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Thanks to Claire M. Jordan, the author of an excellent essay in our collection, I have been able to update the page listing differences between the UK and US editions of Deathly Hallows. Most of the differences are simply substitutions of US terms for British ones (e.g. ‘crib’ for… Read More
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Recently, some of my friends have been receiving unwanted and annoying phone calls from members of the press, trying to get in contact with me. This is definitely not appreciated. One friend has had to change her phone number several times to avoid these kinds of calls, but is still… Read More
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There’s been a decided lack of new posts here, I know. Sorry about that. I spent most of the week in London at the publisher working on the new book, In Search of Harry Potter, which is due out October the 9th, and so I’ve been commuting back and forth,… Read More
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I’ve fixed the Google search for the site, so have at it. Unfortunately, the Remembrall isn’t working right now because it’s fixed on the wrong domain. I’m sure we’ll be able to sort it out, but for now just use the Google search. Read More
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Great news! Thanks to Roonwit, we have our timelines back. Well, almost back. The back-up file was dated March 2007, so some material was lost. Also, since the domain names have changed, the links in the timeline entries themselves don’t work at the moment. However, we’re hoping to get things… Read More
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As you might have noticed, the Lexicon has had some technical problems over the past week or so. We’re in the process of updating and upgrading everything. Part of the process involved transferring some domains around, and along the way an error resulted in the www.hp-lexicon.info domain losing its DNS… Read More
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Last night I finished entering Quidditch Through the Ages into the Portkey database. That’s the last of the books to be entered, so now the Portkey covers all seven novels and the two Schoolbooks, as well as all the Famous Wizard cards. Surprisingly, there was actually an earthquake just… Read More
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With yesterday’s emphasis on Quidditch, I’ve been muddling about with the Portkey, adding information to the Timeline, and testing out how it all fits together. When I add a date to the Timeline, for example, it’s supposed to appear on the Timelines tab of the associated Portkey entries. I tend… Read More
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Over the years, there have been a number of strange Quidditch matches played, many of them famous for their length or some odd circumstances surrounding them. Since February 22 is the anniversary of one of the strangest Quidditch matches in the Harry Potter books, I thought I’d mention it here,… Read More
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Questions have been asked and accusations made which require some kind of response. Specifically, I have been accused of lying in my declaration. This is a very serious charge. I want to make a clear statement of the facts. In my declaration, I wrote that the income from the advertising… Read More
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I have begun a sweep of the character pages, but it is going slowly because it is so complicated. First, old style pages need to be switched to the new design, then double-checked for Book 7, all the old [Y-whatever] dates have to be removed, and then I need to… Read More
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After discussion with Lisa, I’ve decided to change the way we indicate Pottercast references. The interview with Jo is now referenced as PC-JKR1 and PC-JKR2. Any other Pottercast references will be given as PC#, so that a citation of Pottercast 121 will be PC121. There have been some questions about… Read More
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I have updated the timeline and the day-by-day calendar to indicate that the Battle of Hogwarts was on 2 May. Unfortunately, Jo wasn’t clear about which day of the Battle was 2 May, since the start of hostilities was the evening of one day and the final confrontation was sunrise… Read More
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The third trailer for tomorrow’s ITV1 documentary [TLC YouTube Channel] shows Jo diagramming the family trees for the marriages and children of Harry and his friends. The tree is now on the Lexicon (thanks Mugglenet!) Here is a list of the new canon from the trailer: The Battle of… Read More
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I posted this last night to Accio Quote, and figured it would be of interest here too… PotterCast 130 (December 17, 2007) text | audio Helga Hufflepuff gave the House-elves at Hogwarts “good conditions of work.” Her intent wasn’t to be activist,… Read More
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We here at the Lexicon wish you all happy holidays and safe travel! I want to wish a very happy (belated) birthday to Lisa, whose big day snuck by us on December 8. Sorry, Lisa… We also wish a happy birthday (a little early) to Melissa over at Leaky, who… Read More
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Over the past few months, we here at the Lexicon have been traumatized and disheartened. What has been the hardest are the personal attacks, blatant disinformation, and rushing to judgement that have been hurled our way. The staff of the Lexicon consists of some of the most selfless, dedicated, passionate… Read More
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The Leaky Cauldron has announced that J.K. Rowling will be the featured guest on tomorrow’s PotterCast. Leaky staffers Melissa Anelli, Sue Upton and John Noe were on hand for the first extensive fan interview since 2005. Melissa promises new canon and lots of fun, so stay tuned. Among other… Read More
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I have added a new section to the Lexicon: our Reader’s Guide for The Tales of Beedle the Bard. None of us has seen the actual book, of course, and we can’t write a full and detailed Reader’s Guide. However, the new owner of the book, Amazon.com, has been releasing… Read More
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Jo updated the news on her site again yesterday about the situation with the book. Here’s part of what she said: “I take no pleasure in the fact that publication has been prevented for the present. On the contrary, I feel massively disappointed that this matter had to come… Read More
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Dear Friends, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support in recent days. Everyone here at the Lexicon, all volunteers, regrets the unpleasantness. We have always been interested in working with the publishers of the novels to satisfy their concerns, interests and needs and… Read More
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Rowling has updated her site with another new news item today. She has handwritten seven leather-bound editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, six of which she plans to give as ‘thank-you’ gifts to those who have helped her most, and the seventh of which she will auction off… Read More
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Tricks and Treats abound on Jo’s official site today for Halloween! There also appears to be new hidden extra content for you Scrapbook. We’ll leave this post spoiler free for those wanting to solve the mysteries for themselves, but see the first comment in this pensieve for clues as… Read More
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Jkrowling.com has a special Halloween treat for us! The Do Not Disturb sign on the Secret Door has returned, but along with a TimerTurner! The Time Turner allows you to revisit all the past puzzles that lay behind the Door each time the Do Not Disturb sign was removed… Read More
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As expected, the Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR’s official site has changed to display birthday wishes to Molly Weasley for October 30th, again this year. Happy Birthday to one witch who showed us just how powerful love really can be! (Note for those Americans wondering about the… Read More
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I’d just like to point out that I did ask what Dumbledore’s wand was made of…in July of 2004 in the open letter, which I know Jo read. Oh well. EDIT by Bel~: Oy, Steve! You must have been tinkering in the Timelines and got your dates mixed… Read More
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I’ve been waiting for a full transcript from Leaky, but want to post this list of canon summaries now. I figure I can add to it later. These summaries are actually based upon four sources: TLC and HPANA, as well as Eldritchhobbit‘s and iamstarmoms LiveJournals. Read More
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So after a fairly lengthy morning of in-depth research and writing, I have now completely re-vamped our page for the Burrow. Among other things, I determined what floor each room had to fall on, and organized the page accordingly. The explanation for why the floors line up the way they… Read More