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catching up
December 20, 2007

Posted by Steve at 7:46 am

Over the past few months, we here at the Lexicon have been traumatized and disheartened. What has been the hardest are the personal attacks, blatant disinformation, and rushing to judgement that have been hurled our way. The staff of the Lexicon consists of some of the most selfless, dedicated, passionate people on the face of the planet and they have quite frankly been on the verge of throwing in the towel. They don’t deserve that kind of abuse.

The Lexicon used to be a one man show. It’s not anymore because first of all, I can’t do it all, and second, the staff people here have so many skills and talents that I don’t have. They are quite an amazing team. The Lexicon staff members are truly wonderful people. I don’t think I’m overstating things when I say that fandom owes them a huge debt of gratitude.

Last summer I spoke at several conventions. I talked about how exciting it was, now that the book series was finished, to be moving into a new world of our own creative work. Jo herself endorsed the creativity of fans and encouraged us all to take up the story, if you will. My overriding hope in those talks was that people would feel empowered to continue being Harry Potter fans and not let the end of the series mean the end of fandom. I never expected that a few months later I would be watching fans turning on each other and breaking down the community we all worked so hard and with such love to build up.

I am as dedicated as I ever was to the fun and excitement of being a Harry Potter fan. I am eager to keep adding to the Lexicon and making it the amazing resource that it’s been for the past seven years. I sincerely hope that all of us can find our way forward to a place where we all find pleasure and pride in being Harry Potter fans.


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Rowling to be on PotterCast!
December 18, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 2:00 am

The Leaky Cauldron has announced that J.K. Rowling will be the featured guest on tomorrow’s PotterCast. Leaky staffers Melissa Anelli, Sue Upton and John Noe were on hand for the first extensive fan interview since 2005. Melissa promises new canon and lots of fun, so stay tuned. Among other things discussed was the missing 24 hours! Accio Quote has been asked to help with the transcript so we hope to have one for you by the end of the week.

Sorry for the tardy post, folks. I posted it to Accio Quote as soon as I got the news and figured Steve would post here. I didn’t count on him being offline all day, probably snowbound. Stay warm, everyone!


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New book pages: Beedle the Bard
December 15, 2007

Posted by Steve at 2:08 am

I have added a new section to the Lexicon: our Reader’s Guide for The Tales of Beedle the Bard. None of us has seen the actual book, of course, and we can’t write a full and detailed Reader’s Guide. However, the new owner of the book, Amazon.com, has been releasing fascinating information about the five stories. I’ll update the pages as we learn more and as I get time. By all means read the reviews and see the pictures on the Amazon.com page about the book, which is linked on our pages. I know I speak for all of us when I say how grateful and excited I am that the book was bought by someone who wants to share as much of the book as they can with fans.


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more from Jo
November 10, 2007

Posted by Steve at 6:00 am

Jo updated the news on her site again yesterday about the situation with the book. Here’s part of what she said:

“I take no pleasure in the fact that publication has been prevented for the present. On the contrary, I feel massively disappointed that this matter had to come to court at all. Despite repeated requests, the publishers have refused to even countenance making any changes to the book to ensure that it does not infringe my rights.”

It’s very hard to know what to write. For one thing, everything I write these days — everything I’ve ever written or said, in fact — is being dissected and analyzed to make me sound like a fool or a liar or an arrogant jerk (as I’m sure this will be as well). People who know me and have talked with me know that this isn’t the case. In fact, I think Jo and I are pretty much in the same place here. We’re both terribly sad and disappointed that we’re in this situation. Who could have imagined that we would ever find ourselves being portrayed as enemies fighting each other in court?

Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been a huge supporter of Jo and her work. I have spent years of my life writing about Harry Potter. The Lexicon is the product of thousands of hours of scholarship and love for the books and for the delightful world Jo has created. I have stood up against groups of people threatening to ban the books. I have discovered background information and connections and written thousands of words of commentary. I have shared my enthusiasm for Harry Potter at conventions.

Through it all, I have worked dilligently with everyone associated with the books to make sure we don’t violate copyright. There have been a number of times when I have talked with Jo’s people and held back information they didn’t want published or modified material on the Lexicon to make sure they approve. I got specific permission from Warner Bros. to use film images and the illustrations from the books. I have been just as dilligent with the rights of fans who have allowed me to use their writing and artwork. In each case I have listed the copyright owner and made sure that they were credited and that they retained their copyright.

Why in the world would I suddenly change my entire personality, my standards? To read some of what I’ve seen online, fans have decided that I am just trying to make huge amounts of money or that I have no respect for Jo. Some fans, along with WB, have speculated that I took the material they graciously allowed the Lexicon to use and slapped it into a book without permission. Some have jumped to the conclusion that I blatantly ignored demands that I not create a book from material on the Lexicon. That just isn’t who I am. I would never, never do something like that.

I’ve also read some very unkind things written about Jo. I’m not even going to repeat those things here. What I will ask is why in the world anyone would think that SHE would suddenly change her entire personality? We have respected her for years and loved her writing and the fact that she will interact with fans on her website and during personal appearances. She has encouraged our creativity and been thrilled to share her world with us.

One question that gets asked of me over and over is if I have ever met Jo or talked to her. The answer is no, I haven’t. I have always wished for that chance, but it’s never happened. There is a crazy part of me that believes that if she and I could just sit down and chat about this, we could get it all sorted out and put this miserable incident behind us.

Maybe then all of us could put it behind us and just get back to enjoying Harry Potter together.

Steve
still Jo’s man, through and through



about the upcoming book
November 4, 2007

Posted by Steve at 7:46 pm

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support in recent days. Everyone here at the Lexicon, all volunteers, regrets the unpleasantness. We have always been interested in working with the publishers of the novels to satisfy their concerns, interests and needs and we certainly do not plan nor have we ever planned to publish anything which competes with Ms. Rowling’s fine literary capabilities. Our work has nothing to do with fiction writing and is only concerned with legitimate critical analysis and academic considerations. It has been widely approved and employed by Ms. Rowling herself.

My book was started in response to many, many people who talked to me and asked if there could be a print version of the Lexicon, not in some sort of attempt to profit off of fans. Because the material for the book was not only accepted but praised and used frequently by every entity concerned with creating the Harry Potter books, games, and films, I would never have thought that a print version could be judged differently.

I sincerely hope that this matter can be resolved amicably and ask for you patience and understanding during that process.

Steve

Steve Vander Ark
The Harry Potter Lexicon

link to the book page on the RDR Books website

NOTE: I know that many people (waves to the JournalFen crowd) are seeing conspiracy here with the comments gone, but to be frank, it’s nothing sinister. Well, unless you find lawyers sinister.



Another JKR Update
November 1, 2007

Posted by John at 11:11 am

Rowling has updated her site with another new news item today. She has handwritten seven leather-bound editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, six of which she plans to give as ‘thank-you’ gifts to those who have helped her most, and the seventh of which she will auction off next month for charity.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on publishing the collection for fans, as she did with Quidditch Through the Ages or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It’s also worth noting that it is the first day of a new month, and for the first time since Rowling’s site opened, we don’t have a new Wizard of the Month. It’s possible that since she opened the WotM archives yesterday, she no longer plans to continue adding more. We’ll keep you updated, of course, if anything changes.


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New Hidden Extras on JKR.com and News
October 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 11:25 am

Tricks and Treats abound on Jo’s official site today for Halloween!
There also appears to be new hidden extra content for you Scrapbook.

We’ll leave this post spoiler free for those wanting to solve the mysteries for themselves, but see the first comment in this pensieve for clues as we get them.
WooHoo!

Also, the Daily News has been updated with a new article.


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Time Turning on JKR.com
October 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:32 am

Jkrowling.com has a special Halloween treat for us!
The Do Not Disturb sign on the Secret Door has returned, but along with a TimerTurner! The Time Turner allows you to revisit all the past puzzles that lay behind the Door each time the Do Not Disturb sign was removed since the beginning.

Click the handle of Time Turner to turn back one puzzle at a time, and the date of the door opening will be displayed. Click on the hourglass part of the TimeTurner to activate that puzzle. (Watch time go whizzing past outside the window!) We hope you’ll enjoy working out these puzzles for yourself, but if you’re of the impatient kind, the Lexicon’s Guide to JKR.com has full instructions.

Also the Wizard of the Month Calendar has become an Archive! Now displaying all the previous WotM honorees. It’s nice to see the twinkle in Albus Dumbledore’s eyes! (His image was not animated last month.)

For quick reference, here are the dates of the previous puzzles:

June 28, 2004 = 1st Door opening- Brick wall puzzle

August 16, 2004 = 2nd Door opening- Dart board, Gringotts Vault

October 31, 2004 = 3rd Door opening- Flying keys

December 20, 2004 = 4th Door opening- Christmas riddles

March 31, 2006 = 5th Door opening- Mirror reparo, WOMBAT 1

September 29, 2006 = 6th Door opening- WOMBAT 2

December 21, 2006 = 7th Door opening- Christmas present

Wednesday June 13, 2007 = 8th Door opening- WOMBAT 3

Happy Harry Potter Day!!


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Happy Birthday Molly Weasley
October 29, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:58 pm

As expected, the Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR’s official site has changed to display birthday wishes to Molly Weasley for October 30th, again this year.
Happy Birthday to one witch who showed us just how powerful love really can be!

(Note for those Americans wondering about the hour delay from the usual 7pm posting, BST {British Summer Time} ended yesterday, and DST {Daylight Savings Time} for us has another week.)


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Hey, Jo!
October 22, 2007

Posted by Steve at 3:00 pm

I’d just like to point out that I did ask what Dumbledore’s wand was made of…in July of 2004 in the open letter, which I know Jo read.

Oh well.

EDIT by Bel~: Oy, Steve! You must have been tinkering in the Timelines and got your dates mixed up? The Open Letter was actually in 2004. :) Three years ago in OUR time, not Harry’s.

EDIT: Sorry, I’m fixing it now.


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NYC Sweepstakes Reading Canon Summaries
October 21, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 3:12 am

I’ve been waiting for a full transcript from Leaky, but want to post this list of canon summaries now. I figure I can add to it later. These summaries are actually based upon four sources: TLC and HPANA, as well as Eldritchhobbit’s and iamstarmoms LiveJournals. All were present at the reading. Please extend Dumbledore-like courtesy to those you disagree with in the comments please.

P.S. Please give me time to update the new character information carefully and methodically. It isn’t as simple as just posting bits here and there, and I had promised the hubby that this weekend I would actually try to get out from behind the computer.

P.P.S. There were of course three other readings last week. The canon summaries for ALL of them are over at Accio Quote!


