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 29: “…and it was all just cabbage”
In this episode recorded on December 19th, Steve, Nick, and Barbara all record from the same room, which happens to be a hotel room in Anaheim Hills, CA as we were on a Disney filled vacation involving Disneyland and touring the Walt Disney Studios.
What’s new in the Lexicon
Not much, we talked about mystery pages on the old lexicon that have shown up in analytics.
Harry Potter News
There’s now an official Harry Potter RPG coming. We talk about how exciting this is and what we are hoping for out of the game. Steve and Barbara talk about Stardew Valley, a game that it is mentioned this game is based on. We also talk a little bit about Portkey Games, the new Warner Brothers Interactive and Pottermore for wizarding world games.
We also talk a bit about the latest updates (as of then) from the production of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and how much we are looking forward to it. We talk about the difference between
Why Voldemort Killed his parents in 1942, not 1943
Our first of two main topics this episode is a discussion about the phrase “In his sixteenth year.” Every so often we get feedback stating that we are wrong to put the murder of Tom Riddle’s parents in 1942 instead of 1943 as other sites on the internet are known to do.
Steve explains why the murders have to take place in 1942 because “In his sixteenth year” means “his sixteenth year of life” as opposed to “when he was sixteen.” We also discuss a bit about the different levels of canon and how to make decisions on things such as what position James played on the Quidditch team.
Is Gamp’s Law a Legal or a Scientific Law?
Our next topic of conversation is about Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration. The three of us had long run under the assumption that Gamp’s Law is the magic equivalent of a Scientific law, such as the laws of thermodynamics, or the law of gravity. That is to say that it is an explanation of how magic works and why. A recent essay that Steve had read, however, assumed that Gamp’s Law was actually a written legal law to prevent misuse of magic.
After our discussion, we are still pre
Episodes of This Show
Jul 13, 2017
Mar 20, 2017
Feb 12, 2017