The preliminaries events are over and it is time for the tasks. What will the Triwizard Tournament bring? Could things get any worse?
Ready to find out? Here we go!
Canon Thoughts: Goblet of Fire by Steve VanderArk
Summoning Charms by Abby Koop
Unicorns by Susan
Episode 9: “The Dark Arts…are you TRYING to be bad?” by Steve VanderArk
Re-Readability by Eileen Jones
Sort Too Soon? by Eileen Jones
The Weird Sisters by Bridget Barlett
Fan Conversations: Hufflepuff Characters by Eileen Jones
These guides were originally written in March of 2002. Since that time, a few edits were made here and there but basically the text remained the same. To get ready for this Canon Celebration, our editors have been revising each one. We’ve added fan artwork to the Guide which illustrates the text. At the bottom in the Commentary section we’ve added a gallery of additional artwork. So even if you’ve read our guides before, please give them another look. And if you’re doing a re-read of the first book, have the Guide to each chapter open as you go! I’m sure you’ll find a lot of information you didn’t know.
Fitting the books into the real-life calendars isn’t easy! In fact, it’s impossible. But that didn’t stop us:
Text Changes of the Editions and the Years
Prejudice: A Great Theme of the Books by Steve VanderArk
The Complications with Memory by Suzanne Foster
The “Wand Order Problem” by Steve Beers
The Number Six by Michele Worley
The Number Seven by Michele Worley
We have hundreds and hundreds of pieces of fan artwork in our collection. Some subjects get a lot of depictions — Diagon Alley is a favorite topic, for example, and, well, of course it is! But there are a few pieces which illustrate more unusual moments in the text. Here are a few examples:
We have tons of images of the Dementors and Divination. Snape and Potions lessons are another very popular topic. However, we have very few of the House ghosts apart from Nearly-Headless Nick or of Dean, Lee, and Seamus. Our Artwork Challenge for all you fan artists out there is to depict one of the lesser known characters in the series. If we really like your work, we may feature it in the Lexicon! Here are some suggestions from these chapters:
- Hermione teaching Harry the Summoning Charm (GF19)
- Hagrid taking Harry to see the enemies of the first task (GF19)
- Blast-Ended Skrewts rebelling against hibernation (GF21) or going for “walks”
- the Trio meeting Dobby and Winky in the Hogwarts kitchens (GF21)
- the Gryffindor boys having a snowball fight (GF23)
- Harry and Ron fighting with fake wands (a parrot and a haddock) in Transfiguration (GF22)
- Harry asking first Cho Chang, and then Parvati Patil to the Yule Ball (GF22)
- Harry and Hermione encouraging Hagrid to come back to work (GF24)
- Discussions between the goblins and Ludo Bagman in the Three Broomsticks (GF24)
- Dobby introducing Harry to gillyweed (GF26)
- the Trio meeting with Sirius outside Hogsmeade (GF27)
- Hermione dealing with hate mail (GF28)
- Harry dreaming about Voldemort during Divination class (GF29)
- Dumbledore‘s memory of Karkaroff‘s Wizengamot trial (GF30)
- the four champions navigating the maze of the third task – we have Harry with the Sphinx and one of Fleur, but none of Krum or Diggory (GF31)
- the rebirth of Voldemort (GF34)
- Harry seeing the spectres appearing from Voldemort’s wand (GF35)
- The foe glass in Moody’s office (GF35)
- Opening the seven-lock trunk to find the “real” Alastor Moody inside (GF35)
- Prof. Dumbledore, McGonagall and Snape interrogating “Moody” (GF35)
- Harry sharing his winnings with the Weasley twins (GF37)
Send your artwork to [email protected]. By submitting it, you are giving us permission to display your work on the Lexicon. We would like to include your name with your artwork so you are properly credited, so when you send your work let us know what name to use. Please also include a way to get a hold of you so that if we decide to feature your work as part of our regular collection we can contact you for more details. All artwork we display remains the property of the artist and they retain all copyright.
Special Feature: How not to promote house-elf rights?
Hermione Granger set up the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W.) (GF14) after she became angry about the way that both Amos Diggory and Barty Crouch Sr treated Crouch’s house-elf Winky when the Dark Mark was cast after the 1994 Quidditch World Cup (GF9).
Hearing that Hogwarts School has “the largest number in any dwelling in Britain…. Over a hundred” spurs Hermione into action (GF12).
But, one of the problems with Hermione’s campaign is that she doesn’t really know any house-elves and she has no idea what they think about freedom, or even just what they want from their lives. Hermione sees them as slaves who are being taken advantage of and repressed. Even after twice meeting some of the house-elves in the Hogwarts kitchens (GF21, GF28), Hermione tries to convince house-elves to agree with her views – and holding out the very reluctant Dobby as an exemplar. This isn’t going to work. Minds and hearts need to be changed first in the house-elf community and that is going to take a lot more than S.P.E.W. badges and good-will.
Coming up next week…
Next week we will be looking in-depth at some invaluable sources of wizarding knowledge, for wizards and we Muggles alike–the schoolbooks and the Famous Wizard Cards. Come and explore with us!