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The Burrow
October 18, 2007

Posted by John at 3:56 pm

So after a fairly lengthy morning of in-depth research and writing, I have now completely re-vamped our page for the Burrow. Among other things, I determined what floor each room had to fall on, and organized the page accordingly. The explanation for why the floors line up the way they do is fairly lengthy, so I also wrote a new essay explaining my logic.

Enjoy!


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Happy Birthday Flitwick
October 16, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:58 pm

As expected, the Wizard of the Month calendar has automatically updated to show Happy Birthday greetings to Filius Flitwick for October 17th.
I’ve updated the Guide to Jo’s site to note it.


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Three more updated pages
October 16, 2007

Posted by John at 2:52 pm

Just finished three more updates, of various scopes and sizes:

1. St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, for which I rewrote the entry, greatly expanded the lists of staff and patients, and added a list (albeit a short one) for donors;

2. The Leaky Cauldron, for which I rewrote the entry and expanded the list of clients;

3. Tom Riddle’s Orphanage, which I tweaked to include the fact that it is no longer still standing.


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Snape, Luna, Voldemort updated
October 14, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 11:01 pm

The profiles for Snape, Luna and Voldemort have been updated. Voldemort’s entry is humongous but still good reading, I hope!

I also reworked the main character index page, taking out almost all of the graphics, so hopefully it will load faster.


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New Hogsmeade Page
October 11, 2007

Posted by John at 5:03 pm

As promised, we now have a completely re-worked and updated Hogsmeade page as well. I also created a new detailed list of all the secret passages between Hogsmeade and Hogwarts - something we hadn’t done before. Enjoy!


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Gazetteer up-to-date!
October 10, 2007

Posted by John at 1:18 pm

Okay, my turn!

The Gazetteer pages are now completely up-to-date with the last book, except for a few destination pages (like the Leaky Cauldron and Hogsmeade, which I’m working on now). We didn’t have a lot of big or important new places, aside from Shell Cottage and maybe Nurmengard, but trying to list all the places the trio camped out took some doing!

One of the things that has been taking a lot of time is essentially re-creating entries - many of our pages were first written after book four, with more information simply tacked on as each book came out. Now that we have all the books, I wanted to organize things a little better - which, I discovered, takes TIME. At any rate, here are some of the pages I’ve re-done from scratch:

Whew. More still to come! :)


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Flitwick, Greyback, Neville, Regulus and Sirius
October 9, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 3:07 am

I’m on a roll. Flitwick, Greyback, Neville, Regulus and Sirius now have updated profiles. That may mean that some of the quick facts still need to be looked at, but the major work of the page — the narrative profiles — has been done. I am especially fond of the profile for Neville. Here’s an excerpt:

Neville is a staunch friend of Harry Potter’s, and a true Gryffindor.

A Gryffindor, but Neville’s bravery is a different sort than Harry’s. It is the bravery of children who keep trying even though they have repeatedly failed in the past. It is the bravery of the unpopular child who never succumbs to peer pressure, even from friends. And it is the bravery of a person who doesn’t parade their personal tragedies even when it might make their life easier. Even during his most embarrassing blunders, Neville maintained a quiet dignity that eventually made him an effective leader.

Next? Severus Snape, Lord Voldemort and Luna (are you happy now hpboy13?).


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More character updates, and my notes on dates for the Dumbledores
October 9, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 12:43 am

Hi everyone,

Today I worked on the character timelines, as they are the backbone for any future work. So far, I have updated:

I also updated Hermione’s page and found a groovy new portrait of Xenophilius Lovegood by Red Scharlach.

In case you’re interested, here are my proofs on dates for the Dumbledore family. “Rita” refers to information from Rita Skeeter’s book, “Doge” refers to information from Doge’s article, and “Aberforth” refers to information from his account to Harry:

  1. Albus born July or August (Rita) of 1881 (JKR)
  2. Aberforth born in 1883 (11th birthday after September) or 1884 (11th birthday before September) (see #4)
  3. Albus began HW 1892. (firm if Rita is right about time of birth)
  4. Aberforth began HW in 1895 (firm); therefore he was born 1883 or 1884 to have been 11 in September of 1895. (Doge)
  5. Albus graduated in 1899 (firm) when he was “approaching his 18th b-day”(DH18) Aberforth would have just finished his 4th year and been 15 or 16. (see #4)
  6. Kendra dies early summer 1899 the day before Albus and Elphias were about to leave for tour. (firm; see #5)
  7. After Kendra’s death Albus cares well for Ariana until GG comes “a few weeks later;” (Aberforth) Albus is still 17 (Rita). GG is traveling after being expelled at the age of 16 from Durmstrang so he’s just a little bit younger.
  8. When it is “nearly time” to go back to HW (August?), Aberforth confronts Albus (Aberforth), and Ariana is accidentally killed — she is 14. Rita says that GG had been there less than 2 months.
  9. If Albus was 17 when Ariana died she was 3 years younger than he when she died.
  10. If Albus was 18 when Ariana died (I think he was by then) she was 4 years younger than he when she died.
  11. Ariana was born 1884 (birthday Sept-Dec) or 1885 (birthday Jan-August) to have been 14 in August of 1899
  12. Contradiction: Doge says that he left for his tour after Kendra’s funeral and that “toward the end of a year” of travels, he learned that Ariana died too. Did he just hear of it late? If so, how would there have been time for the correspondence Doge speaks of?

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The Deathly Hallows symbol
October 8, 2007

Posted by Steve at 1:26 am

I read in the comments that someone has noticed the Deathly Hallows symbol that has begun to appear on various pages of the Lexicon. If you roll your mouse over it, you’ll see why it’s there. It means that the page has been updated through book seven and is now conisdered correct as of the end of the series.

This symbol doesn’t necessarily mean that the page was changed. Some pages don’t need any updates from book seven. However, if the symbol appears on the page it indicates that the page has been reviewed and any updates or edits have been made.

Does this mean the end of edits and updates? Of course not! Just look at what the last two Wizards of the Month on Jo’s site have done! I expect we’ll be updating and editing for years to come. We’re also working on several projects which will only improve the Lexicon and your ability to interact with canon information. We’re constantly adding information to the Canon Portkey, for example. John has been adding material from book seven and soon you’ll be able to get a nice outline of the book, the way you can for the others (try this outline of book three, just for fun).

I’ve been working on some of the pages about Hogwarts too. What was once a fairly boring page of text (one which has been plagiarized by other sites so many times I’ve lost count), is now being enhanced with maps and charts and other material. You can see one part of the new Hogwarts section here. Note that this is an unfinished page, so be patient. Eventually we’ll have pages like this for every floor of the castle. Notice that I’ve obtained permission from Harper Robertson to include her excellent, fanatically researched floorplans of the castle.

As always, we welcome your comments, criticisms, and suggestions.

Steve


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New and newly updated character pages
October 7, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 3:56 am

I have been working on several entries at once, and think they are ready to be published. Some are brand new pages: The Carrows, Dumbledore profile (not the Quick Facts yet), Pius Thicknesse, Vincent Crabbe, and Kingsley Shacklebolt. Others were older pages that I (and others like Steve) revised for book 7: The Crouches, Bellatrix, Gellert Grindelwald, Sirius, and the profile of Harry (QuickFacts page still not complete).

The Dumbledore entry was especially interesting to write — it basically made me reconsider the whole series from his point of view. And ‘Pius Thicknesse’ has to be my favorite new name in the book!


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Happy Birthday Minerva McGonagall
October 3, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:57 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site is right on schedule and now displaying Happy Birthday wishes to Minerva McGonagall for October 4th.


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October 2007 WotM is… Harry Potter!
September 30, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:58 pm

The new Wizard of the Month for October 2007 has appeared on Jo’s site, and Lo and Behold it’s Harry!!
His description states:

Harry Potter
(1980 - )
The Boy Who Lived, only known survivor of the Avada Kedavra curse and conqueror of Lord Voldemort, also known as Tom Riddle. Harry Potter joined the reshuffled Auror Department under Kingsley Shacklebolt at age 17, rising to become Head of said department in 2007.

We can’t help but be elated, and proud of our favorite boy wizard. Hurray for Harry Potter Day, October 31st!

I notice that the info about Harry is hidden behind a Spoiler Dark Mark, and a quick check of the Help tab says the spoiler warnings are for Half-Blood Prince… wonder if that will be changed to Deathly Hallows any time soon?


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Happy Birthday Clint!
September 24, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 5:19 pm

Please join us in wishing our own Clint Hagen a very happy birthday today, September 24th! Clint is the Lexicon’s Master Coder Guy, as Steve has dubbed him and our resident Latin expert. He is responsible for the magical programming behind the Remembrall Search feature, the Knight Bus Tours, and the amazing Canon Portkey. He is truly a powerful wizard.

Fortuna dies natalis!
(Gee, I hope I got that right :) )


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Happy Birthday Hermione!
September 18, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:56 pm

The Wizard of the Month Calendar has changed to wish a Happy Birthday to Hermione Granger for September 19th again this year.

Hmm…. curious it’s not updated to include her married name, Weasley. :P


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September WotM - Albus Dumbledore
August 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:59 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR.com has changed to display the new WotM for September 2007 to be:

Albus Dumbledore
1881 - 1996
Brilliant and often controversial headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore is most famous for his 1945 defeat of Grindelwald and his steadfast championing of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. Dumbledore’s self-proclaimed proudest achievement, however, was featuring on a Famous Wizards Chocolate Frog Card.


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New essay! House-elves in DH
August 26, 2007

Posted by Paula at 9:00 pm

House-elves really came into their own in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — this fact, and some similarities between the characters of the house-elves and the theme of the greatness of servitude in the Christian gospels, was not lost on new Lexicon essay contributor Leanne Bruno. Enjoy!


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Happy Birthday Percy Weasley!
August 21, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:03 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site has changed to wish a Happy Birthday for 22 August to Percy Weasley!


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We solemnly swear that we are up to…
August 20, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 11:29 pm

No, we’re not up to mischief! Although our server has been misbehaving a bit.
I’m suspecting Nargles, but the tech folks tell us that they’re working on it. If you’ve experienced a “page not found” error recently when trying to access the Lexicon, or found this page telling you it “cannot connect to the database”, we’re glad you didn’t give up!

What we’re up to…
we are busy cataloguing, listing, calculating and revising. Not to mention formatting and updating and coding. But the biggest job of all is organizing all of the work, and that is taking some time. Frequent Lexicon visitors will notice that plenty of new DH info has found its way onto many pages and sections throughout the site. As Steve has said in earlier posts, it’s going to take a while! Occasionally, we may need to take down pages while we work on them, or there will be old links going to pages we’ve moved or split into separate pages. Please have patience with us as we renovate.

