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Plugging away …


This morning I was working through the emails I’ve received noting various Lexicon errors or edits. One email asked why the Minister for Magic page didn’t list Pius Thicknesse. I knew the answer to that one. The reason Thicknesse isn’t listed it that the Minister for Magic page hadn’t been updated for book seven yet. So I went in and edited it.

While I was at it, I changed the page over to the new layout. Then, as long as I was in that section of the site, I started converting the rest of the Ministry of Magic pages to the new page layout. Of course, as soon as I started doing that I realised that I also had to update ALL those pages for book seven. No problem. I had coffee. It was raining.

Seven hours later, I’m still not done with the Ministry of Magic pages. Amazing how long some of this updating and editing takes, especially when it involves editing code and struggling against rogue CSS stylesheets that crop up out of nowhere to change formatting on something when I least expect it. Now it’s evening and I’m going to set it aside. I’m tired of editing.

Still, it’s not a bad way to spend a the better part of a day … immersed in the wonderful, magical world of Harry Potter. I don’t get to do that very often.


Pensieve (Comments)

  • Alex

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to update the Lexicon!

  • Thanks a lot…

  • Random

    Yes thank you!!

  • Oh yes, thanks a lot! I’m so happy you’re still in the air and online. The hpl is a unique website, I think. I never saw a simular website about e.g. Roald Dahl’s work or something about Tolkien’s “lord of the ring”-series (the hobbit included, of course). So, the hpl seems an unique website-project, and I love it.

  • wisteria53

    If there’s anything a non-HTML person can do (proofreading in plain text?), the offer to help still stands. T

  • julia

    you saw JKR’s twitter page
    ‘I am told that people have been twittering on my behalf, so I thought a brief visit was in order just to prevent any more confusion! However, I should flag up now that although I could twitter endlessly, I’m afraid you won’t be hearing from me very often….
    as pen and paper is my priority at the moment

    and her comments at the stella mccartney show as reported in the telegraph

    JK Rowling bid for three tickets to see Stella McCartney’s Paris show at a Gala Auction in London, in June, to raise funds for the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, and bought along two friends. “I’m working on something, but it’s not Harry Potter,” she said. “I need a Harry break.”

  • I have a set of guidelines all worked out for people to help with the editing of the site. However, I asked for some advice in procedures from a good friend whose opinion I really trust and she hasn’t gotten back to me. Frankly, I sort of let it slip to the back burner when I didn’t hear back right away. So the plan in in place — almost. Thanks for the offer, and those who emailed me to vounteer will hear from me directly soon.


  • As for Rowling’s Twitter account, I never got around to following her. I suppose I should …


  • hpboy13

    THE LEXICON LIVES!!!!! Good to see this being brought up-to-date on DH at last.

  • Jesse

    Glad to see some work being done. Thank you, Steve, for all the hard work you put into this site, it’s much appreciated!

  • Witheld upon request

    Get a life brother. The books were good, but sheesh.

  • Reader2

    Did some of the funs just get their first date and deside that they are too grownup for children’s books now?
    Just wait till you get your first heartbreak, then you will know why grownups need hobbies.

    Don’t listen to anyone Steeve, this site is well worth maintaining.

  • Taj

    Hey Steve, thanks for the edit! But I noticed a lil mistake…on the main Ministry of Magic page it says: “The Ministry of Magic is the governmental authority OF THE FOR THE wizarding world…”

    I think you meant to just write “of the wizarding world…”

  • Thanks for the heads up, Taj! Yeah, that kind of things can happen when you’re cutting and pasting text from an older version of a page to a newer. I’ll fix it straightaway.


  • Stacy

    Steve thank you so much for the hard work! It is so much fun to be able to surf around on the lexicon for a little while to escape during the day. My favorite part is the essays! Speaking of the essays, have people just plain stopped submitting them? Is there any hope for new ones?

  • I would certainly consider any new essays which would come in. However, we haven’t had any essay submissions for quite some time.


  • hpboy13

    Well, I tried submitting essays a while back, but got no response and assumed that part of the site hadbecome like an archive or something. I’ll go dust some of mine off.

  • dragonfr

    “the books were good”. of course they were good! But although I know not everyone can love them, give us fans a break. If HP can make so many people happy, then why not?

