Author Archives: Steve Vander Ark

Hogwarts Letter mysteries: Who delivers them and when?

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

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5 Canon Facts That Don’t Appear in Both the UK and US editions

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 … Continue reading

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The time the US editors screwed up a Harry Potter book

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 … Continue reading

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Who says Quidditch is stupid?

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 … Continue reading

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9 Interesting Canon Facts from Pottermore

In her writing on Pottermore, Rowling has revealed a lot of new information about the wizarding world and the characters in it. Here are a few interesting tidbits:

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Coming in October: “Mudbloods: A Film About Quidditch”

  Now this is a film I’d like to see. Muggle Quidditch originated at Nimbus, the first ever Harry Potter convention, in Orlando in 2003. I did the announcing for the first ever match, which was played in the ballroom of … Continue reading

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“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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