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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorceror’s Stone

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Key statistics

Number of words: 77591
Number of different words: 6104
Average word length: 4.74
Number of sentences (with at least 2 words): 6412
Number of sentences with >25 words: 564 (8.8%)
Average sentence length in words: 12.1
Number of paragraphs: 6057

Punctuation

Exclamations: 474 (7.39% of sentences)
Multiple exclamations (eg !!!): 0 (0% of sentences)
Question marks: 754 (11.76% of sentences)
Colons/semicolons: 204 (3.18% of sentences)
Spaced hyphens: 28
Spaced en-dashes: 688
Spaced em-dashes: 0
Unspaced hyphens: 1962 (before closing quote: 0)
Unspaced en-dashes: 100 (before closing quote: 0)
Unspaced em-dashes: 0 (before closing quote: 0)
Serial commas: 64
No serial comma: 41

Word choices

Potentially overused words1: asleep (21) fat (21) funny (27) inside (59) nasty (14) pleased (19) upstairs (13)

‘ly’ adverbs: 720 (0.93% of words)
Used 5 or more times2: really (73) suddenly (69) quickly (44) nearly (37) finally (23) exactly (22) hardly (22) slowly (20) loudly (18) quietly (14) carefully (13) obviously (13) usually (11) furiously (11) probably (11) nervously (11) clearly (11) certainly (8) simply (8) particularly (7) safely (7) sharply (7) slightly (7) silently (7) easily (7) properly (7) eagerly (7) angrily (7) gently (6) completely (6) honestly (6) darkly (6) excitedly (6) happily (5) possibly (5) tightly (5) miserably (5) badly (5) anxiously (5) friendly (5) strangely (5) curiously (5) barely (5) perfectly (5)

Do you need these ‘filler words’…?
actually (2); decided (11); indeed (10); just (180); rather (22); really (73); then (165); truly (1); very (172);
These words account for 0.82% of the text.3

Dialogue tags:4
said (483); muttered (15); snapped (11); whispered (9); added (7); called (5); mumbled (4); snarled (4); murmured (4); growled (4); reminded (4); sighed (3); croaked (3); warned (3); panted (3); repeated (3); suggested (3); moaned (2); chortled (2); agreed (2); smiled (2); stammered (2); gasped (2); admitted (2); explained (2); grunted (2); puffed (1); urged (1); thundered (1); advised (1); whined (1); sobbed (1); wheedled (1); pressed (1); pleaded (1); invented (1); choked (1); observed (1); recited (1); ordered (1); wheezed (1); informed (1); reeled (1); rumbled (1); confessed (1); lied (1); grumbled (1); groaned (1);

Dialogue tags with adverbs:
said softly (2); said finally (2); said quietly (2); said eagerly (1); said irritably (1); said coolly (1); said simply (1); said slowly (1); said coldly (1); said calmly (1); said stiffily (1); said greasily (1); said desperately (1); said shortly (1); said smoothly (1); said ruefully (1); said quickly (1); moaned halfheartedly (1); whispered dramatically (1); muttered desperately (1); muttered angrily (1); added quickly (1); added nastily (1); sighed happily (1); said impatiently (1); said loudly (1); said sharply (1); muttered suddenly (1); whispered urgently (1); added brightly (1);

Use of passive:5 235 (3.67% of sentences)
Examples used more than once: be taken (7); be allowed (5); was allowed (4); was locked (3); be surprised (3); been knocked (3); been given (3); been sent (3); was called (3); was afraid (3); been down (2); being made (2); been bewitched (2); was head (2); were a hundred (2); was down (2); be left (2); been brought (2); was pleased (2); be seen (2); was covered (2); was wrapped (2); be thrown (2); were surprised (2); were supposed (2); been killed (2); was made (2); be left alone (2); were delighted (2); was searched (2); been emptied (2); be sorted (2); was relieved (2); been accepted (2); was left (2);

Frequencies

Top 30 words by raw frequency (case insensitive, frequency in brackets):
the (3626) and (1918) to (1856) a (1688) he (1528) of (1259) harry (1213) was (1186) it (1026) in (965) his (937) you (863) said (794) had (702) i (652) on (636) at (625) that (601) they (597) as (526) him (501) but (483) with (416) ron (410) all (397) out (372) for (369) up (368) be (367) what (342)

