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WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
We hope you enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! If you have a question about the book, or you believe you’ve found a possible error, please read through the questions and answers below before you e-mail us to ask about them. If you have questions regarding the fates of the characters or Ms. Rowling’s future plans, we encourage you to check out the full transcripts of her post-Book 7 interviews at Accio Quote.
p. 5 “I have – with difficulty, and after great effort – suceeded in placing an Imperius Curse upon Pius Thicknesse.”
Catch that one? “suceeded” in that sentence should be “succeeded,” and we sincerely regret the error. We have already made arrangements to correct it in future reprints.
p. 733 [Neville draws the sword from the Sorting Hat]
Many readers have asked us how Neville obtained Gryffindor’s sword from the Sorting Hat, as the sword was last seen in Griphook’s clutches in Gringotts. In a webchat on July 30, 2007, Ms. Rowling responded to this very question:
Su: How did neville get the gryfindor sword, is there a link to the hat
J.K. Rowling: Yes, there is very definitely a link to the hat!
J.K. Rowling: Neville, most worthy Gryffindor, asked for help just as Harry did in the Chamber of secrets, and Gryffindor's sword was transported into Gryffindor's old hat -
J.K. Rowling: - the Sorting Hat was Gryffindor's initially, as you know.
J.K. Rowling: Griphook was wrong - Gryffindor did not 'steal' the sword, not unless you are a goblin fanatic and believe that all goblin-made objects really belong to the maker.
p. 735 Aberforth Stunning Rookwood
We chose to capitalize “Stunning” here to indicate that Aberforth is using a Stunning Spell rather than stunning Rookwood physically (e.g. hitting him over the head). This is in keeping with our standard practice throughout the series to use the spell name rather than the incantation name as a verb (e.g. capitalizing "Disarm" when "Expelliarmus!" is used).
p. 756 [Teddy Lupin on platform nine and three-quarters]
Numerous readers have questioned Teddy Lupin’s appearance on platform nine and three-quarters, as he is now 19 years old—too old to attend Hogwarts! But in fact he is there to say goodbye to his girlfriend Victoire, whom J. K. Rowling confirmed in a post-Book 7 interview is the daughter of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour.
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