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Old 02-26-2010, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Hello All,

Well, I finally read the Harry Potter series at the urging of my kids, and I thoroughly enjoyed the books.

My question is, why is there a British version of the series and an American version of the series? How different could they be, really?

Has anyone read both? And can Americans get the British version in the US?

Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It always bugged me that the first book's British title is "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The philosopher's stone is an legendary substance used for alchemy (so it's an actual term.) I don't understand why they changed it to Sorcerer's Stone for the American version.
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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In the british version all the characters talk with british accents.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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In the british version all the characters talk with british accents.

Ha Ha!! Brilliant!
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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It always bugged me that the first book's British title is "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The philosopher's stone is an legendary substance used for alchemy (so it's an actual term.) I don't understand why they changed it to Sorcerer's Stone for the American version
The American publishers felt that American kids wouldn't read a book that had the word philosopher in the title.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:20 AM
 
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It always bugged me that the first book's British title is "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The philosopher's stone is an legendary substance used for alchemy (so it's an actual term.) I don't understand why they changed it to Sorcerer's Stone for the American version.
Because most kids won't know what the Philosopher's Stone is and the idea of a philosopher might give the wrong impression. It's supposed to be about magic, not some old greek men pondering the meaning of life.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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Because most kids won't know what the Philosopher's Stone is and the idea of a philosopher might give the wrong impression. It's supposed to be about magic, not some old greek men pondering the meaning of life.
I suppose you're proving 2cold's point, but the philosopher's stone is part of the plot of the first book, so it makes no sense to change the name. Calling it the sorcerer's stone doesn't help.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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Doesn't help what? You may disagree with the choice to change the name but there IS a logical reason behind it.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Doesn't help what?
It's unnecessary dumbing down by the publishers. There's no such thing as a sorcerer's stone, but the philosopher's stone comes up in other works of history and literature.

That's one of the nice things about J.K. Rowling. She didn't talk (or write) down for kids. With names like "Remus Lupin", if you know anything about history and etymology you can figure out what his problem is long before she spells it out.
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