To the many folks who’ve offered to help, we thank you! Some of you have sent emails with facts and notes that we’ve found helpful. Many of you have waited patiently for us to respond to your offers. If you haven’t heard back from us, please be assured we are not ignoring you! I’ve started referring to my inbox as the Forbidden Forest, I’m afraid to venture too far in, or I might not come out! But everyday, I find more heartwarming and gratifying messages that remind me why we do this. Our email address for sending DH info is book7@hp-lexicon.org
I can’t promise to answer, but we do appreciate hearing from you.

So what’s New?
I’ll let the other editors tell you what they’ve been working on, but here’s a list of some things I’ve done recently:
- published pages for each chapter in the Reader’s Guide to DH, and added Michele’s work as she compiled it
- uploaded the chapter artwork from the Scholastic edition
- added some new characters to the Wizards A- Z listing (I’m up to P, I think) with help from Naomi Boyer. Thanks Nomes!!
- and I re-indexed the Remembrall… so now new information from DH should appear in our specialized Lexicon search! Go ahead, try it! :)


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Astronomy essay update
August 19, 2007

Posted by Paula at 6:35 pm

Greetings! Check out Mike Weinstein’s essay, Astronomy in the Harry Potter Series—it’s been updated with analyses of a couple of astronomical references in Deathly Hallows.


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Updates, Abbreviation, and Fun Stuff Like That
August 13, 2007

Posted by Steve at 9:16 am

It’s begun. The influx of emails pointing out pages which haven’t been updated yet. I promise you, we’ll get to them. You’d be amazed at how much needs to be edited at this point. Just as an example, I was reading the commentary on the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone and discovered five or six edits or additions which have to be made just on that page. There are changes like that on almost every page of the entire site, and that’s close to a thousand pages. It’s going to take awhile. All I can do is promise that we’re working on it.

I’m not saying don’t email us. We really do value your input and suggestions, we really do. But if you’re telling us that a page is not longer correct, take a look at the bottom and see when that page was last updated. If the date is before July 21, we haven’t gotten to it yet. Yes, we know that “that awful boy” refers to Snape. Yes, we know that many character descriptions don’t include the details from book seven, like the fact that the person is now dead (which I agree is pretty important!). I think we have most of the new spells added, but there are a few still missing, that’s true. I haven’t even touched the timeline, and obviously there will be a LOT of new information to add there. We do know, and we are working on it, one step at a time.

It’s funny, though, how much “behind the scenes” work needs to be done at the same time as the flashy new stuff. You know what I worked on last night? Figured out where the title page and tailpiece images belong on the first reader’s guide page (since I don’t own a Scholastic edition of the book yet, I had no idea how those fit in), looked for images of the covers in the correct size and resolution, and had a discussion with Bel about how to indicate the epilogue in the Lexicon (is it DHe or DH/e or DHep or what? I decided on DH/e). I’ve also been adding the new interviews to the list of sources. That might not seem particularly important, but since we’re adding all this new material and need to include links to those things, the abbreviations have to be decided upon and the links have to be in place. The Lexicon is a very complex, interrelated website. That’s part of what makes it so cool, but also what makes it take a while to update.

Last night I also modified the main index page with a nice navigation menu along the right side. That should make finding what you want even easier. We’re still working on the overall site navigation, by the way, and some of the links are still going to old pages that will be updated when we get a chance. You should be able to browse more quickly to what you want, though. I don’t think we’ll be working on navigation pages for a while now while we have DH material to occupy our time.

Hang in there. The Lexicon will continue to grow and improve. Thanks for your help and support and input.


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Happy Birthday Ginny Weasley
August 10, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:59 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR’s official site is now displaying Happy Birthday wishes for August 11th to Ginny Weasley!


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More places!
August 2, 2007

Posted by John at 10:02 am

I’ve been accumulating lots of new additions - working on getting the gazetteer up to speed and updated with our new layout! Here’s some of the stuff I’ve added:

It looks like I’ll be heading to Toronto as well, but not until later - so keep on the lookout for more updates over the next couple days. :)


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Lexicon staff at Prophecy this week
August 1, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 10:19 pm

Steve, Bel, Paula and I will be at Prophecy this week; if you see us wave Hi! If you’re wondering why my character pages are stuck in a time warp, well, that’s why. Steve has three presentations this week:

Playing in Jo’s World
Spend a little time looking at this magical world that Jo created … and looking at what it means to be a fan playing in that world. You know, if you’re not careful, you just may find yourself trapped…

The End of the Tale (a fan’s overview of the entire series)
Done. Finished. Time to pack up our quills and go home. Or is it? Now that we have it all — all the answers, every mystery solved, Snape finally unmasked — it’s time to take stock of the whole series. Join Steve Vander Ark for a slightly off-kilter fan’s-eye trip through the entire canon.

Welcome to the Wizarding World
Travel the length and breadth of Britain in search of the places which inspired Rowling’s stories. Explore Devon, poke around London, and even take a trip north to the Highlands of Scotland to hunt for Hogwarts School … and find a little bit of magic.

We’re really looking forward to this week, but also getting back to work on the Lexicon when we get home.


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August Wizard of the Month - Rowena Ravenclaw
July 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:01 pm

The Wizard of the month calendar on JKR.com has updated to reveal the new WotM for August 2007 to be…
Rowena Ravenclaw
Medieval (precise dates unknown).
One of the four famous Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowena Ravenclaw was the most brilliant witch of her time, though legend has it that a broken heart - cause unknown - contributed to her early demise.

Her image shows her wearing her diadem (tiara). This rounds out the Four Founders of Hogwarts, and also their “relics” from the story.


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Happy birthday Harry!
July 30, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 11:12 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site is showing Happy Birthday wishes for our dear hero, Harry Potter. We would also like to extend our best wishes to Jo herself, who shares her birthday with her boy wizard. Happiest birthday to Harry and Jo!


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Happy Birthday Neville Longbottom
July 29, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:06 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR.com has updated to wish a Happy Birthday for 30 July to Neville Longbottom! Hurray for the other hero of our story, born as the seventh month dies!


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Two re-worked pages
July 25, 2007

Posted by John at 12:08 am

Again, lots of changes being made site-wide today. I enjoy clicking on the character pages especially and seeing the people Lisa has added in. But I wanted to post two big page overhauls I did for places: Godric’s Hollow and the Malfoy Mansion.

On a side note, thanks so much to everyone who’s helped us perfect our pages with little additions or tweaks in the pensieves. We actually want to make sure we maximize our ability to take advantage of your input - so we’re doing a couple of things on this front. First, we’ve set up an e-mail address specifically for comments on new pages, great lists you think we should consider adding, etc. from Deathly Hallows. It’s Book7@hp-lexicon.org.

Second, we’re going to be going through the Pensieves and deleting comments that don’t directly pertain to the posts. Not that we don’t want to hear what you have to say! But there’s a place for general chatter about the books, and that’s our forums. I hope to find you all there, continuing many of these fine discussions.

Thanks for reading and following along, and for understanding that a crew of a handful of volunteers takes time to get high-quality content posted! Don’t worry - we’re still plugging away. :)


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Deathly Hallows
July 22, 2007

Posted by John at 11:52 pm

We’ve been doing lots of work around the site today, as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve looked around.

One bigger thing I’ve put together: a page about the Deathly Hallows. Enjoy!


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Three new character pages
July 22, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 10:20 pm

Revised 7/24/07: We have three new character pages! Thanks to Michele Worley we have one for Grindelwald; Lexicon Essays editor Paula Hall has made her character pages debut with Bathilda Bagshot and Xenophilius Lovegood.

I also corrected Hermione’s middle name (the source for the “Jane” was World Book Day), and made a assorted other updates.

If anyone spots high quality fan art of these Xeno, Grindelwand or Bagshot, please let us know (privately, not here), along with contact information for the artist.


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DH Day-to-day calendar
July 22, 2007

Posted by John at 10:25 am

Oh. My. Goodness.

We here at the Lexicon have been e-mailing back and forth in total shock and awe over Deathly Hallows. Jo, we can’t thank you enough for this incredible gift.

We also, of course, are excited to throw our full collective energy into site updates. Meaning that spoilers will soon abound - if you haven’t finished the book, close this window now, go buy a copy, and read it. Then come back. We’ll likely be posting to this page a LOT in the coming days.

For the first update, I’ve posted a first draft of the Deathly Hallows day-to-day calendar. I did the calendar for HBP too, but this one was much more challenging - outside of the first month and the week of Christmas, we have almost no specific information to work from. If you find any clues I missed, I’d love for you to post them in the Pensieve and I’ll make a point of checking back and updating.

Looking forward to seeing you here a lot this week!


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Almost through…
July 21, 2007

Posted by Steve at 6:52 am

I have almost finished the book.

Here at Sectus in London the venue looked like a cross between the quietest slumber party in the world and a homeless shelter…with 300 people completely engrossed in Deathly Hallows all night through. As we counted down toward midnight, there were reports of “drive-by spoiling” in Piccadilly, so we stood by the front entrance and checked badges and glared out at the night. Totally ineffectual, but it was kind of fun to do.

I am taking a bit of a break at what has to be the most exciting part. I won’t say much yet, since many of you aren’t finished with it yet, but I will tell you that my head is spinning. I have been laughing and crying in turns, punctuated with little whoops and squees as the story charges along.

Updates…oh my goodness, the updates. We’re on it. Well, we will be. Right now I think I’ll read the past 100 pages!

Oh, and Jo? Thanks. Just…thanks.


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Down to the wire essays. . .
July 20, 2007

Posted by Paula at 6:53 pm

I’ve just posted the last essays that will be published before Deathly Hallows, and they should definitely keep our Pensieve humming! An active LiveJournaler, Felicity, has allowed the Lexicon to publish three essays setting forth her theories on Horcruxes: one about the Horcrux described as “Something of Ravenclaw’s or Gryffindor’s,” another about the Hufflepuff Cup, and a third about Nagini. Because the essays make predictions about Horcruxes and presumably (!) Deathly Hallows will reveal all about about them, I’ve rushed the essays into print, so to speak, in the interest of getting them out there, and will be updating the essays through the evening with links to Lexicon sources as indicated.

Enjoy!


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The door is open
July 20, 2007

Posted by John at 8:44 am

The door on jkrowling.com is open once more - this time with a list of acknowledgements for all the wonderful people who helped her through writing the books. Thanks to everyone from us here at the Lexicon, too!

No magic is needed to open the door.



Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 1!
July 20, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

This is it, July 20! The last day before the official release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
It’s been a long wait, and the anticipation is at a fever pitch. We hope this Countdown has helped pass the time, and offered a chance to look back over the stories in a fun way. So let’s finish it out with posting our favorite ones.

