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Differences Between the UK and US Editions of HBP

Differences Between the UK and US Editions of HBP

Editors: Edward Olson and Michele L. Worley

This page indicates all the differences found between the US and UK versions of the text of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 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 U.S. Edition pp.
7 a far-distant country a far distant country 1
7 The bridge was less than ten years old The bridge was fewer than ten years old 2
8 And how dared anyone suggest that it was lack of policemen And how dare anyone suggest that it was lack of policemen 2
8 moved over to the windows moved over to the window 2
9 a small and dirty oil-painting a small, dirty oil painting 3
9 striding forwards with his hand outstretched striding forward with his hand outstretched 3
10 gesturing towards the hardest of the chairs gesturing toward the hardest of the chairs 4
11 how he had felt how he felt 5
11 throw me out of the window throw me out the window 6
13 Prime Minister had rather resented Prime Minister rather resented 8
14 Fudge had pulled out his wand, conjured two large glasses full of amber liquid out of thin air, pushed one of them into the Prime Minister’s hand and drawn up a chair.

Fudge had talked for over an hour

Fudge pulled out his wand, conjured two large glasses full of amber liquid out of thin air, pushed one of them into the Prime Minister’s hand and drew up a chair.

Fudge talked for more than an hour

15 Minister had been able to shout Minister could shout 9
18 grand effect. The Office grand effect,” he said. “The office 13
23 A team of healers […] is examining A team of healers […] are examining 18
19 they are. Killed in a room they are,” he said. “Killed in a room 14
21 round around 15
26 woman called Narcissa woman named Narcissa 20
27 street called Spinner’s End street named Spinner’s End 21
23 he had toothache he had a toothache 18
28 as though it were not usually inhabited as though it was not usually inhabited 22
31 Philosopher’s Stone Sorcerer’s Stone 25
37 Snape had got to his feet Snape had gotten to his feet 32
29 as though it were encased as though it was encased 34
45 4. Agree security questions 4. Agree on security questions 42
45 use of Polyjuice Potion use of the Polyjuice Potion 42
47 as though the sudden darkness was an as though the sudden darkness were an 44
48 your agapanthuses your agapanthus 46
51 scared looks at each other scared looks at one another 48
54 shagpile carpet shag carpet 51
56 Colour-Change Ink color-change ink [no capitalization] 54
57 in other words, the moment he in other words, at the moment he 56
59 conversation with his headmaster conversation with the headmaster 57
59 not to mention doing his best not to mention done his best 57
59 outside Hogwarts outside of Hogwarts 57
66 furniture flew back to its original place furniture flew back to it original places 65
67 Humph Hmpf 66
68 so short that they did not so short they did not 66
70 Dumbledore crossed the room Dumbledore strode from the room 69
70 then strode to the fire then crossed to the fire 69
73 He Who Must Not Be Named He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named 72
73 He Who Must Not Be Named He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named 73
74 watched Dumbledore fastening his travelling cloak and Harry zipping up his jacket watched Dumbledore fasten his travelling cloak and Harry zip up his jacket 73
75 spider, spinning a web around him spider, spinning a web around it 75
80 onwards onward 79
81 nervous voice that he recognized nervous voice he recognized 81
