Archive for August, 2006

WotM is more new canon

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The Wizard of the Month on JKRowling.com is once again a new canon character. Lisa has added Hambledon Quince to the Lexicon wizards pages, and I’ve updated the Guide to JKR.com.
Now what to do with the new mention of the planet Mars? Perhaps we’ll compile all the astronomy, planet, stars and constellations references?

The Lexicon is more complete than ever!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

It’s funny that I haven’t posted here in a while, because I’ve probably worked harder on the Lexicon in the last two weeks than ever before. You’ll hear more about that in the near future, but tonight I’m taking a break as Clint does some serious programming over in our latest project.

Instead, I finally attacked what’s been a growing list of additions to the Gazetteer:

So now, as far as I know, the Gazetteer is complete. If you find any locations mentioned in the books that aren’t here, please let me know. Not to mention if you have more information to add, of course. :) Enjoy!

Edit: sorry about the weird characters if you’re getting the feeds… I’m still getting used to this new setup.

When were Snape, Lily and the Marauders born?

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Steve has just created an “explainer” page compiling all the information about how we calculate dates for Snape, Lily and the Marauders.

A few months ago you could still find Lexicon birthyears for James, etc. that said c.1960 or c.1961. These dates had implications for how many years he and the others had between finishing Hogwarts and Harry’s birth.

Let’s just say that I’ve removed all references to James and Lily marrying right out of Hogwarts. They may have, but with these new dates they would also have had a bit more time to establish careers and develop a reputation for defying Voldemort.

The bottom line is that the new official lexicon birthyear for Snape, Lily and the Marauders is c.1959 knowing that canon supports a date range from 1957-1959. Read Steve’s explanation page for the full details.

Oh, and give us a few weeks to finish updating all our various pages. Dealing with error reports about this shift will just slow us down for now. If you still find inconsistencies by the end of September feel free to e-mail us then.

Other than affecting when James and Lily could have married, what else changes as a result of this repositioning of Snape and the Marauders?

Weasleys, Prewetts, and the Black Family Tree

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

We got some illuminating comments about my recent work on Fred and George’s page. They raised several “Weasley” issues, mainly ones having to do with Prewett and Weasley names on the Black Family Tree — so I’ve been revising all of the Weasley pages to clarify what is canon and what is guesswork.

Canon:

  • Arthur was one of three brothers and had no sister. We don’t know his brothers’ names.
  • Molly’s maiden name was Prewett and she had at least 2 brothers, Gideon and Fabian. We don’t know if Molly had sisters; none are ever mentioned.
  • Ron (and by extension Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George and Ginny) had an uncle Bilius, an aunt Muriel and a grandfather who played Wizard Chess. In addition to uncles Gideon and Fabian, of course.
  • Ginny is the only Weasley girl for generations.
  • Molly refers to a relative as “Our Great Auntie Muriel.”
  • Molly and Sirius are “cousins by marriage.”
    • Therefore, Molly’s parents are probably closely related to the ‘Ignatius Prewett’ listed on the Black Family tree. If the Black Family tree Jo drew is complete, Ignatius and Lucretia cannot be Molly’s parents themselves because they are indicated as being childless.
  • Arthur is “something like” Sirius’s second cousin once removed. This describes a relationship where one person’s great-great grandparent is the same person as the other person’s great grand-parent.
    • Therefore, Septimus Weasley is Arthur’s father. Septimus’s children would indeed Sirius’s second cousins once removed. Assuming the Black family tree Jo drew is complete, this relationship fits the facts and can be explained no other way.

Guesswork (not canon):

  • Edit: Auntie Muriel (HBP14, 29) is a member of the Prewett family. Not canon: We know neither Arthur nor his father had sisters, but any wife of their brothers would also be an aunt. “Auntie” can also be an honorary term. Aunt Muriel (whose goblin-made tiara Molly offers to Fleur) is probably a Prewett, but this cannot be canon without more information (thanks to ‘Reader2′ for pointing this out).
  • Bilius was one of Arthur’s 2 brothers. Not canon: We don’t know Bilius’s surname and we don’t know if Molly had more than 2 brothers. “Uncle” can also be an honorary name given to non-family members.
  • The grandfather who gave Ron the chess set is Septimus Weasley, Arthur’s father. Not canon: We don’t know his surname, so it could have been either Arthur’s father Septimus, or Molly’s father.

