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Did you notice the new look to our What’s New page?

Several months ago we told you about the new design we were working on, and that we’d try to have a large section converted in time for Book 7. Unfortunately that was my task and I have had an unusually busy spring (new job, visiting family, last-minute trips for work, not to mention all the developments over on my other site, Accio Quote!). But here on this page, finally, is a sample for your delectation; the evocative artwork is by Camilla Engelby. Soon I will start converting my character pages and then gradually the rest of the site.

You like? Is the load time acceptable after you’ve loaded it once? Based on comments to the earlier post, we will also be working on a low graphics version.

A note about the navigation. We decided that we couldn’t launch the new navigation until most of the site had been switched over because the disconnect between old and new was just too disconcerting. So what you see on the left is just for the interim and combines the old at the top and the new at the bottom. Hint: click on “Magic” on the left and you will get a preview of our new “gateway” pages. When we get the most-visited sections of the site converted we will launch the new navigation.

We have another, much larger surprise in the works. Just you wait!

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  • Malene

    It looks really great and I have no troubles loading!

  • fil

    The new look is realy great Much inproved of corse it looked ok befor but now its all so much cleaner somehow.

  • Sandra

    It looks great! Well done!!!

  • Potter Peep

    It looks real purdy.

  • Remi

    It looks awesome! I had no trouble loading, and the new gateway page lay-out looks great too. Nice job! 🙂

  • Finn

    Excellent! Well done! Make sure to keep screenshots/archives of the old pages, I love to look back on those things.

    And it may be because I have wifi, but the page loaded just as easily as before.

  • hpboy13

    It looks really great, and loads in no time! Well done guys, and I can’t wait to see the larger surprise (please don’t make it any DH spoilers, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist!)

  • hpboy13, Never. You have our word.

  • Finn, if you love looking at old pages, check out the Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.hp-lexicon.org they have archived our pages all the way back to 2003. Don’t worry, we’ve archived them too.

  • It looks clean, loads even more quickly than the older Lexicon pages. I like it.

  • weirdsis

    I love it! Very clean, simple, and easy to read. I also like the new categories, especially “Remembrall search”!

  • MaQ de Don

    It is nice and don’t have any problem with loading.

  • Lisa, it looks fantastic!!!
    I didn’t have any trouble loading it.

  • hpboy13

    Thank you Lisa! I just really want to make reading this book be the best experience possible.

  • Time Turner

    GWonderful! looks even better than it did before!

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