Number of Pages in "HP & The Order of the Phoenix"

I asked this question in this thread, but so far it doesn’t seem to be getting any attention. I hope that by giving it its own thread, someone can help me out.

I bought my copy of Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix earlier today. According to the description for this edition of this book, it is supposed to have 896 pages.

The Barnes & Noble website’s description for this book says the same thing.

So does Powell’s website.

When I finished reading the book, I saw that it only went up to 870 pages.

This bothers me.

Does anyone know why there is such a big discrepency between the number of pages listed and the number of actual pages in the book? I mean, 26 pages is practically a chapter. And does this discrepency show up in your copy of this edition of the book?

…they edited out Professor McGonagle’s nude scene?

Could they be counting the title pages and whatnot in with the total? There’s still not that many, but that’d bring it a bit closer, at least.


I just looked at my copy of Harry Potter and I only have 766 pages!!!

Maybe we just have completely different versions. Either that or I’m missing quite a few chapters :frowning:

I just counted in my own copy, and lo and behold, I hit 896! That’s counting both sides of everything but the dark-colored first and last pages (I forget what those are called). And I did so WITHOUT looking at the end, even, since I’m only about 1/3 through the book…

I think that the American version might be longer. It’s probably due to formatting (font size, page spacing, etc.) - I certainly don’t think they would have edited it much differently. Heck, the American version even says “jumper” instead of “sweater.”

The American versions are longer then the UK editions.

No, I don’t know why.

Hey! Spoiler Box, buddy!

I don’t even want to think about seeing Maggie Smith nude! :smiley:


It basically has to do with the formatting and typeset used. Scholastic is, after all, a children’s book publisher, and uses a typeset (which has so far been stated in all the back of the books, but I can’t remember off the top of my head) which seems a little bigger and, more importantly, more spacing between lines; say something analagous to the difference between single-space and 1.5-space in a word-processed document.

You would have liked it when she was younger, methinks.

There are 896 pages in the US book - 870 pages of text and 26 pages at the front and back (including the blank pages). So it’s 896 BOUND pages.

Seems freaky to me, but I counted. :stuck_out_tongue:

There is, apparently, a rather bad anomaly in some copies: repeating pages.