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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - What Owl?
Look at the blurb at The back of the book.
it says harry potter is rescued by an owl!
in reality he is really rescued by hagrid!
someone was stupid!
THE ONLY POSSIBLE MEANING OF THIS WOULD BE THAT HAGRID IS AN ILLEGAL AMNIGUS (CAN'T SPELL IT WELL)!
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Stephen on 03-07-2001
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bananna writes:
does it refer to when harry was rescued from the Dursleys? by the letter from Hogwarts? brought by an owl?
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hinkypunk writes:
I think we all just need to agree to disagree on this one. My copy says, "Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man." This is the UK hardback copy. It seems to be the similar arguement with all of the Harry Potter slip-ups, that they are present in some of the versions, but not in others. The American version differs from the UK version, and the hardback copy differs from the paperback!!
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Sharindria writes:
I don't know about anyone else, but my version says, "But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger..." Now, since his letter arrived by regular mail (which I think they do for the muggle first year families so they don't get freaked out) I think that's the real mistake. It doesn't say anything about being rescued or saved.
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*starfish* writes:
The letters were sent by an owl to the Dursleys which led to Harry being rescued.
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Geo123 writes:
The letters all came via Owl messenger. Do you think the post office would shove them down their chimney? This is how they send their mail. Also, there's no postage on the letter, so... Regardless, it's the wording on the back of the book by different publishers. Not really a slip-up.
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samantha writes:
Yes, I do believe that there was a mistake in the Canadian version of the book that said he was rescued by an owl. But, about the owl sending him the first letter, it was put through the mail slot, yes. But, I think that the owl did deliver it, but the owl put it through the mail slot and the postman had nothing to do with it. The letter was just found with the other letters that the postman did deliver. It didn't have a stamp on it, therefore, the postman wouldn't have delivered it anyway. Now, as to how an owl could slip a letter though a mail slot, I do not know, but come on, this is a book witchcraft, wizardry, and such...use some imagination. I hope this helps to clear some of it up.
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WabTM writes:
On the back of my book it says - "Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man..." Nothing about an owl...
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Mindy Doll writes:
THIS IS NOT A SLIPUP!!!!!!!!!!! this is a direct quote from the back (first American paperback) Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. he's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. all Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. but all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. there he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waitng for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. the only slipups here are calling Hagrid a giant (he's only half giant) and saying the letter arrived by owl, no maybe it was delivered by a owl, if the postman came to he door for the Weasley's letter wouldn't he try to find out who sent all those letters.
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Martin the Warrior writes:
Why did the first letter arrive with the rest of the mail when it was supposed to be delivered by owl, anyway? And all the other ones, at that. An owl could have given the letter to Harry, no problem or interference, and the whole "rescuing" part would never have needed to happen in the first place!
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Whizy writes:
Rescued by an owl means that he was saved from his misery by the invitation in the letter carried by the owl. In these books, 'an owl' is like phone call, and being saved by what you learned in that phone call.
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darth writes:
FINAL WORD: Mailman cant deliver letters thru chimneys and doors. So it was an Owl. There the facts...you want to bicker, fine, but from there on in its only ego.....
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funkyfairy writes:
In my edition (British paperback, a picture of Dumbledore at the back) it says "until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man"
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MIH writes:
I don't think Joanne Rowling writes the blurb, its her publishers. Does 'Hagrid'sound similar to say, Harry's owl 'Hedwig'? mabye it is just an honest mistake that the publishers made when skim reading the book to create a blurb????
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Allison writes:
This is exactly what it says on my back cover: Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy-until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,... I have the Canadian edition.
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meffles writes:
I think that this was really just an ad--I sincerely doubt it was meant to be argued over...
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maL15 writes:
PLEASE!He is rescued by an owl!The owl that had his letter to go to Hogwarts so he could leave the Dursley's!!
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korax1214 writes:
Back-cover blurbs (at least those on UK books) are notoriously unreliable -- remember that they're not written by the books' authors, but by some sub-editor at the publishing house. The copies I once owned of Asimov's "I, Robot" and "The Rest of the Robots" had some nonsense about Asimov's so-called "spine-chilling" vision of the future -- meaning that whoever was supposed to blurb those books didn't even bother to *read* them, but merely saw the word "robot" and jumped to the conclusion that here was yet another thinly disguised rewrite of "Frankenstein".
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snoopy writes:
Not saved- rescued. He was rescued from his muggle relatives.
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bren2000 writes:
On the back of my version it does say that he was rescued by an owl and that is indeed a slip-up, BUT the author has nothing to do with what is written on the back of the book.
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Beka writes:
On my version(American paperback) it said a letter arrived by owl, and the letter was at one point sent by a owl. Also Rowling did not write the back so it would not mean Hagrid was a amnigus because right now she would be the only person to know if he was.
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HaRrYpOtTeRjUnKy writes:
This MAY be a slip up. Harry is not rescues by an owl, everyone knows that, it was Hagrid. I have the British paperback version and it says " Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by an own, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: Harry Potter is a Wizard!" Now I admit I did consider the fact that maybe they were referring to the owls that deliverd his letters, but Hagrid would have found him anyway...wouldn't he? I really don't know.
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Zev writes:
I have both an early copy of Philosopher's Stone, with the young wizard pictured on the back, which does indeed say Harry is rescued by an owl, and a more recent copy with a picture of an old Dumbledore on the back which mentions Hagrid (a beetle-eyed giant). The early edition was obviously a mistake, and was corrected in later prints.
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Lindsey writes:
When was Harry saved by an owl/Hagrid??
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schooldude56 writes:
Maybe, but then that would be a slip-up in itself. You see, the letter Harry got was given to him by Hagrid, who flew. So, Harry was not rescued or saved by *any* owl. Unless Hagrid is an unregistered Animagus...........
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Artist2000 writes:
Well I think the letters were derived by the mailman, but because they were to Harry they were thrown out. Technicly(SP?) Harry WAS resuiced(SP?) by Hagrid.
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Serina writes:
I thought Hagrid was an animagus.....
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