85 everybody’s in mortal peril everybody’s in mortal danger 85
88 something hard in the pillow-case [Note: hyphen in pillow-case at line break] something hard inside the pillowcase 88
91 avoiding each other’s gaze avoiding one another’s gaze 92
96 sunlight streaming on to his lap sunlight streaming into his lap 97
96 gazed at each other gazed at one another 98
98 part of the previous night’s conversation part of last night’s conversation 99
100 [OWL table of pass/fail grades in camel-case] [OWL table of pass/fail grades in upper-case] 102
100 [OWL results: subject name followed by colon, no separator lines] [OWL results: no colons, separator lines between subjects] 102
101 “Exceeds Expectations” in Defence ‘Exceeds Expectations’ at Defence 103
101 ‘Outstanding’ in Defence “Outstanding” at Defence 103
101 top in Defence top at Defence 103
102 heard the prophecy a month ago heard the prophecy a few weeks ago 104
108 Amulets: Effective Against Werewolves, Dementors and Inferi [no line break, set in italics] Amulets
Effective Against Werewolves, Dementors, and Inferi
[set in a different typeface]
109 Madam Malkin said Madam Malkin, the owner, said 112
112 further farther 115
112 Ron and Harry’s new robes Ron’s and Harry’s new robes 115
113 Why Are You Worrying About You-Know-Who?
You SHOULD Be Worrying About
the Constipation Sensation That’s Gripping the Nation!
[set in camel-case and italics]
[set in uppercase and a different typeface]
114 around the head and neck; boxes of around the head and neck, and boxes of 117
114 pairs of pants pairs of briefs 117
114 Reusable Hangman – Spell It Or He’ll Swing! REUSABLE HANGMAN – SPELL IT OR HE’LL SWING! [set in small capital letters] 117
115 through to the back through the back 118
116 “And our Decoy Detonators are just walking off the shelves, look,” said Fred, pointing at a number of weird-looking black hooter-type objects that were indeed attempting to scurry out of sight. “And our Decoy Detonators are just walking off the shelves, look,” said Fred, pointing at a number of weird-looking black horn-type objects that were indeed attempting to scurry out of sight. 119
117 ‘Do they work?’ “Do they work?” she asked. 120
118 put it all back then put it back then 122
120 under it nowadays under the cloak nowadays 124
123 Borgin squinted at her Mr. Borgin squinted at her 127
123 said Borgin coldly said Mr. Borgin coldly 127
126 slip in it,’ smiled Harry. slip in it.” Harry smiled. 131
126 zat Tonks,’ mused Fleur, examining zat Tonks,” Fleur mused, examining 132
128 if he were to tell anyone, Mr Weasley would be the right person if he was to tell anyone, Mr. Weasley was the right person 133
128 the prefect carriage the prefects’ carriage 133
130 lost from view lost to view 136
131 The Quibbler still going Quibbler still going 137
133 beamed Luna, and she pushed beamed Luna. Then she pushed 139
135 [Slughorn’s note set off in single quotes, signature in italics] [Slughorn’s note not set off in quotation marks, signature in italics and elaborate script font] 141
135 as though he were expecting as though he was expecting 142
136 great silver moustache great silvery mustache 142
137 greeting, and nor did Harry greeting, nor did Harry 143
137 wire-haired youth wiry-haired youth 143
139 as though he were a particularly as though he was a particularly 145
140 Slughorn continued, sounding Slughorn said, sounding 147
142 upwards upward 149
146-147 His eyes lingered for a moment upon Harry’s trainers. ‘That was you blocking the door when Zabini came back in, I suppose?’

He considered Harry for a moment.

‘You didn’t hear

His eyes lingered for a moment upon Harry’s trainers.

