Uh-oh! I found some Harry Potter mistakes!

Yes, I have done what we all love and hate to do. I have discovered some mistakes that J.K Rowling has made. I recently re-read the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and discovered the following things.

Chapter 24: Priori Incantatem, page 667

"The smoky shadow of a tall man with untidy hair fell to the ground as Bertha had done, straightened up, and looked at him...and Harry, his arms shaking madly now, looked back into the ghostly face of his father.
"Your mother's coming..." he said quietly. "She wants to see you...it will be all right...hold on..."

This passage is from the duel Harry and Lord Voldemort have, the scene where their brother wands meet and connect with each other. At this time Voldemorts wand is releasing the 'spirits' of the last major spells he casted, mainly Killing Curses. Harry's father comes out of the wand and then tells Harry is mother is coming. Ah! But wait! The things being released from Voldemorts wand are being released in reverse order. Wormtails hand, Cedric Diggory, the old Muggle Voldemort killed in the Riddle house, Bertha Jorkins, James Potter, and then Lily. It might not seem strange, but think about the last two people. James Potter should have been the last to come out of the wand, not Lily. Harry's dad was murdered before his mother. He was killed trying to make more time for Lily and Harry. Lily was killed in front of Harry, trying to protect him, right after James died. So in the logical order, Lily would have come out of Voldemort's wand BEFORE James, not after him.

Chapter 27: The Beginning, page 725-726

"Hermione turned away, smiling at the horseless carriages that were now trundling toward them up the drive, as Krum, looking surprised but gratified, signed a fragment of parchment for Ron."

The 'horseless' carriages. While it may not be a horse, these carriages aren't drawn by thin air. Thestrals are creatures that can only be seen after one has witnessed death. By the time Harry was leaving year four, he had witnessed death. Two deaths actually. First his mother when he was a baby, which may or may not really count as witnessing someone die, after all he was an innocent baby, but still, the memory has obviously haunted him through out the years, and at the end of the Triwizard Tournament Harry saw Cedric murdered. So then why does he not notice them? J.K never discussed this in GOF, it was technically introduced in Order of the Pheonix, but still, Harry would have to have seen the thestrals at the end of this year. Perhaps she purposefully left it out of this book, there wasn't really too much time to get into it, but she could have done a better job with it, rather than just hoping we wouldn't pay to much attention to that little fact.

At the moment I can't think of any thing else that troubles me in the series, J.K Rowling is very careful to not make mistakes. If you have found anything odd in the books please comment them. I love to try and figure out these Harry Potter mysteries. =]

.......and yes, I realise I have no life when I sit around trying to find mistakes in books.

Posted on June 17th, 2007 at 09:59pm


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