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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
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Some American fans have raised the issue of being confused about the British education system. I am a Brit who is exactly the same age as JKR (a mere 5 weeks older) so I can explain, step by step, British schooling as we both knew it in the 1970s. Obviously… Read More
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In my last entry, I mentioned that Disney Adventures magazine stated that the 101 Wizard cards in the video games were designed by Rowling. I said that I was trying to find out if that were true, but in the meantime I was going to start including that information in… Read More
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I know some of you have decided that I must have given up on the Lexicon, what with the lack of entries here. It’s true that I haven’t been spending as much time on the site as I did before, partly because I’m getting closer and closer to being “done”… Read More
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The Chapter by Chapter pages for each of the books are being “upgraded” into Reader’s Guides. The page for book one has been changed into the new format, although all the text and links aren’t finished. Take a look and see how you like it. Eventually, there will be four main… Read More
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Since I last posted here, I have modified/edited/added to over one hundred of the five hundred pages of information of the Lexicon. Most of those changes have been minor: a new spell added to the Spell Encyclopedia, for example. Here’s a few other of the updates and changes: added to… Read More
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A new map has been added to the Atlas, contributed to the Lexicon by Hermione. It’s a beautiful map of the chambers under Hogwarts where the Philosopher’s Stone was hidden.  I have added links to it so you can click on various places and be taken to relevent places in the… Read More
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I have opened a forum for the Lexicon. You can sign on and make comments, discuss your theories about the books, make suggestions for improvement, and so on. I’m doing this on a trial basis to see if the folks who come to my site find it useful. Read More
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I’m sure you already noticed the biggest change around here: the new main index page and front door. The design for these was inspired by the Daily Prophet design seen in the films as well as the lettering on blackboards in Hogwarts classrooms. The effect is supposed to suggest signboards… Read More
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Why didn’t Harry talk Parseltongue to the basilisk? Good question. There are a couple of times in the books where Harry seems to ignore the obvious solution. Another great example is when he was stuck in the trick stair, under his invisibility cloak, when the egg was screeching and he dropped the Marauder’s Map. There it lies almost within his grasp, and he… Read More
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Excellent new essay about Fawkes the Phoenix I have updated the page about the fifth book I am working on a new, complete index of the Harry Potter universe, with references linked to complete information within the pages of the Lexicon. It’s called “The Harry Potter Universe A to Z.” This is… Read More
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Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore’s phoenix, has played a prominent role in the first four Harry Potter books. With the fifth book reportedly titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it is worthwhile to speculate about Fawkes’ past. There is strong support in J. K. Rowling’s canon for the theory… Read More
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IMPORTANT NOTICE – A visitor to the Lexicon emailed me about an annoying pop-up advertising window that appeared whenever he browsed to my site. I was very surprised, since I don’t put any advertising at all on my site. I understand that it’s necessary for sites to accept advertising, and… Read More
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From the start of the Harry Potter series, our hero finds himself a stranger in a very strange land. He discovers that the world he grew up in hides a secret wizarding world. This is no Oz or Wonderland that exists separate from the normal world and can only be entered through extraordinary means. Read More
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Where do I start? I counted and I’ve added or modified 97 pages since June 8, the last date I made an entry here. I can’t begin to list everything, so I’ll just mention some of the big changes: a lot of new information has been added to the Quidditch section. Read More
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with updates by Michele L. Worley How can a one-year-old baby survive the destruction of his parents’ home? Hey, a Killing Curse is one thing, but how could Harry block tons of bricks and wood crashing down on top of him? As if that weren’t enough, the kid was on the second floor of… Read More
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More new material added: the day-by-day calendar of Goblet of Fire is here, and it’s, well, spectacular. This one was put together by AmyZ and she has done a wonderful job with it. The mysterious and dangerous chambers where the Philosopher’s Stone was hidden have their own page. I added a detailed… Read More
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Several new sections have been added to the Lexicon. Probably the most exciting is The Definitive Directory of Magical Devices and Items. This new list pulls together several separate lists of magical items and artifacts in one encyclopedia. I’ve been adding as many new items as I can (look up… Read More
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I’ve been working on adding more material to some of the existing pages. I’ve added a lot to the page for Peter Pettigrew, for example. I’ve also been gathering some new fan artwork to add here and there. The Quidditch pages are also under renovation. Once I started organizing the… Read More
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Plenty of updating, added tidbits of information, and so on. I can’t list every change. My goal is to finish adding the last details from GF and then get started onQuidditch Through the Ages… Latest new pages: merpeople old magic Chambers of the Philosopher’s Stone Titles,… Read More
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Banking in the middle ages (which is the basic world in which wizards live) was in its infancy. Its primary reason for existence was to provide safe-keeping, for a price (they took some of your money in exchange for keeping it safe). This could still be the basic mode of… Read More
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New pages: Chapter by Chapter, short synopses of each chapter in the books, contributed by William Silvester. I’m in the process of adding artwork and links to the four pages. New essay, from Leroyal Terrell Gould, III: The Unifying Theory. Many, many edits and additions here and there (check out… Read More
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I have, for some time, been speculating on just why Voldemort would single out a child for destruction. There is, of course, the much talked about “Heir of Gryffindor” theory, but for me, this doesn’t hold with JKR’s theme of our choices making us who we are, and not innate qualities. So,… Read More