  • Kaz Walters

    Has anyone ever noticed that Voldemort’s wand length numerologicaly breaks down to 7? 1+3+1+2=7. Coincidence?

  • Reader2

    Probably just a coincidence, number 13, however, got to be deliberate.

  • dragonfr

    maybe it was written deliberately to show the significance of 7? That’s really cool though! How’d you spot that?

  • Mikkel

    Since it will be Christmas soon and I’ll be away on holiday…

    A very Harry Christmas to Steve and all the rest of you.

  • Nicola Vojvodic (16)

    Thnx for edit Steve.I almost got a feeling that all HP books fans got bored and left, I felt odd like asking myself how is everybody forgot Wizarding World? Is it possible that Im only person which still tries to get there?I don’t have anyone to speak about it. Everything around me remind me at HP, I do live in magical world but Im alone.I read and read and write, think about it. I really appreciate what Reader2 said.I need HP friend at least via internet.:-(

  • Lucette

    Happy New Year! Remember, there is still the Scottish book to theorize about. What side plots were taken out – what was changed, what information never made it into the books! It is not over until the Scottish book.

    Maybe then we will find out whether Florence was male or female (book never says) – who Dudley married (I’m hoping Millicent) – and whether or not Scorpius breaks with the family tradition.

  • Reader2

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    Lucette, you are right that there is plenty for us to find out if and when the Scottish book comes out, but we already have something for the particular questions you’ve asked.

    When Rowling was asked if Dudley might have magical children, she said that no magic could servive contact with Vernon’s genes, so Dudley’s family is still very muggle, that in itself destroys any theories of Dudley marring Millicent or any other witch.

    The epilogue practiaclly forces Rose/Scorpious ship at us, which in turn suggests that Scorpius is not like the prevoius Malfoys (although I am rather annoyed by all those fics that make him a Gryffindor, and the reason is his name, Scorpio is a watery sign, which points him toward Slytherin, and in Rowlings world names are destiny).

    As for mystery Florence, that character is way too minor to come with any special surpirses.
    The way Rowling responded to some questions about sexuality of various characters, suggests that Dumbledore was her gift to anyone who wanted variety in that department, and she doesn’t have any more of those planned.
    After a gift that big, there should be no reason to ask for more.

  • aep2398

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much! You don’t know how much I needed that, for FanFiction and DeviantArt! Thank you. 😀

  • Thestral995

    Hey, thanks Steve! glad to see you’re still working on the Lexicon….most unique book site I’ve ever seen. Keep at it!;)

  • Taj

    Can anyone tell me why the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy has two different dates: 1689 and 1692? It’s confusing because both dates are used in canon materials (the series, the companion books like “Quidditch Through the Ages” and “Tales of Beedle the Bard,” and the W.O.M.B.A.T. tests).

  • Taj

    Also, Steve…for the “Titles, Names, and Honorifics” page, you admittedly don’t have a set definition for the term “warlock”.

    But if you look on Page 56 of “Tales of Beedle the Bard,” Jo gives us a definition.

  • Nicola Vojvodic (16)

    Can anyone help and give me WOMBAT code. I want to see wombat pages and tests but I have no ID for WOMBAT. Anyone, please.

  • Nicola Vojvodic (16)

    I guess we need new St Mungo’s because one that Steve found Middlesex Hospital is demolished…so that wasn’t St Mungo because MOM wouldn’t let that happen, they would negotiate with Muggles so that building stay…

  • nancy

    i love this website

  • Nicola Vojvodic (17)

    That’s it. Harry Potter dies out like all good things on this world… 🙁
    I’m not talkin about movies and theme park, I’m talking about books…

  • Mimi98

    Y R LUNA AND NEVILLE NOT MARRIED?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!? ITS STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Becky

    Why has nothing been updated in so long?
    Where are youuuu?

  • Brandon

    Then we make new things sparked form the Harry Potter.. Of it..
    We make our own light 🙂

  • Muhammad Yassar

    An imaginary world of shear entertainment and wisdom alike

  • Pook

    Taj, sorry to reply so late, but I always assumed there were two dates for the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy because there was more than one statute, and they were differentiated by date. That happens a lot with acts of Parliament in the UK.

