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Dana Cotter, Common Sense Media
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Potter-world encyclopedia is one of the best.

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On HP-Lexicon you'll find the site's own store, Google Ads, and links to Amazon for buying Harry Potter books, but commercialism has a soft presence on this site.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is best described as a Harry Potter encyclopedia and online forum. While advertising is far from the focus, Google ads appear on the main page, some "Lexicon" related retail is available (t-shirts, bags, mugs, etc.), and links to Amazon for J.K. Rowling's books are placed throughout the site. There are three levels of access to this site (guest, read-only, participant) and the discussions are definitely monitored by staff as well as self-regulated by contributors.

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Adult Written byproud-ravenclaw October 22, 2009

Awesome for Potter fans

Any Harry Potter fan will benefit and love this website.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

very informative

its a very informative site. it teaches you all about the semantics in harry potter. I just dont like the web master of the site.

What's it about?

WWW.HP-LEXICON.ORG is a Web site created and managed by school librarian and Harry Potter reference guru Steve Vander Ark. Here, fans can find A-Z indexes for spells and potions, maps of various environments, descriptions of wizarding and muggle families, details of the Hogwarts houses, and so much more. The site is mainly about the books, not the movies. Its main objective is to be the best and most complete reference guide to the Harry Potter world. But if camaraderie is what kids are looking for, there's the www.hp-lexicon.org forum, where Harry Potter-related discussion threads take place. There is also a collection of essays contributed by fans.

Is it any good?

Unless information overload is a deterrent, HP-LEXICON is a "prefectly" (Potter pun intended here) good website for kids to find all they could ever want to know about the world of Harry Potter. Google ads are on the main page, there are several links to Amazon for purchase of Harry Potter books and there is a store where kids can buy HP-Lexicon garb. However, commercialism has a soft presence on this site; the focus is on the facts and lots of them!

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  • Families can talk about what they're looking up about the Potter world. Does it help them understand some of the themes in the books? Would you create such a site for other book series you read, and if so, which ones?

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