Archive for January, 2007

February WotM & Publication date

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The new Wizard of the Month for February 2007 has shown up on Jo’s official site.
Mnemone Radford
1562 – 1649
Developed Memory Modifying Charms.
First Ministry of Magic Obliviator.

News headline: Publication Date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
21st July, 2007

More backwards words from JKR.com

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Recently we shared the work of Secca from Potterskeys.com who transcribed the words showing from the reverse side of a Scrapbook page on Jo’s site. (These pages are extra content hidden around the site, and are only available once you’ve worked out the puzzle to find them. See the Tips and Tricks page in the Lexicon’s Guide to JKR.com for all the details.)

Secca has transcribed the reverse writing from another: Page of doodlings (Page 2). This time it is an early edit from the stories, and gives us a glimpse at one of her ideas for introducing Harry to Nearly Headless Nick and his first encounter with a ghost.
Read a copy of this transcription here: Page of doodlings (Page 2)!

Remembrall Search Engine Plug-in for Firefox

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

If you’re a Mozilla Firefox user (like me), you know how convenient it is to be able to search from the toolbar and select the site you’d like to search with a simple drop-down. Now, you can search the Lexicon the same way!

Our friend Kai has written a Remembrall plug-in for Firefox. Just click here and follow the prompts on the screen. Firefox may prompt you (just below the tool bar) to allow downloads from the site before it allows you to install the toolbar.

Thanks, Kai!

And if you’re an Internet Explorer 7 user (like Bel~) you can add the Remembrall to your search toolbar by choosing “Find More Providers…” from the drop down menu and following the simple instructions.

Edit: Accio Quote! has one now too!
Firefox: Go to Accio Quote! and the icon will appear in your drop down menu. You can move it up in the list by clicking on “Manage Search Engines.”
Internet Explorer: Go to Accio Quote! and choose “Add Search Providers…” from the drop down menu then select Accio Quote.

Happy Birthday Severus Snape

Monday, January 8th, 2007

birthday cake
As expected, the WotM calendar on Jo’s site is displaying happy birthday wishes for January 9th to Severus Snape.

Since birthdays began showing up on the site, with Neville Longbottom being the first on July 30, 2004, and over the course of the next year, much speculation has gone into the significance of which characters are mentioned. Are they all on the “good” side? Will they all survive? are they Jo’s favorites?
And what about the characters that have not been wished a happy birthday? Albus Dumbledore, Tonks, Mad-eye, Luna? Well, we now know that Dumbledore was probably no longer alive in Jo’s mind that first year. Some of the others I mentioned were introduced in OP which Jo was hiding behind the Spoiler Dark Mark on her site at the time. So can we take this to mean Snape survives? Is he “good”?
The significance of his inclusion on the calendar could simply be because he was Head of Slytherin House, and each of the four Heads of Houses were included, Flitwick, Sprout, and McGonagall.
Still it is hard to know, and it’s another one of the mysteries Jo continues to weave for us.

Decorations put away on JKR.com

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

The Christmas decorations have all been put away on Jo’s official site.
Also, the glitch with the date on the Biography journal (that we noticed earlier) has been fixed.

And another essay . . . the physics of magic

Monday, January 1st, 2007

I’m just trying to make up for lost time over my busy holiday season! Here’s another great essay, this one by Dr. Immo Garrn, adapted from a presentation he made at the offsitePatronus conference in Copenhagen during the Summer of 2006 about the physics of magic.

Happy New Year! essay: In Search of . . . the Hut-on-The-Rock

Monday, January 1st, 2007

. . . and here’s another essay by Ravenclaw Rambler, this one going In Search of . . . the Hut-on-The-Rock. Enjoy!