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The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  27 reviews
This unofficial guide to the popular series by novelist J.K. Rowling is a 368 page companion work perfect for the curious reader who wants to know more about these remarkable books. Extensive new commentary, which does not appear on Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon website (http: // adds to the fun of reading Vander Ark's new reference work. The author ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by RDR Books
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Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
{Note: this review may contain spoilers}

Steve Vander Ark's website, the Harry Potter Lexicon, can be an incredibly useful tool at times, though difficult to navigate. The book is much the same way. A wealth of information is contained in this book, but in most cases, unless you know specifically what you are looking for, you may never find it. For example, there is no rhyme or reason as to how spells are placed in this encyclopedia. The most sensible way would be to list the name of the spell in
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a dictionary/encyclopedia, and it works fairly well as that as long as you have an idea what you are looking for. It is alphabetical, without any other indexing. As another reviewer wrote, it would be nice to have included tables showing lists of what characters are in what houses or lists of potions outside of tracking them down alphabetically. But you can tell the author put a great deal of work into this item, and for anyone doing research or wanting that extra bit of information to u ...more
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
It's a really nice book, I found out some things about the Wizarding World that I didn't know already. There were some very minor mistakes at some points, and I didn't agree with some of the fan theories that were talked about for some things, but I will certainly consult this book (or perhaps the website, if it has more information especially now the Fantastic Beasts movies are coming) in the future!
Elena T. (Eleanor26th)
Letto in una notte. Indispensabile promemoria per veri Potterhead.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ja vlastne ani neviem načo som to čítala. Klasický lexikón, len zo sveta Harryho Pottera. Nie je to zlé, len pomerne zbytočné.
Daniel A.
On the one hand, The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials, the "hard copy", as it were, of Steve Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon online (which Vander Ark doesn't seem to have updated lately in any event), provides a good deal of valuable, if not essential, information in understanding where J.K. Rowling got her ideas for the Harry Potter series. On the other hand, however—as I said in one of my status updates on The Lexicon—I'm not entirely sure that thi ...more
Claire M.
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to get into the whys and wherefores about the lawsuit because I could see both sides to it. The Lexicon is strictly alphabetical, which assumes that you have a pretty accurate working knowledge of the HP world. A index would have been damn helpful. For example, a listing of all the spells would seem to be a no brainer, but there is no index for this book. Who's in Slytherin house? You have to flip through the entire friggin book to find out who is in Slytherin. It certainly is nice ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so The Lexicon. The book that prompted a legal battle that pretty much split the fandom. A lot of trouble to get one book published, and in my humble opinion, it was worth it all. While it has its small problems, The Lexicon is THE Harry Potter superguide we've all wanted for so many years. The fans will like it, the newer readers just getting into the series will certainly appreciate it, and any re-read will have to be accompanied by this invaluable encyclopedia. Not all of the informatio ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I "read" this book, but it's really not a book. It's more like an encyclopedia of HP terms. I skimmed this controversial book that is based on his popular website, thinking it would offer insights into the world of HP. Instead, it's intended for people who might be reading HP for the first time and needs help with the terminology and the names. However, the best part of reading HP is trying to figure out the relationships yourself.

Though, he does offer some interesting tidbits throughout the gu
Debora M | Nasreen
Libro interessantissimo e assolutamente VITALE per chi, come me, è una scrittrice di Fanfiction del Fandom di HarryPotter.
Finalmente, con Lexicon alla mano, potrò riprendere a scrivere senza dover aver sempre sotto mano almeno 20/30 link di chroome aperti!

MI sarei aspettata maggiori immagini e una catalogazione per genere (insegnanti, incantesimi, creature magiche...), magari qualcosa di cartaceo e che racchiudesse le info presenti sul sito, ma ci accontentiamo.

Sono felice, s
Daph (Loving Books)
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not read this book. There are better books of this type around.
Shelves: own-this-book, dutch
It's a incomplete encyclopedia of the Harry Potter Series. I found this book to be wrong in some things, like some of the elements of the series that are discussed in the book. I hoped it would tell me more about the background of certain characters and names, so when it didn't it was a big disappointment.

If you would like to buy a book that tells you more about the background and mythical explanations of the characters, names and so on, don't buy this book.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dalla A di A merenda con la morte alla Z di Zuccotto di zucca, in questo dizionario è racchiuso il mondo di Harry Potter. Ho passato ore e ore sul sito creato dall'autore, mi aspettavo qualcosa di più approfondito, invece tutto rimane in superficie, senza svelare troppo... Peccato, mi sarebbe piaciuto avere per ogni nome tradotto in italiano l'originale inglese. Una HP addicted come me non è soddisfatta al 100%.
Spero solo che prima o poi JK si decida a scrivere la sua enciclopedia!!!
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an avid Harry Potter fan, and Fanfiction author, I adore this book. There's really just about any fact you'd need/want to know about the Harry Potter series in this book. I still use the site more often than not, but it's great to have this book on hand when writing fanfiction. I also get a kick out of just opening the book to a random page, reading everything on it, and walking away. It's like a quick Harry Potter fix for the obsessive part of me.
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il Lexicon è un agile volume, di facile consultazione che permette a tutti i lettori appassionati della saga di Harry Potter di poter controllare, approfondire, rivivere il mondo magico creato dalla penna di JKR.
Io non ho potuto farne a meno!
Consigliato per i Potteraddicted
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really the Lexicon of Harry Potter. They have everything from main characters to some insignficant potion ingredient. Plus, they have side notes on the names, creatures and basically everything!
Giusto una chicca che non può mancare alla collezione di una Potter-maniac come sono io... ma si tratta solo di un lungo vocabolario di luoghi, personaggi, incantesimi, animali, oggetti magici, eccetera, eccetera. Noiosetto ma comunque interessante.
Francisco Garza
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es muy útil para el mundo de Harry Potter
Stacy G.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It is the go-to book for everything Harry Potter. I loved it. I reccommend it for all harry potter fans.
It was amazing. I highly reccommend it to everyone.
Jan 19, 2010 marked it as reference
I very much appreciate the author's notes, where he goes into the etymological and mythological roots of the various proper nouns JK Rowling put in the books. Quite interesting.
Savannah Morrow
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's really well organized and up-to-date.
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love this ! i bought a copy because it contains so much information a lot of which i learned in this book it's a lot of fun info for harry fans great reference book
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
An indispensable book for any true hardcore HP fan!
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I read that JK Rowling was opposed to this book so I hate to read it if so, but, at the same time, it's so helpful how everything is grouped and broken down and easy to pinpoint.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steve-vander-ark
Excellent to read comments, regarding my favorite book series. A lot of the things are what I have wondered about myself. Can't wait to read the rest of the series when they come out.
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great reference tool, too bad about the courtroom drama. Can't wait for the "Scottish Book"!
This book is a must read if you love the Harry Potter series! It is full of so much interesting information.
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Steve Vander Ark was an educator and school librarian for fifteen years, teaching and reading aloud to kids from pre-school age on up. He also served as curriculum consultant and trainer in literacy and educational technology for teachers and parents. He has also been a theatre director, performer, composer, and playwright, entertaining audiences of all ages. He is the author of two books, In Sear ...more