SOL'S GUIDE TO HARRY POTTER
Sol's guide to Harry Potter was started in the heady days when the stories of an eleven-year-old wizard were sweeping the world. An incredible amount of work went into creating this area of the site, perhaps most easily depicted by this link to King's Cross Station which in many ways is where everything really began.
Carefully-constructed over a period of several years, and with advertising excluded from its pages, Sol's guide was created to link together the extraordinary range of themes that run through the series of seven main books - the last of which, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", was published worldwide on Saturday 21st July 2007.
In order to ensure that people didn't accidentally find out elements of the story "in advance" (for any of the seven books) the web pages were subdivided into separate areas for the many individual categories [eg Diagon Alley, spells, creatures, events, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, magical books, Quidditch, wizards, characters, Ministry of Magic, Hogwarts staff, etc.], and then further divided into separate areas for each of the seven scheduled "main books" in the series, each area being colour-coded so it would be easier for visitors to identify information that related to books they had previously read.
The massive amount of set-up work to engineer the interlinking of tens of thousands of keywords (characters, magic and spells, locations, items, creatures) across all seven books was completed in early 2008. However in the light of ongoing uncertainties at that time about 'Harry Potter copyrights' (affecting all websites or site areas with Harry-Potter-related themes), the decision was eventually - and very sadly - taken, to create the Special Note of 1st July 2008, which remains on line on the site here.