I never knew which book to turn into *the* book so it never actually got put in one. Yet.Â Once I do, that copy probably has to go up on the shelf for admiration purposes only.Â The thing waits.
What a difference an s makes.
I know, I know, I butcher the quotation marks thing on my blog all the time.Â That’s not entirely pure laziness; I usually only use them when I’m very sure I’m quoting someone verbatim, and given my writer’s ear, I do tend to remember emotionally powerful conversations very well.
But.Â I had a job as a copy editor years ago, checking for grammar and spelling and usage back when Spell Checker was not yet written and continuing for awhile after it was; common sense tells you it’s more than just the spelling that gets hashed.Â My mother used to giggle a bit at the mental images conjured by every time the Washington Post would talk about a “grizzly accident.” Not a whole lot of big brown bears in downtown DC streets or the freeways nearby.
So it was a combination of obnoxiousness and hopeful helpfulness on my part:Â the first time I noted a typo in a Harry Potter book I thought, well, it’s a shame they didn’t catch that when everything else is so well done. Okay.Â But when I noted a plot change from one book to a later one due to an errant s, that was just too much, and I noted a second typo as well and wrote it down along with the plot error. Scholastic got a note from me.
Never trust something where you can’t see where it keeps its brain!Â In one book, one of the Weasley parents is warning Ginny* that. In a later book, the line is a flashback and a memory–and Mr. Weasley has become Mrs. Weasley.
Or the other way around. The response letter from Scholastic is dated nine years ago, so forgive me for not being sure now.
Either way, their thank you note included a signed bookplate and picture from JK Rowling. I was surprised and delighted when it came; as an author myself now, that bookplate especially means all the more to me now.
I think I’ve answered my own question. I need to go re-read the whole series, find out which book the s error snuck in, and put the plate in that one. No fair skimming ahead to find out.
*Thank you, Diana, got that corrected.Â Ginny not Gina (smacking forehead–of course!)Â Okay, now, that’s funny!
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