“You didn’t hear

149 on Harry to his fellow Slytherins on Harry to Crabbe, Goyle, Zabini, and Pansy Parkinson. 156
149 where he would be recounting his attack where he could be recounting his attack 156
149 and the train began and they began 157
149 corridor. Tonks pulled open corridor. She pulled open 157
149 momentum. Harry followed her momentum. He followed her 157
152 backwards backward 160
154 swung open on to the vast swung open into the vast 162
159 mention of his name, merely raised mention of his name; he merely raised 167
160 your own and each other’s safety your own and other’s safety 168
163 miniscule first-year as they joined miniscule first-year boy as they joined 171
164 ducked under Hermione’s arm ducked under her arm 172
165 timetables class schedules 173
165 Humph Hmph 174
166 timetable schedule 174
167 apart from half a dozen seventh-years apart from a half dozen seventh years 175
167 from the fourth-year. It zoomed from the fourth-year student. It zoomed 176
169 again, the class watched him again, the class watched him 178
172 the Beaters on the previous year’s the Beaters on last year’s 180
174 who grinned lazily back who grinned back lazily 183
177 made a ‘shush’ing gesture made a “shhing” gesture 186
178 There was a silence There was silence 188
185 ‘Acid Pops,’ said Harry. The gargoyle “Acid Pops,” said Harry, and the gargoyle 196
186 to do with him that evening to do with him this evening 196
207 see the marks where that evil see the marks on the back of your hand where that evil 219
211 The second group comprised ten The second group was comprised of ten 224
212 broad-chested third-year who had broad-chested third-year boy who had 225
214 grinned around at the team grinned at the team 226
215 flowery pinny flowery apron 228
216 timetables schedules 229
217 spider, Aragog, that dwelled spider, Aragog, who dwelled 230
217 suckers and stings suckers and stingers 230
218 when we were there in the summer when we were there last summer 231
219 was Confunded. And he was was Confunded this morning. And he was 232
225 bed again!’ grinned Ron, helping bed again!” Ron grinned, helping 240
229 furry hat and overcoat furry hat and an overcoat 243
229 display of Cockroach Cluster. display of Cockroach Clusters. 244
231 who was turning slowly purple who was slowly turning purple 246
232 She watched them through the door She watched them go through the door 246
234 as though she were about to fly as though she was about to fly 248
235 trying to quieten her trying to quiet her 250
245 mass of memory whence he had come mass of memory from when he had come 261
249 drained her own glass in one. drained her own glass in one gulp. 265
251 She looked at Dumbledore again She looked around at Dumbledore again 268
255 possessions must have been in there possessions must be in there 272
263 Ron, meanwhile, who was Meanwhile, Ron, who was 281
263 try getting off with McLaggen try hooking up with McLaggen 282
264 hit the bowl and it shattered hit the bowl and shattered it 282
264 I got off with McLaggen I hooked up with McLaggen 282
264 sitting there with the pair sitting here with the pair 282
268 kissing fiercely as if glued kissing fiercely as though glued 286
271 older-brotherly elder-brotherly 289
274 drained it in one drained it in one gulp 293
275 Harry smiled vaguely back Harry smiled back vaguely 294
279 said Harry, now grinning broadly said Harry, grinning broadly 299
281 just in time to see the portrait hole closing just as the portrait hole was closing 301
281 look like surfacing soon look like he would be surfacing soon 301
285 Charms the following morning Charms next morning 304
288 book that’s been written in! book that’s been written on! 308
290 greater than Ron’s just then greater than Ron’s just now 310
294 a certain amount of giggling from a certain amount of giggles from 314
294 set of […] robes that was attracting set of […] robes that were attracting 314
295 was a small, bespectacled man was a small, stout, bespectacled man 315
299 first lesson, The Draught of Living Death first lesson, Draught of Living Death 319
299 what I’d like to be,’ said Harry defiantly. what I’d like to do,” said Harry defiantly. 320
299 working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using working to bring down the Ministry of Magic from within using 320
301 room . but Harry pressed his ear room … Harry pressed his ear 322
303 reliance on assistants reliance in assistants 324