Frequencies of top 30 words used to open sentences6:
He… (459) Harry… (410) The… (247) It… (191) They… (153) said… (138) “I… (124) I… (124) A… (76) Ron… (74) Hagrid… (70) “You… (68) he… (65) And… (63) There… (60) Hermione… (59) But… (52) She… (51) “But… (49) “What… (49) “I’m… (41) “Oh,… (40) At… (40) His… (39) Professor… (39) As… (38) “It’s… (38) You… (38) “And… (37) Then… (36)

Top 30 word pairs by raw frequency (case sensitive, stop words removed7):
said Harry (109) he said (96) said Ron (92) said Hagrid (77) Uncle Vernon (77) Professor McGonagall (70) Aunt Petunia (47) — I (35) — he (33) said Hermione (32) I don’t (30) I think (29) said Dumbledore (26) she said (25) Mr Dursley (23) he didn’t (21) don’t know (21) I suppose (21) he couldn’t (21) though he (20) common room (18) I’ve got (18) Harry Potter (18) said Professor (17) he thought (17) didn’t know (17) sat down (17) He looked (16) I know (16) he hadn’t (16)

Top 30 word trios by raw frequency (case sensitive, stop words removed):
said Professor McGonagall (15) said Uncle Vernon (13) I don’t know (10) Gryffindor common room (7) — I mean (6) get past Fluffy (5) he said I (5) said Harry He (5) Every Flavor Beans (5) I don’t think (5) He didn’t know (5) — er — (5) he said I’m (4) said Harry trying (4) I don’t want (4) vault seven hundred (4) he told Ron (4) don’t know how (4) ter tell yeh (4) said Hagrid Harry (4) Bott’s Every Flavor (4) said Harry I (4) Mr H Potter (3) Great Uncle Algie (3) didn’t know whether (3) Nearly Headless Nick (3) He didn’t feel (3) Harry couldn’t sleep (3) Harry couldn’t help (3) Harry I think (3)

Long phrases used at least three times:
the portrait of the fat lady (4)
for the first time in his (4)
the twelve uses of dragon’s blood (3)
found out how to get past (3)
back down on the sofa which (3)
the first time in his life (3)

Top 30 significant words8 by frequency (frequency in brackets):
Harry (1213) said (794) Ron (410) Hagrid (336) Hermione (257) Snape (145) Dumbledore (143) Uncle (121) time (119) Dudley (116) Malfoy (109) eyes (105) Vernon (105) door (105) Neville (102) yeh (100) head (99) thought (96) next (96) mcgonagall (95) way (94) Potter (94) people (92) Quirrell (90) room (90) face (88) Gryffindor (85) boy (83) Hogwarts (79) ter (78)

Top 30 significant capitalised words (frequency in brackets):
Harry (1212) Ron (410) Hagrid (336) Hermione (257) Snape (145) Dumbledore (140) Dudley (115) Uncle (111) Malfoy (109) Vernon (105) Neville (102) McGonagall (95) Potter (92) Quirrell (90) Gryffindor (81) Hogwarts (76) Quidditch (59) Petunia (57) Stone (52) Aunt (52) Dursley (52) Dursleys (50) Wood (49) Slytherin (48) Weasley (47) Filch (47) Madam (36) Percy (36) Fred (34) Peeves (32)

Top 30 significant words by importance9 (frequency in brackets):
Harry (1213) Hermione (257) Ron (410) Snape (145) yeh (100) ter (78) Petunia (57) Vernon (105) Dudley (116) Potter (94) Dursley (54) Neville (102) wand (62) Uncle (121) Aunt (65) troll (31) cloak (57) broomstick (27) wizard (41) owl (43) firenze (18) Granger (23) seven (22) unicorn (22) Crabbe (21) Madam (36) nine (18) Norbert (24) Percy (36) broom (34)

Parts of speech10

Personal pronouns: 8%
Common nouns: 18%
Proper nouns: 5%
Adjectives: 3%
Adverbs: 2%
Present/future tense lexical verbs:11 2%
Past tense lexical verbs:12 6%
-ing lexical verbs:13 2%
Lexical density14: 46%
Percentage of ‘glue words’:15 32.15%

