Philosophers or Sorcerers?

First published in the U.K J.K.Rowliing called her best selling novel Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone however when published in America they were offended so they changed the named to Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. What do you think do you call it Philosophers or Sorcerers? Do you think America should have changed the name?

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Jul 17, 2008 5:02PM EDT

I don't think they should've changed the name, and besides i don't understand why they get offended at? Besides the tittle is not as important as the story but for me it will always be philosophers.

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Jul 27, 2008 10:19PM EDT

I never knew it was Philosophers Stone!

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Sep 4, 2008 8:13PM EDT

well i must say i perfer as philosopher stone it just seems to fit the harry potter theme so much better then sorcerers stone. I also do not understand why they changed it but i remember when it first first came out i watched it it was in theatres known as philosopher stone

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Sep 5, 2008 2:38PM EDT

I am wondering if the word philosopher means slightly different things in England and the US (or has a second definition in England that we don't use in the US)...so using 'philosopher' would be confusing to US readers, perhaps?An interesting discussion...perhaps a UK reader can sort it out for us!

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Sep 6, 2008 11:03PM EDT

i like philoshophers stone, but they might have changed it because there is an anime (fullmetel alchemist) that is about these brothers searching for the philoshophers stone. the anime rocks!

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Sep 7, 2008 7:41AM EDT

nope RachelL i am from scotland and it doesn't mean anything different

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Mar 17, 2010 5:32PM EDT

There was no offense involved in the changing of the title. Publishers merely felt that American audiences wouldn't know the word philosopher in that particular context.Philosopher would have nothing to do with potions/magic/alchemy to most of that audience. It wouldn't really make sense to many people - thus probably hurting book sales. Personally, because I was an avid reader I would have understood and I don't think they should have changed the name (and JK Rowling agrees) but hey it's too late now.

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