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I am very excited to announce that we now have functioning archive files of the latest Door opening onJKRowling.com. This is only a copy, but you will be able to work the puzzle to open the door and read the full W.O.M.B.A.T. test. You will not however, receive… Read More
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Two more essays have been posted: Love and Death in Harry Potter, by Paul Spilsbury, and The Importance of Neville Longbottom, by Douglas Moran. We’ve been busy little beavers at the Lexicon this weekend!… Read More
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Hey y’all, this is Steve. We’ve just uploaded a commentary and guide to the W.O.M.B.A.T. test which Jo put on her website. This guide doesn’t give “correct” answers since in many cases we just don’t know for sure. It does pull together canon resources which will be helpful and… Read More
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I’ve neglected to mention the addition to the Lexicon of two essays published in February. The first, The Complications with Memory by Suzanne Foster, is a comprehensive survey of the myriad ways memory is integral to the progression of the Harry Potter series. The second, Where is Spinner’s End? by Claire M. Read More
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I have updated the Guide to Jo’s website with information about the fifth opening of the Secret Door including instructions on how to work the puzzle to get behind the door (for those who have yet to figure it out for themselves, or perhaps having troubles). Read More
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Steve let me fiddle with his page on the night Harry’s parents were killed. I have clarified the timeline, added key quotes, and updated the information so that it takes into account recent statements Jo has made as well as the information from Book 6. I started a topic over… Read More
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I have been adding new artwork to the following pages: Harry, Quotes about Harry, Quotes about Ron, Quotes about Voldemort, Luna, Snape, Tom Riddle, Lucius Malfoy and the Malfoy family. Many thanks to Sebastien Theilig, Makani, Tea with Voldy, and Jenny Dolfen. Hope you like them!… Read More
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I’ve posted two great new essays. The first, “Is Harry a Horcrux,”by Stephen Haas, makes a well-thought-out argument for the idea that, you know, Harry is a Horcrux! The second, “Dumbledore vivens Snapeque bonamicus“, by Denis Howarth, is a spectacular essay theorizing, as many fans have, that Dumbledore is… Read More
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I think I have finally added all the new character names (canon and non-canon) and information from the new documents at JKR’s site. Here is a summary: New names (non-canon): Mylor Sylvanus, Oakden Hobday and Bathsheba Babbling New names (canon): Tilden Toots and Georgina Smythe New first-names (non-canon): Aurora Sinistra, Cuthbert Binns and Septima Vector Rowling also considered the… Read More
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I’ve updated the Guide to Jo’s website with most of the changes today. You can find detailed instructions for collecting the new scrapbook extras in the Tips and Tricks section as well as many images of how the site looked before the update for comparison. Read More
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Some of you may have already noticed, but there’s a new way to explore the Lexicon! Check out our new Knight Bus Tours of the Lexicon. Each tour will take you on a journey to some places you know and some places you may have never been before. There are… Read More
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Lisa here. I have been adding possible name derivations for the Black family. Here is a sampling: Phineas is an English variant of ‘Phinehas,’ a name from the Bible. ‘Phinehas’ probably means “Nubian,” though some believe it means “serpent’s mouth” in Hebrew (BtN). In Greek mythology, Phineus was “a… Read More
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I have just discovered that our Lexicon email has been messed up for a few days. Apparently anything sent to an @hplex address will bounce. UPDATE: (10 am) As far as I can tell, it’s fixed. Sorry about the inconvenience. Read More
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I haven’t posted here in a while, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! I’m very excited to announce the debut of the Lexicon’s newest section: the Gazetteer. It’s a list of all the countries, cities, buildings, and other places mentioned in the books – nearly 300 in all. Read More
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I have been adding images from the Wizard cards and from Jo’s Wizard of the Month to the Wizard A to Z pages. If you click on the thumbnails you can see a larger version of the image. Read More
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Big news from Italy today. Here’s what Albireo sent us, along with scans which we’re going over very carefully: Today, on the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, there is an article about Book Aid International auction, with a complete picture of the Black family tree! You can recognize the half that we… Read More
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We have two provocative essays by glamourousgeek, Magic, Genes, and Pure Blood, discussing wizarding genetics and the meaning of blood status in the wizarding world, and Merlin, God, and You-Know-Who: Religion in the Wizarding World. There’s a fun piece analyzing Harry Potter’s Astrological Birth Chart by lunalove, speculating that Jo Rowling… Read More
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I’ve been cleaning out my inbox, and have made a number of corrections suggested by our readers. Most notably, the birth and first year dates for Cedric have been changed, and Katie Bell now has her own, expanded page. More corrections & additions coming. Read More