Harry Potter Lexicon Podcast
About This Show
“And unless Harry’s ears were deceiving him, the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was …”— Chamber of Secrets, chapter 3What it’s all about …
I’ve had some amazing adventures in over a decade as a Harry Potter fan — reading and researching the books, visiting the sets of the film, enjoying Wizard Rock concerts, speaking at conventions, traveling throughout Britain discovering Harry Potter’s world, and writing two books. One of the best parts has been sharing my love for Potter with fans in my presentations in libraries, conventions, and bookstores. I’ve often been asked for those presentations to be recorded and available somewhere like YouTube. Those requests are the impetus behind this podcast project.
The HP Lexicon podcast will give me a chance to talk about things that I discuss in my presentations. I’ll talk about canon sources (those wonderful Daily Prophet newsletters, for example), about the way the books work together to tell one glorious tale, and about my experiences wandering through Britain in search of Harry Potter’s magical world. I’ll talk about the books mostly, although I am a huge fan of the films and I won’t be able to keep myself from chatting about them as well.
This page will be the home base for show notes, comments, and links. Each new episode will be available here as soon as I get it ready to post. You can use the contact links on this page to make comments on the show, ask questions, or make suggestions.
I hope you all enjoy the podcast and find it interesting and engaging.
Steve Vander Ark
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Most Recent Episode
Episode 31: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer
The last week or two has just been chock full of new stuff for members of the fandom. We have a new audiobook version of Quidditch through the Ages which also has a dramatization of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup which is particularly entertaining. We have a new gameplay trailer for Hogwarts Mystery, a new logo for the Wizarding World as a whole. Everything came to a head though when the first trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” dropped, giving us plenty of tidbits to pour over, which we did in this episode.
We first talked about all the other new things, one at a time, and then we dug into the trailer and discussed it in length. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, we recommend you watch the trailer before you listen to this podcast, as we’d hate to spoil something before you have a chance to see it.
The longest bit of discussion about the trailer has to do with this image from the trailer:
At first glance the image doesn’t make any sense, but as you start reading it carefully you can tell it is what appears to be a Lestrange Family Tree.
Shout outs to both the Super Carlin Brothers and the Harry Potter Wiki who digested this family tree before we had a chance to do it. The Wiki, in particular, does a great job of picking apart every name and the connections between them, be sure to check it out.
The big connection is that this family tree indicates that Credence is actually Leta Lestrange’s half-brother Corvus Lestrange V. Naturally this mind-blowing reveal gave us plenty to talk about and our other topic of conversation we had on the docket we’ll have to save for a future episode.
There’s plenty more to talk about and figure out, for example, what the heck is that moose thing? Also, stop obsessing about apparating onto the non-existent bridge! The bridge does not exist in the books anyway, so apparating onto it doesn’t mean anything, and even if it did, they apparate to a point on the bridge far away from the castle, that could very well be where the boundary on that side of the grounds is.
We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.
For our things that caught our eye lately, Steve was excited about yet another new
Episodes of This Show
Jul 13, 2017