The Lexicon

Edits and Changes to the Text of OP

The following changes were released by Rowling’s publishers in the summer of 2004. As of summer, 2005, they had not been included in Scholastic editions. However, both Bloomsbury and Raincoast editions now incorporate the changes. The translators, who work from the Bloomsbury text, are incorporating these changes into their editions of the book as well.
UK p18 (OP1):

“Whereas you just need four mates behind you before you can beat up a ten year old.” > “Whereas you just need four mates behind you before you can beat up a ten-year-old.”

Typographical error.

UK p20 (OP1):

Harry stood stock still, turning his sightless eyes left and right. > Harry stood stock-still, turning his sightless eyes left and right.

Typographical error.

UK p23 (OP1):

Instinctively raising his wand again, he span on his heel to face the newcomer. > Instinctively raising his wand again, he spun on his heel to face the newcomer.

Typographical error.

UK p33 (OP2):

“As if you’d never be happy again,” Harry supplied dully. > “As if you’d never be happy again,” Harry supplied tonelessly.

UK p36, line 5 (OP2);

(question mark in italics) > (question mark in Roman font)

Typographical error.

UK p38 (OP2)::

“Murdered my parents, yes,” Harry said dully. > “Murdered my parents, yes,” Harry said.

UK p40 (OP2):

Why we ever kept you in the first place, I don’t know, Marge was right, it should’ve been the orphanage. > Why we ever kept you in the first place, I don’t know. Marge was right, it should’ve been the orphanage.

Replace the comma after “know” with a full stop, so that this is no longer a run-on sentence.

UK p56 (OP3):

“Turning southwest!” yelled Moody “We want to avoid the motorway!” > “Turning southwest!” yelled Moody. “We want to avoid the motorway!”

Typographical error (inserting missing full stop).

UK p70 (OP4):

“Mum’s been in a right state,” said Ron dully. > “Mum’s been in a right state,” said Ron.

UK p79 (OP5):

“Sirius,” said Mundungus, who did not appear to have paid any attention to the conversation, but had been closely examining an empty goblet. > “Sirius,” said Mundungus, who did not appear to have paid any attention to the conversation, but had been minutely examining an empty goblet.

UK p96 (OP6):

perhaps we ought to let Mad-Eye have a shifty at it before we let it out > perhaps we ought to let Mad-Eye have a shufti at it before we let it out

UK p99 (OP6):

He and George crossed to the door and stood beside it, listening closely. > He and George crossed to the door and stood beside it, listening intently.

UK p103 (OP6);

“You’re not on here!” said Harry, after scanning the bottom of the tree closely. > “You’re not on here!” said Harry, after scanning the bottom of the tree closely.

“Closely” is redundant when used with “scanning”. Also, several changes in this area of the text have been to either eliminate the use of “closely” or to replace it with other adverbs.

UK p128 (OP8):

Dumbledore sat down, put the tips of his long fingers together and surveyed Fudge over them with an expression of polite interest. > Dumbledore sat down, put the tips of his long fingers together and looked at Fudge over them with an expression of polite interest.

UK p131 (OP8):

“A Squib, eh?” said Fudge, eyeing her closely. > “A Squib, eh?” said Fudge, eyeing her suspiciously.

Madam Bones had just used the word “closely” two sentences before this.

UK p138 (OP8):

“Those in favour of clearing the witness of all charges?” > “Those in favour of clearing the accused of all charges?”

Harry is the accused, not just a witness.

UK p151 (OP9):

Harry hurried across the room, closed the door, then returned slowly to his bed and sank on it, gazing unseeingly at the foot of the wardrobe. > Harry returned slowly to his bed and sank on it, gazing unseeingly at the foot of the wardrobe.

UK p153 (OP9):

then taking it out and lying it on his folded robes > then taking it out and laying it on his folded robes

Typographical error.

UK p161 (OP9):

The Order are better prepared > The Order is better prepared

Typographical error.

UK p167 (OP10):

He wondered dully whether the people now staring and whispering believed the stories. > He wondered bleakly whether the people now staring and whispering believed the stories.

UK p171 (OP10):

He ripped open the wrapper, bit off the frog’s head and leaned back with his eyes closed as though he had had a very exhausting morning. > He ripped open the wrapper, bit off the Frog’s head and leaned back with his eyes closed as though he had had a very exhausting morning.

Typographical error.

UK p172 (OP10):

I… must… not… look…like… a… baboon’s… backside… > I… must… not… look… like… a… baboon’s… backside…

Typographical error (insert missing space).

UK p176 (OP10):

“We’d better change,” said Hermione at last, and all of them opened their trunks with difficulty and pulled on their school robes. She and Ron pinned their prefect badges carefully to their chests. > “We’d better change,” said Hermione at last. She and Ron pinned their prefect badges carefully to their chests.

