Thank you for all the work you've put into this.
Glad you're finding it useful :)
Yes -- thanks, this is totally amazing. I've wandered here via your old list, recc'd today by a friend.
Superb list! What about character names??? I've noticed that two names get misspelled quite often McGonagall and Pomfrey/Pomphrey...Riddle's middle name gets misspelled too as Marvalo when it should be Marvolo...or do you have these listed somewhere and I just didn't see it? This list is a great resource...thanks for taking the time to compile it...it must have been a royal pain!
Thanks :) I'm not planning to add names, other than noting the two versions of Ernie and Colin's surnames. For one thing, it'd be a huge list, if I included all the peripheral characters like the people on the Chocolate Frog cards, and for another, I'm not trying to copy the Lexicon, who, I think, have a full listing.
Sorry for the late reply - I've been away for a couple of weeks and was in full paranoid spoiler-avoiding mode for a while before that.
2007-08-19 03:55 am (UTC)
I understand that you don't intend to add a list of names. But since so many fanfic authors use this resource (and why wouldn't they?) I wanted to add for their benefit that another name frequently misspelled is Finnigan. (I see Finnegan everywhere.)
Oh - and in DH, she changed veil to Veil, capping it for the first time.
Did she? Definitely sigh-worthy - I thought she'd been reasonably consistent this time. Mind, I've only read DH once and was half-asleep at the time, having spent release night in the car, surrounded by floods.
I'm hoping to re-read and update the list soon but RL's getting in the way at the moment.
Hi! Still love your list. Have two questions that have come up recently while trying to post a fic at an archive and
arguing conversing about spelling with a moderator.
1) I always went by the (self-made) rule that a spell or potion's name must only be capitalised if it really is its name and not just a general reference to it based upon what it does. Like 'the L'oreal Hair-Dye Potion TM' vs. 'a hair-dye potion'. How right am I? Does 'a Hair-Dye Potion' need to be capitalised in this case?
2) If JKR uses italics with the names of the wizarding papers and books, does everyone have to write it like that? (Personally, I don't like putting things in italics except if it has a function, like emphasising a word or thoughts or things like that, so I'd rather not.)
Sorry for the late reply - my computer died.
1) I'd be inclined to agree with you, but a quick flick through the books shows both versions (at least for love potions). I'll add this.
2) I wouldn't have said so, but I suppose it's up to individual fic archives to set their own rules about formatting.
Thank you. :)
The only thing I've found as of yet was in HBP, chapter 5:
“That’s true,” said Hermione. “I wonder what he’ll teach you, Harry?
Really advanced defensive
magic, probably… powerful countercurses… anti-jinxes…”
“… and evasive enchantments generally,” concluded Hermione.
But out of these, only "evasive enchantments" could be considered vaguely similar.
Have you, by chance, researched into any of the wizarding "curse words" to see which ones are most popular in the books? I know we don't get many until OOTP, really, but I was writing a fic and was wondering if I had any other options for cursing besides "Merlin's pants" or "Salazar's socks", etc.
I wouldn't mind going the fanon route and making a few up, but I'd love to know what's out there in the 'verse before I put my mind to the task.
Any help on this would be really appreciated. You have done a fantastic job on cataloguing Potterwords thus far. I am so impressed!
Sorry for the very slow reply - real life is ridiculously busy at the moment and I'm not my checking fandom email very often.
I haven't actually counted them, although I know that Merlin's whatever (usually beard) is pretty popular. Otherwise, they just seem to use Muggle expressions (and those unspecified ones that make Hermione go, "Ron!"). Making them up seems like a good idea.
This is the most wonderfully helpful thing ever, especially for those concerned about keeping their fics British without British Harry Potter books at hand. Thank you!
Thanks - I'm glad you're finding it useful.
This is really great, thanks for all your work compiling these. I looked around and couldn't find it, but would you happen to know if "owl" is ever used as a verb?
OMFG. And to think I was going to the trouble of compiling such a list myself. Marvelous!
This is an amazing resource. Thank you so much!
2009-07-15 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just love this resource. Thank you so very much! Favoriting immediately!
I just found this (fandom_grammar
posted an answer to a question about wizard/muggle capitalization and someone linked us here) and this is EXACTLY the resource I need. The one thing I always forget is what's capitalized and what isn't and what's the official name of things so THANK YOU for having all this.
First off: thanks for your wonderful list! My beta reader at the time recommended it for information of school books four years ago, and I need to say I’m still hooked for spell-checking the names. This is much faster than browsing through the books. As a matter of fact, I just checked the list, researching, while typing a fic.
I must say, however, that I do have one addition, concerning the events on Hogwarts. Doesn’t McGonagall say ‘the Sorting Banquet’ in Philosopher’s Stone? I’m pretty sure she does, at least in my British paper-back edition—however, it seems like I have lost it. Still, I am quite sure it’s called ‘Sorting Banquet’ there. The term’s missing in Hogwarts: Events. Just a heads-up.
Would it be possible to get a listing that's actually what it means? You have a heading labeled name and another labeled people, unfortunately, neither one has any names in either one! I actually have to look up names in the books JK Rowling wrote in order to figure out how to write Kreachure because no where on this site does it say ANY thing about character names.