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The following changes were released by Rowling’s publishers in the summer of 2004. As of summer, 2005, they had not been included in Scholastic editions. However, both Bloomsbury and Raincoast editions now incorporate the changes. The translators, who work from the Bloomsbury text, are incorporating these changes into their editions of the book as well. PS… Read More
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Well, you might already see one thing that’s new…the font on this page. We’re gradually changing every page in the Lexicon to this new font, Georgia, since it’s designed to be particularly easy to read on a web page. Josh and I are changing each page that we edit, so… Read More
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I’ve done a lot of editing of the timeline, thanks to helpful suggestions and error-checking from a lot of you. Thanks so much for helping out. I also added a new page, a “year calendar,” which lists birthdays and other dates of importance through the year. This will obviously… Read More
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I am primarily a trio shipper; by that I mean I enjoy reading and writing fics about various pairings of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. However, as far as reading goes, I will read pretty much any ship, even if I don’t ‘ship’ it—with two exceptions: Harry/Ginny and Draco/Hermione. I tried to sit down and think about… Read More
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Okay! It’s done! It took me four days, but I’ve finished a complete update of the timeline. There have been a lot of corrections and additions (and I’m still working on adding some of the information about who won the House and Quidditch Cups for the last ten years). And… Read More
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I was delighted to see the answer to another of my Open Letter questions on Jo’s website today. I have added the October 17 birthday to Flitwick’s page along with the first name Filius for sure. It’s just nice to know. Thanks, Jo. I have also turned on the link for… Read More
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I’m doing more editing today–nothing huge to report yet, although we’ll see what I get done. I do want to mention that the graphic on the main menu page for the sixth book has been  missing the hyphen ever since I created it. That’s because when the title was first… Read More
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Ah, the fun of switching servers. I think I’ve caught all the really bad errors — like missing six or seven main character pages and transferring an out of date version of the “Explore the Wizarding World” page and forgetting to transfer the entire atlas section. Josh has been going… Read More
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First of all, many thanks to Jo Rowling for taking the time to answer a couple of the questions on the Open Letter which I posted on the main page a few weeks ago. We’re all very grateful for the information. We’ll get that integrated into the Lexicon as soon… Read More
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Although much has been made of the contrasting upbringings of Tom Riddle and Harry Potter by the Harry Potter community, very little analysis appears to have been put forth towards analyzing the differences between each character’s childhoods, with many fans focusing upon the similarities instead. The fact that they are each half-bloods, or that both… Read More
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I’ve updated the text menu to keep up with the fancy graphics one. Both main menus now include links to the letter which I wrote to Jo Rowling on the advice of her solicitor, a letter asking for some factual details about the Wizarding World. They also include links to the Floo page,… Read More
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Let me just say that I have nothing but high praise for the staff of PhoenixSong.net. A few days ago I wrote about a disturbing thread which appeared on that website recently. The posts on that thread made some extremely nasty insinuations about the Lexicon and about Penny, who is… Read More
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I’ve just uploaded something that I’ve been working on for the last week. It’s a new analysis of the Weasley children’s ages which includes sort of the history of Gryffindor Quidditch over the last decade or so. I finished it this weekend while camping at Ludington State Park in Michigan. Go… Read More
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“How old are Bill and Charlie?” someone asked Jo. Very simple question. Her response to that simple question was just as simple. Charlie is two years older than Percy, and Bill is two years older than Charlie. Simple. So what’s the big deal? Unfortunately, this answer just doesn’t work. The… Read More
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I rececently was directed to this very disturbing post on the PhoenixSong.net forum. The insinuations are nasty enough that I decided I needed to respond directly. I am not a member of that forum so I couldn’t respond there. Hopefully the people involved in that discussion will notice this. Here’s… Read More
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When exactly did Professor Quirrell’s year-long trip around the world take place? The popular fan assumption is that it immediately preceded the year of Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. I do not think this is correct. In PS5, after Harry meets Quirrell while buying his school supplies and asks if he is always that… Read More
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A few of the cooler new things on the Lexicon: added a site to the page for the first film which gives 360° virtual tours of various sites in Britain, including some HP film locations added a new site to the Resources page which had me laughing out loud…it’s a dictionary of… Read More
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As usual, there has been a lot of editing over the last few weeks. I’ve been working through a backlog of hundreds of emails to find fixes and additions that needed to be made. Josh has been doing the bulk of the editing. You might spot some of the changes… Read More
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Just a quick note. I’m on vacation, currently in Quebec City, and I happen to have internet available in my hotel, which is pretty darn nice. I had a wonderful time at Convention Alley and now I and my family will be vacationing in Canada for a few days. I… Read More
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More big news. The Lexicon is now being translated into Chinese. A team is forming to begin work and they hope to have the site operational within six months. I also just have to take a moment to express the best wishes of the Lexicon staff to Jo and Neil… Read More
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Still more edits and additions all over the place. There are a couple of things that deserve a mention here. First, I have updated the page of spells from the films and games to correct the entry on the spell Arresto Momentum. Penny begged me to get to that one… Read More
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More and more new stuff. added some information to the page of Titles and Honorifics added even more new information all through the pages of Wizards added a new website to the Resources page pretty much finished the Non-Wizard Characters page, which includes Grawp and Karkus as well as all the Hags,… Read More
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N.B.: Dates for this essay are based on the timeline in the Lexicon. Notes on sources from outside the canon are at the end. Sibyll Trelawney is named after an ancient prophetess from classical mythology—or, more accurately, she is named after a whole group of prophetesses from classical mythology. The name Sibyll was… Read More
