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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
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The updated and re-organized Black family pages are finished! If you had bookmarked the old pages you will need to update them. New Black family page New Black family tree New location of Sirius page… Read More
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All information about the Black family is currently being revised due to the publication of portions of a marvelous hand-drawn Black family tree that Jo is auctioning off to benefit Book Aid International. For now, you can read more at The Leaky Cauldron. We haven’t had this much new… Read More
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Numerous people have been writing and asking us to clarify dates for Snape, Lily and the Marauders. I have added information to Snape’s page with our latest thinking and links to the evidence we used to arrive at our calculation: Notes on Dates for Snape, Lily and the Marauders: 1959 or… Read More
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Just thought I’d keep y’all up to date on what we’ve been working on. Aside from the usual (and fairly boring) site management stuff, Michele and I have been exapnding the Reader’s Guides for various chapters of the books. I have been working my way through Philosopher’s Stone lately and just added… Read More
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Take a look at our Lexicon Christmas Card, which I uploaded this afternoon. Everyone hasn’t had a chance to sign it, but I decided to make it live anyway because it’s almost Christmas and I wanted all of you to see it. Read More
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No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Laura’s fabulous Marauders artwork has been temporarily removed. We realized that the main menu page has changed a lot in a year and the old Christmas page didn’t include all the new links and buttons. So we’re working on adding Laura’s artwork… Read More