Not surprisingly, we're
thrilled to know that you visit the Lexicon and MuggleNet on occasion.
We are delighted that the work we've done is helpful and appreciated, not
only to you but also to fans all over the world. Thank you so much for
honoring us on your site.
First, let us say that
we don't want to know any big secrets from upcoming books. What fun would
that be? We want to be surprised when we read them. However, there are
some more mundane things that we'd love to know. As obsessive as we are,
we would love to have some nagging things answered, partly to add missing
details into the Lexicon and MuggleNet's pages, but also just because it's
fun to learn these kinds of things. We discussed this with your solicitor
and he suggested that an open letter might be the best way for you to do
this. That's why this letter is here.
At the bottom of this
letter is a list of questions that just beg to be answered. We don't think
any of them cross the line into giving too much away, and we would be thrilled
if you could fill in the blanks for us.
Thanks for considering
this. We can't thank you enough for creating your website and for communicating
with us all. Most of all, thanks for creating such a wonderful world for
us to play in.
Steve Vander Ark
The Harry Potter Lexicon
Emerson and the rest
of the crew
What are the first names of Flitwick,
houses were they in?
(Jo partially answered this question on her site when she listed October 17
as the birthday of
Filius Flitwick. In book six, we learn that Sprout's first name is indeed Pomona, and in some of the notes on her website we find first names for Sinistra and Vector).
If a teacher is head of a house, can
we assume that they were sorted into those
houses when they were
students at Hogwarts?
Is that also true for the house ghosts? So was Snape a Slytherin?
(It never actually says he was in the books...)
Jo's response: (yes) and in book seven we are clearly shown Snape becoming a Slytherin.
Who teaches Ancient Runes
and Muggle Studies?
Are there other teachers and subjects that we haven't heard about yet?
In book seven we briefly meet the Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage, right before she is murdered by Voldemort. As for Ancient Runes, we have a name from the notes on Jos' site.
Is Flitwick a short human or is he some
other type of being?
Jo's response: (a short human with some
What is Godric's Hollow?
Is it a town, a house, a street, a tree...?
Jo's response: (a village)
How many students are there really at Hogwarts?
You said 1000 once, but that doesn't really work out very well
with information elsewhere in the books. Do you have a better explanation
How old are Molly and
Arthur Weasley? (Thanks for letting us
know that Lucius is 41, by the way.
You said recently that Charlie was two
years older than Percy. If that's so, he
would have been the Seeker
in Harry's first year.
Can you clarify his and Bill's ages for us?
(Charlie is THREE years older than Percy)
As you probably know, we have worked out the years of the books to
1991 through 1998 using information from
the books. The official timeline on the Chamber of Secrets DVD follows
this as well. Is that correct?
Speaking of that official timeline, there is some
pretty convincing evidence
that they took the timeline directly from the Lexicon.
Do you know anything about that?
The folks at Warner said that they took a timeline and gave it
to you for review. Was the timeline they gave you from the
Did you actually write the information that ended up on the
Famous Wizard cards?
Most of it fits pretty well into the overall story and they do seem to be
written in your style. In fact, the material from the cards is now
turning up on your website. So how about it? And then what about things
For that matter, what about the
spells in the films? Some of
them do seem a bit dodgy. Did you invent those or did
Steve Kloves? And
why were new incantations created for the movies in the first place?
to "Lacarnum Inflamarae".)
Jo's response: (yes...)
What house was Myrtle in? What was/is her last name?
We learned in the FAQs on Jo's site that Mytle was in Ravenclaw, but we still don't know her last name.
Are there other Gryffindors in Harry's
year besides the ones we've met in the books?
Is Theodore Nott the "stringy" Slytherin
mentioned in the Thestral class scene? If he isn't, who is that boy?
Jo's response: (yes)
On your website, you used the term "marauders"
to refer to James and his friends. Were they actually called that or are
you just borrowing the fan term?
Jo's response: (they referred to themselves as 'marauders')
Were Gideon and Fabian Prewett Molly's brothers?
Jo's response: (yes)
Was James a
Chaser, as you said in an
interview at one point, or a
Or did he play both positions?
Do all young people in the wizarding world (from
Britain) go to
Hogwarts? For example, did
Stan Shunpike attend
Hogwarts? Or is
Hogwarts a school just for those
who are particularly good at magic while others go into trades without
(all magical young people are invited, not all attend)
In fifth year, some students are made
Prefects. Are there sixth year and seventh year Prefects as well? Are they
simply the same kids or are there new Prefects chosen each year? (We're
resisting the urge to ask how
James became Head Boy if he was't made a
Prefect in fifth year).
How old are Mad-Eye Moody and
Tonks and what
houses were they in?
On Jo's site we learn that Tonks was in Hufflepuff.
You've told us that Hermione's
birthday is September 19. When she first came to
Hogwarts, then, was she nearly
eleven years old or was she nearly twelve? The official timeline says that
she was nearly eleven, but we're all still very unsure about this.
Jo's response: (she was almost 12)
What are Dumbledore's,
wands made of and what are their cores?
Jo's partial answer
(Hermione's wand core is dragon heartstring)
And contrary to what Jo has said in several interviews, someone did ask about Dumbledore's wand! I did, and this was back in 2005. We now know both Draco's and Dumbledore's wands, of course, since they figure so prominently in book seven.
Is there a living heir of
Gryffindor? The books only
mention an heir of Slytherin.
What about Ravenclaw and