Judging By The Cover: Judging Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Judging Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Judging the covers of the first Harry Potter book.

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Holy cow. I thought the U.S. cover was ill-conceived. Now I know it was actually an improvement. How do you look at the U.K. cover and not immediately think, he's about to get gibbed by a train.

When will our heroes learn?
NO CAPES!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R2aW03pwL0

Didn't expect a discussion of "philosopher's stone" vs. "sorcerer's stone" to turn into a discussion of U.S. government healthcare policies and social fashion choices (fashion choices of a minority of the population, no less). I'd have guessed the book publishers thought sorcerers would sound more exciting and drive more book sales than philosophers.

Recently read that the movie Zootopia was renamed to Zootropolis for the UK release, not sure at all what the logic was there.

I prefer "Sorcerer's Stone" to "Philosopher's", because it sounds like in the Harry Potterverse, philosophers are just as useless as they are in ours. Sorcerers get shit done, son!
The point I lost it: when he called the 3-headed dog 3 honey badgers buggering each other.

nightowlc:

Recently read that the movie Zootopia was renamed to Zootropolis for the UK release, not sure at all what the logic was there.

Zootropolis makes more sense to me as a title because they live in a animal metropolis, not some kind of animal paradise. I do admit though that Zootopia rolls off the tongue easier.

Flathole:
When will our heroes learn?
NO CAPES!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R2aW03pwL0

Apparently Edna has never heard of a snap fastener. Using them would allow capes to be attached with enough strength to stay on, with them being harmlessly pulled off in the event they get snagged on something.

I had never noticed before, but Harry is wearing a Griffindor scarf on the cover, despite him not having gone to the school yet!

Or are we to believe that this is the return trip, and for some reason he still acts surprised and confused about magic despite having studied it for a good 10 months?

 

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