All of the Pensieves on the Lexicon will be disabled a short while before the book goes on sale, to allow the Lexicon staff to read and savor before monitoring comments.
Here’s to the magical ending we’ve awaited so long! Enjoy!


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 2
July 19, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

It is now July 19th and that means only 2 more days until the release of Deathly Hallows. We are passing the time by thinking of instances from the Wizarding World that correspond to the number of days left. Here are some passages in which the number 2 is important.

Go ahead and add “a couple” to the Pensieve!


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Something for the Pottergeeks . . .
July 18, 2007

Posted by Paula at 10:25 pm

I’ve posted a couple of essays by new Lexicon contributor Philip Legge, one on the ever-puzzling subject of the Weasleys’ ages (bless Jo and her idiosyncratic “maths”), and the other a detailed survey of Quidditch schedules and results at Hogwarts. There ought to be enough detailed analysis in these essays for you Pottergeeks of the world to chew on for some time!


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Diary update on JKR.com
July 18, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:41 pm

Jo has just updated the Diary on her official website with a plea to fans to thwart the spoilers attempts.
We’re doing our best here at the Lexicon Jo! CONSTANT VIGILANCE!



Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 3
July 18, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

Here we are at July 18th, and only 3 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. Share your examples of the number 3 that remind you of something from Harry Potter.

Conjure yours in the Pensieve!


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More food for thought . . . Bendable vow essay
July 17, 2007

Posted by Paula at 9:18 pm

A new Lexicon contributor, D.B. Fwoopersong, has some theories about just what happened the night Snape supposedly made that Unbreakable Vow . . . enjoy!


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 4
July 17, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

Now it’s July 17th and Deathly Hallows is just 4 days away! Time to list all the instances of the number 4 we can find.

Add any that YOU can think of to the Pensieve!


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‘Nother essay, shipping
July 16, 2007

Posted by Paula at 8:18 pm

Here’s a bonbon for all you shippers out there — a wicked fun and wildly speculative essay about potential relationships in the Marauder Era, by new Lexicon contributor hpboy13. Enjoy!


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 5
July 16, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

Today is July 16th, bringing us down to 5 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. How many examples of the number 5 can we come up with from the stories?

Conjure your own and post them in the Pensieve!


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Soundtrack page for the new film
July 15, 2007

Posted by Steve at 7:56 pm

I have updated the page about the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I love the new themes, particularly the Fireworks track, and not just because that scene is amazing in the film.

I added links to the official site as well as to Soundtrack.net’s excellent descriptions of each track. The full press release from the WB publicity organization appears at the bottom of the page.


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New essays! Platform 9 3/4 and Muggle magic
July 15, 2007

Posted by Paula at 7:26 pm

It’s been awhile, but I have a couple of new essays posted, authored by a regular contributor, Ravenclaw Rambler. He’s got some ideas about the location of Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters, as well as some thoughts on “muggle magic.”

Keep checking back for new essays all this week, as I have a backlog I am trying desperately to clear before the release of Deathly Hallows; we Lexicon staffers are going to be mighty busy updating the Lexicon in the days and weeks after Deathly Hallows comes out!


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 6
July 15, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

Now it is July 15th and there are only 6 days until the release of Deathly Hallows. List as many examples of the number 6 as you can come up with for the stories. We’ve had some brilliant examples in the previous days! Be sure to take a look if you’ve just come in!

Add YOURS to the Pensieve!


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Bloomsbury announcements about 7/21 and 7/30
July 14, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 2:29 am

From the Bloomsbury website:

J K ROWLING AND THE MIDNIGHT READING: Bloomsbury Publishing is delighted to announce that now everyone will be able to hear J K Rowling read from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in a live webstream from the Natural History Museum in London at the precise moment it is published - 12.01am bst on Saturday 21st July 2007. The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows launch event is completely oversubscribed and no further tickets will be issued but Bloomsbury encourages fans to log on to the webstream to join in the experience. The streaming will be available for a further two weeks at www.bloomsbury.com

So what time and date is that where you live? Check out the customized World Clock I created and subtract 4 minutes from the time shown for your closest city.

Also posted on Bloomsbury’s site:

JK ROWLING AND THE LIVE CHAT: Harry Potter fans will be invited to put their questions to JK Rowling in a web chat 2.00-3.00pm (BST) on Monday, 30th July. Questions may be submitted one week in advance or live on 30th July at www.bloomsbury.com.

So beginning sometime on 7/23 we can start sending them in!


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 7
July 14, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

July 14th, the date that marks the release of Deathly Hallows as one week away. ONE WEEK! Just 7 days. Seven, the most powerfully magical number of all. This is sure to be the longest list we’ve created yet, as there are many times the number 7 is mentioned. (For an incredible list already complied by our own Michele, see the essay The Number Seven.)

Here are a few notable sevens to get us started:

Share your recollections of the most magical 7 with us in the pensieve!


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Support Harry Potter in Braille
July 13, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 10:08 pm

National Braille Press logo
The HP Lexicon is happy to promote the fund raising efforts of fellow Potter fans to help put our beloved books (literally) into the hands of blind readers.

The National Braille Press is magically making Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows available in braille the same time as the print edition! Jo and Scholastic have done their part to make this happen. Even though it costs over $50 to make one copy in braille, the NBP is committed to providing them at the normal cost of a print version. In order to do this, the extra cost must be covered with donations. Please support this worthy cause if you are able.

More information can be found here: HP7 yahoo group, where you can discuss and ask questions. They’d love to hear from you if you are in the Boston area and can volunteer time to help make these books!

Money donations can be made here: Support Harry Potter in Braille
or click on the NBP logo to learn more.


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 8
July 13, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

Today being July 13th means there are 8 days to go before the release of Deathly Hallows. How many examples of the number 8 can we find relating to Harry Potter?

If you remember any, please add them to the Pensieve!


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Appearance in Monroe, Michigan
July 12, 2007

Posted by Steve at 9:29 am

I’ll be participating in a huge Harry Potter event in the town of Monroe, Michigan, this coming Saturday. I’ll be speaking at noon at the library and later in the day participating in a Q&A session. There is a lot more going on with events to interest people of all ages. All events are open to the public. Here’s a link to a description of the event.


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 9
July 12, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 am

Yesterday was sure a lot of fun, coming up with all the tens. Here we are on July 12th, which means Deathly Hallows is 9 days away. How many occurances of the number 9 can we find associated with Harry Potter?

A few to get us started:

Share your examples in the pensieve!


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Countdown to Deathly Hallows - 10
July 11, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:36 pm

A small group of obsessive nitpicking Harry Potter fans (true Lexicon friends!) who call themselves the HPNs have found a fun way to pass the time waiting for the final book. They’ve been scouring the books for occurrences of the number corresponding to the number of days left. Let’s join in the game, and practice our Arithmancy, shall we?

So today being the 11th July, we are 10 days away. Here are a few passages where the number 10 appears in the stories.

Post the ones YOU find in the pensieve!


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“Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter” A&E show
July 11, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 10:53 am

Here they are, recordings of the entire A&E show have been posted to YouTube.

You ask, what am I talking about? The Lexicon’s Supreme Mugwump Steve Vander Ark was interviewed by the Arts and Entertainment Network along with John Granger (Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?, Looking for God in Harry Potter) and Janet Batchler (What Will Harry Do?) for a show that explores the plot and mysteries of the Potter stories. Fun stuff, I promise.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Exclusive Clip

Thanks to Snitchseeker for the links!


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Hogwarts founders’ page revised
June 30, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 11:17 pm

In honor of Jo’s latest Wizards of the Month, I thought it was high time I updated my lame-o page on the Hogwarts founders. Isn’t it interesting to compare how they have been depicted?

Can anyone think of an information category that I’ve left out?

Later edit: they’ve been revised again. Apparently I missed the memo about canonical issues with Lightmaker’s images on Jo’s website. The truth is, that while the images are “official,” the degree of artistic license that Jo allows the Lightmaker artists is unknown. So they’re not canon. I’m sorry for the confusion.


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July WotM - Godric Gryffindor
June 30, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:09 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on JKR.com has changed to display the wizard for July 2007 as:
Godric Gryffindor
Medieval (precise dates unknown)
One of the four famous Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Godric Gryffindor was the most accomplished dueller of his time, an enlightened fighter against Muggle-discrimination and the first owner of the celebrated Sorting Hat.

This is the third Hogwarts’ Founder in a row to be honoured. Can we expect the fourth, Rowena Ravenclaw, for August?


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Happy Birthday Dobby!
June 27, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:04 pm

Continuing our tradition of joining in the birthday wishes posted on Jo’s site…

The Wizard of the Month calendar has changed to Happy Birthday Dobby for June 28th.


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New link on JKR.com - Missing Madeleine
June 27, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:43 pm

A new book has appeared in the Links section of Jo’s website, entitled Missing Madeleine.
Please LOOK, read, and spread the word about this tragic story. We are praying for her safe return.

Editorial:
For those who would criticize Jo for giving this publicity to the plight of one little girl when there are so many other abducted and missing children in the world, how wrong can you be? Its not possible for her to aid in the cases of every missing child. The fact that she has taken up this cause, and used the extensive readership of her website to spread the word is nothing but honorable! For all of the people who have donated money or help or celebrity media coverage, it is just a matter of people doing whatever they can. No one should question their motives. Instead let’s all pray that it works. That somehow, someone, somewhere will hear this story, and realize they noticed something. Maybe someone will have a picture from the area showing nameless faces in a crowd that contains a crucial clue. Or vacationers who left Portugal behind will sift through their memories for more than remembering their trip. Or a Harry Potter fan will think of a friend who recently visited Portugal and mention this to them. Let’s hope.

Let’s think highly of Jo for offering to do all she can! And recognize that her efforts for this one little girl are not hurting the cases of other children in the same situation, but instead, perhaps, if we ALL do all we can, even as strangers, a little girl somewhere will be reunited with her family. Madeleine and many others.

UPDATE:
Friday June 29th, the text of the Missing Madeline page was edited to note her disappearance took place eight weeks ago.


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“The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter” television special
June 27, 2007

Posted by Steve at 10:24 am

I received an email from the producer of the television special I filmed a few weeks ago in LA. He tells me that the show, entitled “The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter,” will air on A&E on July 8 at 10 pm Eastern time. Featured will be John Granger, Janet Batchler, and me. The producer goes on to say that A&E is very excited about the show and he expects that they’ll air it over and over between July 8 and the release of the new book. I hope you all get a chance to see it.


