• Businesses, merchants, and shops Location of Obscurus Books, publisher of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (FB). Read More
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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
• Character Aberforth Dumbledore was a tall, thin, grumpy-looking old man with a great deal of long grey hair and a beard (OP16). Like his famous brother Albus, he wore glasses (HBP12) and had blue eyes (DH). Aberforth was the barkeep at the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade (EBF) and was… Read More
• Character Able Spudmore was one of the founders and owners of Ellerby and Spudmore, makers of racing brooms in the mid-twentieth century. Able’s son Randolph Spudmore was the designer of the famous Firebolt racing broom (c. 1993). Read More
• Sweets Acid Pops are a sweet sold at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade (PA10). Read More
• Character Ali Bashir was a flying carpet merchant who was very interested in importing flying carpets into Britain. Arthur Weasley wouldn’t allow it, so Ali tried to smuggle carpets in (GF7, GF23). Read More
• Character Ambrosius Flume and his wife owned Honeydukes in Hogsmeade (PA10). He was one of Slughorn’s favorites while at Hogwarts (HBP4). Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops The Apothecary is a shop selling potion ingredients in Diagon Alley. It is a fascinating place crammed with all sorts of interesting things. There are barrels of slimy stuff lined up on the floor and jars of all sorts of powders, herbs, and the like along the walls. Bundles of… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops All we know about this shop is that JKR would recommend it to a wizard whose Nimbus 2000 “has a terrible knack of veering left,” according to her online chat (BLC). Read More
• Character Arturo Cephalopos was a wandmaker of poor reputation, a contemporary of Gerbold Ollivander. Garrick Ollivander, Gerbold’s grandson, called Arturo “a slipshod wandmaker and an ignoramus” and stated that “nobody … was surprised when he went out of business” (Pm). Read More
• Atlas of the Wizarding World • Wizarding villages Map by Shaun Hately, from a sketch by Steve Vander Ark … Read More
• Games, toys, and jokes This substance presumably causes the target creature to belch. Read More
• Character Proprietor of Borgin and Burkes of Knockturn Alley; an oily, smooth-talking fellow who fawned on Lucius Malfoy during the summer of 1992 but was less than impressed after his customers’ departure (CS4). Draco visited his shop again in late July 1996 to force the shopkeeper to help him repair… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Some way down Knockturn Alley at number 13B (JKR) lies Borgin and Burkes, the most notorious of the alley’s shops, which specializes in the buying and selling of “objects with unusual and powerful properties” (HBP20), and particularly items that are both “unusual and ancient” (JKR). The shop is quite large,… Read More
• Character A Wizarding Pure-blood family, listed in the ‘Pure-Blood Directory’ (c. 1930) as one of the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ families (Pm:Pure-Blood). Notable family members include: Caractacus Burke Herbert Burke… Read More
• Character One of the founders of Borgin and Burkes, a shop in Knockturn Alley. The man behind the counter when Lucius Malfoy came in (CS4), however, was Mr. Borgin. Read More
• Hogwarts academics Hogwarts students receive career advice from their Heads of House in their OWL year, some weeks prior to the examinations, to help establish what subjects the students need to concentrate on to achieve the required OWL and NEWT scores for their chosen occupations. Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops A Wizarding shopping area near Diagon Alley in London. Read More
• Headlines and advertisements A regular page appearing in the Daily Prophet, of great utility to the wizarding community (DP2). Read More
• Source Harry and the Weasleys receive their required book lists from Hogwarts and go to Diagon Alley via Floo powder. There Harry arrives in Knockturn Alley, overhears the Malfoys, is found by Hagrid, meets author/teacher Gilderoy Lockhart, and Arthur Weasley comes to blows with Lucius Malfoy. Read More
• Character Warlock living in Didsbury who was excited about the Kwikspell course (CS8) Probably the same person as the late Demetrius J. Prod (DP2)  … Read More
• Character Daisy Dodderidge was the builder and first landlady of the Leaky Cauldron (WoM). Daisy wanted to create a gateway between the Muggle world and Diagon Alley. Her inn became famous for its welcoming atmosphere (and for the connection to Diagon Alley, of course) (FW). Read More
• Character Delfina Crimp was a wizarding seamstress in the fifteenth century, famous for inventing the Severing Charm. She was one of the most fashionable dressmaker in London at the time, and pretended to be a muggle.  She was found out by a rival tailor, Snickerton, who spied on her and saw… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops Hogsmeade wizarding equiment shop that sells and repairs “magical instruments and stuff,” according to Ron, including Sneakoscopes (PA5). It is located near the end of High Street (GF27). Read More
• Source Weeks pass while Harry and Hermione, the heart gone out of them, concentrate on finding a lead to the sword’s location. At Christmastime, Harry asks to go to Godric’s Hollow for personal reasons and Hermione agrees for quest-related reasons. After planning carefully, they Apparate into Godric’s Hollow in disguise and… Read More
• Source Griphook agrees to help break into Gringotts in exchange for the sword of Gryffindor, which he considers to be rightfully goblin property. Harry and Ron agree in bad faith, planning to retain it until the Horcrux hunt is over. Lupin arrives to announce the birth of his son Teddy and to… Read More
• Source HRH flee the Death Eaters by Apparating to Tottenham Court Road. Hermione’s handbag turns out to have hidden depths (undetectable extension charm), and HRH go to a Muggle café to plan their next move. Dolohov and Rowle arrive, they duel, and after cleaning up Harry recommends hiding out in Grimmauld… Read More