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I read in the comments that someone has noticed the Deathly Hallows symbol that has begun to appear on various pages of the Lexicon. If you roll your mouse over it, you’ll see why it’s there. It means that the page has been updated through book seven and is now… Read More
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I have been working on several entries at once, and think they are ready to be published. Some are brand new pages: The Carrows, Dumbledore profile (not the Quick Facts yet), Pius Thicknesse, Vincent Crabbe, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. Others were older pages that I (and others like Steve) revised for… Read More
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The new Wizard of the Month for October 2007 has appeared on Jo’s site, and Lo and Behold it’s Harry!! His description states: Harry Potter (1980 – ) The Boy Who Lived, only known survivor of the Avada Kedavra curse and conqueror of Lord Voldemort, also… Read More
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Please join us in wishing our own Clint Hagen a very happy birthday today, September 24th! Clint is the Lexicon’s Master Coder Guy, as Steve has dubbed him and our resident Latin expert. He is responsible for the magical programming behind the Remembrall Search feature, the Knight Bus Tours, and… Read More
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The Wizard of the Month Calendar has changed to wish a Happy Birthday to Hermione Granger for September 19th again this year. Hmm…. curious it’s not updated to include her married name, Weasley. 😛… Read More
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The Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR.com has changed to display the new WotM for September 2007 to be: Albus Dumbledore 1881 – 1996 Brilliant and often controversial headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore is most famous for his 1945 defeat of Grindelwald… Read More
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House-elves really came into their own in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — this fact, and some similarities between the characters of the house-elves and the theme of the greatness of servitude in the Christian gospels, was not lost on new Lexicon essay contributor Leanne Bruno. Enjoy!… Read More
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No, we’re not up to mischief! Although our server has been misbehaving a bit. I’m suspecting Nargles, but the tech folks tell us that they’re working on it. If you’ve experienced a “page not found” error recently when trying to access the Lexicon, or found this page telling you… Read More
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It’s begun. The influx of emails pointing out pages which haven’t been updated yet. I promise you, we’ll get to them. You’d be amazed at how much needs to be edited at this point. Just as an example, I was reading the commentary on the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone… Read More
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I’ve been accumulating lots of new additions – working on getting the gazetteer up to speed and updated with our new layout! Here’s some of the stuff I’ve added: A completely rewritten page for Gringotts; A new Hog’s Head page; An updated entry for Albania; A new entry for Arkie… Read More
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Steve, Bel, Paula and I will be at Prophecy this week; if you see us wave Hi! If you’re wondering why my character pages are stuck in a time warp, well, that’s why. Steve has three presentations this week: Playing in Jo’s World Spend a little time looking… Read More
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The Wizard of the month calendar on JKR.com has updated to reveal the new WotM for August 2007 to be… Rowena Ravenclaw Medieval (precise dates unknown). One of the four famous Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowena Ravenclaw was the most brilliant witch of… Read More
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The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site is showing Happy Birthday wishes for our dear hero, Harry Potter. We would also like to extend our best wishes to Jo herself, who shares her birthday with her boy wizard. Happiest birthday to Harry and Jo!… Read More
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Again, lots of changes being made site-wide today. I enjoy clicking on the character pages especially and seeing the people Lisa has added in. But I wanted to post two big page overhauls I did for places: Godric’s Hollow and the Malfoy Mansion. On a side note, thanks so much… Read More
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We’ve been doing lots of work around the site today, as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve looked around. One bigger thing I’ve put together: a page about the Deathly Hallows. Enjoy!… Read More
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Revised 7/24/07: We have three new character pages! Thanks to Michele Worley we have one for Grindelwald; Lexicon Essays editor Paula Hall has made her character pages debut with Bathilda Bagshot and Xenophilius Lovegood. I also corrected Hermione’s middle name (the source for the “Jane” was World Book Day),… Read More
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Oh. My. Goodness. We here at the Lexicon have been e-mailing back and forth in total shock and awe over Deathly Hallows. Jo, we can’t thank you enough for this incredible gift. We also, of course, are excited to throw our full collective energy into site updates. Meaning that spoilers… Read More
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I have almost finished the book. Here at Sectus in London the venue looked like a cross between the quietest slumber party in the world and a homeless shelter…with 300 people completely engrossed in Deathly Hallows all night through. As we counted down toward midnight, there were reports of “drive-by… Read More
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I’ve just posted the last essays that will be published before Deathly Hallows, and they should definitely keep our Pensieve humming! An active LiveJournaler, Felicity, has allowed the Lexicon to publish three essays setting forth her theories on Horcruxes: one about the Horcrux described as “Something of Ravenclaw’s or Gryffindor’s,”… Read More
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[*]In an interview with The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet in July 2005, Rowling said, “Dumbledore’s guesses are never very far wide of the mark. I don’t want to give too much away here, but Dumbledore says, ‘There are four out there, you’ve got to get rid of four, and… Read More
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I’ve been looking at a pattern of clues in the six Harry Potter books, namely a series of interweaving and overlapping references to Transfiguration magic, secret passages/the Marauder’s Map, and trophies. Putting them all together, I believe they may be clues that the Helga Hufflepuff’s golden cup is in the… Read More