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New in the Portkey
June 27, 2007

Posted by Steve at 9:10 am

We haven’t talked much about the Portkey lately, what with the lead up to the new film and book and game and soundtrack and who knows what all. However, the team has been working dilligently behind the scenes, adding more and more content. Here are a few cool new additions:

The book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now completely entered. As with the Bestiary in the Lexicon, we have intentionally NOT included all information about each beast so that our site doesn’t discourage anyone from buying the book itself. Of course, as part of the Portkey, the fantstic introductory material is now included when you search for information.

All the Famous Wizard cards are now entered. We changed the format for the “Location in canon” tab to show where you’ll find that particular card: in an EA game, in the book, on JKR’s site, etc. We’re working on adding all the card images to the image database, too.

Every event from each novel has been entered. You can now generate a very thorough outline of a book from the Book Outlines menu item at the top of the Portkey page. We haven’t added all the locations, characters, tags, date/times, and icons to them, however. The team is working on it steadily. But why wait for them? Log in and start adding some tags yourself! Oh, and when you select a book outline, notice the chapter summary entries. They appear nowhere else. They’re really cool, particularly because they show the entire chapter’s commentary and images at once on the tabs.

I do want to encourage everyone to add tags to the Portkey. The more user-added tags there are, the more useful and complete the Portkey will be. You do need to create a user account to do this and you need to be 13 or older. Any tags entered by fans will be searchable just like the tags added by our team, so have at it!


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Updating the Lexicon
June 27, 2007

Posted by Steve at 8:32 am

Lately I’ve receieved a few emails along these lines:

hey, the lexicon is a great site and i love reading almost everything on it. however a lot of the stuff is outdated - there are questions and debates on stuff that has been answered in later books, details tht have been mentioned in the order of the phoenix and half blood prince. it would be brilliant if the pages were updated, as opposed to being like 3 years old. but its a great website. thanks

We completely agree that it would be brilliant if everything was updated. Trouble is, there are about a thousand pages in the Lexicon and a complete update will be a LOT of work. We don’t want to have to do it twice. So if you’ll forgive us, we’re waiting. In a couple of weeks, with the release of the last book, we’ll start a complete update and overhaul of the entire site. We’ll revise every page with the final details, we’ll flag essays that are out of date (although we will very likely leave them in our essay collection, since they provide a record of fan history which we don’t like to see disappear). We’ll update all the pages to the new format and work on databasing everything so that it integrates into the Portkey.

If you think about it, that’s the answer to another question I get quite often: What will happen to the Lexicon after the last book? Will it go away? No, it will just become more complete, more user-friendly, more integrated, and more the best Potter reference source on the planet.

So please be patient. I apologize for things which are out of date or incomplete. We’ll get to it in just a few weeks.


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WOMBAT grade 3 - Results Delivered
June 25, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 4:48 am

E certificate
Owls are arriving with the results of WOMBAT 3 on Jo’s official site.
Text from all certificates is now posted on the WOMBAT - results page, images on the way!

EDIT:The page is now complete with screenshots of the WOMBAT wall and images of all the certificates.

P.S. I got an E. :D


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WOMBAT 3 -Results in the Post
June 22, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 10:24 am

Results in the Post
The WOMBAT results delivery clock on Jo’s official site shows that the Results are in the post. You can see this by clicking on the WOMBAT card and entering your Student ID code.

In the past this has meant we would receive the results within a day!

If you missed the exam, you can read the questions with our commentary here: WOMBAT grade 3


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Travel Guide
June 20, 2007

Posted by Steve at 1:09 pm

A few weeks ago, Budget Travel asked me to write an article for their website, sort of a “travel guide” to locales in the Harry Potter world. The guide is now live on their site. I think you’ll enjoy it, so wander over and take a look.


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WOMBAT grade 3 with Lexicon Commentary
June 17, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:13 pm

Well we’ve finally managed to post the text of WOMBAT grade 3 exam with our Lexicon staff commentary.
John Kearns joins us this time with his added insight, and Lisa returns for a second time with her perspective. Steve and I have been overwhelmed in real life the past few days, making it very difficult to find time to do the commentary. But my obligations ended yesterday, so that I was able to finish today.
Steve is still Splinched somewhere. Hope he turns up soon!

Edit: The Do not Disturb sign has returned to the Door, Monday morning, June 18. Entering your code on the WOMBAT card shows Papers Being Marked on the clock.


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The Door opens! W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 test
June 13, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:36 am

DH symbol
The door is open on JKR.com! With WOMBAT grade 3 behind it.
The Lexicon is working on our commentary as we did for the first two.
We’ll have that posted for you as soon as we can.

To open the Door and activate the WOMBAT:
1) Click on the fly that lands on the window, it will turn into a key,
2) Drag it to the lock and let go, the key will turn and the door will open.
3) Drag the ring onto the rod, it will sparkle if placed correctly.
4) Drag the triangle onto the rod and ring, it will sparkle and move to the desk.
5) Click on the WOMBAT paper to open the test.

Good Luck!
New Vista gadget
Users of VISTA will notice a new WOMBAT gadget on the desktop. We’ll have more info and screenshots for non-vista users soon!

Edit: and today, June 14th, the Daily News has been updated to announce a US tour by JKR.


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New fan art from Red Scharlach and Sloan de Forest
June 12, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 12:19 pm

I meant to post this last week, but got distracted by the terrific cover art.

Red Scharlach has released new artwork of Madam Rosmerta — in the style of Toulouse Lautrec’s poster art.
New Lexicon artist Sloan de Forest (cf: Eileen Prince) has sent us her drawing of Luna (3rd image down on right), and I think she really captured her sweetness. I love Sloan’s thoughtful backgrounds!

Edit: After conferring with Steve, I removed the links to Red Scharlach’s fandom satire; the humor was just too adult.


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Two interviews with Mary GrandPre
June 11, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 3:36 am

Of course GrandPre is not doing to tell us what happens (you wouldn’t want that anyway!), but she does talk about how she creates the covers, and provides clues to those of us (who me?) who are trying to figure out what they might mean.

Potter artist Mary GrandPre makes magic” by Janis Campbell, from the Detroit Free Press, dated June 5, 2007

This article is mostly autobiographical and doesn’t really discuss her artwork. However, she does say something interesting about the details she works into her paintings:

And speaking of the final cover, does she get a kick out of all the excitement created by the early release of the cover? “I think it’s fun to see the reaction from people. The fans that are really diehard fans look very closely at the artwork,” Mary says.And they should. “I try to make everything have a meaning. … There is a reason why something is in the illustration. I don’t just put it in because it looks better. It really does have to have a meaning or part of the story has to support it.”

Harry Potter illustrator says goodbye” by Molly Millett, from the Pioneer Press, dated June 7, 2007

This is an interesting one if you are curious about her technique and how the design of the images has changed over the years. Do you have a veil=curtains theory? Read what she says (snippet below) about the curtains on Book 1 and 7! I’m not sure she has closed those ideas down — she doesn’t say it isn’t *also* the veil. Indeed, if it is solely for compositional/symbolic reasons, it would seem to contradict her statement in the earlier article.

When asked to specifically critique her work, GrandPre says: “The first couple, three covers, definitely, they were smaller figures; it was more about a big scene happening in the book. And then we started to close in on Harry and started to deal more with mood or atmosphere. For the last one, I took the curtains from the first cover and put them on the last one. I brought back some of the jeweled tones but kept the more strongly rendered Harry.”

What do you think?


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Deluxe edition cover art!
June 8, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 11:16 am

It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! Scholastic has released the cover art for the Deluxe edition. I think it will be a big surprise.
I won’t spoil it for you, take a look for yourself: Scholastic Deluxe edition cover art.

WARNING, SPOILER BELOW
Later edit:
From the Scholastic Press Release: David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director, Scholastic described the art as:

Set during a highly dramatic sunset, Harry, Hermione, and Ron–clothes in tatters–cling atop a flying dragon in this astonishing artwork created by Mary GrandPre for the deluxe edition. As mist creeps down towering hillsides to a village below, questions arise about where the trio is headed and what has led them to this spellbinding moment.

Usually there is also bonus art inside the deluxe edition. According to the press release, Here’s what we still haven’t seen yet:

The deluxe edition will be a total of 816 pages; the suggested retail price is $65.00 and the print run will be 100,000 copies.


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Happy Birthday Draco Malfoy
June 4, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:28 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site has changed to display Happy Birthday wishes for June 5th to Draco Malfoy.


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Events this coming weekend
June 3, 2007

Posted by Steve at 8:11 pm

This coming weekend I’ll be in Southern California where there will be a couple of opportunities for me to meet some of the west coast Potter fans. It is always such a thrill and an honor to meet people who enjoy the Lexicon and share my love for Harry Potter.

On Saturday, June 9, I’ll be speaking at Sonorus in Lancaster. This event is a one-day con with vendors, a British-themed dinner, and a number of excellent speakers, including John Granger.

Then on Sunday, June 10, I’ll be spending a couple of hours at Whimsic Alley in Santa Monica from 2 to 4 p.m. I’ve been hoping for a chance to visit the store since it opened. I really hope to meet a lot of you there. We’ll talk Snape, the Order of the Phoenix film, Deathly Hallows, and whatever else is on your mind.


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Happy Birthday Paula!
June 3, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:01 am

Today, June 3rd, is the birthday of our Essays Editor… Paula Hall!
Please join us in wishing her a day filled with magic and all her dreams come true.
Happy Birthday Paula!


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June WotM on JKR.com
May 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:58 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site has gone blank. Apparantly a glitch that I’m sure will be fixed soon.

And now it’s fixed :)

Salazar Slytherin
Medieval (precise dates unknown)
One of the four celebrated Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Salazar Slytherin was one of the first recorded Parselmouths, an accomplished Legilimens, and a notorious champion of pureblood supremacy.


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Second set report…a little more detail
May 30, 2007

Posted by Steve at 10:38 am

I just posted the second report from my set visit last September. This is also just a teaser, since I am still forbidden to do a full and detailed report until the film is released. I hope this gives you a little more idea of the creativity and fun that goes into the making of the Harry Potter films.

I’ve also added some “on the set” details to the page about the Head’s Office. I’m hoping to add this kind of detail to more pages soon. In the meantime, let me just say that I am SO excited for the release of Order of the Phoenix. From everything I’ve heard and from the people I’ve talked to who have seen a rough cut of the film, it’s clear that this one will be truly incredible, maybe the best one yet.


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Jo updates website to announce booksigning
May 23, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 2:51 pm

Jo has updated her site with an announcement of her plans for July 21st! Tickets for a massive booksigning event will be distributed through her English-language publishers:

She has really focused this book launch on the fans. In her words, “It has been a long time since I’ve done a signing and had the chance to speak to readers individually, so I’m delighted that we are launching the book in this way. It will be wonderful for me to get the chance to speak to people who have already read a few chapters while in the queue!”

