MORE HARRY POTTER….What’s the difference between the British and American editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Via Charles Kuffner, here is an excerpt from page 205 of the British edition:

“Anyway, it’s a nightmare of a year, the fifth,” said George. “If you care about exam results, anyway. Fred and I managed to keep our peckers up somehow.”

And here it is in the American edition (at the bottom of page 226):

“Anyway, it’s a nightmare of a year, the fifth,” said George. “If you care about exam results, anyway. Fred and I managed to keep our spirits up somehow.”

Aside from typographical and spelling conventions, another big difference appears to be length: 766 pages for the British edition vs. 870 pages for the American edition. More pages means a higher printing cost, so I wonder why the publishers felt they had to use a larger type size in America than in Britain?

(It’s worth noting that not quite every slightly risque passage got excised from the American edition. There was one passage that surprised me a bit in a children’s book, but unfortunately I can’t remember what it was. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, leave an excerpt in comments.)