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We saw in Half-Blood Prince that Hepzibah Smith was distantly related to Helga Hufflepuff and that Hufflepuff’s gold cup was in her possession. We also saw that Salazar Slytherin’s line ends with T.M. Riddle/Lord Voldemort through the Gaunt family, which was in possession of Slytherin’s gold locket and a Slytherin family heirloom, the Peverell ring. But we haven’t been given direct information identifying the family… Read More
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The door on jkrowling.com is open once more – this time with a list of acknowledgements for all the wonderful people who helped her through writing the books. Thanks to everyone from us here at the Lexicon, too! No magic is needed to open the door. Read More
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This is it, July 20! The last day before the official release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! It’s been a long wait, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. We hope this Countdown has helped pass the time, and offered a chance to look back over… Read More
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It is now July 19th and that means only 2 more days until the release of Deathly Hallows. We are passing the time by thinking of instances from the Wizarding World that correspond to the number of days left. Here are some passages in which the number 2 is important. Read More
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I’ve posted a couple of essays by new Lexicon contributor Philip Legge, one on the ever-puzzling subject of the Weasleys’ ages (bless Jo and her idiosyncratic “maths”), and the other a detailed survey of Quidditch schedules and results at Hogwarts. There ought to be enough detailed analysis in these essays… Read More
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Considerable analysis has gone into the ages of the Quidditch-playing Weasley brothers, reaching the conclusion that most of the information which J.K. Rowling gives us regarding Gryffindor’s team prior to Harry’s arrival at Hogwarts is inconsistent. However, these arguments are based on a number of assumptions which are not provable… Read More
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The State of Play at Hogwarts Quidditch is the principal wizard sport and the school sport of Hogwarts, so given the outstanding natural abilities of J.K. Rowling’s main protagonist, it unsurprisingly forms a major recurring element in the series, including an eventful visit to the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire. The four houses… Read More
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Jo has just updated the Diary on her official website with a plea to fans to thwart the spoilers attempts. We’re doing our best here at the Lexicon Jo! CONSTANT VIGILANCE!… Read More
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Here we are at July 18th, and only 3 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. Share your examples of the number 3 that remind you of something from Harry Potter. Madam Rosmerta is the proprietor of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. “…born to those who have thrice defied him”. Read More
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Harry’s Unanswered Question “Professor, what happened to your—?” “I have no time to explain now,” said Dumbledore. “It is a thrilling tale, I wish to do it justice.” (HBP4) At least four times in Half-Blood Prince, Harry asks Dumbledore to explain what happened to his right hand. Each time, Dumbledore smiles and implies… Read More
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Now it’s July 17th and Deathly Hallows is just 4 days away! Time to list all the instances of the number 4 we can find. The four houses of Hogwarts, named for the four Founders. The Dursleys live at Number Four Privet Drive. The Triwizard Tournament had four champions. Read More
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As the last Harry Potter book draws ever nearer, we are all scrambling to organize and finalize theories. So, anyone who’s an HP fan must have heard of several ships[*] from the Marauder’s Era. I’ll refer to them as m-ships in this essay to make life easier. These m-ships basically put together two of the… Read More
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Today is July 16th, bringing us down to 5 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. How many examples of the number 5 can we come up with from the stories? The Five Feathers in Barnsley is home to Bungy the waterskiing budgerigar. Gilderoy Lockhart, five times winner of Witch… Read More
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I have updated the page about the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I love the new themes, particularly the Fireworks track, and not just because that scene is amazing in the film. I added links to the official site as well as to Soundtrack.net’s excellent… Read More
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It’s been awhile, but I have a couple of new essays posted, authored by a regular contributor, Ravenclaw Rambler. He’s got some ideas about the location of Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters, as well as some thoughts on “muggle magic.” Keep checking back for new essays all this week, as I have a… Read More
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A number of questions are often asked about the Hogwarts Express—how can it be hidden at King’s Cross so effectively?—why is there always just one compartment left? how can it travel around without being seen? The Hogwarts Express—Muggle features Muggles, it is suggested in OP7, developed technology because they don’t have magic, so… Read More
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The quotation above was coined by Arthur C. Clarke as his Third Law, in Report on Planet Three (1972). This essay compares the different technologies available to the magical and muggle worlds. Magical Artifacts Artifacts with magical properties are quite common in the magical world described in the books of J.K. Rowling. Some of them are similar… Read More
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Now it is July 15th and there are only 6 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. List as many examples of the number 6 as you can come up with for the stories. We’ve had some brilliant examples in the previous days! Be sure to take a look if… Read More
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From the Bloomsbury website: J K ROWLING AND THE MIDNIGHT READING: Bloomsbury Publishing is delighted to announce that now everyone will be able to hear J K Rowling read from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in a live webstream from the Natural History Museum in London at the… Read More
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July 14th, the date that marks the release of Deathly Hallows as one week away. ONE WEEK! Just 7 days. Seven, the most powerfully magical number of all. This is sure to be the longest list we’ve created yet, as there are many times the number 7 is mentioned. (For… Read More