Between having to appear before the Ministry to explain his Patronus charm, many of his fellow students doubting Voldemort’s return, and butting heads with the new Ministry-sent DADA professor, Harry’s been on the defensive….and it’s taking a toll on him.
Will Harry be believed at last? And the strange dreams he’s been having–will anyone help him figure out what they mean?
If you’re ready to find out, jump in with us!
OP 10: The Transformation Begins by Steve VanderArk
OP 11: Of Loss and Beginning by Steve VanderArk
OP 12: Is It Monday Again? by Steve VanderArk
OP 13: Unsettled School Days by Steve VanderArk
OP 14: Visualizing Hogwarts by Steve VanderArk
OP 15: Secrets in the Years by Steve VanderArk
OP 16: Conversations by Steve VanderArk
OP 17: Wait, What? by Steve VanderArk
OP 18: Hats, Cloaks and Curfews by Steve VanderArk
OP 19: And So It Begins by Steve VanderArk
OP 20: About the Cloak by Steve VanderArk
OP 21: Prefects, Mistletoe and Hogwarts by Steve VanderArk
OP 22: In Essence Divided by Steve VanderArk
OP 23: Tears and Robes by Steve VanderArk
OP 24: Memories in the Pensieve by Steve VanderArk
OP 25: Hitting the Bottom by Steve VanderArk
OP 26: Things Are Looking Up by Steve VanderArk
OP 27: Dull March into Squally April by Steve VanderArk
Valentine’s Day by Ashmita Shanthakumar
These guides were originally written in 2003 and 2004, right after the book came out. 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
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:
D.A. members signing their names to the list (OP16)
showdown in the corridor (OP17)
“How was [your first kiss]?” “Wet” (OP21)
arriving at St. Mungo’s (OP22)
“God Rest Ye Merry Hippogriffs” (OP23)
“Are you calling me a coward?” (OP24)
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:
- thestrals pulling the Hogwarts carriages
- Fred and George recruiting for “volunteers” for their products
- Hermione leaving out knitted hats for the house-elves (and Ron taking them away)
- Umbridge‘s collection of ornamental plates
- detentions with Dolores’ Black Punishment Quill
- Ron trying out for his house’s team’s Keeper
- Umbridge sitting in on other professors’ lectures
- the Trio’s meeting in the Hog’s Head
- Professor Grubbly-Plank caring for Hedwig
- Dumbledore’s Army meetings
- Harry and the twins fighting with Malfoy after a Quidditch game
- Hagrid and Madame Maxime traveling to the land of giants
- Harry and Cho‘s first kiss
- Harry and the Weasleys visiting Arthur at St. Mungo’s
- Gilderoy Lockhart and other residents of the closed ward
- the mass breakout from Azkaban
- Harry being interviewed by Rita Skeeter for the Quibbler
- Marietta Edgecombe, reluctant member of the D.A.
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.
Coming up next week…
We will delve into the last ten chapters of Phoenix, 28-38, and finally get some much-needed exposition on Harry’s background and other important topics.