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Many, many edits and additions: additions to the Gazetteer of Wizarding Britain additions to the Encyclopedia of Potions additions and edits to each of the Wizard pages new essays: Sibylls, Porthia, and Prophecy additions to the page of titles and honorifics additions to the Quidditch Encyclopedia new page listing … Read More
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What’s new indeed! We were delighted and a bit stunned to discover that the Lexicon was chosen by Jo to receive her Fan Site Award. I can’t even tell you what an honor it is to know that Jo actually visits the Lexicon every so often while writing her books,… Read More
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I have been asked two questions a lot lately. Here are the answers. I think the third movie is unbelievably awesome and incredible. Yes, I see flaws, but only in that it was edited a bit too far, so that  some important information was inexplicably left out (e.g. Lupin’s relationaship… Read More
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New stuff all over the place and a couple of really cool new things. Here are the main changes and additions: I’ve finally added the Stinging Hex, so you can all stop emailing me now 🙂 New page of spells, the ones from the films and games. I made this… Read More
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Here’s the next of the Big Things I mentioned a few days ago. The Lexicon has learned that Rowling is sending out revisions to the various editing and translating teams who are working on her books. So far she has sent out a list of two small changes to book… Read More
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It’s official. Blaise Zabini is a wizard. As with Professor Sinistra, one of the translation teams needed to know the gender of that particular character because in the language they’re working with, it matters for their choice of words (in this case Portuguese). I didn’t know the answer, athough I… Read More
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It’s Memorial Day weekend and we’re camping for a few days. Every year, this weekend marks the beginning of the time when my schedule settles down quite a bit and I get a lot more time to work on the Lexicon. A few years ago, I created both the Bestiary… Read More
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I’ve received a few emails over the last week asking whether I would be including things like the Dean Thomas backstory on the Lexicon. This is a bit of a problem, one which I’ve been strugging with ever since Rowling’s website went live. Here’s the puzzle for me: Is… Read More
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First of all, let me say a huge thank you to everyone who emailed to alert me to the new J.K. Rowling website. Thanks especially to Heidi and Kip, who called almost simultaneously to tell me about the site, one on my home phone and the other on my cell… Read More
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Introduction No, I don’t intend to predict the identities of the next several Ministers for Magic, but rather to present and discuss the various evidence available in Harry Potter canon on the relative ages of the seven Weasley siblings. Since the original version of this discussion, Rowling has, on her website, www.jkrowling.com, presented… Read More
• Essay The Riddle of the Potions seldom gets the respect it merits. It is the last challenge faced by Harry and Hermione before entering the chamber where the Philosopher’s Stone is kept safely hidden in the Mirror of Erised. Usually when reading the book, we speed past the riddle, admire Hermione for solving… Read More
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After several months of delay, I finally have uploaded an essay that Prefect Marcus sent me. It’s a very well-done analysis of the “potions riddle” which Hermione solved on the way to finding the Stone under Hogwarts. I have also uploaded a new essay by Connie Ann Kirk, the author of the… Read More
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I just spent a week in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at a delightful hotel called the Luna Sea. I did a lot of reading by the pool and had a ball at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. I also did some work on the Lexicon. I have reworked the timelines entirely,… Read More
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Contents: Introduction The Deathday Party The CS DVD ROM Timeline Lower Bounds Nicolas Flamel Quidditch through the Ages Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them The PlayStation Pairs of Date and Weekday Full Moons Summary Conclusion Appendix   Introduction The question of mapping the timeline of the Harry… Read More
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I’ve just added an essay by Troels Forchhammer called Mapping the Harry Potter Timeline. Troels is meticulous in his analysis of the various clues and theories which have been debated back and forth for the past few years by fans. He includes all known references from all the books and… Read More
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Steve and I are updating the Lexicon simultaneously this evening, thanks to JKR’s web chat earlier today. Please be patient, we’re scrambling to integrate a gold mine of new information here. 🙂… Read More
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The name “Dobby” appears in A Fine Old Conflict, 1 Jessica Mitford’s memoir of her radical youth in 1950s America—and a book J K Rowling has almost certainly read. Rowling, as we know from interviews, admires Jessica Mitford—she even named her daughter after the left-wing political campaigner and journalist. “Dobby” Walker (no other… Read More
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Not the least interesting thing about Harry’s possessions is that it is possible to make a virtually complete list of them. This is because he starts with nothing but the blanket he is wrapped in. His material poverty is contrasted with Dudley Dursley’s conspicuous consumption, both literal and metaphorical. Though the four books we… Read More
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(If anybody out there hexed Steve with his current connectivity issues, quit it, OK?) A new essay from Morag Traynor has just been made available. Enjoy. … Read More
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Michele here, the Lexicon’s assistant/junior editor. The Wizards’ List is undergoing a scrubbing today. Hooked up another essay to the essay index that was missed on the first pass, about the Longbottoms. Read More
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I do know that many people have theorized about how Muggle-borns get their Hogwarts letters (and take them seriously), or are taken to Diagon Alley for the first time, or how they are able to adjust. Even with Rowling’s recent comments on this topic, we’re still left with a lot… Read More
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Michele here, the Lexicon’s assistant/junior editor. The chapter guide for CS1 has been updated; go to the Help/About page, to the section “Delving Deeper into Harry Potter”. An essay on duelling which has been awaiting review has also been made available. Read More
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Michele here, the Lexicon’s assistant/junior editor. Dreamweaver has been re-installed successfully on Steve’s personal machine after an unfortunate episode with a repair shop and an erased hard drive (didn’t affect the Lexicon’s existing content, I hasten to add, just delayed Steve in producing some new stuff he’s been working on). Read More
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by Steve VanderArk and Bob Williams 1990 Ideas for Harry Potter and the wizard world form in J.K. Rowling’s mind while she is on an interminable train journey from Manchester to King’s Cross. 1991 J.K. Rowling goes to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language. There, she writes ten… Read More