306 Fred, who turned it into a paper aeroplane Fred, who had turned it into a paper airplane 327
306 sprouts knife at sprout knife at 327
309 large wooden wireless. large wooden wireless set. 330
317 package which came package that came 339
320 checked on her name checked her name 342
321 garden and then Percy garden, and Percy 343
322 at him, so pretended at him so he pretended 344
322 out of the corner of his eyes out of the corner of his eye 344
325 to check people really are to check that people really are 346
331 before 31st August before the 31st August next 354
331 they had a great nerve asking they had a great deal of nerve asking 354
332 as though he were a gorilla as though he was a gorilla 355
333 object of that day’s Charms lesson object of today’s Charms lesson 355
333 Dumbledore’s hands lay either side of it Dumbledore’s hands lay on either side of it 356
345 did memories go off? did memories go bad? 368
346 Harry recognized Riddle at once. Harry recognized Voldemort at once. 369
346 retiring?’ Riddle asked. retiring?” he asked. 369
347 Riddle, however, stayed behind. Voldemort, however, stayed behind. 370
347 except that Riddle had asked except that Voldemort had asked 371
347 see Slughorn or Riddle at all see Slughorn or Voldemort at all 371
352 He glanced at Ron He glanced around at Ron 376
354 ‘You’ve got a nerve, boy!’ “You’ve got nerve, boy!” 378
356 memory,’ said Slughorn. ‘Well? Hasn’t he?’ memory. Well? Hasn’t he?” 379
358 Apparition test in this time Apparition Tests in this time 382
358 Heads of House Heads of Houses 382
360 face the front. face the front again. 384
361 concentrate continually upon concentrate continuously upon 385
361 lost his balance lost balance 385
362 back to Gryffindor Tower back to the Gryffindor Tower 386
366 impractical idea; he had lessons impractical idea; Harry had lessons 391
375 recounted what felt like recounted, it felt like 400
379 brain like his,’ said Hagrid staunchly. brain like his,” said Hagrid. 404
380 Heads o’ House Heads o’ Houses 406
381 Hagrid and Filch’s raised voices Hagrid’s and Filch’s raised voices 406
381 not pleased to be awoken not pleased to be woken 407
383 he had been in the Potion master’s room at the time he had been in the Potions master’s room at the time 408
383 and that now Harry was and that now that Harry was 409
386 changing room changing rooms 412
387 dirty-blonde hair, or the necklace dirty-blonde hair, nor the necklace 414
391 only just arrived in time for the match only just arrive on time for the match 417
393 continued to try to kick continued to try and kick 420
396 corridor which was deserted corridor that was deserted 423
396 turned into a seventh-floor turned onto a seventh-floor 423
398 up to that point up to this point 426
400 my staff problems my staffing problems 427
402 from him,’ Harry said earnestly from him,” he said earnestly. 431
403 the Special Award for Services to the Award for Special Services to 431
406 many flourishing pot plants in brass containers many flourishing potted plants in brass containers 434
409 scarlet at her words scarlet at the words 437
409 was back on its red velvet cushion was back in its red velvet cushion 437
414 and who has twice, I think and who have twice, I think 442
414 why you – who is so often asked why you – who are so often asked 442
419 the only other people still up were the only other people awake were 448
421 Fred and George’s Spell-Checking ones Fred and George’s Spell-Check ones 449
422 ink all over his essay ink all over his freshly completed essay 450
430 in the Prophet about in the paper about 459
430 open your books at page open your books to page 459
430 organising its things organizing their things 459
432 seemed merely to irritate seemed to merely irritate 461
434 Harry pulled out the Marauder’s Map Harry pulled the Marauder’s Map 463
434 wished Ron and Hermione luck wished Ron and Hermione both luck 463
440 narrow, slanting writing narrow, slanted writing 470
444 smugness, or excitement, or superiority smugness, excitement, or superiority 474
444 wonderful,’ said Slughorn clapping his hands together an hour and a half later, as wonderful,” said Slughorn an hour and a half later, clapping his hands together as 475
445 ‘Yeah, I s’pose I’d better,’ said Harry. ‘I don’t reckon I’ll need all of it, not twelve hours’ worth, it can’t take all night…I’ll just take a mouthful. Two or three hours should do it.’ ‘Yeah, I s’pose I’d better,’ said Harry. ‘I don’t reckon I’ll need all of it, not twenty-four hours’ worth, it can’t take all night…I’ll just take a mouthful. Two or three hours should do it.’ 476
