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AN OPEN LETTER TO J. K. ROWLING
FROM MUGGLENET AND THE HARRY POTTER LEXICON

NOTES ON THESE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE ANSWERS ALREADY GIVEN

Dear Jo:

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.

Sincerely,

Steve Vander Ark
The Harry Potter Lexicon

and

Emerson and the rest of the crew
MuggleNet
 

Questions:

  • What are the first names of Flitwick, Sinistra, Vector, Sprout, Quirrell, and Hooch? What 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...)
    WEB LINKJo'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.

NOTES ON THESE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE ANSWERS ALREADY GIVEN
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