UK p177 (OP10):

so he allowed himself to be shunted forwards on to the dark rain-washed road outside Hogsmeade Station. > so he allowed himself to be shunted forwards on to the dark rain-washed road outside Hogsmeade station.

Indicates that Hogsmeade station is not a proper name.

UK p178 (OP10):

Standing still and quiet in the gathering gloom, the creatures looked eerie and sinister. > Standing still and quiet in the gloom, the creatures looked eerie and sinister.

UK p193, 2 lines from bottom:

through gritted teeth > ominously

UK p194, line 20:

‘See you later,’ he said dully > ‘See you later,’ he said

UK p207 (OP12):

Today, they suffered through an hour and a half’s droning on the subject of giant wars. Harry heard just enough within the first ten minutes to appreciate dimly that in another teacher’s hands this subject might have been mildly interesting, but then his brain disengaged, and he spent the remaining hour and twenty minutes playing hangman on a corner of his parchment with Ron, while Hermione shot them filthy looks out of the corner of her eye. > Today, they suffered through three quarters of an hour’s droning on the subject of giant wars. Harry heard just enough within the first ten minutes to appreciate dimly that in another teacher’s hands this subject might have been mildly interesting, but then his brain disengaged, and he spent the remaining thirty-five minutes playing hangman on a corner of his parchment with Ron, while Hermione shot them filthy looks out of the corner of her eye.

Resolves a scheduling discrepancy in the length of the class period for History of Magic.

UK p207, 14 lines from bottom:

around the edges of the yard > around the yard

UK p208, 2 lines from bottom:

dully > listlessly

UK p209, line 18:

and ignored > , ignoring

UK p212, 16 lines from bottom:

close space between speech mark and ellipsis

UK p217, line 6:

them all closely > them all

UK p222, line 9:

saying a word, turned on his heel > saying a word

UK p223, 16-17 lines from bottom:

watching Harry closely > frowning at Harry

UK p225, line 1:

eyed him closely > eyed him

UK p226, line 14:

said Harry through clenched teeth > said Harry in a shaking voice

UK p231, line 2:

She turned on her heel and left > She left

UK p235, 12-11 lines from bottom:

said Harry through gritted teeth > snarled Harry

UK p237, 14 lines from bottom (OP13):

Tired and smelling strongly of dragon dung, Professor Sprout’s preferred type of fertiliser, the Gryffindors trooped back up to the castle an hour and a half later, none of them talking very much; it had been a very long day. > Tired and smelling strongly of dragon dung, Professor Sprout’s preferred type of fertiliser, the Gryffindors trooped back up to the castle, none of them talking very much; it had been a very long day.

Resolves a scheduling discrepancy in the length of the class period for Herbology.

UK p238, line 12:

She turned on her heel and stormed away > She stormed away

UK p239, line 11:

technicolour technicoloured

UK p247, line 16:

shining > dotted

UK p247, 11 lines from bottom:

dotted > shining

UK p256, line 7:

caretaker turned on his heel and shuffled back > caretaker turned and shuffled back

UK p259, 13 lines from bottom:

for a week > all week

UK p276, line 12:

further, disgusting > further disgusting

Typographical error (removed comma).

UK p277, line 6:

and turned on his heel > and turned

UK p282 (OP15):

There was a pause. Professor Umbridge surveyed Professor Trelawney. > There was a pause. Professor Umbridge’s eyebrows were still raised.

UK p283, 8 lines from bottom:

‘You disagree?’ she repeated > ‘You disagree?’

UK p283, 15 lines from bottom:

look up eagerly and watch Umbridge and Grubbly-Plank closely > look up eagerly

UK p290, line 17:

said Harry dully > said Harry

UK p293, line 19:

The whole time you’re sure > The whole time

UK p302, line 1:

Ginny, closely followed then > Ginny, followed by

UK p303, 12 lines from bottom:

said Michael Corner who was watching her closely > said Michael Corner

UK p304, line 15:

repeated > asked

UK p313, line 1:

(semi-colon) (comma)

UK p319, line 15:

eye, to > eye to

Typographical error (removed comma).

UK p323, 15 lines from bottom:

Harry, watching him closely, > His eyes on Snape, Harry

UK p326, line 23:

dully > drearily

UK p333, line 23:

through clenched > teeth testily

UK p337, line 19:

through clenched teeth > wincing

UK p341, 5 lines from bottom:

Surveying Dobby more closely > Looking back at Dobby

UK p343, 2 lines from bottom:

he was > and he was

UK p343, last line:

It was, after all, very late, and he was exhausted and had Snape’s essay to finish > It was, after all, very late, and he was exhausted.

UK p361, line 12:

wheeled around to watch > turned his Firebolt towards

UK p366, 9 lines from bottom:

Harry and George turned on their heels > Harry and George

UK p367, line 21:

wheeled round > spun round

UK p374, 16 lines from bottom:

surveying > fixing

UK p376, line 8:

repeated > asked

UK p376, line 21:

surveyed > squinted at

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