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Old 08-10-2004, 11:57   #1
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Alarm Bells and Scars!

In GoF, when Dumbledore is trying to convince Fudge that Voldemort has indeed returned, and that Harry's scar has been warning him of the Dark Lord's presence/anger throughout the year, Fudge says:

"You'll forgive me, Dumbledore, but I've heard of a curse scar acting as an alarm bell before..."

My questions would therefore be:

Whose?! When?! Why?! How?!

Am wondering whether Dumbledore's attractive scar in the shape of the London Underground has been useful in the past to the MoM!?
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Old 08-10-2004, 13:24   #2
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

Fudge says "You'll forgive me, Dumbledore, but I've never heard of a curse scar acting as an alarm bell before..." Just thought I would add that in there...
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

I've checked this in my copy of the book Wheezy, and mine doesn't show that the word never appears!

The quote I put in is exactly how it appears in my copy, so perhaps I have a rare copy which then gives a whole new meaning to the statement!

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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

I have the same as Tink, Hard cover book, 22nd edition ...

"You'll forgive me, Dumbledore, but I've heard of a curse scar acting as an alarm bell before..."

Looks like a typo but could also have been another JKR written/unwritten thing going on!
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

I've got a paperback version (not sure which printing), but it also says "never." The sentence wouldn't make much sense without it - if you think about in the context of the whole conversation, Fudge is trying to negate that Harry's scar pains mean anything except that Harry is insane, so he wouldn't say that he *had* heard of scars giving alarm bells before.
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

Thank you! Finally I don't feel like I am crazy! Bit I definately know that my copy has a "never" in there, so I wonder why there is the difference ...
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

Face value would state a typo but remeber this, the American versions were translated until OoTP - as such couldnt it just be the US publishers inserted the word because they felt it made sense?

I read the sentance and it does seems a little odd and that 'never' should be in there but why do we have multiple UK editions with the same typo and no corrections - usually these are identified and changed!

I really think Tink has stumbled across something!
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

I have tried to look further into this, looking on other sites about book and movie mistakes and queries over continuity within the septology, and can't find any mention of this.

I think that in a couple of weeks time I am going to send a e-mail through to JKR's site and see if we can get to the bottom of this mystery once and for all!

As I've said before, and as others have said, it could be a typo, or there really is a deeper meaning here!
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

I think you need to email her Publicist normally or maybe Bloomsbury ... but it would be a nice and easy one for her to clear up - and also a great one to tease people over if indeed that was the plan ...
Perhaps we could think of a few more questions for her to answer and mail them over?
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Re: Alarm Bells and Scars!

Good idea, Bla!

Do you think it best to start a new thread with an invitation for members to submit some questions?
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