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10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.
Refreshing Facts and How to Find Them
This is the book for those times when you just can't remember the differences between a "Hover Charm" and "Wingardium Leviosa," or was it "Levicorpus?" Or when you can't recall whether a detail is from one of the Harry Potter movies or from the books. Was that irritating shrunken head in the Azkaban movie based on anything in the books? Yes, believe it or not - only it was in Chamber of Secrets and it didn't speak with a Jamaican accent.
Just paging through the book is a fun walk down memory lane. I had forgotten all about the students falling ill with "Umbridge-itis," or that there was a Beauty specialist with the delightful name of "Madam Primpernelle." And take, for example, the entry about "Dragon Milk Cheese." The writers of the Lexicon take the obvious literal question of how dragons could give milk since they are clearly reptilian and not mammals, and harken back to a seventeenth century term for "strong beer usually reserved for royalty." Baby dragons must burp alot, huh? It sounds as if the cheese would be tasty.
There are hundreds of such examples of scholarship that enrich and reward the reader, such as Latinate root words provided for spells such as "Cave Inimicum" (beware of enemies) and "Protego Horribilis" (shield us from the frightful). I think children would especially find this fun and useful, since none of that is explained in the books, and most kids (or adults) don't have a Latin dictionary lying around the house.
The paperback cover is quite attractive, with medieval lettering and antique burnishing, and the abbreviations for sources are easy to understand. This is a great addition to the Harry Potter bookshelf, whether at home or in a library.
posted by Dorcas_Meadowes on January 19, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.
Nothing you didn't know.
This adds nothing to your knowledge of Harry Potter; no great insights, no info that's not in the books or organized better on the internet.
Save your money.
posted by Gavesomechances on January 19, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2009
I was initially avoiding picking up this book due to the court case the past year, but upon learning the court's verdict and that the book was redone following that court judge's rulings, I gave this book a chance, and I'm glad I did.
I never really followed the Lexicon online, but this is a nice book to have as a quick reference and something to pull out and read when you get bored.
Entries in "The Lexicon" are short and to the point, and include as few spoilers as possible. They also point to where a certain item can be found in the text and otherwise canon-material (Rowling's interviews, etc.). Like wikipedia, this book is a springboard to thinking more about the complexity of the Potter series. I especially enjoy the editor's italicized commentary after certain entries - they lead to more questions which one could see these editors tackling in an analysis book.
I will soon be reading "Harry Potter and the Order of the Court" about the court case from spring of 2008 which concerned this book, but knowing that, though unauthorized, no move has been made against the current edition, my conscience is clear in reading this and enjoying it, and it only makes me look forward to "The Scottish Book" (Rowling's forthcoming encyclopedia), which who knows when that will come out.
As a side note, the book is edited (for grammar, format, etc.) very well.
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Posted March 12, 2009
Was Hoping For More...
This book is good to have while reading the Harry Potter series. It's nice to be able to look up a name or location in The Lexicon when you're reading along and can't remember a character or place being discussed. It's a helpful resource book but I was expecting more detail from it. My hope and expectation is that J K Rowling will write an official Harry Potter Encyclopedia that includes everything Harry Potter with pictures as well!
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Posted July 9, 2009
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