    And, like they say in Dr Who fandom, if you’re fan enough to spot an error, you’re fan enough to fix it 🙂

  • Christopher Hobe Morrison

    I’m glad the HPL is being kept up, and Happy Birthday to JKL. I think writing code is something the dementors thought up. All tedium and hardly any creativity, at least compared to writing.

    Speaking of which: I always thought what constituted a muggle is that muggles aren’t just incapable of doing magic, it’s that they hate magic or anything else that isn’t immediately explainable in ordinary terms, or comes out of nowhere, or can’t be touched and felt in the usual physical sense. This is why the Department of Mysteries is so important. It gets down into the idea that magic equals love, and is the ultimate reality behind reality.

    The HP series has achieved the level of myth, more so even than Sherlock Holmes and the books about him because it touches on so many more levels of reality. JKR won’t be able to get away from the characters in this series, because they are real and she is just channeling them. Of course she is entitled to a vacation, and I am sure they would agree although the Death Eaters would probably deny this, being the killjoys they are. If any of the characters bother her, she should just write down what they say and forget about it. Sooner or later it may suddenly hit her that there is another story, or book, or film there but she is right not to rush it. She has done so much for so many, and we have to be grateful to her and give her whatever space she needs.
    Christopher Hobe Morrison

  • sherly

    this page is nice.. i hope even harry potter ends, still this page will remain, so that we could still visit harry’s world… yeah i consider this as harry potter’s world…

  • mickey

    thank you for all your work!!! i agree with sherly (see above) i love this site sooooo much and I’m glad you keep it upd8ed. keep up the good work!

  • jules

    hope to see more soon.
    cant believe it’s nearly a year since last update
    did you see JKR on oprah?

  • alexis

    Yes, this is a really helpful Harry Potter reference!!!

  • Neil

    I love this site and use it all of the time.
    I have a questuion, however. In the Quidditch section why did you decide that Appleby Arrows come from the tiny Lincolnshire village of Appleby.
    I had always assumed that they were from the town of Appleby in Westmoreland, which changed its name from Appleby to Appleby-in-Westmoreland in the 70’s when the county of Westmoreland was abolished.
    Simply curious.

  • Myra

    I love this website so much! I just wish you were able to update it. Like add new essays and stuff. I love reading those and I feel somewhat depressed that I can’t read others.

  • Colin

    You are amazing, without you, I wouldn’t know mmost the spells I know today. At first, I was all alone with nobody to talk to about Harry Potter. And now I’m an avid user of the website, and when I enter the site, I feel like I’m in heaven. Thanks for make this website.

    ~Colin Creevey(Lakota Lackey)

  • Dominic

    Did everyone see Deathly Hallows?!? It was amazing! I LOVED the animation used in the “Tale of the Three Brothers” scene ~ true art! Of all the movies, I think this was the best adaption — no, not everything made the cut but certainly enough to please this Potter-maniac. Cannot wait for Part 2!!!

  • Vojta

    thanks for the HPL, this is really an unique website. It just amazing how many facts about the wizarding world are here.
    thanks again


    I really agree: this website is sooooooooooooo cool, It is really crazy that so many people notice all of the details.
    Before I found this page i din’t know anyone except for me who did that…
    Thnx so much for doing this, steve!

    P.S. I didn’t like the DH part 1 movie- it just doesnt fit with the book- all the movies paint harry’s world like this really dusty, dark place- but I think that it is really a happy place- only because voldemort comes to power, people still use light right? And the sun shines SOMETIME during a year? OK, Thanks again

    And I would also like to do proofreading….

  • Mark Butler

    “Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in seventh year, and he was part of a gang of Slytherins who nearly all turned out to be Death Eaters.” Sirius held up his fingers and began ticking off names. “Rosier and Wilkes – they were both killed by Aurors the year before Voldemort fell. The Lestranges – they’re a married couple – they’re in Azkaban…”

    I’ve just been reading the page about the ages of the Marauders and I don’t think there’s an issue at all. The supposed conflict is that the generally accepted birthdate doesn’t tie up with the above quote, as Snape and the Lestranges could not possibly have been at Hogwarts together. However, that quote could be interpreted in other ways; the so called ‘gang’ needn’t have been at school together – people leave and new people join. Snape (and other like minded students his age and younger) could been seen as continuing the gang on after some original members left. As long as there was always some people from the gang still at hogwarts, it wouldn’t matter that the Lestranges left before Snape arrived – they could easily be thought of as being in the same gang.

