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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Yes, the exchange rates on the old one were out of date, so… I got out my wand and swished it a few times.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
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The test results have been delivered to those who sat the WOMBAT Grade 2 exam. But if you’re like me, you might be wondering what the “other” results looked like. So for the benefit of the curious and also the folks unable to take the exam, I’ve created… Read More
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Please visit this thread in the Lexicon Forums if you would like to discuss the questions on WOMBAT Grade 2. WOMBAT Grade 2 questions and commentary. You must register through World Crossing in order to post, but anyone can read. We hope you’ll register and join… Read More
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Owls are arriving today with the results of the WOMBAT Grade 2 exam, and along with the marks is the note that there will be a third and final WOMBAT in a few months time. For those who may be wondering, I (Belinda) received an E (Exceeds Expectations). We’ll have… Read More
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The door on Jo’s site is closed again. Hopefully you all had a chance to take the WOMBAT test. We’re working on adding all the new tidbits of canon to the Lexicon and of course, waiting eagerly to get our scores. Edit: The WOMBAT room’s clock says the tests have… Read More
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Tonight the Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s site has been updated to wish Minerva McGonagall a Happy Birthday for October 4th. We do too! Join in the discussion about Hogwarts’ new Headmistress in the Lexicon Forums! at this link: Minerva McGonagall discussion… Read More
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Here it is, at last, the Lexicon commentary page on the latest WOMBAT test from jkrowling.com. All day today, Belinda, Lisa, and I have been passing this document around, adding our notes and observations and comments and having a great time doing it. We hope you enjoy reading our commentary,… Read More
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Professor Koniphorus Swamp is at it again, writing about the flora and fauna in the world of Harry Potter as no other essayist! Be sure to have a look at her new essay, speculating about the surprising importance of one of the most boring critters in the Potterverse: Flobberworms. Read More
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The new Wizard of the Month for October is now on Jo’s site, Idris Oakby. This gives us another new canon character along with a new canon organization. Am I on new canon overload? Nah, not possible!… Read More
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Hi everyone, I have been collecting bits and pieces that may be of use to people taking the W.O.M.B.A.T. It has *no* commentary, just canon and bits from reference books. Crib sheet: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizworld/wombat/cribsheet.html [No longer found here] The Lexicon staff commentary is also in the works and will be posted… Read More
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I’ve created a page of Instructions for working the puzzle behind the Door, including pictures, and updated most of the relevant pages in the Guide to JKR.com with the other additions from today. We will be working on our commentary of the W.O.M.B.A.T. grade 2, as Steve said, and… Read More
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Just noticed that the door is open on jkr.com. No time to explore further (Real Life and all that…), but you know we’ll be all over it! Watch for more…… Read More
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Jo has added to her site today: 2 News articles, 3 Rumours, Diary entry #8, and a new Fan Site Award. I’ll finish updating the Lexicon later today. I had to leave for work right in the midst of the update.. ARGH! So yes, the door is open… Read More
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I just got back last night from London where I spent a glorious, magical day visiting the studios where they are busy filming the latest Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Warner Bros reps took us on tours of the sets, let us watch filming,… Read More
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It is my very great pleasure to announce the posting of a new essay, Snape’s Eyes, by Edward M. Kern, Associate Professor of History at Lawrence University. If you attended Lumos 2006, you may recognize this essay — it was originally presented at Lumos in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July… Read More
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Presented at Lumos 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada 29 July 2006[*] How wonderful it is that the second chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is titled “Spinner’s End.” Wonderful, because, if read ironically, it refers not only to a place, but to Severus Snape’s fate, a rubric revealing that the… Read More
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Hi, this is a minor change, but I just updated all the links on our index page of Lexicon artists. Some of the website links no longer worked, some had moved, etc. Read More
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Jo has updated her website in the News section, in Extra Stuff- Miscellaneous (a NAQ ‘Never Asked Question’) and her Diary. I have the Guide to JKR.com updated. 😀 Wheee! It’s wonderful to hear from her! Thanks Jo! I’d also like to point out a fairly new feature I’ve… Read More
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Makani made my day today. It was an OK day. Pulled weeds, went to work, grocery shopped and came home, but something made me check my subscriptions to “friend’s” Livejournals and Harry Potter fanartist Makani (Heather Campbell) had posted no fewer than 5 new Potter drawings (3 canon and 2… Read More
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Hi, everyone. I hope that everyone’s enjoying the new Timelines! This project has been in the works since February, and there’s a lot to it. Permit me to put on my Knight Bus Tours hat for a moment and tell you about some of the great things the new Timelines… Read More
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We here at the Lexicon are delighted to announce the new and amazingly improved Timeline of the Wizarding World. For quite a few months now we’ve been working on this incredible resource, which combines the detailed and carefully researched information from the original timeline with a powerful search tool called… Read More
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With the addition of the zoom feature in the Scrapbook on JKRowling.com it’s now easier to view the minute details of the Potterania extra content. On the “Very early page of Philosopher’s Stone” you can see the faint shadow of backwards typewritten words. This is probably typed on… Read More
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I’ve just finished updating the page Map of Hogwarts in the movies ; by Quentin Lowagie, the webmaster of the Lexicon in French (L’Encyclopédie Harry Potter). Quentin does a marvelous job of mapping out the buildings and grounds of Hogwarts as it appears, and changes, through… Read More
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You may remember the funny introduction to Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them where Scamander writes about how hard it has been to figure out what is a beast and what is a magical being. Well, John and I have been wrestling with the same question because we’ve been… Read More
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The Wizard of the Month on JKRowling.com is once again a new canon character. Lisa has added Hambledon Quince to the Lexicon wizards pages, and I’ve updated the Guide to JKR.com. Now what to do with the new mention of the planet Mars? Perhaps we’ll compile all the astronomy,… Read More
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It’s funny that I haven’t posted here in a while, because I’ve probably worked harder on the Lexicon in the last two weeks than ever before. You’ll hear more about that in the near future, but tonight I’m taking a break as Clint does some serious programming over in our… Read More
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Steve has just created an “explainer” page compiling all the information about how we calculate dates for Snape, Lily and the Marauders. A few months ago you could still find Lexicon birthyears for James, etc. that said c.1960 or c.1961. These dates had implications for how many years he and… Read More