“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.
The last week or two has just been chock full of new stuff for members of the fandom. We have a new audiobook version of Quidditch through the Ages which also has a dramatization of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup which is particularly entertaining. We have a new gameplay trailer… Read More🎙️ Episode 30: Discussing The Harry Potter Lexicon Minute• Podcast Episode
Episode 30 of our main Lexicon Podcast is shorter than usual and is all about discussing our new podcast, the Harry Potter Lexicon Minute. We started the episode by talking about the rich collection of essays on the Lexicon and the recent feedback we’ve received telling us that we have… Read More🎙️ Episode 29: “...and it was all just cabbage”• Podcast Episode
Episode 28 is finally here! This episode (Recorded on November 25th) is all about a couple of recent fan theories we’ve come across lately. We discuss the recent updates to the Lexicon, dissect the new cast photo, and debate theories we’ve seen online lately. What’s New in the Lexicon We… Read More🎙️ Episode 27: The Hogwarts Deathtrap• Podcast Episode
New at the Lexicon Steve and Nick began Episode 27 by talking about the task of moving remaining content over from the old legacy site into the current, modern Lexicon. We also talked about the ongoing work on the Timeline system. New in the Harry Potter Universe We talked about… Read More🎙️ Episode 26: Fantastic Beasts and the 2001 thirst for canon• Podcast Episode
Episode 26 of the Lexicon Podcast focuses on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the schoolbook released in 2001 and a new edition released this week), and Quidditch Through the Ages (the book that was originally published along with Fantastic Beasts in 2001). We first talked… Read More🎙️ Episode 25: The Horcrux Conundrum• Podcast Episode
For the majority of Episode 25, Steve and Nick puzzle over the topic of Horcruxes, and more particularly how they are created and when Voldemort created each of his Horcruxes. Listen in as we end up with more questions at the end then we had at the beginning. We are back to audio only this week, but stay tuned, more Video podcasts will be coming soon. Read More🎙️ Episode 24: J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Loot Crate Unboxing (x2)• Podcast Episode
Episode 24 is a little different than usual, it is actually 2 mini-episodes put into 1 (mostly because after recording the first J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Loot Crate crate unboxing, I was so busy I didn’t have time to actually edit and post it). As such, the second Wizarding World… Read More🎙️ Episode 23: Fantastic Beasts and the Wait for the Next Movie• Podcast Episode
The week Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out, Lexicon Tech Wizard Nick Moline just so happened to be on a business trip. On the way home, he stopped in Texas and together Steve and Nick (along with Steve’s wife Mitzi) watched the movie together. After watching the film,… Read More🎙️ Episode 22: The One About Draco• Podcast Episode
Episode 22 of The Harry Potter Lexicon Podcast focuses on the character of Draco Malfoy. Steve and Nick start by talking about the latest news about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie franchise, now announced to be five movies instead of three, and theorize on how far… Read More🎙️ Episode 21: Do Seers see alternate realities?• Podcast Episode
Steve and Nick continue their discussion of Cursed Child, so here is your spoiler warning (which we didn’t quite get to mentioning until we had already been talking about cursed child quite a bit), don’t listen to this episode if you haven’t read or seen Harry Potter and the Cursed… Read More🎙️ Episode 20: Is Cursed Child Good?• 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🎙️ Episode 19: The Grand Circle Tour of the Lexicon• Podcast Episode
On this, our second Live episode of the Harry Potter Lexicon Podcast, Steve and Nick take the viewers on a tour of the New Lexicon and show off a bit of the new unique navigation and some of the special features that we’ve put our blood, sweat and tears into. Read More🎙️ Episode 18: We're LIVE!• Podcast Episode
Episode 18 of the Harry Potter Lexicon Podcast is very special, for multiple reasons. Our first ever Live Podcast (with live Canon questions from the audience) Our first ever Video Podcast (don’t worry, you can still listen to audio!) We pushed the New Lexicon Live… Read More🎙️ Episode 17: Trademarks, Contracts, and Butterbeer• Podcast Episode
Steve and Nick talk about live data on the new lexicon, which spawns a debate about wizarding currency. Just how much is a Galleon “really” worth anyway? We also try to make sense of the concept of Magical Contracts, and Nick recounts a tale of his recent visit to the new… Read More🎙️ Episode 16: So How Does the Map Work Anyway?• 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🎙️ Episode 15: The one who is both brave AND clever• Podcast Episode
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🎙️ Episode 13: "The budding new baby hero!"• Podcast Episode
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🎙️ Episode 12: "Why weren't we told about this sooner?"• Podcast Episode
Steve chats about Rowling's take on "official" Harry Potter, then discusses different modes of storytelling in book five, fan recommendations for best re-reads, how Sectumsepra just might be necessary, and how Molly Weasley rocks long before her showdown with Bellatrix. Read More