A few weeks ago we talked about some excellent sources of information about the Wizarding World which weren’t novels: the “replica” schoolbooks of Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as Daily Prophet Newsletters and the Famous Wizards cards. We at the Lexicon consider a number of other sources to be canon, as you’ll find on our Sources page. This week we are looking at a few of the other rich sources of canon such as Rowling’s writing for Pottermore and her original website, her follow-up book Tales of Beedle the Bard, and a few of the most important interviews and webchats from the decade during which the novels were published. A lot of canon details were discussed, argued over, and settled by Rowling over those years … and a few mysteries still remain!
Ready to discover more about these? Onwards we go!
Canon Thoughts: Early Interviews by Steve VanderArk
Canon Thoughts: Scholastic Interviews by Steve VanderArk
Canon Musings by Abby Koop
Goodbye Pottermore by Steve VanderArk
What is a Flint? by Steve VanderArk
The Number of Students at Hogwarts by Steve VanderArk
The Harry Potter Card Game by Steve VanderArk
Reader’s Guides and Other Sources:
Tales of Beedle the Bard
Other interesting sources:
Timelines and Calendars
Is Jo’s Website Canon? by Steve VanderArk
The List – Loose Ends before DH by Anita (akh), Jo Mears (Serenadust), Pippin, Lyn J. Mangiameli and Siriusly Snapey Susan
Puzzles, Mysteries, and Loose Ends by Steve VanderArk AFTER the publication of the last book
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 for the Famous Wizards or which illustrate things in the schoolbooks. Here are a few examples:
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot (WHP)
Tale of the Three Brothers (TTB)
Hippogriffs from the original Pottermore, 2012 (PA6)
The Black Family Tree tapestry (BFT)
We have tons of images of dragons and Dementors, Divination class, Professor Snape and Potions lessons. 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 or events in the series. If we really like your work, we may feature it in the Lexicon! Here are some suggestions from across the canon:
- the lesser known Famous Wizards (FW) or Ministers for Magic (MoM)
- students learning about creatures in Care of Magical Creatures class
- students learning to cope with dangerous magical creatures Defence Against the Dark Arts class
- the Goblin Rebellions of 1612 and 1752
- Sir Cadogan’s epic battle with the Wyvern of Wye
- Hogwarts ghosts participating in a Headless Hunt
- the Modesty Rabnott Snidget Reservation
- the All-England Wizarding Duelling Competition of 1430
- Quidditch fouls
- broom games Stichstock, Swivenhodge and Shuntbumps
- The Banchory Bangers Quidditch Team attempting a Hebridean Black dragon capture
- the near destruction of the Colosseum in Rome during a 1754 broom race
- a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon carrying off a Muggle sailing ship
- the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892
- Gilderoy Lockhart’s books or Mrs Weasley’s cookbooks
- the experience of using Floo Powder
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.
In September of 2004, I wrote a list of questions which I wanted Rowling to answer. I did so after being given permission by Neil Blair, Rowling’s solicitor. These weren’t plot questions which would have spoiled future books but rather factual details which hadn’t been given in the books. I sent a copy of the letter over to Emerson Spartz of MuggleNet to give him a chance to comment and he sent the list back with several added questions. Once the list was finalized, I sent to questions on the Blair. Then we waited.
Eventually, a number of the questions were answered by Rowling on her website. Several others were answered in the next two books. One or two remain unanswered to this day.
One question I asked was for details about Dumbledore’s wand. She didn’t answer this one, which makes sense since, as it turned out, Dumbledore carried the Elder Wand which was a rather important plot point. However, I found it a humorous that Rowling stated after Deathly Hallows was published that she was surprised that no one had ever asked her about that wand. Ah, but we did, Jo, we did! You just never answered us.
This page lists the original Open Letter and beneath that, a run-down of the answers we received as of when that blog post was written, the answers we found out in later canon sources, and the answers which remain mysteries.
Coming up next week…
Next week we delve into the first chapters of the final novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The anticipation for this last book was massive all over the world back in 2007. Do you remember where you were that night at midnight?