The Akashic Record: Update Log

This page will record update times and entries updated. Download files are not updated unless specifically mentioned (the process is awkward and may not be possible for me to do the same day).

Initial revision: Saturday, June 1, 2002

Monday, July 30, 2007: Oh, and add stuff to the full-spoiler area as Rowling lets further details out. For instance, she just had an online chat where she filled in more about the lives of Luna, Hermione, Ron, Harry, Ginny, and Kingsley Shacklebolt.

Sunday, July 29, 2007: 184 entries added, and I've switched the nicer-printing downloads from PostScript to HTML since it's getting harder and harder to get them converted to PostScript.

Now I just have to update the guesses page, rewrite the Slytherin essay, keep updating the language pages as the last couple books get published in other languages, make corrections when the encyclopedia comes out... oh, I'll be busy around here for a while.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007: Added one more guess to the predictions page. I'm trying as hard as I can to not forget to put in the easy stuff this time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007: Restoration and update of the predictions page. I never did update it after Half-Blood Prince came out, and at some point when I wasn't paying attention, it slipped back to a previous revision somehow. Link to the Wayback Machine included to show I'm not making this up.

Sunday, July 14, 2007: A little tidying up here and there, particularly on the links page, and Picofarad's Harry Potter special is up now.

Sunday, June 9, 2007: Yikes! Have I frittered away that much of my spare time being sick, writing a fanzine, and learning Japanese for a little upcoming commitment in Yokohama? Well, here's a a Korean page, and I have updated guesses and a bunch of backlogged corrections coming. Really!

Incidentally, if you're reading this before July 2007, that aforementioned fanzine needs submissions for a Potter-related special issue... Monday, August 1, 2005: Okay, so I remembered to upload everything yesterday except the updated updates page.

Sunday, July 31, 2005: As promised, here's the Half-Blood Prince update, encompassing 207 new or revised entries with 4146 words of added text, covering not just HBP but also fleshing out some of the magical beast entries thanks to my finally finding a decent source on British folklore. The guesses page hasn't yet had my new and revised theories added, but it has been updated with my current score. Text downloads added.

If you happen to be at Worldon on Saturday to check out the Harry Potter debate, hang around an extra hour and you can catch me making a fool of myself on the "Science Denial" panel...

Thursday, July 14, 2005: Added a few things I discovered I'd missed before when re-reading OotP. Mostly little things, the most interesting being Scrimgeour, who I think we'll see more of. Speaking of which, got the predictions page in shape for the impending release too.

Sunday, February 13, 2005: The Crouch Memorial Language Institute has added pages for Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Estonian, Icelandic, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, and Spanish. In the main record, I've added Rowling's preferred symbology to yew and holly, the latter unfortunately incorporating folk etymology, and a dictionary meaning I'd never learned for Riddle. Which should teach us both to check what we think we know more carefully.

Sunday, January 2, 2005: Just to show I've been able to do something since Worldcon other than be ill, here's the track listing for the Prisoner of Azkaban DVDs. Also updated the way-out-of-date links page. There's more coming-- yes, I have been paying attention to the information Rowling has been putting out, so you can all stop e-mailing me about Ginny's first name, okay? More to come, but probably I'll be finishing up the pronunciation guides for the next update to the language pages first.

(Some entries lost in a system update)

Saturday, April 17, 2004: The translation section is ready for prime time with 17 languages! In the process of getting the first version ready, of course, I've come up with plenty more that needs to be done to improve it, like giving the search function some understanding of grammar and sandhi, and adding new names and words from Order of the Phoenix which have surely made their way to the Web by now... Updates will be posted on this page.

Sunday, April 4, 2004: Most of my spare time since the last update has been actually spent fixing an injured computer. Now the final push on the translation section is underway. Also, I need to hunt down and harm someone at a certain computer-case manufacturer.

Sunday, March 7, 2004: Added a few tidbits from Rowling's World Book Day online chat: middle names for Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Trelawney, and Lupin, and relative ages for Bill and Charlie Weasley. The final push is underway to get the translations section open; look for it to be ready in the next couple weeks.

Saturday, November 29, 2003: No, I haven't lost interest, I've been working on a bunch of stuff that will be appearing here soon. I have your comments on the reference stored up and I will be going through and addressing them. In the meantime, the Marauder's Map now has an index page, and I've cleaned up some typos on the DVD-specific pages and quarantined the ranting on its own page. The Annex has its French page up as an example, and there are 13 more languages coming as soon as I can find or write pronunciation guides.

Sunday, August 17, 2003: New explanations for the source of Hedwig, the meanings of Mimbulus and Rabastan, and, at long last, the nature of the bicorn. Added a couple more people I missed to the Dumbledore's Army membership list.

Wednesday, July 2, 2003: An alert reader has pointed out that Anthony Goldstein is in Ravenclaw, not Hufflepuff. It's always the obvious error that sneaks through...

Sunday, June 29, 2003: Order of the Phoenix update! 359 new or completely rewritten entries, 58 updated ones, 7007 total words of new text! Look for the auxillary pages (like the guesses page) to be updated in the next week or two.

I also snuck in a few small unrelated updates: a kind soul has sent in the source for Norris, someone on the newsgroup pointed out a likely etymology for Auror, and, at the full spoiler level only, I've added an item mentioned in a recent Rowling interview. Downloads created and updated.

Sunday, April 20, 2003: The posting of a 1999 radio interview to the Usenet group gives us confirmation on the origins of Hermione and McGonagall, as well as an etymology for Hagrid; I've received a much better suggestion on the nature of Burke of Borgin and Burkes; also added a thought that's been bugging me for a while to Hornby. Downloads updated.

Monday, March 3, 2003: Now have more plausible sources for Celestina and Warbeck. Downloads updated.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003: I've been informed of probable origins for Cockroach Cluster and Silver Arrow.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003: Various additions to various entries-- Fudge, Order of Merlin, pure-blood, and Snape (all versions). Downloads updated.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002: Downloads updated.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002: Speculation that Furnunculus is actually Furunculus, and a bit more etymology for Severus. Downloads to be updated tomorrow.

Sunday, October 13, 2002: Various minor bits-- a link for more background on Gilderoy, the identity of Bandon, and Professor Sprout's first name as reported to be revealed in the CoS card game expansion.

Sunday, September 22, 2002: Bunch of stuff today. Expanded the links section and kicked it out to its own page. Added etymology to Fridwulfa and alternate etymology to Pomfrey. Added shade as a placeholder until we have the proper term for the pseudo-ghosts generated by the Priori Incantatem effect. Editorial changes to related entries. Finally, after months of angst about not being able to represent long vowels properly with HTML entities, decided to just represent them doubled. Changes to a bunch of entries from this. Downloads updated.

Sunday, July 14, 2002: Added Rowling's explanation of the etymology of Muggle to all spoiler levels; put in links to Harry Potter Lexicon articles on the major characters for level 4+.

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