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The Wizard of the month calendar on JKR.com has updated to reveal the new WotM for August 2007 to be… Rowena Ravenclaw Medieval (precise dates unknown). One of the four famous Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowena Ravenclaw was the most brilliant witch of… Read More
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The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site is showing Happy Birthday wishes for our dear hero, Harry Potter. We would also like to extend our best wishes to Jo herself, who shares her birthday with her boy wizard. Happiest birthday to Harry and Jo!… Read More
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Again, lots of changes being made site-wide today. I enjoy clicking on the character pages especially and seeing the people Lisa has added in. But I wanted to post two big page overhauls I did for places: Godric’s Hollow and the Malfoy Mansion. On a side note, thanks so much… Read More
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We’ve been doing lots of work around the site today, as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve looked around. One bigger thing I’ve put together: a page about the Deathly Hallows. Enjoy!… Read More
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Revised 7/24/07: We have three new character pages! Thanks to Michele Worley we have one for Grindelwald; Lexicon Essays editor Paula Hall has made her character pages debut with Bathilda Bagshot and Xenophilius Lovegood. I also corrected Hermione’s middle name (the source for the “Jane” was World Book Day),… Read More
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Oh. My. Goodness. We here at the Lexicon have been e-mailing back and forth in total shock and awe over Deathly Hallows. Jo, we can’t thank you enough for this incredible gift. We also, of course, are excited to throw our full collective energy into site updates. Meaning that spoilers… Read More
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I have almost finished the book. Here at Sectus in London the venue looked like a cross between the quietest slumber party in the world and a homeless shelter…with 300 people completely engrossed in Deathly Hallows all night through. As we counted down toward midnight, there were reports of “drive-by… Read More
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I’ve just posted the last essays that will be published before Deathly Hallows, and they should definitely keep our Pensieve humming! An active LiveJournaler, Felicity, has allowed the Lexicon to publish three essays setting forth her theories on Horcruxes: one about the Horcrux described as “Something of Ravenclaw’s or Gryffindor’s,”… Read More
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[*]In an interview with The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet in July 2005, Rowling said, “Dumbledore’s guesses are never very far wide of the mark. I don’t want to give too much away here, but Dumbledore says, ‘There are four out there, you’ve got to get rid of four, and… Read More
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We saw in Half-Blood Prince that Hepzibah Smith was distantly related to Helga Hufflepuff and that Hufflepuff’s gold cup was in her possession. We also saw that Salazar Slytherin’s line ends with T.M. Riddle/Lord Voldemort through the Gaunt family, which was in possession of Slytherin’s gold locket and a Slytherin family heirloom, the Peverell ring. But we haven’t been given direct information identifying the family… Read More
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The door on jkrowling.com is open once more – this time with a list of acknowledgements for all the wonderful people who helped her through writing the books. Thanks to everyone from us here at the Lexicon, too! No magic is needed to open the door. Read More
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This is it, July 20! The last day before the official release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! It’s been a long wait, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. We hope this Countdown has helped pass the time, and offered a chance to look back over… Read More
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It is now July 19th and that means only 2 more days until the release of Deathly Hallows. We are passing the time by thinking of instances from the Wizarding World that correspond to the number of days left. Here are some passages in which the number 2 is important. Read More
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I’ve posted a couple of essays by new Lexicon contributor Philip Legge, one on the ever-puzzling subject of the Weasleys’ ages (bless Jo and her idiosyncratic “maths”), and the other a detailed survey of Quidditch schedules and results at Hogwarts. There ought to be enough detailed analysis in these essays… Read More
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Considerable analysis has gone into the ages of the Quidditch-playing Weasley brothers, reaching the conclusion that most of the information which J.K. Rowling gives us regarding Gryffindor’s team prior to Harry’s arrival at Hogwarts is inconsistent. However, these arguments are based on a number of assumptions which are not provable… Read More
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Contents The State of Play at Hogwarts Hogwarts Quidditch Results by Season Table of Gryffindor Players Notes Related Lexicon pages: “We haven’t won since Charlie left…” by Steve Vander Ark The Age of the Weasleys, by Troels Forchhammer Hogwarts House Quidditch Teams The Quidditch… Read More
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Jo has just updated the Diary on her official website with a plea to fans to thwart the spoilers attempts. We’re doing our best here at the Lexicon Jo! CONSTANT VIGILANCE!… Read More
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Here we are at July 18th, and only 3 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. Share your examples of the number 3 that remind you of something from Harry Potter. Madam Rosmerta is the proprietor of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. “…born to those who have thrice defied him”. Read More
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Harry’s Unanswered Question “Professor, what happened to your—?” “I have no time to explain now,” said Dumbledore. “It is a thrilling tale, I wish to do it justice.” (HBP4) At least four times in Half-Blood Prince, Harry asks Dumbledore to explain what happened to his right hand. Each time, Dumbledore smiles and implies that… Read More
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Now it’s July 17th and Deathly Hallows is just 4 days away! Time to list all the instances of the number 4 we can find. The four houses of Hogwarts, named for the four Founders. The Dursleys live at Number Four Privet Drive. The Triwizard Tournament had four champions. Read More
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As the last Harry Potter book draws ever nearer, we are all scrambling to organize and finalize theories. So, anyone who’s an HP fan must have heard of several ships[*] from the Marauder’s Era. I’ll refer to them as m-ships in this essay to make life easier. These m-ships basically put together two of the… Read More
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Today is July 16th, bringing us down to 5 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. How many examples of the number 5 can we come up with from the stories? The Five Feathers in Barnsley is home to Bungy the waterskiing budgerigar. Gilderoy Lockhart, five times winner of Witch… Read More
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I have updated the page about the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I love the new themes, particularly the Fireworks track, and not just because that scene is amazing in the film. I added links to the official site as well as to Soundtrack.net’s excellent… Read More
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It’s been awhile, but I have a couple of new essays posted, authored by a regular contributor, Ravenclaw Rambler. He’s got some ideas about the location of Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters, as well as some thoughts on “muggle magic.” Keep checking back for new essays all this week, as I have a… Read More
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A number of questions are often asked about the Hogwarts Express—how can it be hidden at King’s Cross so effectively?—why is there always just one compartment left? how can it travel around without being seen? The Hogwarts Express—Muggle features Muggles, it is suggested in OP7, developed technology because they don’t have magic, so… Read More
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The quotation above was coined by Arthur C. Clarke as his Third Law, in Report on Planet Three (1972). This essay compares the different technologies available to the magical and muggle worlds. Magical Artifacts Artifacts with magical properties are quite common in the magical world described in the books of J.K. Rowling. Some of them are similar to… Read More