• Character Barker was the harried assistant of newspaper magnate Henry Shaw Sr. (WFT). Read More
• Source Chat with JK Rowling for Barnes & Noble and Yahoo! dated October 2000. This is actually the third Barnes and Noble chat, the first being in March of 1999 and the second being in September 1999 referenced as (BN1). Read More
• Creature A small (maximum height 8 inches) insect-eating tree-dweller with long sharp fingers (two on each hand), brown eyes, and a general appearance of a flat-faced little stickman made of bark and twigs, which serves well as camouflage in its native habitat. Found in western England, southern Germany, and Scandinavia, a… Read More
• Source CBBC’s interview with Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Prisoner of Azkaban, in which he tells what it’s like collaborating with Rowling and what she told him about the Hogwarts grounds. Read More
• Books and Literature Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander was a standard reference work devoted to the amazing variety of magical creatures of the world. The book was originally commissioned in 1918 and published in 1927 by Obscurus Books, and has been updated constantly ever since. Read More
• Source The series of five films, beginning with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which tell the story of Newt Scamander’s adventures around the globe and the rise to power and eventual defeat of Gellert Grindelwald between 1926 and 1945 (JKR:Tw). The screenplays are by J.K. Rowling. The titles of each… Read More
• Source Stephen Fry interviewed J.K. Rowling on Saturday 8 July 2000, the publication day of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The interview took place aboard the Hogwart’s Express train while it was between King’s Cross & Didcot stations.  … Read More
• Source Interview on the InfoPlease website discussing the fact that Steven Speilberg has decided not to direct the first Harry Potter film. Read More
• Source Information from J.K. Rowling’s website, www.jkrowling.com, available from May 2004 through April 2012, plus information on the new version of the site which opened on 20 December 2016. The information was removed with a complete redesign of the site in April, 2012. In some ways Pottermore was a replacement… Read More
• Character Langdon Shaw was the younger son of newspaper magnate Henry Shaw Sr. Langdon was an excitable young man with a proclivity for wild ideas. He was frustrated by living in his elder brother’s shadow (WFT). Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors Up a wide staircase from the entrance to the Woolworth Building, this is a large space with very high, vaulted ceilings. High in the air is a giant dial with multiple clock-like faces and hands pointing to the present threat-level to the secrecy of the wizarding world. When Newt Scamander first… Read More
• Source “JK Rowling talks about Book Four,” CBBC Newsround, July 8, 2000 During a massive event in July 2000 to celebrate the launch of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Newsround’s Lizo Mzimba boarded the Hogwarts Express to talk with JK Rowling.   What was the original working title of… Read More
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We all know the quotes. They’re turned into memes, they’re spouted by cosplayers — they seem to define the characters who said them. Except DID they say them? In many cases, the answer is no. Yes, Quirrell did say “Troll — in the dungeons — thought you ought to know” (PS10)… Read More
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I love the Harry Potter films. I have dear friends who worked on them. I was on the set during the filming of Order of the Phoenix. David Heyman even told me that they used the Lexicon "every day" while they created the films. So don't mistake what I'm about to say for anything but loving criticism. The films are nothing more than very expensive fan fiction. They're made-up stories closely based on the Harry Potter books, created by people who are massive Harry Potter fans and who care very deeply about "getting it right," but who, for one reason or another, changed a lot of things. Sometimes they changed things for very good reasons. Sometimes, though, they seem to have changed things for no particular reason at all. I can't explain it, but there you go. However, for a lot of people, the films are Harry Potter. They've never read the books, or barely read them anyway. As far as they're concerned, Dementors attacked Harry and Dudley in an underpass below a highway. Snape died in a boathouse. And Harry fought Voldemort in an extended, violent duel at the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, punctuated by clever bon mots and death-defying falls from high places. But oh well. I really don't care. At least they're Potter fans! The more the merrier! Just do me a favor ... don't send me any more emails telling me that I screwed up on the Lexicon when I write that: Read More
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by Steve VanderArk and Bob Williams 1990 Ideas for Harry Potter and the wizard world form in J.K. Rowling’s mind while she is on an interminable train journey from Manchester to King’s Cross. 1991 J.K. Rowling goes to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language. There, she writes ten… Read More
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Oh, of course there are a million things that I wish had been included in the films. But there are a few really weird things that I really would have loved to have seen included. Here are my top three Weird Canon Moments: Read More
• Source The first in the series of films based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More
• Source The Wizarding World of Harry Potter consists of two theme parks connected by a replica of the Hogwarts Express. Although the parks in general are recreations of the film sets and therefore not canon, Rowling herself contributed many details beyond what was already provided in the novels. Therefore some aspects… Read More