This page indicates all the differences found between the US and UK versions of the text of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Some differences appear in all the books (e.g. Minister of Magic/Minister for Magic) and these are listed on a separate page. If you spot a difference that we didn’t note, please email us.
pp. U.K. Edition
pp. U.S. Edition
11 windows either side of the
6 windows on either side of the
15 (Peter says) if I curse
10 if I murder
15 (V says) one more obstacle removed.
10 one more death
16 (V says) One more curse…
12 One more murder…
59 Bulgaria have got
63 Bulgaria has got
59 ‘I wish England had got through.
63″I wish England had got through, though
59 ‘What happened?’ said Harry eagerly, regretting more than ever his isolation from the wizarding world when he was stuck on Privet Drive. Harry was passionate about Quidditch. He had played as Seeker on the Gryffindor house Quidditch team ever since his first year at Hogwarts and owned a Firebolt, one of the best racing brooms in the world. ‘Went down to Transyvania, three hundred and ninety to ten,’ said Charlie gloomily. ‘Shocking performance. And Wales lost to Uganda, and Scotland were slaughtered by Luxembourg.’
63 “What happened?” said Harry eagerly, regretting more than ever his isolation from the wizarding world when he was stuck on Privet Drive. “Went down to Transyvania, three hundred and ninety to ten,” said Charlie gloomily. “Shocking performance. And Wales lost to Uganda, and Scotland was slaughtered by Luxembourg.” Harry had been on the Gryffindor House Quidditch team ever since his first year at Hogwarts and owned one of the best racing brooms in the world, a Firebolt. Flying came more naturally to Harry than anything else in the magical world, and he played in the position of Seeker on the Gryffindor House team.
60 they had their pudding (home-made strawberry ice-cream),
63 they had their homemade strawberry ice cream,
63 Harry knew that Apparating was very difficult; it meant disappearing from one place and re-appearing almost instantly in another
66 Harry knew that Apparating meant disappearing from one place and reappearing almost instantly in another, but had never known any Hogwarts student to do it, and understood that it was very difficult.
63 got your test
66 passed your test
98 prevent them using
108 prevent them from using
135 also ‘lost,’ also “travelling,”
135 pointing at
151 pointing to
139 sorting them into two.
156 sorting them into two piles.
215 On excellent form
244 In excellent form
228 at weekends
258 on weekends
231 ‘What’s she like?’
262 “What is it with her?”
284 for one o’clock
324 by one o’clock
336 ‘Now Potter.
385 “Now that Potter.
427 to bursting point
492 to the bursting point
444 entitled HARRY POTTER’S SECRET HEARTACHE:
511 entitled: Harry Potter’ Secret Heartache
450 preventing Snape slipping away
518 preventing Snape from slipping away
551 twenty feet high
499 Impediment Jinx
574 Impediment Curse
539 on eighty-five points
621 with eighty-five points
613 “Forgive me, Dumbledore but I’ve heard of a curse scar acting as an alarm bell before…”
706 “Forgive me, Dumbledore but I’ve never heard of a curse scar acting as an alarm bell before…”
NOTE: This difference has since been corrected; the UK version was in error.
Editor: Edward Olson with some additions from Grey Wolf and the editors of the Lexicon
© 2001 Edward Olson and the Harry Potter Lexicon, used by permission