Hyphenation16

Levi-o-sa (1)Leviosa (3)
boarded-up (1) boarded up (1)
break-in (2) break in (1)
emerald-green (3) emerald green (2)
fifty-pence (1) fifty pence (1)
first-year (2) first year (17)
grown-up (1) grown up (1)
jet-black (1) jet black (1)
last-minute (2) last minute (1)
living-room (1) living room (7)
out-of-bounds (2) out of bounds (1)
red-headed (1)redheaded (1)
right-hand (1) right hand (1)
school-and (1) school and (2)
talking-to (1) talking to (11)
thank-you (1) thank you (4)
third-floor (4) third floor (8)
three-headed (6) three headed (1)
three-quarters (6)threequarters (1)
time-out (1) time out (1)

Possible spacing inconsistency

any more (9)anymore (7)
staff room (2)staffroom (2)

UK/US spellings & vocabulary

Note: ‘-ize’ verb endings are used by ‘Oxford style’ in the UK as well as in American English.

Possible inconsistencies (UK – US):
got (198)gotten (20)

Probable American spellings:
airplane (2); apologized (1); armor (7); behavior (1); biased (1); canceled (1); center (1); color (3); colors (2); cozy (2); criticizing (1); defense (3); defenseless (1); dialing (1); drafts (1); drafty (1); favor (1); favored (3); favorite (6); favors (2); flavor (9); flavored (1); furor (1); gray (11); grayish (1); griffin (1); harbor (2); honor (2); humor (1); licorice (1); math (1); memorize (1); meters (1); moldy (2); mustache (6); mustached (1); neighbors (2); pajamas (2); plowed (1); program (1); programs (1); realize (10); realized (17); realizing (4); recognize (3); recognized (4); rumor (1); rumors (3); shoveling (1); shriveled (2); sniveled (1); traveled (1); unraveled (1); vapor (1); woolen (1);

Possible Americanisms:
candy (4); front desk (1); movies (1); parking lot (1); trash can (5); vacation (2);

Probable British spellings:
draught (1);

Possible Britishisms:
bathroom (5); bin (12); caretaker (2); chocolate (16); cupboard (22); curtains (4); fitted (4); headmaster (4); headmistress (2); holiday (1); parcel (9); pavement (1); postman (1); public school (1); pudding (2); rubbish (7); sofa (10); sweets (7); tights (1); toilet (8); tosh (1); traffic lights (1); trousers (3);

Numbers17

With numerals:
0 (3) 1 (3) 2 (2) 3 (3) 4 (3) 17 (1) 31 (2) 90 (1) 382 (1) 1473 (1) 1637 (1) 1709 (1) 1945 (2)

With words:
one (255) first (111) two (100) three (65) second (43) four (32) five (32) ten (30) hundred (29) seven (22) thousand (19) nine (18) twelve (17) eleven (16) third (15) fifty (13) six (12) hundreds (11) twenty (8) three-quarters (8) thirteen (7) thousands (7) three-headed (6) eight (5) thirty (5) third-floor (4) seventeen (3) first-year (3) sixty (3) fifteen (3) fourth (3) sixteen (3) thirteen-and-a-half (2) fourteen (2) firsties (2) seventy (2) sixth (2) twentieth (2) seventh (2) fifty-eight (1) four-poster (1) sixty-five (1) sixty-fifth (1) headfirst (1) thirty-six (1) twelve-foot (1) thirty-seven (1) fifty-pence (1) fours (1) four’s (1) ninth (1) threes (1) fifty-two (1) twenty-six (1) seventy-two (1) threequarters (1) four-legged (1) twenty-one (1) twenty-nine (1) firsthand (1) second’s (1) secondary (1) fifty-foot (1) fifth-year (1) thirty-nine (1) forty-two (1) four-posters (1) forty (1) eleventh (1) twenty-four (1) three-thirty (1) first-ever (1)

Potential house style issues

Percentages: twelve percent (1)

Titles: Mr. (79) Mrs. (44) Miss (6) St (1)

OK/okay: okay (3) Okay (2)