Thanks to Bel, John, Reader2, Marco, and Julie Stevenson for their helpful comments!

Star gazing on JKR.com

Friday, August 25th, 2006

With the many references to stars and constellations throughout the books (especially with the Black family), I wondered about the stars that appear in the window on Jo’s site. So I asked an expert! Check out the page on Day/Night changes in the Guide to JKR.com for a bit of speculation.

Fred and George’s page gets an engorgement charm

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Next to Snape and Dumbledore, I probably get the most mail about Fred and George’s page. Not for suggestions or errors, but because the whole page badly needed to be updated and reorganized. Well, I am almost finished with it (I’m still fact-checking stuff from books 5 & 6), so I thought I would post the link so our readers can see what I’ve been working on. I have also added new artwork by Makani, as well as a film still of the Phelps twins.

Happy Birthday Percy!

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Percy's birthday cardThe Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s website: jkrowling.com has been updated with another birthday. This marks the third year in a row that she has wished Percy Weasley a happy day… hmmmm……

Katie’s cool, but what was wrong with Charlie’s team?">Katie’s cool, but what was wrong with Charlie’s team?

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

This afternoon I read an email from someone asking about a note we’d put on Katie Bell’s page. Apparently there is some confusion about how old Katie was when she joined the Gryffindor Quidditch team, specifically if she had been on the reserve team in her first year. My first reaction was to check the Hogwarts Team page to see exactly who was on the team which years, but as I read that page over I realized that it was not up to date and didn’t include all the information I was hoping to find.

So I spent the last four hours researching and rewriting the entire Gryffindor section of that page. Now you’ll find a complete list of Gryffindor players including what year they were in when they started and the years they played. No, Katie was not a first year reserve player as some have incorrectly guessed (that was Alicia who was on the reserve team the year before Harry joined, and she was a second year at that time). Katie was a second year and playing in her first ever match at the same time Harry was in early November of 1991. Of course, he was so scared that he never noticed how nervous she was, poor thing…and then she took a Bludger to the back of the head shortly after the start of the match!

It is interesting to note a few glaring inconsistencies in the books. They are noted on that page. It’s possible to invent complicated explanations for some of the references, but I think it’s much more likely that Rowling simply didn’t have all the timeline details worked out when she wrote those parts. I hope that the next revision of the books will include some modification of these problem passages.

Who gave Harry a bulging bag of Dungbombs for Christmas?

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Harry’s page has a new chart listing everything that he has received and given for Christmas. Well, that we know of, at least. I had fun looking for things that might appear again in Book 7.

Edit (8/19): the chart has gotten so big that the gifts Harry has given are now listed separately underneath the chart. And thanks to Bel there is also now a column for all the gifts Harry has received that weren’t given at Christmas or for his birthday.

Dobby the Secret-keeper has his own page

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Dobby actually has 2 new pages. One for character information, and one for his quotes! I will be adding artwork, but the pages are essentially finished. Comments and corrections appreciated!
One quote that struck me as interesting was this one “Dobby likes Professor Dumbledore very much, sir, and is proud to keep his secrets and our silence for him.” (GF21). Dobby had just been hired by Dumbledore when he says this. Cool, huh?

New page: Riddle’s Orphanage

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

I’ve moved twice this summer so I haven’t been around much, but Lumos re-invigorated me just as I was starting to settle down so I’m excitedly diving back into my sections again. :) I’ve been messing around with the gazetteer some this morning, updating a few entries and so forth. I also created a new page for Tom Riddle’s Orphanage, for which we have a surprising amount of detail considering it’s only really mentioned twice – in CS13 and HBP13.

Coincidentally, Jo read the orphanage scene from HBP at Radio City Music Hall earlier this month. You can see a video of the reading here.

How did Mungo Bonham become a Saint?

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

I just added a bit of historical background to the character entry for Mungo Bonham. It turns out that there was a real St. Mungo who was an early Bishop of Scotland (also called St. Kentigern) who evangelized pagans c. 600 in the Glasgow area. One local tradition even holds that he baptised a bard named Merlin.
According to Jo, the founder of St. Mungo’s was a wizard named Mungo Bonham (1560 – 1659). Neither Jo’s site nor the Wizard card give us much information on Bonham. I now find myself wondering how a wizard becomes a saint!

By the way, thank you to Potter blogger Muggle Matters for posting about this.