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Where is the Burrow—Harry’s second home (his first is Hogwarts, of course, not Privet Drive!)? Ottery St. Catchpole The books give the Burrow’s location as just outside the village of Ottery St. Catchpole, but give no direct clues as to where this is. The similarity of the name to Ottery St. Mary, in Devon… Read More
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Greetings on T-167 days and counting until Book 7 publication! I have an essay for any math wonks out there (that’s “maths” to Jo and others in the U.K.): check out our new essay on Wizard Money from a fan in Russia, Anton Generalov aka “XAHrOBEP” (pronounced “”Hangover”). Read More
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One of our Lexicon team is celebrating his birthday. Please join us in wishing John Kearns a magical day! John is responsible for the Gazetteer and Bestiary sections, and many other pages around the Lexicon. He has also dedicated an incredible amount of time and effort to behind the… Read More
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The new Wizard of the Month for February 2007 has shown up on Jo’s official site. Mnemone Radford 1562 – 1649 Developed Memory Modifying Charms. First Ministry of Magic Obliviator. News headline: Publication Date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 21st July, 2007… Read More
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Recently we shared the work of Secca from Potterskeys.com who transcribed the words showing from the reverse side of a Scrapbook page on Jo’s site. (These pages are extra content hidden around the site, and are only available once you’ve worked out the puzzle to find them. See the… Read More
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If you’re a Mozilla Firefox user (like me), you know how convenient it is to be able to search from the toolbar and select the site you’d like to search with a simple drop-down. Now, you can search the Lexicon the same way! Our friend Kai has written a… Read More
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As expected, the WotM calendar on Jo’s site is displaying happy birthday wishes for January 9th to Severus Snape. Since birthdays began showing up on the site, with Neville Longbottom being the first on July 30, 2004, and over the course of the next year, much speculation has… Read More
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The Hut-on-the-Rock holds a key place in the life story of Harry Potter.  It was here, on his eleventh birthday, that he encountered the world of wizardry for the first time since infancy. But where was it? The address on the letter brought by Hagrid in PS4 is not very helpful: Harry Potter, The Floor, Hut-on-the-Rock,… Read More
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With the new year comes a new Wizard of the Month… Harvey Ridgebit This is a new canon character, but the Peruvian Vipertooth and the dragon sanctuary in Romania are not. So is this the reservation where Charlie works? Would Charlie’s occupation be Dragonologist then? hmmm… Edit: At 9:30… Read More
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As most folks do at this time of the year, we have looked back at the events of the past year on the Lexicon and marveled at it all. To quote Dumbledore from the first Leaving Feast “Another year gone! … What a year it has been!” 🙂… Read More
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I started playing around with Google Trends yesterday, and came up with some fun results I wanted to share. For those who don’t know, it’s a set of statistics about where (in what countries and cities) different terms and phrases are most commonly Googled. First, “Harry Potter” is most frequently… Read More
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The Do Not Disturb sign is back on the Door today. The Door was open for a full week this time. I’ve now completed a page in the Guide to JKR.com detailing the puzzle behind the Door Opening #7. I included some screenshots of the candle in the… Read More
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Please join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday today, December 27th, to Steve Vander Ark, HH, CWWEA-ld, MMM, KCL, SM, Gurg Headmaster of the HPLexicon, Chief Warlock of the Wizarding Examinations Authority- Lexicon Division, Minister for Muggle Magic Keeper of Canon and Lists… Read More
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Music songs by title “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love” performed by Celestina Warbeck (HBP16) A “particularly jazzy number” with sentimental associations for Mrs. Weasley, as she and her husband danced to it when they were eighteen. Its lyrics include: Oh, come and stir my cauldron, And if you do… Read More
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As part of our quest for the possible meanings of ‘hallows,’ Lexicon friend Bandersnatch kindly agreed to assemble some information for us. The result is an excellent essay which gives us some context for the new book’s title. Enjoy: The Grail Hallows and Harry Potter… Read More
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As John said, we’re trying to research this with more authoritative sources than are usually found free on the web. Some brilliant research and theorizing is being done, but here at the Lexicon we want to be cautious and make sure we’re giving you the best tools we can. One… Read More
