Posted: 01 April 2005 at 6:41pm | IP Logged
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Book 1 Mistakes
- We know that Harry's birthday is on July 31 because that is the same day as
the break-in at Gringotts. From the second book, we know that Nearly Headless
Nick's 500th Death Day Party was on 10/31/1992. Doing the math, we know that
Harry's 11th Birthday was 07/31/1991. In The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry says his
birthday is on a Tuesday, the day after Dudley's favorite TV show (The Great
Humberto). The mistake is that July 31, 1991 fell on a Wednesday, not a Tuesday
like the book said.
- On Harry's equipment list in the letter from Hogwarts, "1 wand" is listed
twice. This was corrected quickly and only appears in the earlier versions.
- On page 133, 4th paragraph, it says that Hermione lent Harry Quidditch
through the ages: "She had also lent him Quidditch Through the Ages, which
turned out to be a very interesting read." On page 46 paragraph 3 of QTtA, it
says "The most successful Japanese team, The Toyohashi Tengu, narrowly missed a
win over Lithuania's Gorodok gargoyles in 1994." However, Harry borrows QTtA in
Book 1 which is set in 1991. Thanks Rajan!
- Arguable: When Hagrid brought Harry to Diagon Alley for the first
time, Harry heard a woman say "Seventeen sickles an ounce for Dragon Liver.
They're mad." But Hagrid told Harry that there were seventeen sickles in a
galleon. So that would be like saying "100 pennies" instead of a dollar. Think
of it this way: if the Dragon Liver weighed three pounds, a galleon (or for our
purposes, a dollar) per ounce is quite a lot of money.
- When Hagrid comes and gets Harry out of the little hut on the rock, they use
the boat that the Dursleys used to get to the rock. So how do the Dursleys get
off the rock?
- Harry buys the book "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi", but later in the
book it says Harry looked up 'dittany' in "One Hundred Magical Herbs and
- Petunia Dursley says that Lily would "...come home every vacation with her
pockets full of frog spawn, turning teacups into rats...," but according to
ministry rules, this is illegal. If she did this in her Muggle home she would
most likely be expelled as Harry almost was.
- Arguable: Just a thought but...security for the Sorcerer's Stone
could have been much better. If three first years can get past it, you'd think
any full-trained wizard could too. The only thing Quirrel did for them was take
out the troll, but they proved earlier in the book that they are able to take on
- In chapter 7, page 122, it says that Harry looked up at the Sorting Stool,
there were only 3 people left to be sorted, Professor McGonagall calls the names
of 4 more people instead. Submitted by Mac.
- In Book one, Prof. McGonagall brings out a 4 legged chair with the sorting
hat. In book four, she brings out a 3 legged chair with the sorting hat. What
happened to one of the legs? Thanks, Ryan!
- In Harry's letter from Hogwarts it says he could bring a cat, an owl, or a
toad, but Ron brings his rat, Scabbers.
- It says in the American edition of Book 1 that Marcus Flint is in his 6th
Year. He is still at Hogwarts in Book 3. This would mean he was in his 8th year
and students only have seven years at Hogwarts.
said in an online interview "He had to do a year again! :-)"
- During the chess match, it said that Ron was the knight in the giant chess
set. However, it later said that he had to 'move ahead one' so the Queen could
take him, opening the path for Harry to checkmate the king. If he was a knight,
he could only move 1) ahead one, sideways two, or 2) ahead two, sideways one,
like an "L".
- Arguable: In the first book, it said that by drinking the Elixir of
Life the drinker would be made immortal. However, later in the story Dumbledore
says to Harry that the Flamels had enough Elixir stored to set their affairs
straight. But, if drinking the Elixir of Life makes you immortal then if you had
some, you would never die. You can't just be immortal as long as you have a
certain item, then that would mean you could still die. You would be still
mortal like Achilles. Immortality means you can never die.
- In book 1 when Harry is under the Invisibility Cloak and running away from
Snape, he says that he thought he was near the kitchens. However, in the fourth
book, Fred and George have to tell Harry where the kitchens are. Thanks to
- In book 1, on page 27 (American paperback), it mentions that the snake in
the zoo winked at Harry. Harry can't be blamed for being so surprised, as snakes
don't have movable eyelids. Thanks Bethany!
- On page 123, in the chapter The Sorting Hat, Nearly Headless Nick
says that he hasn't eaten in "nearly four hundred years", but in the second
book, Harry goes to Nick's 500th Deathday Party, meaning that Nearly Headless
Nick has been dead for 500 years, not 400.
- If Petunia Dursley had already gone through the experience of having a
family member leave for Hogwarts (her sister Lily), why did she stare (page 89)
when Harry named Platform 9 3/4 as the departure point of the Hogwarts Express?
They didn't keep Lily's talent secret: "...my mother and father ... were proud
of having a witch in the family!" (p 53) Thanks to Loren!
- Arguable: In the American edition of SS page 184 hardback edition, it
says that Ron, Hermione, Neville, Seamus, and Dean make a banner for Harry that
reads "Potter for President." They don't have a president in England. They would
have a Prime Minister.-Thanks Kaybella
Edited by loveneha_r - 01 April 2005 at 6:43pm