446 smiling, brimful of confidence smiting, brimming with confidence 477
449 there were Acromantula in the Forest there were acromantulas in the forest 480
450 but if there were any way but if there was any way 481
450 the beast has only just died the beast only just died 481
451 face to face with the Acromantula face-to-face with the acromantulas 482
451 stopped them eating Hagrid stopped them from eating Hagrid 482
452 said Hagrid in a shaky voice said Hagrid in a shaking voice 483
452 through the trees and its rays through the trees now, and its rays 483
454 Pekinese Pekingese 486
456 Slughorn sang plaintively:
‘And Odo the hero, they bore him back home
To the place that he’d known as a lad,
They laid him to rest with his hat inside out
And Odo the hero, they bore him back home
To the place that he’d known as a lad,
sang Slughorn plaintively.
They laid him to rest with his hat inside out
458 Harry leant Harry leaned 490
462 much younger Horace Slughorn much younger Slughorn 494
462 the half a dozen teenage boys the half-dozen teenage boys 494
469 maintain his immortality maintain their immortality 502
469 transformation he had undergone transformation he has undergone 502
471 as you now know, I have made it my business for many years to as you now know, for many years I have made it my business to 504
471 But Lord Voldemort use But would Lord Voldemort use 504
471 what I have shown you what I have showed you 504
475 discredit Arthur, have me thrown out of Hogwarts and get rid of a highly incriminating object in one stroke discredit Arthur and get rid of a highly incriminating magical object in one stroke 508
475 if he is secretly glad if he is not secretly glad 508
475 his magical power remain his magical powers remain 509
479 Harry, but he was in Harry, but then, he was in 511
486 known his team fly better known his team to fly better 520
487 he was often unable he was unable 521
487 inside the Room, he inside the Room of Requirement, he 521
488 He couldn’t hear anything. He could not hear anything. 521
488 lest Filch should turn up lest Filch turn up 521
488 Harry slipped over as Malfoy Harry slipped as Malfoy 522
492 large cupboard which seemed large cupboard that seemed 526
493 gazing around at the clutter gazing around at all the clutter 527
493 he stood it on the cupboard he stood it on top of the cupboard 527
496 however, though he knew he little deserved however, little though he knew he deserved 530-531
499 triumph, Harry grinned down triumph, he grinned down 534
501 forced to revise for hours forced to study for hours 536
503 One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi A Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi 539
508 in my room at the inn. in my room. 544
512 as though he were fighting as though he was fighting 548
516 fetch your Cloak fetch your Invisibility Cloak 551
516 “What does Dumbledore want?” “What does he want?” 551
516 ‘I haven’t got much time,’ Harry panted “I’ve got to be quick,” Harry panted 551
515 into Hermione’s hand into Hermione’s hands 552
516 through the portrait hole towards through the portrait hole and toward 553
519 cliff stood behind, a sheer drop cliff stood behind them, a sheer drop 555
520 niches that made footholds led down to niches made footholds leading down 556
522 he pointed his wand he now pointed his wand 558
524 suggestion, but much keener suggestion. But he was much keener 561
528 as though an invisible rope were pulling it as though an invisible rope was pulling it 565
530 given Ron and Hermione the Felix Felicis given Ron and Hermione Felix Felicis 567
532 not want immediately to kill not want to immediately kill 569
534 as though he were deeply asleep as though he was deeply asleep 571
534 three gobletfuls of the potion three goblesful of the potion 571
536 glass; Harry was glass; then Harry was 573
538 struggling to cling on to the smooth struggling to cling to the smooth 575
540 extreme pallor and his air of exhaustion extreme pallor and by his air of exhaustion 577
544 flying behind him in the night air flying behind him on the night air 582
544 broom shudder for a moment when broom shudder when 583
544 so that they could enter at speed so they could enter at speed 583
545 who gestured to him to retreat who gestured him to retreat 584
546 some of your guard. some of your guards. 585
548 … there is a pair, I take it?’

