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Happy birthday! No, it’s not some Harry Potter character this time. It’s two people, actually. By a wonderful quirk of fate, Melissa Anelli of The Leaky Cauldron and I share a birthday, which is today, the 27th of December. I have no idea what Mel is doing to celebrate hers,… Read More
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Yeah, July 16, I know! I have a feeling that I’m the only fan who read that and panicked. I started looking hard at what needs to be finished around here before then, and it’s a bit daunting. It looks like it’s going to be an exciting seven months! I… Read More
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Christmas is early! We just couldn’t wait. The Floo Network is pleased to announce its holiday gift to you, our loyal readers. We are delighted to welcome a new website, Madam Scoop’s, to the Network. The Floo Network, which brings you the best Harry Potter resources on the planet, now… Read More
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Just updated the timelines with Hermione’s birthyear, just revealed on Jo’s site. There are more details, but they will have to wait until this evening. Let me just say again how thrilling it is to have this kind of direct line from Jo. (And just how thrilling it is to… Read More
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If you haven’t already seen it, check out the holiday version of our main menu. Thanks to Laura Freeman, whose artwork already graces many pages of the Lexicon, our friends Moony, Wormtail,  Padfoot, and Prongs are having a bit of fun with their favorite Slytherin. We can’t thank Laura enough… Read More
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Did some updating on the new guide to Jo’s website. Then I noticed that she’d added Bill’s birthday on November 29. I figured I’d quickly add that to the timelines… But wait. If Bill was born on November 29, that means he turned eleven the year BEFORE he started Hogwarts. And… Read More
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A couple of new pages have been added: a page listing various competitions in the Wizarding World, including the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw and the annual Swedish broom race. a page listing organizations such as the B.O.G. (Brotherhood of Goblins) and S.P.E.W. an expanded guide to Jo’s website in our “sources of Lexicon… Read More
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I’m working very hard to catch up on essays which have been waiting in my work pile for so long. This evening I added one entitled …and I Grew Up With Percy…which I really enjoy. A beautiful drawing by Marta T. of the Weasley siblings appears on the page, too. Read More
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Okay, so we weren’t there as the Weasley children grew up, all seven of them in that wonderful magical house. But I think we can make some fairly shrewd guesses as to what it was like. After all, one thing is certainly true, and that’s the fact that siblings compete for their… Read More
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Thanks to Trish Drasnin, I have now posted the synopses of all four Daily Prophet newsletters which Jo wrote in the late 1990s for Bloomsbury. Sorry, I don’t have permission to reprint them word for word (although Jo, if you’re reading this, please consider letting me do so!). However, I have… Read More
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Well, here’s another tiny little mystery cleared up. I have just received word from a very reliable source that this sentence of Fudge’s on page 613 of the UK version of Goblet of Fire is incorrect: “You’ll forgive me, Dumbledore, but I’ve heard of a curse scar acting as an… Read More
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The following changes were released by Rowling’s publishers in the summer of 2004. As of summer, 2005, they had not been included in Scholastic editions. However, both Bloomsbury and Raincoast editions now incorporate the changes. The translators, who work from the Bloomsbury text, are incorporating these changes into their editions of the book as well. PS… Read More
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Well, you might already see one thing that’s new…the font on this page. We’re gradually changing every page in the Lexicon to this new font, Georgia, since it’s designed to be particularly easy to read on a web page. Josh and I are changing each page that we edit, so… Read More
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I’ve done a lot of editing of the timeline, thanks to helpful suggestions and error-checking from a lot of you. Thanks so much for helping out. I also added a new page, a “year calendar,” which lists birthdays and other dates of importance through the year. This will obviously… Read More
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I am primarily a trio shipper; by that I mean I enjoy reading and writing fics about various pairings of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. However, as far as reading goes, I will read pretty much any ship, even if I don’t ‘ship’ it—with two exceptions: Harry/Ginny and Draco/Hermione. I tried to sit down and think about… Read More
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Okay! It’s done! It took me four days, but I’ve finished a complete update of the timeline. There have been a lot of corrections and additions (and I’m still working on adding some of the information about who won the House and Quidditch Cups for the last ten years). And… Read More
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I was delighted to see the answer to another of my Open Letter questions on Jo’s website today. I have added the October 17 birthday to Flitwick’s page along with the first name Filius for sure. It’s just nice to know. Thanks, Jo. I have also turned on the link for… Read More
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I’m doing more editing today–nothing huge to report yet, although we’ll see what I get done. I do want to mention that the graphic on the main menu page for the sixth book has been  missing the hyphen ever since I created it. That’s because when the title was first… Read More
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Ah, the fun of switching servers. I think I’ve caught all the really bad errors — like missing six or seven main character pages and transferring an out of date version of the “Explore the Wizarding World” page and forgetting to transfer the entire atlas section. Josh has been going… Read More
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First of all, many thanks to Jo Rowling for taking the time to answer a couple of the questions on the Open Letter which I posted on the main page a few weeks ago. We’re all very grateful for the information. We’ll get that integrated into the Lexicon as soon… Read More
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Although much has been made of the contrasting upbringings of Tom Riddle and Harry Potter by the Harry Potter community, very little analysis appears to have been put forth towards analyzing the differences between each character’s childhoods, with many fans focusing upon the similarities instead. The fact that they are each half-bloods, or that both… Read More
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I’ve updated the text menu to keep up with the fancy graphics one. Both main menus now include links to the letter which I wrote to Jo Rowling on the advice of her solicitor, a letter asking for some factual details about the Wizarding World. They also include links to the Floo page,… Read More
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Let me just say that I have nothing but high praise for the staff of PhoenixSong.net. A few days ago I wrote about a disturbing thread which appeared on that website recently. The posts on that thread made some extremely nasty insinuations about the Lexicon and about Penny, who is… Read More
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I’ve just uploaded something that I’ve been working on for the last week. It’s a new analysis of the Weasley children’s ages which includes sort of the history of Gryffindor Quidditch over the last decade or so. I finished it this weekend while camping at Ludington State Park in Michigan. Go… Read More
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I rececently was directed to this very disturbing post on the PhoenixSong.net forum. The insinuations are nasty enough that I decided I needed to respond directly. I am not a member of that forum so I couldn’t respond there. Hopefully the people involved in that discussion will notice this. Here’s… Read More
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When exactly did Professor Quirrell’s year-long trip around the world take place? The popular fan assumption is that it immediately preceded the year of Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. I do not think this is correct. In PS5, after Harry meets Quirrell while buying his school supplies and asks if he is always that… Read More
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A few of the cooler new things on the Lexicon: added a site to the page for the first film which gives 360° virtual tours of various sites in Britain, including some HP film locations added a new site to the Resources page which had me laughing out loud…it’s a dictionary of… Read More
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As usual, there has been a lot of editing over the last few weeks. I’ve been working through a backlog of hundreds of emails to find fixes and additions that needed to be made. Josh has been doing the bulk of the editing. You might spot some of the changes… Read More