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Good morning! We’ve been working around our already jammed holiday schedules to do some site updates with the new book title. We’ll be abbreviating it site-wide as DH, as you probably could have guessed. I’ve got a brand-new page up and running: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lisa has… Read More
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Christmas decorations have appeared on Jo’s site again this year. So far they seem to be mostly the same as the past two years; the only major differences I notice are the cards on the Extra Stuff bulletin board, and the snowman globe in the Links… Read More
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We at the Lexicon would like to wish a very special happy birthday today to one of our very special staffers, Lisa Waite Bunker. Lisa takes care of the character pages and the artists here on the Lexicon as well as managing AccioQuote! (the newly merged website of… Read More
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We have another new canon character from the WotM calendar on Jo’s site… Laurentia Fletwock. We’ll be updating the relevant Lexicon areas shortly. Lisa here: I have now updated the Wizards page with graphics (click for the fullsize version) and commentary on the possible name origins. Thanks to readers… Read More
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While the staff is all insanely busy right now, I thought I’d spotlight another gem from the deep recesses of the Lexicon vaults. The Muggle Encyclopedia holds treasures untold and I invite you to explore through its pages. Penny compiled this amazing resource of information that’s a wealth of… Read More
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This was another tangent that blew up into a two-day project, but we now have a new page with details on owl post and a newly edited page with lots of new information on owls. As always, send additions if you find them!… Read More
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Yes, the exchange rates on the old one were out of date, so… I got out my wand and swished it a few times. I hope you enjoy this updated version! I’ve added a few more currencies from around the world, including the Romanian New Lei, the… Read More
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“Canon fodder” will be an intermittent series of posts about cool stuff that can be found in the dark corners of the Lexicon. Wizard Currency Converter: Have you ever wanted to give a gift certificate in Galleons, Knuts and Sickles, but didn’t know the exchange rate? The Lexicon has a… Read More
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… and we have a new Wizard of the Month. Lorcan d’Eath 1964 – present Heartthrob singer, part vampire, nineteen weeks at number 1 with hit song ‘Necks to You.’… Read More
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Jo has come through in the true spirit of Halloween, giving us a Treat on her official website! I updated the Guide to JKR.com as they appeared. 🙂 The new additions today were: in Extra Stuff-Miscellaneous: Spell Definitions and Diary entry #9. Read More
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I’ve been taking a break from my big project, working on fixing broken links and minor errors and so forth. Then last night, Belinda and I started chatting about some of the Lexicon’s “forgotten” pages, that don’t really have a section and so are in a bit of disrepair, and… Read More
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About a week ago I was studying through the first few chapters of PS and realized that I hadn’t done justice to the Muggle zoo, having ignored the reptile house and zoo restaurant despite writing an entry for every other building in the books. So I went ahead and added… Read More
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I know that the character A to Z lists are very very long and I have been meaning for a while to give certain characters their own pages so that their A to Z list entry can be shortened. So here goes: Lavender Brown, Seamus Finnegan, Ernie Macmillan, Griselda Marchbanks,… Read More
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Fans of Laura Freeman’s artwork know of her special project of Harry Potter Tarot cards. The Lexicon has just received special permission to reproduce some of these on our pages. Images of Umbridge, Lupin, Hermione, Luna, Hagrid and the Weasleys have now been uploaded! Really nice work, Laura! See also… Read More
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Jo’s site is now showing Happy Birthday wishes to Filius Flitwick for 17 October on the WotM calendar. When this initially appeared in 2004 it was our first confirmation of his full name, one of the questions on the Lexicon’s Open Letter to Jo. Read More
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I just uploaded two cool new drawings by Red Scharlach, one of Mrs. Figg and the other of Mundungus Fletcher. I love how she drew Fletcher so that it looks like he is standing a little too close to you. Phew. And Mrs Figg is in her bedroom slippers looking… Read More