Harry Potter Lexicon Essays About Education

The Yule Ball 1994

All the students, including the visiting contingents from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, attend the Yule Ball as part of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament celebrations. Harry and Ron don’t have much fun – Harry spends the night jealous of Cedric, who brought Cho Chang, and Ron spends it jealous of Viktor Krum, who asked Hermione. Meanwhile, Neville attends with Ginny. Read More

In memoriam: The passing of a member of the Lexicon team

I need to take a minute to acknowledge the passing of a much loved and respected member of the Harry Potter Lexicon team and a good friend.   Howard C. “Kip” Carter died in his sleep Tuesday, Jan. 2. For those people who made the Lexicon forum home a decade ago, Kip was the voice of calm,… Read More

An invitation arrives for Harry to go to the Quidditch World Cup final

The letter from the Weasleys is in an envelope literally covered with stamps, which annoys Uncle Vernon. Harry asks if he can go and Uncle Vernon is torn between not wanting to let Harry have something good and wanting to have Harry leave his house. After much hand-wringing and threatening, Uncle Vernon gives Harry his permission. Read More

Five errors in the original text of book one and how they were fixed

In the summer of 2004, Bloomsbury released new editions of the Harry Potter books. These new editions featured a slew of changes to the original text. Some of the changes were simple fixes for typos. For example, on the third line of page 15 of Philosopher’s Stone, the word Potter’s was changed to Potters’. For fans, however, the far… Read More

Antechamber of the Great Hall

The antechamber is a small room connected to the Great Hall, door behind the teachers’ table, with a fireplace and many portraits, including that of the Fat Lady‘s friend Violet (GF17). Read More

The Fat Lady

The Fat Lady is a painting of a large woman in a pink silk dress which hangs over the round doorway into the Gryffindor Common Room. To gain admittance to through the portrait hole, a person must give the correct password to the Fat Lady, in which case she swings her frame out from the wall. She has been known… Read More


Shortly after the Lexicon was created in 2000, the first essay appeared: The Limits of Magic by Caius Marcius. From that point on, the Lexicon’s collection of canon-based essays grew and grew. As the book series progressed, many of those essays became outdated or were proven wrong. However, they are all included in our collection as an archive of fan thinking and speculation during those exciting years. You can find all those essays, plus new ones as they get published, listed here. The following listing of essays is in reverse chronological order — the more recent essays are listed first.

The Death Eaters: A Guide To Who Was Where• Essay

Posted by Liam in Canon discussion / Essays

Here’s the thing when it comes to the Dark Lord’s followers: There aren’t that many of them. When I was watching Deathly Hallows Part Two during its midnight premiere, my groan was probably heard by everyone in the theater when, behind Voldemort, appeared (what seemed to be) a… Read MoreFamous Wizard Cards: Analysis and Discussion• Essay

Posted by ibid in Canon discussion / Essays / Pottermore

Introduction In the book, these cards are collected and traded by students and referred to as Chocolate Frog Cards. However, “real” versions of these cards exist, created by Rowling herself, providing a fascinating look into the vast scope of Wizarding history. After the release of the fourth book, the world… Read MoreAlbus Potter and the lesson in Quantum Mechanics• Essay

Posted by Nick Moline in Canon discussion / Essays / Theories

The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has brought the conversation about quantum mechanics in the Wizarding World back into the limelight.  In this essay, I will attempt to make sense of the way Time Travel in Harry’s world actually works, and give a bit of explanation to the… Read MoreOnly Black in name: Andromeda Black Tonks• Essay

Posted by Cathy McCabe in Essays

It could be argued that Andromeda Tonks is only a tertiary character in the Harry Potter novels; she only appears in one scene in the final book. Still, I have always found Andromeda Tonks to be an amazingly interesting character. Perhaps, it is this lack of information that causes me… Read MoreHow many Quidditch World Cups have there been anyway?• Essay

Posted by Nick Moline in Essays / Pottermore / Theories

For the past couple of months (according to The Daily Prophet in Pottermore) the 427th Quidditch World Cup took place in the Patagonia Desert in Argentina.  Since April 12, 2014, J.K. Rowling has been progressively giving us the story of the… Read MoreHow do we know the layout of the Burrow?• Essay

Posted by John Kearns in Essays

The outside and ground floor of the Burrow are straightforward, but once we start up the rickety stairs, things become a little more tricky to figure out. The first question is, how many bedrooms are there? And then, how do we know where each one is located? How many bedrooms… Read MoreHouse-Elves in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows• Essay

Posted by Leanne Bruno in Canon discussion / Essays

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a fantastic, satisfying ending to the book series we all know and love. There are so many elements to explore and examine in this work, and here I turn my attention to the house-elves. We were introduced to the creatures in the second book of… Read MoreNagini as Horcrux• Essay

Posted by Felicity in Canon discussion / Essays

[*]In an interview with The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet in July 2005, Rowling said, “Dumbledore’s guesses are never very far wide of the mark. I don’t want to give too much away here, but Dumbledore says, ‘There are four out there, you’ve got to get rid of four, and… Read MoreThe Hufflepuff Cup is in the Hogwarts Trophy Room Transfigured into the Medal for Magical Merit• Essay

