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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Sorting Mistake
This is a little mild, but, anyway, in the sorting hat scene, J.K. Rowling writes there's only three left, but there are four people to go.
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g.willikers writes:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone American version Paperback page 122 "And now there were only three people left to be sorted. 'Thomas, Dean,' a Black boy even taller than Ron, joined Harry at the Gryffindor table." Rowling should have switched the order of those two sentences in order for the whole instance to be logical. I think she meant that Dean Thomas had already been sorted as he ambled over to the Gryffindors and she noted the number of students left.
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HeRmIoNe GrAnGeR writes:
Oh my gosh! You're right. Here are the ones that get sorted after the book says there are three more left: Thomas, Dean Turpin, Lisa Weasley, Ron Zabini, Blaise
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Pencil Mug Beast writes:
I have the British and American versions. In the British version, there are only three people to go. But it was changed entirely for Americans as evidenced by the title changed. Dean Thomas is the one not mentioned in the British version. It also says nothing as to his race. But Dean Thomas is definitely a first year. Basically what we have here is overly politically correct publishers trying to fix a mistake, but they didn't do it properly.
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Helena writes:
I have been working on a comparison of the British and American texts. I've only got it about half done yet, but you can see the difference between the two versions of the sorting scene if you scroll down to chapter six: http://helenajole.freeservers.com/home/Harry.html
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Starkiss831 writes:
I think they meant 3 more until Ron was sorted.
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Stella writes:
I actually read one place that this mistake is ONLY in the American version, and that one of the characters (I think Dean Thomas) doesn't even APPEAR in the other editions.
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Zordy writes:
They meant that there were only 3 people left until Ron was sorted. Harry wanted him in Gryffindor, so....
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aznskaterchick writes:
It's all good in the Canadian version!
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the voice of pain writes:
Even if Dean Thomas is not mentioned in the British version, at the sorting ceremony, that does not mean he never got sorted. He still had to be sorted even if his name was not called in the text.
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