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Most of the differences between the US and UK editions are very minor, simply changes to phrasing or terms to make the text easier to understand for American readers. However, a few differences are a little bigger than that. In a couple of cases, one version gives a nugget of canon information that the other misses entirely. Since canon facts are what the Lexicon is all about, we've been tracking these differences over the years. Here are a few interesting ones: Read More
• Event Harry and Hermione, in disguise as an elderly Muggle couple, encounter who they think is Bathilda Bagshot in Godric’s Hollow on Christmas Eve. They follow her to her house, where she is revealed to be Nagini. In the ensuing battle, Hermione’s quick thinking saves the day, but Harry’s wand is… Read More
• Event Narcissa brings the captives into the drawing room so Draco can positively identify Harry. He does so reluctantly and half-heartedly, but before the Dark Lord is summoned Bellatrix tortures Hermione and Griphook for information about the Sword of Gryffindor. During the torture Harry and Ron are brought to the cellar where… Read More
• Event The threat posed by Grindelwald and his plans for world domination became so dire that the Wizarding world clamored for Dumbledore to intervene. It was only when he had no choice that Dumbledore finally confronted his old friend in an epic duel. In the end, Dumbledore wins the duel and takes… Read More
• Character The middle child and second son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter, Albus is named after two headteachers of Hogwarts: Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. Read More
• Event Angry that his brother is neglecting their fragile sister for his new friend, Aberforth confronts Albus and Grindelwald about their plans to leave Godric’s Hollow and make their mark on the world. Grindelwald tells Aberforth he just doesn’t understand, and then uses the Cruciatus Curse on the younger boy. Then a… Read More
• Character Alicia Spinnet is a Gryffindor girl two years (CS7) ahead of Harry Potter. She played Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team with Harry (PS11). Alicia was a member of Dumbledore’s Army (OP16) who trained in Defense Against the Dark Arts with Harry during her seventh year and returned to the… Read More
• Character Antonin Dolohov was one of Tom Riddle’s friends after leaving school, one of the original Death Eaters (HBP20). Read More
• Creatures' homes, lairs, and territories Hagrid takes his Acromantula Aragog to live in a hollow in the Forbidden Forest after being accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets. Aragog lives in “the middle of the misty domed web” with his wife Mosag and hundreds of their descendants (CS15). The hollow is located deep inside the forest; Harry and Ron… Read More
• Character Described as “ugly” and “old” by Gilderoy Lockhart, this warlock was the one who faced the Wagga Wagga Werewolf – only to have his memory wiped by Lockhart, who took credit for the warlock’s heroism by writing about it in Wandering with Werewolves (CS16). Read More
• Buildings The astronomy tower is the tallest tower of Hogwarts. This is where students had Astronomy class every Wednesday night at midnight during Harry’s first year The top of this tower where observation sessions are held for Astronomy is more or less directly above the front entrance of the castle; the top of… Read More
• Quidditch The final of the Quidditch World Cup in 1809 is considered to be one of the worst exhibitions of unsportsmanlike conduct in history. Read More
• Character Neville’s grandmother who raised him in the absence of his parents. She is a forceful, strong woman and a powerful witch who wears green robes, a fox-fur scarf, a distinctive hat topped with a stuffed vulture, and carries a large red handbag. Neville loves her, but he’s a bit scared… Read More
• Houses and addresses Now filled with the “odor of old age, of dust, of unwashed clothes and stale food,” the Bagshot house has been home to Bathilda Bagshot for many years. The house is located in Godric’s Hollow, in between the town square and the Potter cottage (DH17). It was here that… Read More
• Event May 1-2, 1998 The climactic final showdown between the side of good and the side of evil. Hogwarts castle was damaged in this battle and fifty people died defending it, including Fred Weasley, Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevey. The Death Eaters enlisted giants, Dementors, and Acromantulas to fight for… Read More
• Event The Battle of the Seven Potters is an aerial battle over southern England fought on the evening of 27 July 1997 between members of the Order of the Phoenix led by Mad-Eye Moody and a group of Death Eaters led by Lord Voldemort. The Order of the Phoenix strives to… Read More
• Timelines and calendars During the Second War, battles were fought between Death Eaters and allies of the Ministry, including Aurors and members of the Order of the Phoenix. Some of these battles were single combats, but others were pitched battles between small groups of combatants. In the end, the final defeat of Voldemort… Read More
• Character Bellatrix Lestrange was one of Voldemort’s most devoted Death Eaters, a cruel and vicious woman who was guilty of torturing and murdering wizards and Muggles alike. Bella, as she was sometimes called, was the oldest daughter of Druella Rosier and Cygnus Black of the “Noble and Most Ancient House of Black.”… Read More
• Event During the Battle of the Tower in June of 1997, Bill Weasley is attacked by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. It is not the full moon, so the wounds do not lead to full-blown lycanthropy, but Bill’s face is terribly scarred and he develops a yen for raw meat (HBP29)… Read More
• Wandmaking A wand wood, known for its dark bark, large sharp thorns, and dense, stiff, spiny branches (Pm). Read More