  • Mark Butler

    Also, I wish this site was still updated. The timeline (and a lot of the site actually) doesn’t seem to include info from DH.

    Who are the editing team or is it free for anyone to edit like a Wiki? Not really sure how WordPress works, or even if WordPress is what the site uses!

  • Nick

    Keep up the good work mate. This site is a gem and I was so stoked to still find it up and running. We are still out there.

  • Olivier

    Every time I visit the site (about once a day…) I hope that something has been updated. I am not losing hope. It’s fun to read and extremly complete and instructive. Thanks for all Steve & Co

  • Linda (survivor of wales)

    Thanks for updating and keeping it on the net … such an important resource. Also thanks for the books, I loved Ottery St. Mary when I visited in 1995 and hope to go back … and have hiked Rannock moor on the West Highland Way.

  • Julian

    It would be fantastic if this site were updated more… If necessary, even I would be willing to keep it up-to-date, as it is a fantastic resource to Harry Potter fans everywhere.

  • Still no updates?

  • Kimnd

    I think it would be really great if you guys could make this website a wiki- that way, all those updates would be done automatically by us!

  • Kay

    Any time I reread a HP book, I’m back here at the Lexicon. And sometimes in between to check something that’s nagging my brain. Always was, and always will be my favorite HP site. Thanks for keeping it going.

  • Megan

    I’m constantly showing this to friends, and using it to look up spells and charms! Thank you so much for making sure I never forget the important and intricate details of the Wizarding World!
    If ever you need help, or anything, really, email me, please! I’d love to help you out.

  • Vaudree

    Agree with those who say that the books are better! During part of DH part 1, they list the names of the Missing and Murdered – does anyone have the full list of names? I tried copying them down but I suck at it.

    Jason and Alison Denbretch
    Bella, Jake, Charlie and Madle Farley
    Joe Lauwrey
    Robert and Ellie Dawson
    Eleanor Sarah Gibbs
    Gabriella and Emilie Manard
    Ryan Geller
    Joshua Flexer
    Casey and James Kealy
    Elsie Valentine Schreiber
    Jennifer Winston
    Jacob and Emily McFerley
    George and Claude Dave
    Harry enbrechtry
    George McPerson

  • Carrie

    Thank you so much for this wonderful website!

  • Thanks to JK Rolling’s imagination who have giving fantastic idea of magic.

  • Kevin

    Pottermore, the new thing in Harry Potter is going to be announced soon! I can’t wait

  • Prof. Albus McGonagall

    Pottermore was unveiled today, and it has given us some new information:

    1. When she was a young woman, McGonagall fell in love with a Muggle.

    2. McGonagall worked at the Ministry of Magic before joining the Hogwarts faculty.

    There is a YouTube video of the Pottermore press conference held this morning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbOmE2Xi88), and it reveals more:

    3. The Evans and Snapes lived in Cokeworth. Written by J.K. Rowling: “Petunia Evans, forever embittered by the fact that her parents seemed to value her witch sister more than they valued her, left Cokeworth forever to pursue a typing course in London…”

    4. Petunia and Vernon met at work. “This led to an office job, where she met the [a person’s head blocks some of the writing] opinionated and materialistic Vernon Dursley.”

    5. Also in the video, a preview of the Sorting Hat is shown. One of the question reveals a little more canon: “Once every century, the Flutterby bush produces flowers that adapt their scent to attract the unwary.”

  • Ollykins

    It’s such a pity the Lexicon seems to have died a death – Pottermore seems like it’ll be exactly the sort of thing the Lexicon’s longed for.

  • Steve Vander Ark

    Oh, the Lexicon isn’t dead. I’ve been working on it steadily. Check out the podcast too! The link is at the top of the page (and you can subscribe on iTunes).

  • wisterialane

    wow awesome XXX Wisteria Lane

  • Nishala

    Julia change you Twitter account password to avoid confusion.

  • Nishala

    I hate the fact that Wormtail(Peter Pettigrew) made Black look like the bad guy but Harry reunited with Sirius.