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First of all, thanks to all of you who emailed me to find out why there haven’t been many updates lately. Sorry about the lull, folks, but that happens during the school year. I’m a teacher and librarian, plus the resident director for a theatre company, so I… Read More
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At turns exciting, suspenseful, horrific, unexpectedly funny, and in the end, tragic, OP35 (“Beyond the Veil”) brilliantly captures the chaos and confusion of battle. Harry doesn’t have time to fully comprehend everything going on around him, but we the readers have the luxury of going back and re-reading this chapter for new insights… Read More
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(by Nik the Hermit, our “man in the street”) J. K. Rowling has stated many times that memories and “echoes” from her own childhood became part of the Harry Potter Books. Two well-known examples are: The use of the surname of her two friends from her early childhood, Ian and… Read More
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After a busy few days, I finally got back to working on the Lexicon. Nik the Hermit’s analyses of Little Whinging and of number four Privet Drive is complete and I’ve uploaded it all. He actually found a house of the type that the Dursleys’ house would be… Read More
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New page added about the Hogwarts choir. Okay, okay, I know, there ISN’T a Hogwarts choir in the books, so this is definitely NOT CANON, but it’s so interesting that I decided to add the page anyway. Included on the page are the lyrics and music for the song they… Read More
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Another wonderful essay has just been added, this one called “How Safe Is Privet Drive?“, written by Jen Reese. To complement the essay I’ve included another beautiful drawing by Marta T. based on the first chapter of Order of the Phoenix. Read More
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After the events of book five, one can’t help but wonder whether Harry is really safe now in Privet Drive. Has the protection reached critical mass at this point, and are the risks beginning to outweigh the benefits? Obviously when Voldemort was Vapormort, and the most loyal Death Eaters were incarcerated in Azkaban, the protection held up very… Read More
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In case anyone’s interested, I’ve uploaded a page showing a scan of one of the pages of my research notebook about OP. I had a few requests for people who wondered what my notebooks looked like, so if that’s you, here you go. Nik the Hermit has added a whole new… Read More
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At Nimbus 2003, several people asked if they could see my notes. It never occurred to me that anyone would be interested, but I was sort of flattered that they asked. So I figure that there might just be a few curious people out there who might want to see… Read More
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New pages: information about the Chamber of Secrets film, edited by Marilyn Cole new page for the Atlas giving details of the location of Little Whinging in Surrey, carefully researched by Nik (who lives in that area and has been investigating homes and neighborhoods)… Read More
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Two new essays have been added: “Those Unpredictable Defense Against the Dark Arts Professors” by Louis F. Badalament, II “A View of the Map: Understanding How The Marauder’s Map Works” by Steven Beers Also added are a wonderful new map of Wizarding London and a page describing various special types of… Read More
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Let us take a look at the mysterious, amazing Marauder’s Map. But first, let’s look at the castle. If you research castles on the Internet, you will see that Hogwarts is a castle of unprecedented (mammoth, huge, gigantic) size. You might find some castles that have towers that are 7 commercial stories high,… Read More
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Most of the new spells have been added to the Spell Encyclopedia, which is a bit of a relief, since I do get a lot of email reminding me about them. I am still adding more, however. Tonight, for example, I added Permanent Sticking Charm. That’s because I’m currently on… Read More
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In order to speculate on and understand this character, we must begin, as in all things, at the beginning. The fecund Weasley family have more than enough children to run the whole gamut of human emotions and personalities; why bother even to create this last-born enigma and to make her a girl… Read More
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I am delighted to announce that a new essay has been added to the Lexicon, this one delving into the possible connections between Ginny and Harry. The author of this essay, Water Witch, emailed me the other day to point out, without rancor, that she had indeed submitted this essay to… Read More
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Well, this has been interesting. You’d think that I would have been familiar enough with the, uh, fervency of fans when it comes to “shipping,” but I have to admit that I was surprised by the reactions in email to Penny’s essay. Some accused the Lexicon of no longer being… Read More
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There has been a lot of talk about who might come back as ghosts in the Harry Potter series. I don’t think Rowling will have anybody return as a ghost, because she is very aware that there are children reading this series who have lost or about to lose a… Read More
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I finally got around to editing and publishing an essay from my dear friend Penny Linsenmayer, who was in many ways the person most responsible for Harry Potter for Grown Ups being what it is today. Penny’s essay is entitled “Partners and Friends: The Evolving Relationship Between Harry and Hermione.” I… Read More
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I am an astrologer, and I observed the types of astrology Trelawney and Firenze teach (and presumably practice) are two different types. Trelawney’s astrology is natal or genethiliacal astrology. It consists of personal birthcharts and what will happen when Mars and Saturn make an angle. As Parvati said, it has to do with individuals and their… Read More
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New stuff: beautiful new illustration called “Mourning” by Marta T., on the page for the fifth book. new artwork added to the Bestiary, thanks to Cassie Songer and Vic Xntric outline of the details of the life of a Wizard, from infancy through old age new page, edited by… Read More
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I’ve just finished my third reading of OP. The Dursleys interest me in a way that I can’t fathom, but I feel the need to explain Petunia Dursley. OP opens our minds and Harry’s to the idea that Petunia had had more contact with, and understanding of, the wizarding world then she had hitherto pretended. From the small glimpse we… Read More
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A couple of new things to mention: Sandra Diersing has given me permission to include on the Dumbledore page a very perceptive short essay of hers about socks. I’ve posted a page which details some of the more interesting facts and speculations about the whole timeline question. This page will answer… Read More
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What he’d like the most is a pair of warm socks, Dumbledore told Harry (PS12). Is he joking? Is this just another example of his droll wit? I think Professor Dumbledore told the truth, that Harry surprised it out of him, although it wasn’t very clear. Fans have suggested that socks represent include freedom (Dobby), love (Molly… Read More
