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When my good friend Heidi Tandy (of FictionAlley) asked me if I’d like to write a magazine article about Order of the Phoenix I paused (only for a moment) and then said, “Sure! What do you need?” (Because I’m crazy that way, I’ll do anything Potterish.) “An… Read More
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We’d like to introduce you to our newest artist- Keith Johnson! Keith is undertaking an ambitious project to create cover art and chapter illustrations for all of the Harry Potter novels. He is currently working on the final chapters of Philosopher’s Stone and has offered to share his work with… Read More
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Thrilling, confounding, gorgeous cover art! Be sure you’re sitting down when you look. High-resolution artwork has been released today by Scholastic and Bloomsbury [Link outside: Leaky Galleries]. :Gulp: Treasure! Patronus! Locket! Silver Hogwarts? Strange triangle/circle emblem! Veils? Hallows? Let the… Read More
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Within the Harry Potter stories are many scenes that can be analyzed astronomically. As both an astronomer and a teacher, these interest me, and so I will present such analysis here. My goal is not to criticize Rowling when she is inaccurate in her astronomy (or, for that matter, to praise her when she… Read More
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I know it’s been awhile, but I have finally posted another new essay. This one is from astronomer and past Lexicon contributor Mike Weinstein: Astronomy in the Harry Potter Series. Enjoy!… Read More
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When I was in London in September, I got a first hand look at Electronic Arts’ new game for Order of the Phoenix. I have to admit that I’ve never been much into arcade-style games, preferring to play Excite Truck and Elebits on my Wii, Time Splitters on my GameCube, or Animal Crossing… Read More
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The WotM calendar on Jo’s official site is showing Happy Birthday wishes to Remus Lupin for March 10th, again this year. So far, all birthdays have repeated since appearing for the first time, with no new ones nor any being skipped. Read More
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Quotes by and about Lord Voldemort (Tom Marvolo Riddle) From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Hagrid to Harry: “Some say he died. Codswallop, in my opinion. Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die.” (PS4) Hagrid to Harry: “Better Hufflepuff than Slytherin,” said Hagrid… Read More
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We have some new images from Makani: Slughorn, Prof. Binns, Nick, and Ginny. Enjoy! I also recently added some short quotations by movie cast members about the roles they play: Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs, and Emma Watson. P.S. Makani just redesigned her personal website. Nice Job! I am… Read More
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We have been hinting on and off of projects we are working on behind the scenes here at the Lexicon, and we’re ready to tell you of the smaller project: the redesign of the look and organization of the Lexicon! It is a difficult task that has fostered a lively… Read More
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One of the Lexicon’s most often-cited Rowling interviews is the 2001 BBC Christmas Special “Harry Potter and Me.” Not only was it beautifully produced, it remains to this day an important source of Potter canon — especially the scene in Jo’s office where she shows her class lists of Harry’s… Read More
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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