Edit: As far as the publisher restrictions, please take a deep breath and remember what it was like in 1999 and 2000 when Jo would try to make author appearances and far more people would show up than the event could handle. For example, on a tour of England on the Hogwarts Express so many people showed up at at least one of the stops that Jo was not allowed to get out of the train. Imagine what it was like for her to have to watch her tearful fans from inside the train. There’s just Jo, and there is aaaallll of us. I don’t have any inside information on this, but I can’t fault her publishers for trying to set limits.


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More on my California adventure
May 23, 2007

Posted by Steve at 12:21 pm

This past weekend, as I mentioned, I spent some time in a studio in Burbank shooting a television special. This will air on A&E in July as part of the lead-in to the film premier. I was only a small part of the whole production, so I have no way of knowing how much I’ll actually be seen, but it was exciting to be involved. I kept thinking, “I’m just this guy from Michigan! What am I doing here?”

I asked the producer about what he would be comfortable with me sharing here on the Lexicon. He asked that I not say much at all for now, and of course I’ll honor his wishes on that. I’m really looking forward to seeing the show…and hoping that I don’t come across as too much of a dork :)

Probably no way around that, I’m afraid.

Thanks so much for all the good wishes and kind comments you all left. I am part of the best website staff in the world and we all appreciate your support as we build and maintain the Lexicon for you.


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First images of Black Family Tree (movie artwork)
May 16, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 10:45 pm

Black Family Tree, copyright 2007 Warner Brothers.As a former art history student and someone who has labored over the Lexicon’s pages on the Black Family Tree I was ecstatic to see the first images showing Warner Brothers’ interpretation (right; click on image to see larger version). The tapestry appears to be huge, with a dark green background and portraits of the family members instead of just names. And the names are written on scrolls similar to the movie version of the Marauder’s Map. Do they move like the chocolate frog cards? I’d love to know.

This image is from the British version of the Warner Brothers OotP website. So far it is not on the American WB site, although over there you can get an awesome desktop of Sirius standing in front of the tapestry.

I think the portion of the tapestry we can see is supposed to show the Black family during the late Medieval period. Compare them to artwork by Jan Van Eyck (”Man in the Red Turban” 1433), Hans Holbein (”Robert Cheseman” 1533). They are even more similar to 19thC Medieval-revivalist paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites (Tempting of Merlin) and tapestries by William Morris (Flora) (Knights of the Round Table). Even the Morris font and scrolls look similar. Are the turbans the set designer’s idea of what a wizard hat might have looked like in the 1500s?

I can’t wait to see the rest of the tapestry.

Update: In a recent Empire Magazine (”Deconstructing Harry,” July 2007) article, David Heyman is quoted as saying “Jo keeps the books and films very separate,” says Heyman. “I’m the one calling her up, making sure we don’t do anything that will mess with her fiction. She really wants the films to be as good as they could be. We needed to visualise Sirius Black’s family tree, so we told Jo. And she said ‘I understand.’ Fifteen minutes later a fax came through with the entire Black family tree which had the family crest, their motto, with eight generations of Blacks with all their names. Her world is embedded in her.” No transcript yet, but there are scans over at Leaky’s Galleries. Thanks to Jules and everyone who sent that to me! By the way, All we have so far is a partial tree with 6 generations.

Update #2: an Italian fansite has posted an image of the tree that appears to have a burn-out. I would have noticed sooner but I was distracted by Sirius’s dressing gown.

Update #3: Wow, I think this Italian stickerbook is eventually going to show the whole movie! Here’s one more of the tree, this one showing several burn-outs and what might be the crest (above Harry’s head). Thanks to Bandersnatch and Jules for the nudge. Belated thanks to Portkey.it for posting all these new images!

Update #4: David Heyman is now saying that Jo provided a tree with six generations, not eight. Quotage:

Heyman still marvels at Rowling’s mind. A scene in “Phoenix” features a tapestry embroidered with the ancestors of Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black. The book mentions a few names, but the filmmakers needed to make the whole thing. “So I e-mailed Jo and asked her if she could give us a few more names,” Heyman says. “About 15 minutes later we received a family tree that goes back six generations with names, birthdates, family crests, a motto. It was all in her head.” Source: Newsweek, June 18, 2007

Update #5 (June 22, 2007): In a press conference, Heyman has mentioned the tree a third time, telling reporters that Jo gave them a tree: “with seventy-five names covering five generations, birth dates, marriage dates and family exorcisms.” The tree as is currently known only has forty-three names on it so when and if Jo’s full tree is ever released we will know quite a bit more about familial relationships in the Wizarding World! Source: The Leaky Cauldron special report


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Portkey Tricks part 1
May 16, 2007

Posted by Steve at 3:52 pm

Hundreds of you have visited the Portkey now. I’m sure that a good many of you are wondering what the big deal is. So it searches synopses of the books. So what? Why the big kefuflle about such a simple tool? Over the next weeks I’m hoping to help answer that question by showing some of what the Portkey can actually do and a little bit about how it does it.

First of all, let me take you to an entry that has quite a bit of information. Click here to go to the entry about PS chapter 1, pages 8-9.

Some of what you see has been entered individually by the data entry team. John wrote the synopsis, for example. Our volunteers entered the location in canon, the characters appearing, the setting and timeframe, and the icons and tags.

Some of what you see, though, is pulled in on the fly as the various tabs are displayed. When you click on the Reader’s Guide, for example, the program pulls from a database of commentary entries anything which falls into that range of pages. The same is true for the images.

This is where the true magic is taking place. As the Lexicon’s databases expand, you see, all the information we have will be tagged, iconned, and given ID codes to connect it to places in the books. We will be adding codes to the essays, to encyclopedia entries, to timeline events, to characters, images, and so on. When you ‘Explore’ a section of canon in the Portkey, you will have available all the vast resources of the Lexicon at your fingertips.

This is the ultimate Harry Potter research tool.

Let’s look at an example of how this works. Click here to view the ‘Explore’ entry for Fantastic Beasts pages xvi-xvii. If you click on the Timelines and Calendars tab, you’ll see two “Related Timeline Events.” No one entered these specifically on this page. Instead, when you clicked on the link, these events were automatically pulled out of the Timeline database because they have been given a code that matches this part of canon.

You won’t find these links yet for much of the Portkey. That’s because we’re still busy databasing everything. As we go, more and more information will start appearing as you explore.

There’s a lot more to tell you about. Just wait until you see what we’re going to do with the icons!


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unexpected
May 16, 2007

Posted by Steve at 2:34 pm

I received a message the other day from John Granger, who is a good friend, telling me that someone from A&E television wanted to talk to me. I called the fellow up and as it turns out, he wants me to be part of a television special A&E is putting together about Harry Potter speculation, to be aired sometime in July. So it looks like I’ll be flying to LA this weekend and doing some interviews, along with John and Janet Batchler. Is that cool or what?!


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Happy Birthday Pomona Sprout
May 14, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:26 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site has changed to display Happy Birthday wishes for May 15th to Pomona Sprout.
Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the new interactive site.


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Diary update on JKR.com
May 14, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:52 am

Jo has updated her Diary this morning with a plea against fans causing Spoilers for Deathly Hallows.


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Something I had to do…
May 11, 2007

Posted by Steve at 3:10 pm

Two days ago I did something I’ve never done before. I sicced my lawyer on someone.

Believe me, this is not the way I like to operate. People steal material from the Lexicon all the time. Contributors for Wikipedia are famous for it. Yeah, it bothers me. Stealing is wrong. At least three published books have plagiarized quite shamelessly and never even given credit to the Lexicon. It bothers me a lot.

I send emails asking things to be removed and usually that’s the end of the matter. So when I found out about this guy, I just sort of shook my head and figured I’d send my usual gentle insistence that he stop stealing.

Except this one’s different. This fellow is basically out to scam fans out of money as fast as he can before book seven comes out. He’s written a book which he wants to sell and in order to sweeten the deal, he offers bonus material. This bonus material is all from the Lexicon, from Accio Quote, and from Jo’s website. I’m sorry, but that’s where I draw the line. I will not stand for someone stealing my material and using it to scam fans out of money.

So my lawyer sent him a cease and desist letter two days ago. We’re asking that he stop what he’s doing and that he return money to anyone who bought his book.

His response? He sent a jokey email to the people on his email list about being sued. He’s still merrily doing business. Perhaps he thinks we’re bluffing. He’s never met my lawyer.

I don’t like to do things like this. But this leech is not a true fan. He’s an opportunist who sees a chance to make some quick money by playing on fans’ enthusiasm leading up to book seven. I won’t mention him or his site by name because I don’t want to send traffic his way. I also don’t want to generate a storm of nasty emails from other fans or anything like that. We’ll let the legal process do what it’s supposed to do.


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New FSA on JKR.com
May 11, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 8:35 am

Congratulations to HP Fan Zone! the latest recipient of Jo’s Fan Site Award!


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FAQ’s on Jo’s Official site
May 8, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:50 am

Jo has posted five new FAQ’s in About the Books this morning.
Lisa has updated the character pages with the new canon and I’ve updated the Guide to Jo’s site.


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It’s Finally Here!
May 7, 2007

Posted by Steve at 12:15 am

I can’t believe that I’m finally writing this.

About eight months ago, I had a crazy idea. I started sharing it with the staff and tried to explain just how amazing this new “thing” would be. They didn’t get it. I drew sketches of what it would look like. We held long IM chats as I tried to share how I imagined it all working. They still didn’t get it. Eventually, Clint started writing code, even though he wasn’t sure how it would all work. Lisa took my sketches and sloppy html mockups and started creating more elegant pages.

I remember when the lightbulbs started going off. As the project started to take shape and the first clumsy builds actually worked and were oh, so cool, we were all getting more excited.

This was going to be cooler than anything fans had ever imagined. The Lexicon staff took on the work with gusto…other projects were put on hold, pages were left out of date, there didn’t seem to be much posted on the What’s New, and eventually, we were all getting overwhelmed.

We needed help. In order to make it work, we needed people to start filling in the rich content that would make this thing so marvelous. One by one, some amazing and talented (and good looking) people came on board. We’d swear them to secrecy, then lift the curtain and let them see what we were working on. Every one of them was stunned by what they saw. I remember one person, as I showed her around, just kept typing “OMG OMG OMG”. Everyone was thrilled to help, to be part of what they knew was going to be one of the most amazing projects fandom has ever seen.

