April 12, 2018 - All
For my final project I data scraped the Harry Potter Wiki site. I initially intended to create a script where I scraped all the listed character’s names and birthdates on the site. Then I planned to transpose that information onto a timeline, using Knightlab’s TimelineJS program, where a person could view the characters of the Harry Potter series according to their birthdates. However, even through the poor construction of the site-some character pages are repeated twice or categorized under a general “catch-all” page that confuses the script-I found an API for all the students who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The students had individual pages that were easily scraped. Thus, I took that API link and-with the help of the professor-scraped the Hogwarts student pages to find each individual’s name and birthdate. I first scraped the names of each character. Then I extracted the “abstract” (where the birthdate information resided) from pages. From the abstract I created a regular expression to pull out the date information. To insure that my requested information was compatible with my chosen timeline software, I added the model to my script that Kinightlab recommends for functionality.