‘The other’s in Borgin and Burkes,’ said Malfoy

… there is a pair I take it?”

“In Borgin and Burkes,” said Malfoy

552-553 ‘Come over to the right side, Draco, and we can hide you more completely than you can possibly imagine. What is more, I can send members of the Order to your mother tonight to hide her likewise. Your father is safe at the moment in Azkaban…when the time comes, we can protect him too… come over to the right side, Draco…you are not a killer…’ “He cannot kill you if you are already dead. Come over to the right side, Draco, and we can hide you more completely than you can possibly imagine. What is more, I can send members of the Order to your mother tonight to hide her likewise. Nobody would be surprised that you had died in your attempt to kill me — forgive me, but Lord Voldemort probably expects it. Nor would the Death Eaters be surprised that we had captured and killed your mother — it is what they would do themselves, after all. Your father is safe at the moment in Azkaban…when the time comes, we can protect him too. Come over to the right side, Draco…you are not a killer…” 591 – 592
552 he was suddenly as white as Dumbledore he was suddenly white as Dumbledore 591
554 ‘That’s right,’ said Greyback “That’s right,” said Fenrir Greyback 593
554 Fenrir Greyback grinned, showing pointed Greyback grinned, showing pointed 593
554 He was not looking at Greyback; he He was not looking at Fenrir; he 593
555 ‘I’ll do it,’ snarled Greyback, moving “I’ll do it,” snarled Fenrir, moving 595
558 Harry felt Greyback collapse Harry felt Fenrir collapse 598
558 him; it was the werewolf, Greyback. him. It was the werewolf, Fenrir. 598
558 one of the fighters detached themself one of the fighters detached themselves 598
559 right behind her. Harry launched right behind her. He launched 599
559 bloody footprint which showed bloody footprint that showed 600
560 brother and sister Death Eaters running brother and sister running 600
560 he leapt over the wreckage he leapt the wreckage 600
560 suit of armour which exploded suit of armor that exploded 600
561 revealed suddenly from behind clouds revealed suddenly behind clouds 602
563 somewhere above him Snape was somewhere overhead Snape was 603
567 last half an hour last half hour 608
568 beside him.

Harry had known

beside him. He had known 608
568 force with which it had hit the ground force with which it hit the ground 609
571 ‘Neville’s in the hospital wing, but Madam Pomfrey thinks he’ll make a full recovery, and Professor Flitwick was knocked out, but he’s all right, just a bit shaky. He insisted on going off to look after the Ravenclaws. “Neville and Professor Flitwick are both hurt, but Madam Pomfrey says they’ll be all right. 612
571 a Killing Curse the huge blond one a Killing Curse that huge blond one 612
574-575 sorry that they were dead.’

‘And Dumbledore believed that?’

sorry that they were dead.”

They all stared at him.

“And Dumbledore believed that?”

575 She looked disorientated She looked disoriented 616
577 Ron had taken the Marauder’s Map Ron had taken the map 619
578 said Harry, who in his mind’s eye was watching Snape running up the marble staircase, said Harry, who was watching Snape running up the marble staircase in his mind’s eye, 619-620
578 afterwards afterward 620
578 up the stairs to the Tower … then up the stairs … then 620
580 might be like when he wakes up …’ might be like when he awakens. . . .” 622
581 Ron looked as stunned as Harry felt Ron looked as stunned as he felt 623
586 governors, who will take the final decision governors, who will make the final decision 629
588 ‘Is it really true? “It is really true? 630
590 Entrance Hall which was resolved Entrance Hall that was resolved 633
591 what he knew it was right to do what he knew was right to do 634
594 looking out of the window looking out the window 637
595 laid to rest. Harry had never laid to rest. He had never 639
595 real to him once the funeral was over real to him once it was over 639
597 Leaky Cauldron Leaky Cauldron in London 641
597 recognize, but there were a few that he did, including recognize, but a few he did, including 641
598 insubstantially in the gleaming air insubstantially on the gleaming air 641
598 Fudge walked past them towards Fudge walked past toward 642
598 They alone of all the DA had Neville and Luna alone of the D.A. had 642
598 The staff were seated at last The staff was seated at last 642
599 into both Ginny and Hermione’s laps into both Ginny’s and Hermione’s laps 643
602 as though the sunlight was blinding them as though the sunlight were blinding them 646
604 favourite ever pupil. favorite pupil ever. 648

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