I am doing a Critical Reading (grin) of the text, and discovered that
Dudley's friend Piers is "scrawny" when he turns up for the zoo visit, but in
the next chapter, is named as one of Dudley's friends who are "all big and
Doubtless other grave faults will be unmasked ('nother grin) as I go along.
This is a UK copy I had ordered to give a friend for Christmas. A mad search
of the house failed to turn it up, so I wrapped and mailed her my own UK copy
instead, praying it was reasonably unbent and unmarked. Then, of course, I
found the new UK copy, still in its mailer.
When I opened it, it was a plain cover, mostly gray and black, with a subdued
photo of a locomotive and some orange trim for title and borders. I suspect
this is the edition which I read abt somewhere, which was supposedly brought
out to make it less embarrassing for adults reading Potter in public :)
The one my friend got, as best I recall, shows a lively drawing of the train
and Harry himself, in color.
Hagrid is described as almost twice as tall and fully five times as wide as
an ordinary person (!). In a shot I saw on CNN today, Coltrane does look
quite, quite huge. Any tricks, such as those done to shrink the Hobbits?