Harry Potter is a
beast, a near epoch-defining work of fiction so entrenched in our
culture that it is near impossible to imagine our world without it
(almost like Frozen, but without the singing).
With that kind of
influence it should came as no surprise that it is one of the most
heavily scrutinized series in history, and with fans combing the
books with the keen eyes of Sherlock Holmes it should also come as even less of a surprise that mistakes have been found.
Some are valid, such
as when, during the Priori Incantatum incident in Goblet of Fire, the
echo of Lily Potter appeared before James Potter despite the fact
that James was killed first. But a great many are not and while
seeming to be iron-clad, bonafide plot-holes, are in fact easily
explained with only a little careful thought.
Normally this type
of list demands a fair bit of, how shall we say? out-of-the-box
creative licence (*cough* Unapologetic BS *cough*). But with Harry
Potter there is no need. Because such is JK Rowling’s attention to
that detail that, channel your inner Sherlock hard enough and you’ll
find the evidence you’re looking for.
So, let’s dive
into some of the mistakes and find out why the mystery lies not in
the mistake, but in the reason why it was considered a mistake in the