Marissa Higgins
September 21, 2016 4:09 pm
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If you’re a big fan of the book series Harry Potter, we’re willing to bet you’ve read the entire thing a few times over. We’re guessing, however, that you are not quite enough of a super fan to notice when a sentence changes from one edition of Harry Potter to the next.

As Kelsey Stiegman over at Cosmo explains, however, there is a definite change in a particular sentence in one of the books, and while we don’t know exactly what was going through the publisher’s head when this change occurred, change it did!

As Stiegman explains, the change appears in the third Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. For those who are a little shaky on the plot, this is the book in which Harry and company first meet Sirius Black, who has an important role in Harry’s future (and played a role in Harry’s past, to boot).

As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter superfan, it didn’t take the writer too long to notice that a seemingly inconsequential line had been changed between her versions of the book. She was thorough enough to take a picture of both versions of the text for us and post it to her Instagram.

The top photo displays her copy from 2013, and the second photo displays the original, from back in 1999. Check it out, courtesy of Stiegman’s Instagram, above.

The chief difference here is that in 1991 version, Hermione addresses Sirius as “Mr. Black,” which makes Sirius, who hasn’t been spoken to over a decade (because, remember he was a prisoner in Azkaban), look at her “as though he had never seen anything quite like her.”

In the 2013 edition, Sirius “stared at Hermione as though being spoken to politely was something he’d long forgotten.” Pretty similar in meaning, but perhaps the 2013 edition is clearer?

We don’t know for certain what the logic behind this change was, but we’re excited to have yet another Harry Potter discussion about what it all could mean.

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