Possessives with ‘s’ (eg James’/James’s): Dursleys’ (8) jus’ (7) girls’ (4) firs’ (3) minutes’ (3) boys’ (2) Firs’ (2) Seamus’s (2) wizards’ (2) twins’ (2) parents’ (2) las’ (1) Weasleys’ (1) Norris’s (1) Warlocks’ (1) Slytherins’ (1) seconds’ (1) hours’ (1) Smeltings’ (1) pupils’ (1) Beginners’ (1) Scabbers’ (1) Wizards’ (1) eels’ (1) teachers’ (1) Peeves’s (1)

Times: eleven o’clock (5) seven o’clock (2) five o’clock (2) one o’clock (1) six o’clock (1)

Date formatting: July 31 (1) September 1 (1) 31 Jul (1)

Measurements: five minutes (7) ten minutes (7) thirty seconds (1) ten feet (1) four feet (1) twenty minutes (1) two inches (1) two seconds (1) twenty feet (1) fifty feet (1)

Words which can have hyphenated or unhyphenated prefixes18: halfheartedly (1) halfway (8) multilevel (1) nonstop (1) offhand (1)

Main compass points: West (2)

Variant spellings

burnt (1)burned (2)

Commonly confused words and phrases

accept (2)except (24)
accepted (2)excepted (0)
affect (1)effect (1)
born (1)borne (0)
break (12)brake (0)
breaks (1)brakes (0)
council (1)counsel (0)
desert (1)dessert (0)
deserts (0)desserts (2)
envelop (0)envelope (9)
forward (34)foreword (0)
freeze (1)frieze (0)
hanged (0)hung (12)
inter (2)intern (0)
poured (1)pored (0)
practicable (0)practical (1)

Misused phrases

No misused phrases found.

Possible redundancies

PHRASEPOSSIBLE SOLUTION
add up (1)add
added bonus (1)bonus
all of (14)all
and so (11)so
as a matter of fact (1)[DELETE]
as being (4)as
as yet (1)yet
ask a question (1)ask
at the end of the day (1)[DELETE]
both of them (3)both
could possibly (1)could
exactly the same (3)the same
fell down (1)fell
gave a gasp (1)gasp
go and get (1)get
has got (1)has
have got (7)have
honestly (4)[DELETE]
hurry up (5)hurry
in my opinion (3)[DELETE]
know that (7)know
over with (2)over
reason why (1)reason
rise up (1)rise
rose up (2)rose
sit down (2)sit
stand up (4)stand
stood up (8)stood
wake up (2)wake
you’re going to (5)you’ll

Clichéd similes/comparisons19

…light as air…; …stiff as a board…;