The work stretched on and on. (It’s still going on, in fact, and might never be completely finished.) Months went by. We started to worry if we’d be able to go live before book seven, which was our goal.

Then, a few weeks ago, a contest was announced called the Webware 100. This was a contest for the best Web 2.0 sites and services. I wanted to enter our project in that contest. How cool would that be to be recognized by CNET as a top web 2.0 reference site? We pulled everyone together and decided we would go for it. The deadline was May 7. Things went into high gear. The new page layout had to be made to work since the new project required it. We needed help files. We needed to set up a way for you all to create user accounts on this thing. And we had to decide which features we just couldn’t get operational in time. But we were determined to make it by May 7.

It was a near thing. For the past two days, we’ve been working almost non-stop to get things ready for unveiling in a public beta. At about 11 pm tonight, on the day before the deadline, Clint told me that it was live. We were ready to roll.

I really can’t believe I’m writing this. I can’t tell you how excited I am to announce that, through the amazing effort of a wonderful team, the Lexicon can present for your fandom pleasure…

THE CANON PORTKEY!

The what? What’s a “canon portkey”? I’ve written a short introduction which you can find here. I think it would be a good idea if you’d read that before you try it out to avoid some confusion. Then have at it! Play with it! Explore with it! Find out what it can do. Follow the links, wallow in the detail and the wonderfully rich information you can find. Try things, test things, and let us know how you like it. Feel free to give us feedback about what worked and what didn’t. Bear in mind, of course, that this is a beta build and some features are still being fine-tuned. Also, the data entry part of the project is still very much ongoing.

Clint provided some coding factoids in case you’re curious: There are 93 separate files that make the Portkey work. Over 7000 lines of code were written for this project. (That’s in addition to all of the stuff written for the timeline that was incorporated into the Portkey).

I need to express massive thanks to the people who have made this possible. It started out as a weird and wonderful idea of mine. Through the efforts of Clint, who coded the whole thing, and John, who entered all the synopses for all the novels, to Lisa who created the page layouts and Bel who manages the volunteers, the Portkey is everything I dreamed of and much, much more.

Here’s a full list of the wonderful people who have made this possible for you:

The Canon Portkey Team
Steve Vander Ark - creator and project manager
John Kearns - chapter synopses and massive data entry work
Lisa Waite Bunker - page layouts and design, technical advisor, project writer
Belinda Hobbs - team leader, project writer, creative advisor
Clint Hagen - just wrote all the code, that’s all!!!

Data Entry Team
Mike Ball, Martje Ross, Ruth Meyer, Elanor Isolda, David Stamm, Kimmy Blair, Naomi Boyer, Gina Anstey, Torill Gronhaug, and Meann Ortiz

Graphic artist: Camilla Engelby


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Did you notice?
May 5, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 1:40 am

Did you notice the new look to our What’s New page?

Several months ago we told you about the new design we were working on, and that we’d try to have a large section converted in time for Book 7. Unfortunately that was my task and I have had an unusually busy spring (new job, visiting family, last-minute trips for work, not to mention all the developments over on my other site, Accio Quote!). But here on this page, finally, is a sample for your delectation; the evocative artwork is by Camilla Engelby. Soon I will start converting my character pages and then gradually the rest of the site.

You like? Is the load time acceptable after you’ve loaded it once? Based on comments to the earlier post, we will also be working on a low graphics version.

A note about the navigation. We decided that we couldn’t launch the new navigation until most of the site had been switched over because the disconnect between old and new was just too disconcerting. So what you see on the left is just for the interim and combines the old at the top and the new at the bottom. Hint: click on “Magic” on the left and you will get a preview of our new “gateway” pages. When we get the most-visited sections of the site converted we will launch the new navigation.

We have another, much larger surprise in the works. Just you wait!


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May WotM - Helga Hufflepuff!
April 30, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:03 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s site has been updated to show the new WotM for May and it’s none other than our dear Hogwarts founder… Helga Hufflepuff!


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Keith Johnson finishes “the Troll”
April 19, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 5:44 pm

As Keith Johnson continues work on his project to illustrate Philospher’s Stone, he has recently completed this (ahem) “delightful” image of the troll in the girl’s toilet. :D I’ve posted it on the Reader’s Guide for chapter 10.
Thank you Keith for sharing your paintings with us!


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Wizard of the Month archives now complete
April 14, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 8:42 pm

I’ve been working on a few lingering projects lately, and managed to finish the Archive of images from the Wizard of the Month calendar on jkrowling.com.
It’s hard to believe we’ve had three full years worth of Wizards of the Month already, since Jo launched her new website on May 15, 2004! With this archive it’s interesting to see the transition of the images from the early muted toned drawings to the more recent brighter and larger designs that on occasion extend far out of the frame. I hope you enjoy this visual time-turner! :)


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A Guest Appearance
April 9, 2007

Posted by Paula at 6:22 pm

I’ve just posted an essay by Quentin Lowagie, webmaster of the Harry Potter Lexicon counterpart in French, L’Encyclopédie Harry Potter. Quentin visited London last year, took some fabulous pictures of London sights related to the world of Harry Potter . . . et voilà, je vous présente Harry Potter in London: Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, the Leaky Cauldron, etc. Enjoy!


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Movie Magic magazine article
April 8, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 1:05 pm

Life Story Movie Magic magazine coverWhen my good friend Heidi Tandy (of FictionAlley) asked me if I’d like to write a magazine article about Order of the Phoenix I paused (only for a moment) and then said, “Sure! What do you need?” (Because I’m crazy that way, I’ll do anything Potterish.)
“An A-Z Encyclopedia.”
“Oh. OK. How long can I make it? haha”
Well, I set to work, focusing on the characters and elements unique to OP and which may be interesting to movie goers who (for shame) haven’t read the book. I pared it down when I was finished to meet the editor’s word limit (cut it about in half, boy do I feel for Jo!) and sent it off to Heidi. She added a bit and submitted it to the editor, and tada! It’s now in print!
You can read the 6 page article in the latest edition of Life Story MOVIE MAGIC magazine now on newsstands. :) (pages 38-43)

P.S. I know there are mistakes in other sections of the magazine, please don’t blame me! I didn’t write those. :P


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New Artist: Keith Johnson
April 4, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 3:25 pm

We’d like to introduce you to our newest artist- Keith Johnson! Keith is undertaking an ambitious project to create cover art and chapter illustrations for all of the Harry Potter novels. He is currently working on the final chapters of Philosopher’s Stone and has offered to share his work with us.
I’ve added his chapter illustrations to the Reader’s Guide pages for PS chapters 1 through 9 which you can find here: PS: A Reader’s Guide
and you can read more about him and his project plans on his artist’s Biography and Mini-portfolio page. Thank you Keith for sharing your fantastic artwork with us, and welcome to the Lexicon!


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Happy Birthday Fred and George! and WotM is Magenta Comstock
March 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:58 pm

The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s site is again this year displaying happy birthday wishes to Fred and George Weasley for April 1st. What a fitting birthdate is April Fools Day for these pranksters!
Be sure to visit The Floo Network Homepage for a tribute to their wacky wares from Weasley’s Wizarding Weezes this month!

On the text only version of Jo’s site we have April’s WotM as:
Magenta Comstock
1895 - 1991
Experimental artist whose portraits’ eyes not only follow the viewer around the room, but also follow them home.
(Magenta is a new canon character, not one of the Famous Wizards Cards. Yay! New canon!)

EDIT: And now the twins’ birthday message on the calendar has been replaced with the moving picture on the Flash version of the site. Eep! Those eyes are creepy! 0_0


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Cover art!
March 28, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 12:35 pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, UK adult coverThrilling, confounding, gorgeous cover art! Be sure you’re sitting down when you look. High-resolution artwork has been released today by Scholastic and Bloomsbury [Link outside: Leaky Galleries].

:Gulp: Treasure! Patronus! Locket! Silver Hogwarts? Strange triangle/circle emblem! Veils? Hallows? Let the theories begin.

The artist for the American editions is again Mary GrandPré, and the artist for the UK children’s edition is Jason Cockcroft.

Update: I have two pages uploaded with the images and close-ups, as well as written descriptions of the details and action.
UK children’s cover | US cover
Note: the Mary GrandPré artwork for the American deluxe edition is still to come, as is the special painting the edition comes with as a bonus.


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New essay! Astronomy in HP
March 18, 2007

Posted by Paula at 7:13 pm

I know it’s been awhile, but I have finally posted another new essay. This one is from astronomer and past Lexicon contributor Mike Weinstein: Astronomy in the Harry Potter Series. Enjoy!


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New OP Game…you’re going to want to play this one!
March 15, 2007

Posted by Steve at 8:17 am

When I was in London in September, I got a first hand look at Electronic Arts’ new game for Order of the Phoenix. I have to admit that I’ve never been much into arcade-style games, preferring to play Excite Truck and Elebits on my Wii, Time Splitters on my GameCube, or Animal Crossing on the DS. So I watched the demo they showed us without expecting to care a whole lot. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

This new game, from what I can tell from everything I’ve been seeing and from the conversations I’ve had with EA, is going to be almost an RPG. Not entirely, mind you, but enough so that it will feel like you’re a student at Hogwarts, doing wizardy things like attending classes, playing wizard chess in the common room, solving mysteries, and making potions (stirring with the Wii remote or the DS stylus! How cool is that?). This is going to be a lot more than an arcade game. And the graphics are gorgeous. Take a look at these two exclusive screen shots to see what I mean.
Image1
Image2

More to come. We’re going to be creating a section here on the Lexicon with player support information and other resources to make your virtual time at Hogwarts even more rich and exciting. In the meantime, I’ll post any new graphics I can get and pass along any other new information as it comes in.


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Happy Birthday Remus Lupin
March 9, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:49 pm

The WotM calendar on Jo’s official site is showing Happy Birthday wishes to Remus Lupin for March 10th, again this year.
So far, all birthdays have repeated since appearing for the first time, with no new ones nor any being skipped.


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Character names in translation (Dutch and Norwegian, so far)
March 6, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 12:17 am

Remember my idea to provide lists of the character names from the translated versions of the books? So far I have created a page for the Dutch names (Dank u, Sandra!) and a page for the Norwegian names (Takk, Siri!). Eventually I will create an index page to all the lists and link to it from the character pages.
If you want to send us a list, please send it in “plain text” if possible. Word processing software like Microsoft Word adds too much formatting. And if you found it on another website please let us know so we can credit them.
Do you have a list? You can send it to me at lisa@hp-lexicon.org.

P.S. The Norwegian translation of “Quidditch” is “Rumpeldunk.” Sweet.


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Happy Birthday Ron! and WotM is our old friend Tilden
February 28, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:02 pm

Happy Birthday greetings to Ron Weasley have appeared again this year for March 1st.

