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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Aging Quickly.
On page 174 in the American version it says that Cedric Diggory is a 5th year, but near the beginning of the fourth HP book he is a 7th year. Maybe he used Aging Potion?
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Albuquerque7007 writes:
Yeah, but in the 4th book, he might be in his 6th year, but he's 17. He could have had his birthday early. Dumbledore says that people who are 17 can enter the Triwizard Tournament remember? And he also says "it is highly unlikely that students below 6th and 7th year will be able to cope with them," (referring to the tasks). See? People in 6th year could be 17 too. I hope this makes sense. And I also hope that it doesn't actually say that he's in 7th year, b/c that would mean that everything that I wrote has totally gone to waste. Oh well.
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Mindy Doll writes:
THIS IS NOT A SLIPUP! I just reread the forth book, and nowhere does it say he's in 7th year.
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Kate Potter writes:
I think we should all just give J.K. and her books a break. The writing occupation is a very stressful job! It's just a common old typo that any internationally famous author could make! So let's just leave it at that.
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myself writes:
Diggory could be a sixth year and he probably was because Fred and George are sixth years and, after Dumbledore explains the tournament to the Hogwarts students, George says, "They can't do that! We're seventeen in April, why can't we have a shot?" And to anyone doubting they are in the sixth year, page fifty five in American hard back says that Fred and George didn't get as many OWL's as Mrs. Weasley would have liked, and (I forget what page) Professor McGonagall tells the Gryffindors that their OWLs are drawing closer and Dean Thomas yells out that they don't take OWLs till fifth year, which means Fred and George must be in the sixth year.
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ChaserChick writes:
It says that Cedric is in his fifth year in PoA. Which would make him in his sixth year during GoF. And it's totally plausible that he could be 17 that year. Isn't this also the same for Angelina Johnson, the Gyffindor chaser who put her name in the goblet?
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Lpeachgirl writes:
It never says that he is in his seventh year. It just says that he is "around 17." He could still be not quite 17 and in his 6th year.Make sure you have the facts straight before you go trying to correct things.
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Morgan writes:
It does say he's a 5th year, but on page 71 of the 4th book it says that he's around 17. Don't students spend 7 years at Hogwarts? If they all started when they were 11, then 17-11 is 6, so doesnt he have 1 year left? Or 0, since he dies?
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Epesi Cheetah writes:
Even if he used Aging Potion, they probably wouldn't let him skip years. ;) But anyway, I don't remember seeing anything like that...I'd have to check again...
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korax1214 writes:
This supposed "slipup" is probably based on a common misconception regarding the Harry Potter universe; the age criterion for starting at Hogwarts is *not* (as many people assume) that one is 11 years old in the year one starts, but that one is 11 *on September 1 of that year* -- hence although for most students, being 17 for most (if not all) of the term means being in seventh year, those whose birthdays fall in the range September 2 to December 31 inclusive are 17 in their *sixth* year (except at the very start of term, of course). Hence Dumbledore saying "sixth or seventh years" instead of just "seventh years"; if Cedric is a fifth-year in the previous book, and thus a sixth-year in this one, then his birthday (which IIRC we're never told) obviously falls in the range September 2 to October 30 (the day before Hallowe'en) inclusive, making him 17 on the Hallowe'en of his sixth year. Hence, this is not a slipup (not even a typo). (Hermione's birthday is September 12, making her 12 years old for most of the first book.)
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Hermione Granger writes:
If Flint (alias LINT) can be held back, Diggory can be promoted.
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12345 writes:
Wouldn't him being head boy make him a student in 7th year?
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Lord Voldemort writes:
You don't grow a beard for just taking the potion, you grow a beard when you try to cross Dumbledore's age line by using it.
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Beka writes:
Moonstar-Oliver Wood was the one who had been in the 7th year remember? That was why he was so big on winning the Quidich cup in Prisinor of Askaban-it was his last chance.
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Slytheringal writes:
You don't grow a beard from taking the Ageing Potion! If you read 'Goblet' carefully it clearly says that Fred, George, and Lee Jordan take the potion, but Fred and George only grow beards after they step over the Age Line Dumbledore placed around the Goblet of Fire to make sure no one under 17 enters the tournament.
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Lucas writes:
I'm sorry, I have the Dutch version, can someone -mail me to tell me who Cedric is? Just describe what he does please. Thanks in advance.
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dobby writes:
Maniakk08, in answer to your question, Quidditch was called off Harrys 4th year because of the triwizard tournament, so the need to find a new keeper wasnt nessasary untill the following year.
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kel writes:
J.K. said in an interview that the Slytherin Quidditch captain was held back a year. Couldn't it then be possible for Cedric to skip a year?
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maniakk08 writes:
Hey Beka, here's another slipup... if in PrisAsk Wood is in 7th year... why are they looking for a new keeper in OrdPhoen?
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heeheecunnings writes:
Can you say "typo"?
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Jewel86 writes:
If he had used an Ageing Potion he would've grown a beard, then you would know he wasn't of age.
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Drizzt Do'urden writes:
Could you please give Rowling a break? I am currently writing a book for the diablo series and I make mistakes all the time. GET OVER IT!!!!
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kari writes:
About what moonstar wrote, Oliver Wood was a 7th year on Harry's team in his 3rd year. You might have been thinking of him.
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Pammi writes:
Sweetie, that's not a typo. It probably is a slip-up. In case you weren't aware, a typo is when you accidentally hit the wrong key while typing. Now, to type whole words (especially words as different as "fifth" and "sixth") accidentally & call it a typo is a little bit different. Just thought I'd clear that up for you.
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moonstar writes:
I seem to remember that they were at the World Cup then right? Well, maybe JK Rowling was just saying something like "They saw Cedric Diggory, who had been a 7th year last year." I could be wrong.
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