Posted by Felicity in Canon discussion / Essays

I’ve been looking at a pattern of clues in the six Harry Potter books, namely a series of interweaving and overlapping references to Transfiguration magic, secret passages/the Marauder’s Map, and trophies. Putting them all together, I believe they may be clues that the Helga Hufflepuff’s golden cup is in the… Read More“Something of Ravenclaw’s or Gryffindor’s”• Essay

Posted by Felicity in Canon discussion / Essays

We saw in Half-Blood Prince that Hepzibah Smith was distantly related to Helga Hufflepuff and that Hufflepuff’s gold cup was in her possession. We also saw that Salazar Slytherin’s line ends with T.M. Riddle/Lord Voldemort through the Gaunt family, which was in possession of Slytherin’s gold locket and a Slytherin family heirloom, the Peverell ring. But we haven’t been given direct information identifying the family… Read MoreQuidditch Through the (Weasleys’) Ages or, The Unusual Career of Charles Weasley• Essay

Posted by Philip Legge in Canon discussion / Essays

Considerable analysis has gone into the ages of the Quidditch-playing Weasley brothers, reaching the conclusion that most of the information which J.K. Rowling gives us regarding Gryffindor’s team prior to Harry’s arrival at Hogwarts is inconsistent. However, these arguments are based on a number of assumptions which are not provable… Read MoreAn Almanac of Quidditch at Hogwarts• Essay

Posted by Philip Legge in Canon discussion / Essays

The State of Play at Hogwarts Quidditch is the principal wizard sport and the school sport of Hogwarts, so given the outstanding natural abilities of J.K. Rowling’s main protagonist, it unsurprisingly forms a major recurring element in the series, including an eventful visit to the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire. The four houses of… Read MoreThe Bendable Vow: Dumbledore’s Hand In One Last Legal Loophole• Essay

Posted by D.B. Fwoopersong in Canon discussion / Essays

Harry’s Unanswered Question “Professor, what happened to your—?” “I have no time to explain now,” said Dumbledore. “It is a thrilling tale, I wish to do it justice.” (HBP4) At least four times in Half-Blood Prince, Harry asks Dumbledore to explain what happened to his right hand. Each time, Dumbledore smiles and implies that… Read MoreMarauder Era Ships: Which Ones Sailed?• Essay

Posted by hpboy13 in Canon discussion / Essays

As the last Harry Potter book draws ever nearer, we are all scrambling to organize and finalize theories. So, anyone who’s an HP fan must have heard of several ships[*] from the Marauder’s Era. I’ll refer to them as m-ships in this essay to make life easier. These m-ships basically put together two of the… Read MoreThe Hogwarts Express, or In Search of . . . Platform Nine and Three-Quarters • Essay

Posted by Ravenclaw Rambler in Essays

A number of questions are often asked about the Hogwarts Express—how can it be hidden at King’s Cross so effectively?—why is there always just one compartment left? how can it travel around without being seen? The Hogwarts Express—Muggle features Muggles, it is suggested in OP7, developed technology because they don’t have magic, so… Read MoreMuggle Magic• Essay

Posted by Ravenclaw Rambler in Essays

The quotation above was coined by Arthur C. Clarke as his Third Law, in Report on Planet Three (1972). This essay compares the different technologies available to the magical and muggle worlds. Magical Artifacts Artifacts with magical properties are quite common in the magical world described in the books of J.K. Rowling. Some of them are similar to… Read MoreHarry Potter in London: Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, the Leaky Cauldron, etc.• Essay

Posted by Quentin Lowagie in Essays

From 4 June to 1 July 2006, I was in London, to improve and practice my English, see what’s going on elsewhere, meet new people, etc. I also took the occasion to have a look at some places related to Harry Potter, in the books as in the films. Because of my investigations, I’ve… Read MoreAstronomy in the Harry Potter Series• Essay

Posted by Mike Weinstein in Canon discussion / Essays

Within the Harry Potter stories are many scenes that can be analyzed astronomically. As both an astronomer and a teacher, these interest me, and so I will present such analysis here. My goal is not to criticize Rowling when she is inaccurate in her astronomy (or, for that matter, to praise her when she… Read MoreIn Search of . . . The Burrow• Essay

Posted by Ravenclaw Rambler in Canon discussion / Essays

Where is the Burrow—Harry’s second home (his first is Hogwarts, of course, not Privet Drive!)? Ottery St. Catchpole The books give the Burrow’s location as just outside the village of Ottery St. Catchpole, but give no direct clues as to where this is. The similarity of the name to Ottery St. Mary, in Devon has… Read MoreWizard Money• Essay

Posted by Anton Generalov aka “XAHrOBEP” (pronounced “Hangover”) in Canon discussion / Essays

Introduction This interview that took place on March 12, 2001 became the historical point from which all theories and speculations about how much money would one need to go to Gringotts and to buy a Galleon started. Most researchers worked with the first JKR statement of “About five pounds,” while not addressing the more… Read More

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