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The Chapter by Chapter pages for each of the books are being “upgraded” into Reader’s Guides. The page for book one has been changed into the new format, although all the text and links aren’t finished. Take a look and see how you like it. Eventually, there will be four main… Read More
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Since I last posted here, I have modified/edited/added to over one hundred of the five hundred pages of information of the Lexicon. Most of those changes have been minor: a new spell added to the Spell Encyclopedia, for example. Here’s a few other of the updates and changes: added to… Read More
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A new map has been added to the Atlas, contributed to the Lexicon by Hermione. It’s a beautiful map of the chambers under Hogwarts where the Philosopher’s Stone was hidden.  I have added links to it so you can click on various places and be taken to relevent places in the… Read More
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I have opened a forum for the Lexicon. You can sign on and make comments, discuss your theories about the books, make suggestions for improvement, and so on. I’m doing this on a trial basis to see if the folks who come to my site find it useful. Read More
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I’m sure you already noticed the biggest change around here: the new main index page and front door. The design for these was inspired by the Daily Prophet design seen in the films as well as the lettering on blackboards in Hogwarts classrooms. The effect is supposed to suggest signboards… Read More
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Why didn’t Harry talk Parseltongue to the basilisk? Good question. There are a couple of times in the books where Harry seems to ignore the obvious solution. Another great example is when he was stuck in the trick stair, under his invisibility cloak, when the egg was screeching and he dropped the Marauder’s Map. There it lies almost within his grasp, and he… Read More
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Excellent new essay about Fawkes the Phoenix I have updated the page about the fifth book I am working on a new, complete index of the Harry Potter universe, with references linked to complete information within the pages of the Lexicon. It’s called “The Harry Potter Universe A to Z.” This is… Read More
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Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore’s phoenix, has played a prominent role in the first four Harry Potter books. With the fifth book reportedly titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it is worthwhile to speculate about Fawkes’ past. There is strong support in J. K. Rowling’s canon for the theory… Read More
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IMPORTANT NOTICE – A visitor to the Lexicon emailed me about an annoying pop-up advertising window that appeared whenever he browsed to my site. I was very surprised, since I don’t put any advertising at all on my site. I understand that it’s necessary for sites to accept advertising, and… Read More
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From the start of the Harry Potter series, our hero finds himself a stranger in a very strange land. He discovers that the world he grew up in hides a secret wizarding world. This is no Oz or Wonderland that exists separate from the normal world and can only be entered through extraordinary means. Read More
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Where do I start? I counted and I’ve added or modified 97 pages since June 8, the last date I made an entry here. I can’t begin to list everything, so I’ll just mention some of the big changes: a lot of new information has been added to the Quidditch section. Read More
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with updates by Michele L. Worley How can a one-year-old baby survive the destruction of his parents’ home? Hey, a Killing Curse is one thing, but how could Harry block tons of bricks and wood crashing down on top of him? As if that weren’t enough, the kid was on the second floor of… Read More
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More new material added: the day-by-day calendar of Goblet of Fire is here, and it’s, well, spectacular. This one was put together by AmyZ and she has done a wonderful job with it. The mysterious and dangerous chambers where the Philosopher’s Stone was hidden have their own page. I added a detailed… Read More
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Several new sections have been added to the Lexicon. Probably the most exciting is The Definitive Directory of Magical Devices and Items. This new list pulls together several separate lists of magical items and artifacts in one encyclopedia. I’ve been adding as many new items as I can (look up… Read More
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I’ve been working on adding more material to some of the existing pages. I’ve added a lot to the page for Peter Pettigrew, for example. I’ve also been gathering some new fan artwork to add here and there. The Quidditch pages are also under renovation. Once I started organizing the… Read More
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Plenty of updating, added tidbits of information, and so on. I can’t list every change. My goal is to finish adding the last details from GF and then get started onQuidditch Through the Ages… Latest new pages: merpeople old magic Chambers of the Philosopher’s Stone Titles,… Read More
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Banking in the middle ages (which is the basic world in which wizards live) was in its infancy. Its primary reason for existence was to provide safe-keeping, for a price (they took some of your money in exchange for keeping it safe). This could still be the basic mode of… Read More
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New pages: Chapter by Chapter, short synopses of each chapter in the books, contributed by William Silvester. I’m in the process of adding artwork and links to the four pages. New essay, from Leroyal Terrell Gould, III: The Unifying Theory. Many, many edits and additions here and there (check out… Read More
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I have, for some time, been speculating on just why Voldemort would single out a child for destruction. There is, of course, the much talked about “Heir of Gryffindor” theory, but for me, this doesn’t hold with JKR’s theme of our choices making us who we are, and not innate qualities. So,… Read More
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It does seem like there aren’t many updates lately, I know. In fact, there is a lot of work being done, but you might not notice it right away. I have recently discovered that a lot of material from the Lexicon has been stolen by a number of websites. I… Read More
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I spent time this weekend doing a lot of editing. You’ll find new links, new artwork, and new information all over the Lexicon. For example, check out the Diggory family page or the meaning of the name ‘Malecrit’ in the list of Wizards. I also FINALLY got to work on the … Read More
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A theory as to the nature and functioning of Divination as a magical art…  Divination is almost always misunderstood as “predicting the future”. Yes, it certainly is meant to do that, but successful Divination does not predict the raw future. Divination really predicts a future based on events that are currently happening outside of the wizard’s or witch’s… Read More
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What about Ginny? Although she figured prominently in the plot of CS, everything she did happened “off camera” and she didn’t really show up until her One Big Scene at the end. Who is she really? Is she just an “extra” or simply a stereotype, thrown in for decoration or for… Read More
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essay: Familiarity, A Key to Understanding Spellwork I’ve added links to two nice online Harry Potter quizzes which were put together by Annie Dicks for her website. You’ll find them on the Hogwarts Journal page. Read More
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Dumbledore’s Put-Outer is a magical device introduced in PS1, and it is unique as the only tool used to perform magic aside from wands. The Put-Outer also has the distinction of being the first magical tool introduced in the series: [Dumbledore] found what he was looking for in his… Read More