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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
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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
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Michele here, the Lexicon’s assistant/junior editor. As regular visitors may be aware, ordinarily Steve alone touches this particular page. However, in the spirit of Friday the 13th, Steve’s been having some ugly problems with his personal machine, so I thought I’d pipe up to let everyone know a little about… Read More
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Added a new page for Luna Lovegood, which includes another of Marta T.’s brilliant drawings and artwork by a new artist to the Lexicon, Tiny Q. Her illustration of Luna is just beautiful, really capturing the quirky nature of this intriguing character. I am delighted to welcome Tiny Q. to… Read More
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Luna is clearly Hermione’s mirror. I think Hermione’s rationalism, which is such an important part of the trio’s dynamic, has its downside: an unwillingness to leap before looking; a fear of the unknown. We’ve watched Hermione freeze up in just about every book because her studies haven’t provided her with the answer. Usually Ron and Harry have to pull/prod/jolly Hermione past… Read More
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The reorganization is going very smoothly, thanks to Dreamweaver. What an excellent program that is! I have added a page to the Hogwarts Atlas which shows a stunning painting by Michael Bramman, a well-known British illustrator. The page includes a brief note from the artist… Read More
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For the last few days, I’ve been reorganizing the thousands of files which make up the Lexicon. This is a painstaking process, at least for me, since I’m not a Dreamweaver wiz by any stretch of the imagination. I do things like this in utter terror of messing… Read More
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This isn’t strictly a Lexicon thing, but since it’s my project, I’ll let you all know anyway. The Lexicon is part of a group of sites called The Floo Network. This group includes The Leaky Cauldron, Quick Quotes Quill, and The Hogwarts Galleries (which is currently in pre-production,… Read More
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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