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J.K.Rowling - Official Site

Page editor: Belinda Hobbs

JK Rowling Official Site - screenshot of desktop as it first appeared

JK Rowling surprised fans everywhere on May 15, 2004, by opening a new website. Previously the site had consisted simply of a list of publishers for the Harry Potter books. The new site featured never-before-revealed information, incredible graphics, delightful Flash animations, and a lot of little tricks and surprises. Not surprisingly, the site was filled with the kind of tongue-in-cheek humor and sense of fun which mark everything Rowling creates.

Because the text on her site is written entirely by Rowling, the site is considered to be canon. She did not create the artwork, however, so things like the pictures of the Wizards of the Month aren't canon. The textual information is included in the Lexicon and indicated as being from Jo's site with the abbreviation (JKR).

Our Floo Network partner site,WEB LINKAccio Quote! has a collection ofWEB LINKQuotes from Jo's Website.

When Steve started these pages they were intended to serve only as a basic guide to Jo's website. It has since grown to become a comprehensive resource that we hope you find informative and useful.
We'd like to acknowledge an excellent resource calledWEB, a web site completely devoted to explaining, exploring, and discussing They have an extensive archive of detailed images and a public forum.

Here's what the Lexicon's Guide offers:

Site Map of

new Timeline of JKR's website

Tips and tricks for collecting the extras

Special analysis of several of the more interesting aspects of the site-

Archive of images- List of web resources

Site Map:WEB

Splash Screen
Provides choice of language and also the option of viewing the site as text only or the Main site with Accessibility tools enabled.

The Desktop
The main menu for the site. There are links to the following, which appear on top of the desktop:

  • News - a section where JKR publishes important news announcements
  • Rumors - a section where JKR addresses recent rumours
  • Scrapbook - contains the extra "Potterania" content as you collect them from around the site
  • Wizard of the Month - displays a different witch or wizard each month, also displays birthdays of characters
  • Biography - an autobiography of author JK Rowling
  • FAQ - JKR answers many Frequently Asked Questions she receives and offers a poll contest where fans can vote for one of three question options she may answer
  • Diary - (replaces original Welcome message notepad) a section where JKR can share "everyday updates that don't qualify as real 'news'."
This desktop menu page provides Portkey links to the following separate pages, each of which has links to items which appear on top of their pages:
  • "?" (the Room of Requirement)(what's behind the Secret Door)

  • shows a locked door with a "Do not Disturb" sign; this door occasionally opens with new teaser information about the next book
  • the Rubbish Bin

  • links to various bits of false information which have been published about Rowling
  • Links (what's on the bookshelves)

  • provides links to various organizations and companies connected to Rowling
  • Fan Sites

  • awards a different fan web site every few months
  • Extra Stuff (what's on the bulletin board)

  • displays bits of additional information from Rowling's files about the books
  • W.O.M.B.A.T. card

  • allows entry of Student Identification number after taking the WOMBAT exam to retrieve score and certificate

Move your cursor around the image below and click on an item for more information.

Resources on the Web
The following sites contain a variety of information about JKR's website.


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