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A couple of new pages have appeared on the Lexicon. floorplan of Number 4 Privet Drive has been added to the Atlas of Wizarding Britain an Encyclopedia of Potions a page about the Kwikspell Course Christoph Siemens sent me some new artwork, and I’ve added his delightfully creepy picture of… Read More
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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT In Muggle vernacular, we’re talking about ghosts; more specifically, the ghosts living at Hogwarts. But enlightened Muggles like ourselves know better, since there are some “ghosts” who aren’t ghosts after all. Peeves the Poltergeist is one: to quote Nearly-Headless Nick: “he’s not really even a ghost” (PS7). There… Read More
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Once again, there are many edits, additions, and improvements all through the Lexicon. I’m adding links to many pages, new spells to the Spell Encyclopedia, new characters to the list of Witches and Wizards, and things like that. I have added a new map to the Wizard’s Atlas. This one… Read More
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It seems a bit weird that everyone would have to go to London to get to Scotland. After all, for quite a few kids it would certainly be closer to go directly to Hogwarts from their homes or possibly to catch the train at some point along the route. Why do they all go to London?… Read More
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I have revised and updated the page which discusses the mysteries surrounding the attack by Voldemort on Harry’s family in 1981. After scads of email, some of which was downright nasty, I decided that it was worth an afternoon’s work to make things clearer. There are still pages coming which discuss… Read More
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Editing again, adding little details here and there. I have added a couple of spells from the film, but one of them, Lumos Solarum, really doesn’t fit into the canon. I have put it into the Encyclopedia of Spells, but with a disclaimer. I’m afraid I may have to do… Read More
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In one of her many interviews, JKR said that wizards generally live longer than Muggles. After a thorough research about food in the Harry Potter universe and, above all, its magical part, the only possible conclusion is that wizards don’t have problems with cholesterol, otherwise their life span would be… Read More
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After a discussion on the Harry Potter for GrownUps list, several members gave permission for me to include their comments about Harry Potter’s status as a pureblood, half-blood, or ‘mudblood’. Another essay what has been sitting here waiting for a final edit has finally made it into the Lexicon: Food… Read More
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Yes, Harry is half-blood. We learned in PS4 that Lily’s parents were Muggles. At least, that’s the implication of Aunt Petunia’s remarks that they were proud having a witch in the family. Voldemort, too, is half-blood: we learned in CS13 that his father was a Muggle (his mother was a witch). The intense focus on whether or not a certain character does or… Read More
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There is much we don’t know about wizarding education. How do younger wizards and witches get educated in basic skills like reading and writing? We see very little of this in the books, although obviously the kids entering Hogwarts have been trained in some of these basic skills or they wouldn’t be… Read More
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I added a schedule of classes by year to the Hogwarts Academics page. I also linked a new essay which explains O-levels and A-levels, tests which in the Wizarding World become O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s and which were a complete mystery to me (and a lot of other non-British readers). Read More
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I added several new spells to the Spell Encyclopedia (it’s amazing how many there are when you really look!) I added a new essay: Languages at Durmstrang by Eric Oppen. I still have a couple more that I’m working on. I broke the list of witches and wizards into several smaller… Read More
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Do we ever find out what the language of instruction used at Durmstrang Institute is? At Beauxbatons it would have to be French, but although “Durmstrang” sounds German, the Durmstrang students we meet are all of Slavic ancestry as far as we know. On the one hand, German continues to be sort of a “lingua franca”… Read More
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Along with numerous edits and small additions here and there, I created a page about Aurors. (I’ve fixed this link — sorry, everyone, and thanks so much to those who emailed me about it!)… Read More
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There has been a lot of editing over the last few days. I’ve added a couple of new spells and a few new magic items. I’m also working on several new essays which I’ll post soon. I’m delighted to have been given permission by Christoph Seimens to add some of… Read More
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Updates by Michelle Worley The Booklist Every year Hogwarts students receive book lists in the post, telling them which textbooks they will require for the year. First years get the longest list, presumably because some of the books last them the whole seven-year course of their study. Here is a… Read More
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(Just for fun, here’s one fan’s concept of what a Wizarding Muggle Studies textbook might be like…) Travel and space Understanding Muggles perceptions of how the world connects up is a big problem for wizarding people. We have to let go of a lot of our assumptions to grasp how… Read More
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I’ve been doing some general editing all through the Lexicon’s 300+ pages. I actually discovered a couple of pages that still had the old formatting, which just goes to show you that I need to watch a little closer. I’ve added a delightful (if somewhat confusing, for us Muggles) essay… Read More
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In a way, it’s true that there is no single central plot in Prisoner of Azkaban, because one candidate (Quidditch) lacks gravitas and another (Sirius v. Harry) proves to be an illusion. But in terms of what plotline drives the book, I would say it’s the latter. We “know” from very… Read More
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Most authors expend substantial effort on description, describing scenes, events or characters so that readers will be able to visualise them. The best descriptions often offer no more than hints, keywords, a trained butler’s unobtrusive opening of a particular door. The reader goes through that door himself or herself. Rowling,… Read More
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I have added several works of art done by Edgar Torné, a very talented artist. Edgar’s work currently appears on the new Voldemort page and on the Hogwarts Ghosts page. I am also adding new artwork by Phénix and Lord Voldemort. They contributed illustrations of J.K.Rowling and of the Niffler (and I’m going… Read More
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The biography page for Lord Voldemort has been updated with a fantastic and comprehesive history of the most dangerous Dark Wizard of our age by contributing editor, Wednesday. Linked to that is a timeline as well. Read More
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Recently I read the book 13th Gen which got me thinking across generational lines. One of my mother’s favorite sayings is “times change, people don’t.” As true as that may be, I do think that one’s place in time affects them in some way. The book outlined the six generations of Americans… Read More
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At long last, the essay by Ebony about generations in the Wizarding World has been added. I’ve uploaded pages detailing all the differences between British and US versions of the book. You can access them from the Help/About page. Read More