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Harry Potter
UK Versioin: "Harry counted out five little bronze coins and the owl held out its leg so he could put the money into a small leather pouch tied to it. Then it flew off..."
US Versioin: "Harry counted out five little bronze coins, and the owl held out his leg so Harry could put the money into a small leather pouch tied to it. Then he flew off..."

In the UK version, the owl is referred to as 'it', while in the US version to 'he'. I wonder why.
Thank you.
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Hello Itasan

It might easily have been "his" in the BrE version too. I would say that as a general rule in BrE, "it" distances the speaker from an animal, while "he/she" indicates a friendlier attitude.

Though of course the latter is only possible if you know the animal's sex.

MrP
Yet, Harry's owl is Hedwig, and it's a she, if I'm not wrong...
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Yes, you're right Pieanne... It's a she... Emotion: smile

[Y]
There appear to be other discrepancies:

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MrP
Thank you very much, everybody. This is the owl that delivered a paper.

UK Version: Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone, p. 72
US Version: Harry Potter and the sorcerer's tone, p. 62
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Thank you, MrP. That's quite interesting!
Itasan
Thank you very much, everybody. This is the owl that delivered a paper.

UK Version: Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone, p. 72
US Version: Harry Potter and the sorcerer's tone, p. 62

Oh, I see Itasan... That's the owl that brought Hagrid his newspaper... Emotion: big smile

[Y]
Oh yes, I've got it now! Silly me, he wouldn't have had to pay Hedwig! That's maybe when he couldn't use her...
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