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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Train in Reverse
When Harry succeeds in getting onto Platform Nine and Three-Quarters at King's Cross, the first thing he sees is a scarlet steam engine. The engine should be at the front of the train, and the entrance to the platforms at any terminus - certainly at King's Cross, magic or not - is at the back of the train (otherwise, the train has to leave through the station concourse). So the engine seems to be at the wrong end (this slip-up is repeated on the cover of the book).
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thekkers on 05-04-2000
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Comments:
acutekid writes:
The train (The Hogwarts Express) doesn't even have an entrance to leave it is just a flat wall, it could go in a loop for all JK Rowling cares the "Muggles" aren't going to see it its magic its kind of what the whole book is about. I guess your going to explain how an extra train is going to fit in a crowded train station too??? this train can go through walls and other trains too. GEE!!! Laura
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@ssKicker writes:
They have flying cars and broom-sticks. Lighten up, you guys!
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SlipUpSpecialist writes:
C'mon thekkers, if you are going to read a "fantasy book" at least have a little bit of creativity and an imagination.
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Hexadeltahedron writes:
Most Trains have engines in the front and in the back.
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SweetPea writes:
Im not sure why,but I've seen trains with engines on the front and the back of the train
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Kaosfinik writes:
Trains can reverse....
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Freezy writes:
I went to New York, and the trains there go forward and reverse, because the track they're on isn't connected one end of the track to the other like a loop. They can't get off the tracks and turn around.
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Whizy writes:
Yeah...hmmm...Harry potter IS classified as FANTASY, right?!
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heeheecunnings writes:
Also, I don't get your drift, thekkers. Explain it in everyday terms for me, please.
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Bman writes:
maybe, the train had only one compartment and an engine so it all fit on the platform. The compartment could have had the spell they used on the tents in the triwizard tournament, or the trunk in there car
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WPTrack writes:
I live in New York, and trains definitely go in reverse. It doesn't matter where the engine is!
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Cougarfang writes:
hey Mr. Music, lift the train in the middle of all those MUGGLES? you'd have to lift it further than the heads of all the wizards on the platform or risk beheading them, and perhaps the "anti-muggle" spell can't reach that far... even if it did reach far enough, it would take a tremendous amount of energy...
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bren2000 writes:
I have travelled on VIA rail so many times that it's not funny! Trains do have engines at the back and front and they can go in reverse.
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Lilly writes:
I went to Kings Cross station when I was in London, and it's true that that's how the train should go, but come on! It's a fiction fantasy book, it really doesn't matter.
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PImpernelPippin writes:
Good lord.... Didn't any of you think of the Knight Bus, where muggle things like HOUSES and MAILBOXES jump out of the way? It could be like that. Honestly, beheading the muggles.... the magic world is much more cautious than that. And did you ever stop to consider that maybe, just maybe, there is more than one version of the book, and therefore more than one version of the cover?
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Mr. Prickle (no pun intended) writes:
When they say steam engine, they mean the whole train. Think about about that childrens book, "The Little Steam Engine That Could".
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lara writes:
Actually, when JK Rowling writes "engine" it's British English for "train" it doesn't literally mean the engine of the train it means the whole thing.
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yanscott writes:
Acutekid, please note that the slipup is not about the platform wall, so your comment, while correct, does not seem that relevant. As for the rest: yes, Harry Potter IS a fantasy book. However, it is supposed to be at least semi realistic in all things not magic. For example, entering a train, which might be on a hidden platform, but is still a train.
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Juash writes:
If you have only one track, you don't lift the train up and turn it around when you go backwards. It's like a car. Do you do a U-Turn in your driveway to get out, or do you just throw it in reverse?
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TxChick04 writes:
what do you mean it's repeated on the cover? It's not on my cover (American version)
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Marian Witham writes:
Kings Cross is not in New York.
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Anyone writes:
Do you know which direction the train is going? Any part of the train where the engine is is the "front".
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Matrix3311 writes:
what's to say that the track doesn't immediately curve and then merge into itself again?
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Mr. Music writes:
In "Prisoner of Azkaban", they DID mention a spell to lift things into the air and move them... They could've just took the engine off, hovered it to the front, put it down, and did the same thing after the school year to get back. ANYONE EVER THINK OF THAT OBVIOUS SPELL!!!
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Lara writes:
Well, he could have known that the train was that kind without even looking at the name?!?! Or at some train stations they have a special train rail, where you can turn around, maybe that happened?
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