Also, the Text Only version of the site is listing the new Wizard of the Month for March as
Tilden Toots
1959 - present
‘The wizard with three green thumbs’ Celebrity herbologist and radio personality

whose name you may recognize from the programme that plays on the radio in the Extra Stuff section of the site :) and on one of the advertisements in the Rumours tabloid, and his wife, Daisy Hookum was the WotM for June 2006.
I’m anxious to see his picture appear on March 2nd !

Edit: and now we know… he DOES have 3 green thumbs! :D


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The Floo Network to raise money for Book Aid International with Deathly Hallows guide
February 22, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 9:52 am

The Floo Network (The Lexicon, The Leaky Cauldron and Accio Quote) has launched “HarryPotterSeven.com,” a collection of essays about Book 7 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) that we hope will raise money for Book Aid International, an organization that works to set up libraries in developing countries.

If you read the “Scribbulus” essays on the Leaky Cauldron you will recognize many of the authors; Steve Vander Ark and I also contributed sections. Steve summarized “What we know so far” — as only he could — and I selected statements Jo has made in interviews (1997-2007) about Book 7, made my best guesses about what will be important, and then wrote some commentary that I hope will be helpful. Check it out: Book | Leaky News article

P.S. The delightful artwork is by Polly Beam


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Snape quotes page now includes Book 6
February 21, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 12:55 pm

I have been working on and off to update the page that collects quotes by and about Snape, and it is finally finished. Whew.


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New artwork and movie actor quotage
February 21, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 2:19 am

Nearly Headless Nick, copyright 2007 Makaani.

We have some new images from Makani: Slughorn, Prof. Binns, Nick, and Ginny. Enjoy!

I also recently added some short quotations by movie cast members about the roles they play: Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Isaacs, and Emma Watson.

P.S. Makani just redesigned her personal website. Nice Job! I am really enjoying her “ProjectHBP” where she is illustrating book 6 chapter by chapter.


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Lexicon redesign coming!
February 19, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 1:14 pm

We have been hinting on and off of projects we are working on behind the scenes here at the Lexicon, and we’re ready to tell you of the smaller project: the redesign of the look and organization of the Lexicon!

It is a difficult task that has fostered a lively debate amongst the staff: how do you preserve the friendly funkiness of the Lexicon while improving findability and providing a more consistent look. We’d like to know what you think! Apologies in advance to our vision impaired readers. We’re sorry, but at this stage we’re just publishing JPGs of the redesign. We promise that the new pages will function much better for folks who visit the Lexicon via screen readers and browsers like JAWS.

The first image is what the encyclopedia pages will probably look like:

First of all, note the lovely new banner! The artist is Camilla Engelby. Camilla, your design was just the “kiss” the new look needed!

Second of all, notice the new navigation on the left. In the redesign we are doing away with the main division of Muggle World /Wizarding World and organizing instead by the type of resource and how close it is to canon. Are the category names clear? Think of parts of the Lex you visit often — can you figure out quickly how to get there? Let us know.

The third thing to notice on this image is the content on main part of the page. This is a proposal for a type of page (a “gateway” or “jumping off” place) you would get when you click on the left on “Magic” in the “Encyclopedias” section, listing all the encyclopedias and related pages. Are the explanations for the sections clear or too short?

The fourth change is in the “global navigation” just under the banner. Some of the links — like “Essays” — have been moved to the left hand navigation so the list at the top is now completely of pages that explain the Lexicon (such as a key to our abbreviations).

Here is what an Encyclopedia page will look like:

We hope this is easier to read. There are fewer font sizes and colors on the page.

And here is what a “destination” page would look like:

Again, we hope the page’s structure and navigation are clearer and the text easier to read.

For the geeks in the room, we’ll be using table-free HTML combined with CSS and server-side includes for better site management. At 1,000 pages and counting, the biggest advantage to this new design will be the flexibility we will gain when we can update headers and navigation site-wide in an instant. With the current structure, every time a link on the banner changes (like when the QQQ/Scoop’s was renamed Accio Quote) every single page had to be modified and re-uploaded (yikes!).

We’d especially like to hear from our readers from non-English speaking countries. Are the categories understandable? Are there Americanisms we didn’t notice? We fully appreciate that we have an international readership.

Timetable: we hope to have most of the site changed over before Book 7. We are still working on creating the “gateway pages” and new artwork; once those are finished we will start converting the Lexicon section by section.

CSS and navigation by Lisa Bunker, Clint Hagen and John Kearns
Banner by Camilla Engelby
Navigation images and icons by Lisa Bunker
As for the other project we’re working on? OMG just you wait.


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Harry Potter and Me video now online
February 16, 2007

Posted by Lisa at 12:13 am

One of the Lexicon’s most often-cited Rowling interviews is the 2001 BBC Christmas Special “Harry Potter and Me.” Not only was it beautifully produced, it remains to this day an important source of Potter canon — especially the scene in Jo’s office where she shows her class lists of Harry’s year and flashes the envelope containing the last chapter. While the transcripts have been available for years over on our sister site Accio Quote, the video has been elusive. No more! You can now see it over at YouTube, and Mel promises that it will be added to the Leaky Video Gallery sometime soon.

Video: Part1 | Part2 | Part3 | Part4 | Part5

Accio Quote!: List of all known Rowling interviews on the web

Happy Birthday, Bel~ :(


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Book updates on Jo’s Official site
February 6, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 9:24 am

Jo has updated her website this morning, with a new Diary entry, a Rumour and two entries in FAQ About the Books.
I’ll update the Guide to Jo’s site as the day goes on.


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Happy Birthday Arthur Weasley!
February 5, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 6:54 pm

The WotM calendar on Jo’s site is showing birthday wishes for Arthur Weasley on February 6th, again this year. :)

I have updated the Guide to JKR.com.


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‘Nother New Essay, In Search of . . . The Burrow
February 4, 2007

Posted by Paula at 9:08 pm

Here’s a new essay speculating on the whereabouts of yet another iconic Harry Potter location from the prolific and entertaining Ravenclaw Rambler: In Search of . . . The Burrow.


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New essay! Wizard Money
February 4, 2007

Posted by Paula at 7:05 pm

Greetings on T-167 days and counting until Book 7 publication! I have an essay for any math wonks out there (that’s “maths” to Jo and others in the U.K.): check out our new essay on Wizard Money from a fan in Russia, Anton Generalov aka “XAHrOBEPâ€� (pronounced “Hangoverâ€�).


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Happy Birthday John!
February 4, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 12:01 am

One of our Lexicon team is celebrating his birthday. Please join us in wishing John Kearns a magical day!
John is responsible for the Gazetteer and Bestiary sections, and many other pages around the Lexicon. He has also dedicated an incredible amount of time and effort to behind the scenes work and his talents are a valuable asset to our site and the HP fandom.
Have a Happy Birthday John! :)


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February WotM & Publication date
January 31, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:01 pm

The new Wizard of the Month for February 2007 has shown up on Jo’s official site.
Mnemone Radford
1562 - 1649
Developed Memory Modifying Charms.
First Ministry of Magic Obliviator.

News headline: Publication Date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
21st July, 2007


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More backwards words from JKR.com
January 27, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 4:43 pm

Recently we shared the work of Secca from Potterskeys.com who transcribed the words showing from the reverse side of a Scrapbook page on Jo’s site. (These pages are extra content hidden around the site, and are only available once you’ve worked out the puzzle to find them. See the Tips and Tricks page in the Lexicon’s Guide to JKR.com for all the details.)

Secca has transcribed the reverse writing from another: Page of doodlings (Page 2). This time it is an early edit from the stories, and gives us a glimpse at one of her ideas for introducing Harry to Nearly Headless Nick and his first encounter with a ghost.
Read a copy of this transcription here: Page of doodlings (Page 2)!


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Remembrall Search Engine Plug-in for Firefox
January 16, 2007

Posted by Clint at 3:10 pm

If you’re a Mozilla Firefox user (like me), you know how convenient it is to be able to search from the toolbar and select the site you’d like to search with a simple drop-down. Now, you can search the Lexicon the same way!

Our friend Kai has written a Remembrall plug-in for Firefox. Just click here and follow the prompts on the screen. Firefox may prompt you (just below the tool bar) to allow downloads from the site before it allows you to install the toolbar.

Thanks, Kai!

And if you’re an Internet Explorer 7 user (like Bel~) you can add the Remembrall to your search toolbar by choosing “Find More Providers…” from the drop down menu and following the simple instructions.

Edit: Accio Quote! has one now too!
Firefox: Go to Accio Quote! and the icon will appear in your drop down menu. You can move it up in the list by clicking on “Manage Search Engines.”
Internet Explorer: Go to Accio Quote! and choose “Add Search Providers…” from the drop down menu then select Accio Quote.


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Happy Birthday Severus Snape
January 8, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 7:08 pm

birthday cake
As expected, the WotM calendar on Jo’s site is displaying happy birthday wishes for January 9th to Severus Snape.

Since birthdays began showing up on the site, with Neville Longbottom being the first on July 30, 2004, and over the course of the next year, much speculation has gone into the significance of which characters are mentioned. Are they all on the “good” side? Will they all survive? are they Jo’s favorites?
And what about the characters that have not been wished a happy birthday? Albus Dumbledore, Tonks, Mad-eye, Luna? Well, we now know that Dumbledore was probably no longer alive in Jo’s mind that first year. Some of the others I mentioned were introduced in OP which Jo was hiding behind the Spoiler Dark Mark on her site at the time. So can we take this to mean Snape survives? Is he “good”?
The significance of his inclusion on the calendar could simply be because he was Head of Slytherin House, and each of the four Heads of Houses were included, Flitwick, Sprout, and McGonagall.
Still it is hard to know, and it’s another one of the mysteries Jo continues to weave for us.


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Decorations put away on JKR.com
January 4, 2007

Posted by Belinda at 1:29 pm

The Christmas decorations have all been put away on Jo’s official site.
Also, the glitch with the date on the Biography journal (that we noticed earlier) has been fixed.


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And another essay . . . the physics of magic
January 1, 2007

Posted by Paula at 6:52 pm

I’m just trying to make up for lost time over my busy holiday season! Here’s another great essay, this one by Dr. Immo Garrn, adapted from a presentation he made at the offsitePatronus conference in Copenhagen during the Summer of 2006 about the physics of magic.


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Happy New Year! essay: In Search of . . . the Hut-on-The-Rock
January 1, 2007

Posted by Paula at 5:41 pm

. . . and here’s another essay by Ravenclaw Rambler, this one going In Search of . . . the Hut-on-The-Rock. Enjoy! 


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