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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

133 matron
149 nurse

135 also ‘lost,’ also “travelling,”
151 “lost,”

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

223 puddings
253 desserts

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.

353 brace
405 braces

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

478 twenty-foot-high
551 twenty feet high

499 Impediment Jinx
574 Impediment Curse

534 revision
615 research

539 on eighty-five points
621 with eighty-five points

583 prise
671 pry

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.

623 biscuits
718 cookies

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

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