What?!?! Ms. Rowling made mistakes (as in plural) in the Harry Potter series?!?! Tut tut. Shame on you.
I'm just kidding. I'm actually kind of glad that she made a few mistakes (yes a few--most of them plot mistakes) in her books, because it shows us that everyone's human, even if they are probably a billionaire and have been on the New York Times Best Sellers list too many times to count on both hands (and feet)! It's good for other writers to see this, too, because it shows us that no matter how many times we edit and look over our books (and no matter how many times our editors do this), we will always miss that one little detail (or maybe even a few), but it'll be okay because everyone will love it anyway.
So without further ado, I give you, "Mistakes I've Found in Harry Potter!"
1. Two Freds or a Mistake?
If you were wondering, it's a mistake. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, page 35:
"Blimey, I'm tired," yawned Fred, setting down his fork and knife at last. "I think I'll go to bed and--"
"You will not," snapped Mrs. Weasley. "It's your own fault you've been up all night. You're going to de-gnome the garden for me; they're getting completely out of hand again--"
"And you two," she said, glaring at Ron and Fred. "You can go up to bed, dear," she added to Harry. "You didn't ask them to fly that wretched car--"
Did you catch the mistake? No?
If Fred was the one who said, "Blimey, I'm tired," Mrs. Weasley should have glared at Ron and George. She said, "And you two," as in, "You two will also help Fred." But Fred can't help himself. George can, though.
It might be a little mistake, but it just proves how many times I've read this book.
2. Double the Daily Prophet.
This one is a slightly bigger mistake. Did anyone else catch it?
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione tells Harry in a letter on page 11 that she took out a Daily Prophet subscription:
I bought your present by owl-order; there was an advertisement in the Daily Prophet (I've been getting it delivered; it's so good to keep up with what's going on in the wizarding world).
Then in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, page 540 Hermione says:
"I've taken out a subscription to the Daily Prophet. I'm getting sick of finding everything out from the Slytherins."
But didn't she already have a subscription to it?
3. Did Harry Inflate Both Aunts?
On the last page in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there is a preview for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The first sentence says:
Harry Potter has to sneak back to his third year at Hogwarts after accidentally inflating his horrible Aunt Petunia.
It should say Aunt Marge, who Harry actually did inflate.
4. Missing End Quotes.
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, page 186, Lupin says:
"They planted the Whomping Willow the same year that I arrived here at Hogwarts. People used to play a game, trying to get near enough to touch the trunk. In the end, a boy called Davey Gudgeon nearly lost an eye, and we were forbidden to go near it. No broomstick would have a chance.
But then it launches right into the next paragraph:
"Did you hear about the dementors too?" said Harry with difficulty.
At first it appears as if Lupin is not done talking, seeing as there were no end quotes.
Did anyone catch these mistakes? Have you found any mistakes other than these four? Leave a comment! :D
Monday, April 29, 2013
Mistakes I've Found In Harry Potter
I am a 17-year-old homeschooler, author, daydreamer, voracious reader, introvert, feminist, klutz, fangirl, and overuser of tape. I love the impossible (which might explain my obsessions with fantasy novels and Harry Potter) but I dip into the real world . . . occasionally. I tend to get overly emotional over my OTPs and eat sushi or listen to Taylor Swift to soothe the pain. If all else fails, reruns of “Doctor Who” or “Supernatural” is sure to help. I’m a big fan of mismatched socks, Cheez-Its, and bittersweet endings. I believe anything Rainbow Rowell, Felicia Day, or Lin-Manuel Miranda touches turns to gold. If you want to win the way to my heart, help me adopt a baby elephant. Or a llama. Or both. I write to survive and will often yell at my characters if they aren’t behaving, which is always. It doesn’t usually help. I am a contributor to the "Fauxpocalypse" anthology. You can follow me on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist.