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One of the more interesting mysteries about the Harry Potter universe is when the stories in the books take place. There have been a lot of discussions and debates about this subject and some fans have done amazingly detailed research trying to determine the years involved. This page presents some… Read More
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Before I get to the latest updates and new pages, I need to take the opportunity to officially welcome Michele Worley to the staff of The Lexicon. Until now, the staff of the Lexicon has consisted of just one person. A lot of folks have contributed over the years, but… Read More
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Charms magic can be used to move objects in various ways. Locomotion Magic The basic spell for moving an object is Locomotor, which comes from two Latin words meaning roughly “move from its place.” First years learn to move objects by magic; the practical part of Flitwick’s exam for the first years… Read More
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This is no moot point. Quite contrary to what many a reader may think, duels such as those in the Harry Potter books are not frequent in fantasy literature. That is so because it’s very difficult to convey to the audience or to the readers the precise impression of a… Read More
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Various types of spells and items make things vanish, but in different ways. Vanishing The basic form of Vanishing is the Vanishing Spell. Taught in fifth year Transfiguration (OP13), this spell is usually cast using the incantation Evanesco which is Latin for “vanish.” McGonagall starts students out with Vanishing invertebrates—snails—and then works them up to mice… Read More
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Lots of new stuff, including huge numbers of edits and additions by Michele, who is amazing and wonderful. I’ll list them all when I get a chance (I’m just in for a few hours from camping by Lake Michigan…ahhh…). I have also added a couple of new pages that might… Read More
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Added a couple more facts to the Fantastical Facts page, including another bona fide error. Phyllis Morris has been working on a list of the differences between the UK and US editions of The Order of the Phoenix. Her list is now complete and has been uploaded. It’s surprising, really, how few… Read More
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More editing. I’ve uploaded one of the images from my History of the Wizarding World presentation from Nimbus 2003, a chart that shows who was at Hogwarts during the time that James and his friends were there. I’ve also added a new website to the Resources page, Visualizing Harry Potter, and Amy… Read More
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I have to say again how much I am indebted to Michele Worley. The page about Legilimency just shows what excellent research Michele is doing. Major new material: Page with nice description of Legilimency, including an outstanding assessment of where Legilimency may have occurred elsewhere in the books. A similar page… Read More