editions featured a slew of changes to the original text. Some of the changes were simple fixes for typos. For example, on the third … Continue reading

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Six errors in the Harry Potter films that confuse fans

I love the Harry Potter films. I have dear friends who worked on them. I was on the set during the filming of Order of the Phoenix. David Heyman even told me that they used the Lexicon “every day” while they … Continue reading

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4 Great Cliffhanger Chapter Endings

Admit it. Even though you’ve read the Harry Potter books three, four, er–twenty times before, when you get to the end of some chapters, you just HAVE to turn the page and keep reading. You even get a tiny reminder of … Continue reading

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How’s that spelled again?

At the Lexicon, we try very hard to spell everything correctly according to the books. We also try to capitalize words that Rowling capitalizes. We figure that if we carefully follow the books, we should be able to get it … Continue reading

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At Hogwarts, on this date in 1992 …

On the evening of May 26th, 1992, Harry, Hermione, Draco, and Neville serve detention. The punishment, which they earned by trying to get Hagrid out of his own stupid mess with the baby dragon, is to tramp around the forest in the … Continue reading

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3 Harry Potter Memes that NEED TO STOP NOW

I enjoy a good Harry Potter meme as much as the next guy. Okay, maybe more than the next guy, since the next guy probably isn’t obsessive Harry Potter fan. True, some are a bit lame and others are clearly … Continue reading

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Weird Canon Moments

Oh, of course there are a million things that I wish had been included in the films. But there are a few really weird things that I really would have loved to have seen included. Here are my top three … Continue reading

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