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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Confused Chronology?
Not quite halfway through the final chapter "Dobby's Reward," Dumbledore explains to Harry why he can speak Parseltongue. In this explanation, he refers to Lord Voldemort as "the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin." He quite obviously means descendant, not ancestor, unless the Slytherin family reproduces differently from the rest of humanity.
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Obeth on 08-07-2000
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AmandathePanda writes:
JK Rowling explained that one. It was a publishing error. You probably have a first edition. Tho newer ones say descendant.
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IG writes:
You'd better hold on to that copy. It will apparently become very valuable in time because of it being the first edition and that error etc.
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Gwydion Forge writes:
To determine if you have a 1st edition look in the first few pages, where the printing information is. A first edition will have the numbers 1 through 10 at or near the bottom. In England a complete set of first editions is worth several thousand pounds. Gwydion Forge
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moonstar writes:
Yeah, the new one or at least the American version, says, descendant.
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charmedgal writes:
I have an Aussie paperback but i dont think it is a first edition as i didnt get it til after the 4th book came out. And it still says ancestor. Weird!
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ChaserChick writes:
I have the first edition American paperback, and it says 'ancestor'. Nice eye. ;)
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Ashley writes:
My Australian copy with 30 29 28 27 26 in the first few pages has ancestor. Hahahahahahaha.
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E.O. writes:
Well, this should clear it up... I have the hardcover and softcover editions. The hardcover one says "ancestor" while the softcover one says "descendant"
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kari writes:
My American hard-cover (text copyright 1998) says ancestor.
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Marian Witham writes:
HP 2 means it is the second in the HP series, not that it is the second plublishing of that book.
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jasminetook writes:
This is definitely a slip-up. I hear it did get changed, but it's not consistent. I have a 2nd printing American paperback and a 3rd printing British edition, and they both say "ancestor".
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teenwitch writes:
if you have the HP 2 hardback look on the book jacket's spine. does it have the 2 for second year? If it doesn't, then you have the first version. I have version 1 and it does have the mistake, but I rarely read that one, so it doesn't bug me that much.
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Foxie writes:
I have the American Edition of Chamber of Secrets, its a Hard Cover and it also says Ancestor
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Flirtin QT writes:
I have the hard-back edition of this book. It was copy written in 1999 and it was the American version. My book clearly states descendant!
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Da da da da da86 writes:
Actually, this may not be a slip-up after all. I heard that it was changed to descendant in a few versions, but was later changed back to ancestor in later versions. This has led to wild rumors that Voldemort (or his mother) used time travel and many dangerous forms of magic to come to the present time, and he is actually Salazar Slytherin's ancestor. Just a thought...
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fuzzykiwi writes:
I don't know what copy you all have but in the American edition the LAST word on page 332 is 'descendant'. 'who IS the last remaining descendant of Salazar Slytherin....'
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