“And unless Harry’s ears were deceiving him, the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was …”
— Chamber of Secrets, chapter 3

What it’s all about …

I’ve had some amazing adventures in over a decade as a Harry Potter fan — reading and researching the books, visiting the sets of the film, enjoying Wizard Rock concerts, speaking at conventions, traveling throughout Britain discovering Harry Potter’s world, and writing two books. One of the best parts has been sharing my love for Potter with fans in my presentations in libraries, conventions, and bookstores. I’ve often been asked for those presentations to be recorded and available somewhere like YouTube. Those requests are the impetus behind this podcast project.

The HP Lexicon podcast will give me a chance to talk about things that I discuss in my presentations. I’ll talk about canon sources (those wonderful Daily Prophet newsletters, for example), about the way the books work together to tell one glorious tale, and about my experiences wandering through Britain in search of Harry Potter’s magical world. I’ll talk about the books mostly, although I am a huge fan of the films and I won’t be able to keep myself from chatting about them as well.

This page will be the home base for show notes, comments, and links. Each new episode will be available here as soon as I get it ready to post. You can use the contact links on this page to make comments on the show, ask questions, or make suggestions.

I hope you all enjoy the podcast and find it interesting and engaging.

Steve Vander Ark
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• Podcast Episode Steve and Nick finally got a chance to sit down and talk about Cursed Child, some good, some not so good, and found it is very hard to steer away from the Time Travel rabbit hole.  So much stuff to talk about and we debate a few big issues on the story. SPOILER WARNING: Don't listen to this episode if you haven't read Cursed Child yet because we are not holding back on this episode. Read More
• Podcast Episode Steve introduces a new series with this episode to coincide with the new version of the Harry Potter Lexicon website, and also introduces a new co-host, Nick Moline. They discuss the new website, for which Nick is the programmer, and then delve into the mysterious Marauder's Map, answering the age-old fan question of why <insert name here> didn't see <insert another name here> on the map? Read More
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Steve talks about the upcoming Potter play, the latest Pottermore updates, various arcana from the Book of Spells, and sources which may or may not be canon. Then he finally tackles the complexities of the seventh book and explains why, for the entire series to  make sense, the Hallows are essential and Harry's final confrontation with Voldemort absolutely cannot be violent. Read More
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Steve digs into the interview archives, discussing Rowling’s control of her story and her characters, then explores the murky challenge of finding name sources, discovers the not-so-murky Grimmauld Place in London, and discusses the essential elements of book six which allow us to truly understanding book seven. Show links: The Lexicon on… Read More
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Steve marvels at the levels of the soundscapes on Pottermore, then bemoans expensive canon and Rowling's lost website, reads a wonderful insight from a fan about the magic of books, then finds book five to be "really jarring on a number of levels" ... and yet his favorite book of the series. Read More
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Steve starts "season two" of the podcast by reviewing the past nine episodes, then discusses new things on Pottermore, discovering Diagon Alley in London, how the world of Harry Potter changed during the gap between books four and five, and why that gap left many fans unprepared for book five when it came. Read More