Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Great Harry Potter Re-Read, Part 1
















The countdown here has begun. I have just started my re-read of all six Harry Potter book prior to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on July 21. Most of the books I have only read once, so I thought the best way to usher in the final installment was to reacquaint myself with Harry, his friends, and the Hogwarts world.

In lieu of recaps, I thought I would post some random trivia about each book.

Random Trivia about Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
(aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

1. Missing text - American readers are introduced to Gryffindor House member Dean Thomas before their British counterparts. The American edition retains the following text that was edited out of the British edition: "Thomas, Dean," a Black boy even taller than Ron, joined Harry at the Gryffindor table.
Note: When I read this sentence in the novel, I also wondered why black was capitalized.

2. Word Count: The first book contains 76,944 words.

3. Title: Refers to a stone sought after by alchemists, a stone which was reputed to turn other metals into gold and to grant immortality.

4. Cover art: You can go here to see Harry Potter cover art from all over the world. The original Bloomsbury cover by Thomas Taylor includes a rather bizarre-looking figure on the back. The man in the picture really doesn't match any character in the book, although fans have speculated that it is supposed to represent eitherDumbledore or Quirrell. After a few editions, the back cover was changed with a new image, this time clearly identifiable as Dumbledore, even holding a Put-Ouer. [source here.]

Iranian Cover Art

6 comments:

tanabata said...

The trivia is fun and I enjoyed looking at the various covers. Once I finish my current book I have to get back to my Harry reread. Time's running out!

Booklogged said...

Loved the tidbits. I'm referring my daughter to this post.

Nyssaneala said...

@tanabata - Thanks! I'm hoping I gave myself enough time to re-read all the books before the next release.

@booklogged - I'll be posting trivia for each book, I hope your daughter enjoys reading them!

Dewey said...

We're doing a big HP reread in this house, too! And the cover in your Currently Reading section in your sidebar is the same cover I have. I got it from bookmooch for our reread, and I had never seen that cover before.

Bookfool said...

What a fun post! I've only read the first two books, but kiddo insisted I reserve a copy for the day of release. What the heck; I'm glad he's an avid reader. :)

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