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Oh my goodness, where do I begin? Michele has been editing pages left and right, so many that I can’t even begin to list them all. She’s added name origins and much more information to the Wizards lists, the new song to the Sorting Hat page, OP information to the pages… Read More
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One of the more interesting mysteries about the Harry Potter universe is when the stories in the books take place. There have been a lot of discussions and debates about this subject and some fans have done amazingly detailed research trying to determine the years involved. This page presents some… Read More
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Before I get to the latest updates and new pages, I need to take the opportunity to officially welcome Michele Worley to the staff of The Lexicon. Until now, the staff of the Lexicon has consisted of just one person. A lot of folks have contributed over the years, but… Read More
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Charms magic can be used to move objects in various ways. Locomotion Magic The basic spell for moving an object is Locomotor, which comes from two Latin words meaning roughly “move from its place.” First years learn to move objects by magic; the practical part of Flitwick’s exam for the first… Read More
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This is no moot point. Quite contrary to what many a reader may think, duels such as those in the Harry Potter books are not frequent in fantasy literature. That is so because it’s very difficult to convey to the audience or to the readers the precise impression of a… Read More
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Various types of spells and items make things vanish, but in different ways. Vanishing The basic form of Vanishing is the Vanishing Spell. Taught in fifth year Transfiguration (OP13), this spell is usually cast using the incantation Evanesco which is Latin for “vanish.” McGonagall starts students out with Vanishing invertebrates—snails—and then works them up to… Read More
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Lots of new stuff, including huge numbers of edits and additions by Michele, who is amazing and wonderful. I’ll list them all when I get a chance (I’m just in for a few hours from camping by Lake Michigan…ahhh…). I have also added a couple of new pages that might… Read More
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Added a couple more facts to the Fantastical Facts page, including another bona fide error. Phyllis Morris has been working on a list of the differences between the UK and US editions of The Order of the Phoenix. Her list is now complete and has been uploaded. It’s surprising, really, how few… Read More
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More editing. I’ve uploaded one of the images from my History of the Wizarding World presentation from Nimbus 2003, a chart that shows who was at Hogwarts during the time that James and his friends were there. I’ve also added a new website to the Resources page, Visualizing Harry Potter, and Amy… Read More
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I have to say again how much I am indebted to Michele Worley. The page about Legilimency just shows what excellent research Michele is doing. Major new material: Page with nice description of Legilimency, including an outstanding assessment of where Legilimency may have occurred elsewhere in the books. A similar page… Read More
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Back from Nimbus 2003 and a relaxing vacation, during which time I added a LOT of new information. I’ve uploaded all the new stuff. Here’s a list of the major things: The Ministry of Magic Departments page has been extensively updated new names have been added all through the Which Wizard… Read More
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Lots more new stuff. Here’s a partial list: fantastic artwork added to the Malfoy Mansion page, by Angela West updated the page about Trelawney, including details of her two correct prophesies new terms added to the Strictly British glossary, including “budgerigar” and “titchy.”… Read More
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I’ve finished adding all of the Famous Witches and Wizards to the Master List. I added some icons and things to that list too. the calendar of OP has been updated with new and adjusted information new details about Dragon Pox on the Medical Magic page updated and corrected the page about … Read More
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Lots of new information added. The section on the Ministry of Magic used to be one page, now it’s, I dunno, about six. I’m adding names to the Witch Wizard section a little at a time, too. I can’t list every single change here, there are way too many. I have… Read More
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The Wizards’ Council The Wizards’ Council was the predecessor to the Ministry of Magic (FBx). Barberus Bragge was the Chief of the Council in 1269. Burdock Muldoon was Chief of the Wizards’ Council in the fourteenth century (FB, QA). He was followed in office by Elfrida Clagg, who is generally regarded as being more enlightened than her predecessors… Read More
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New pages uploaded: St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries Malfoy Mansion 12 Grimmauld Place The Order of the Phoenix new definitions added to the Strictly British glossary of British terms… Read More
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New pages uploaded: the Black Family Tree fantastic facts from OP (a place for us to put some of the most exciting new tidbits of information we’ve turned up which we just haven’t had time to get into the Lexicon itself yet)… Read More
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Thanks to everyone who spotted an error in the calendar and emailed. Yes, Harry had classes with Snape TWICE a week, Monday and Wednesday, not just once. I’ll update the calendar as soon as I get a chance. More good stuff coming… Thanks to the dedicated effort of two people,… Read More
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Well, after reading book 5 of Harry Potter (The Order of the Phoenix), all of my literature interpretation instincts just kicked in automatically. Never mind the predictions of what will happen, who will end up with whom, etc… I was instantly drawn by the notion of psychomachia (I’ve mentioned it before,… Read More
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What’s new indeed. The Harry Potter Lexicon is now part of the most exciting resource for Potter information in the entire Muggle world, The Floo Network. The editors of the various web sites of the Floo Network are working together to bring you the absolute best and most complete information,… Read More
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I’ve been editing and adding to pages left and right. I just uploaded about thirty revised pages, including one or two new ones. I’m not going to list all the changes here, but you will want to take a look at the new essay, entitled Harry Potter: The Truest Gryffindor… Read More
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The DVD of Chamber of Secrets is out and it includes the Official Timeline of Hogwarts. Read this important note about the timelines of the Lexicon… thanks!… Read More
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The stag is both James’ Animagus form and the Patronus that Harry conjures. Since J.K. Rowling has said there is a connection between Godric Gryffindor and Goodrich’s Hollow [1], and since the Medieval Latin etymology of “patronus” is “patron saint,” could the stag be a clue to a connection between the life of St. Godric and Godric Gryffindor, and… Read More