Harry Potter and the names of fictitious people and places in the "Harry Potter" novels are trademarks of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. This book is not written, prepared, approved, or licensed by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Scholastic Corporation, Raincoast Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, or J.K. Rowling, nor is the author, his staff members, or the publisher in any way affiliated with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Scholastic Corporation, Raincoast Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, J.K. Rowling, or any other person or company claiming an interest in the Harry Potter works. This unofficial guide to the popular series by novelist J.K. Rowling is an ideal companion work 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 adds to the fun of reading Vander Ark's new reference work. The author has been frequently featured around the world in publications such as "The New York Times", the "London Times", "The International Herald Tribune", the "Associated Press" and "National Public Radio". Steve Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon website is visited by more than 25 million visitors annually. For years fans who have seen the author keynote major academic conferences on the Harry Potter novels, including "Sectus in London" and "Patronus in Copenhagen", have been asking him to write an original companion work on this wonderful series. This book offers fascinating analysis, new insights and a deep appreciation of Rowling's work.