• Magical artifacts Rough wooden goblet which fills with blue flames when it is time for it to choose champions of the Triwizard Tournament.  In order to make the selection of champions completely fair, the decision is left up to a very powerful magic artifact, the Goblet of Fire. The Goblet is… Read More
• Sports and competitions These objects – playing pieces for the game of the same name – spit a disgusting fluid at players when they lose. Read More
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Back in the heyday of Harry Potter fandom, when we lived in eager (desperate) anticipation of the next book, Rowling gave quite a few interviews. It was clear from the answers she gave that she had the details of her created world and her plot lines very carefully planned out. However, inevitably some of the answers she gave turned out to be incorrect, either because she dropped a story line or changed her mind. Just for fun, here are three Rowling interview quotes which gave information she later changed or left hanging: Read More
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At the Lexicon, we try very hard to spell everything correctly according to the books. We also try to capitalize words that Rowling capitalizes. We figure that if we carefully follow the books, we should be able to get it right. How very wrong we are. Read More
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On the evening of May 26th, 1992, Harry, Hermione, Draco, and Neville serve detention. The punishment, which they earned by trying to get Hagrid out of his own stupid mess with the baby dragon, is to tramp around the forest in the middle of the night, unarmed, looking for something ruthless enough to attack unicorns. Read More
• Event Growing distrust on the part of Muggles for wizards and witches compels the four greatest witches and wizards of the age – Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin – to found Hogwarts. Ravenclaw is said to have dreamed of a warty hog leading her to a particular cliff… Read More
• Event Ron Weasley is born, the sixth child (and sixth son) of Molly and Arthur Weasley of The Burrow, near Ottery St. Catchpole. Read More
• Character Ron Weasley is Harry Potter’s best friend and the youngest son of Molly and Arthur Weasley. The story of Ron’s life is one of being overshadowed by his family and friends, yet it is Ron’s heart and humor that have solidified his friendships and given those around him the support they needed… Read More
• Source Voldemort tells his fighters to return to him. Voldemort asks Harry to meet him in the Forbidden Forest within the next hour or he will join the battle and kill everyone who tries to conceal Harry. While everyone goes to the Great Hall, to mourn the dead and treat the wounded, Harry heads towards Dumbledore’s… Read More
• Food and drinks • Words and terms A hard lemon-flavoured candy shell filled with effervescent sherbet powder. Also known as sherbet lemons. Not the same thing as Lemonheads or lemon drops! Sherbet powder is not the same thing as an iced sherbet. Read More
• Source In which we meet the Dursleys and learn of the peculiar happenings surrounding the arrival of Harry Potter on their doorstep including a conversation between Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall. We also hear mention of Madam Pomfrey. Read More
• Character Andros the Invincible is alleged to have been the only known wizard to produce a Patronus the size of a giant (fw). Read More
• Event Wizards of this era of history created some of the earliest known magic spells and devices, including the Patronus and the Horcrux. Read More
• Character Profile Dudley was born on June 23, 1980. Dudley Dursley is Harry Potter’s Muggle cousin, and the only son of Vernon and Petunia Dursley of number four Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey. Dudley, in extreme contrast to Harry, was grossly overindulged by both his mother and… Read More
• Character Described by Harry as “a hard-faced Slytherin girl” (PS9) and as having a face “like a pug” (PA6, GF27). She was the ringleader of a “gang of Slytherin girls” (OP25). Like Draco, Pansy tended to pick on and try to intimidate those who were weaker — or just different — than she, and often… Read More
• Character Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived, the Chosen One, the hero of the Wizarding world. He grew up with Muggles, and then came to Hogwarts where he faced dangers and terrors beyond his years. He, along with his friends Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom, destroyed Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Read More
• Magical discipline Advanced spell used by fully trained witches and wizards to disappear from one place and appear almost instantly somewhere else. A person who uses this spell is referred to as an Apparator. Apparition is typically cast non-verbally. Read More
• Spells The antler jinx, as the name suggests, causes the victim to sprout antlers. Pansy Parkinson, a member of the hated Inquisitorial Squad, was the victim of this jinx as Hogwarts students rebelled against their new Headmistress, Dolores Umbridge: Filch prowled the corridors with a horsewhip ready in his hands, desperate… Read More
• Magical effects Charm which creates an innocent-looking golden mist which hovers above the ground. A person stepping into this mist immediately finds that up and down have reversed and they are hanging from the ground over the endless sky. Read More
• Magical effects The Transfiguration by which an Animagus takes his or her animal form, or reverts to human form from animal form. The animal form is sometimes referred to as the witch or wizard’s Animagus form. See Animagi entry for further details about wizarding folk who can perform this highly complex and… Read More