Names & abbreviations

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE (2)Dragon Species (1)Living Death (1)Reckon Dumbledore (1)
ALL WHAT (1)Dudley Dursley (1)Locomotor Mortis (1)Restricted Section (2)
AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL To TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS (1)Eeylops Owl Emporium (2)London Underground (1)Ron Weasley (1)
ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT (1)Emetic Switch (1)Lord Voldemort (2)Ronald Weasley (3)
Adalbert Waffling (1)Everywhere Harry (1)M First (1)Rubeus Hagrid (2)
Add Norbert (1)FORBID YOU (1)MOTORCYCLES DON (1)SEIZE HIM (2)
Adrian Pucey (2)Famous Witches (1)Madam Hooch (12)SO WHAP (1)
Alberic Grunnion (1)Famous Wizard (1)Madam Malkin (7)STUDENTS OUT OF BED (1)
Albus Dumbled– (1)Fantastic Beasts (1)Madam Pince (3)STUDENTS OUT OF BED DOWN THE CHARMS CORRIDOR (1)
Albus Dumbledore (7)Fat Friar (2)Madam Pomfrey (13)Sahara Desert (1)
Alicia Spinnet (1)Fat Lady (7)Madam Pomftey (1)Seamus Finnigan (6)
Angelina Johnson (1)Fer Dumbledore (1)Magical Drafts (1)See Professor Dumbledore (1)
Anti-Dark Force (1)Fine Wands (1)Magical Theory (1)Set Gryffindors (1)
Argus Filch (1)First Class (1)Make Dudley (1)Severus Snape (1)
Arsenius Jigger (1)Flaming Christmas (1)Make Harry (1)Should Harry (1)
Aunt Petunia (48)Fred Weasley (4)Marcus Flint (3)Sir Nicholas (3)
Auntie Marge (1)GET BEHIND THAT TREE (1)Mars Bars (2)Slytherin Captain (1)
B-b-but Severus (1)GET OUT (1)Meet Mr (1)Slytherin Captain Marcus Flint (1)
BELIEVE WHAT IT (1)GOT YOUR CONK (1)Merry Christmas (3)Slytherin House (1)
Bathilda Bagshot (1)GRINGOTTS BREAK-IN LATEST (1)Minerva McGonagall (1)Slytherin Seeker Terence Higgs (1)
Befuddle Your Enemies (1)GRYFFINDORS SCORE (1)Miranda Goshawk (1)Sorting Hat (1)
Bertie Bott (1)George Weasley (8)Miss Granger (7)Stonewall High (3)
Best Blowing Gum (1)Ginny Weasley (1)Miss Hermione Granger (1)Stop Lily (1)
Better Hufflepuff (1)Given Harry (1)Miss Patil (1)Supreme Mugwump (1)
Bettie Bott (3)Golden Snitch (2)Misters Fred (1)Switching Spells (1)
Bewitch Your Friends (1)Good Lord (1)Modern Magical History (1)THE BOY WHO LIVED (1)
Black Forest (1)Grand Sorc (1)N Malfoy (1)THE FORIBIDDEN FOREST (1)
Bloody Baron (4)Great Auntie Enid (1)NICOLAS FLAMEL (1)THE JOURNEY FROM PLATFORM NINE AND THREE-QUARTERS (1)
Boa Constrictor (1)Great Britain (1)NOF Harry (1)THE KEEPER OF THE KEYS (1)
Body-Bind Curse (1)Great Hall (14)NORBERT THE NORWEGIAN RIDGEBACK (1)THE LETTERS FROM NO ONE (1)
Bogies Quirrell (1)Great Uncle Algie (2)Neville Longbottom (1)THE MAN WITH TWO FACES (1)
Bonfire Night (1)Great Wizarding Events (1)Newt Scamander (1)THE MIDNIGHT DUEL (1)
CAR CRASH (1)Great Wizards (1)Next Door (1)THE MIRROR OF ERISED (1)
COME AND LOOK AT THIS SNAKE (1)Gryffindor Beater (1)Nicolas Flamel (12)THE POTIONS MASTER (1)
COURSE BOOKS (1)Gryffindor House (2)Nimbus Two Thousand (11)THE SORTING HAT (1)
CURRENTLY HEADMASTER OF HOGWARTS (1)Gryffindor Keeper Wood (1)Norwegian Ridgeback (2)THE VANISHING GLASS (1)
Caput Draconis (1)Gryffindor Seeker (1)Norwegian Ridgebacks (1)THROUGH THE TRAPDOOR (1)
Cauldron Cakes (1)Gryffindor Tower (1)Not Slytherin (2)Taking Dudley (1)
Charlie Weasley (2)H. Potter (5)Notable Magical Names (1)Thanks Potter (1)
Chaser Angelina Johnson (1)HARRY POTTER (1)OTHER EQUIPMENT (1)Thinking Cap (1)
Chaser Bell (1)HAVE YOU GONE MAD (1)Oliver Wood (4)Three Chasers (3)
Chaser Katie Bell (1)HOGWARTS SCHOOL (2)One Thousand Magical Herbs (3)Tiptoe Through (1)
Chaser Pucey (1)Hair Loss (1)Our Time (1)Tongue- Tying (1)
Chocolate Frog (4)Happy Birthday Harry (1)P-Professor Quirrell (1)Trust Dumbledore (1)
Chocolate Frogs (6)Harry Hunting (1)PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS (1)Twentieth Century (2)
Cleansweep Seven (1)Harry Potter (25)Pansy Parkinson (1)Two Thousand (2)
Comet Two Sixty (1)He- Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (1)Parvati Patil (3)Uncle Vernon (104)
Common Welsh Green (1)Hebridean Blacks (1)Percy Weasley (2)Vernon Dursley (1)
Cornelius Fudge (1)Hermione Granger (16)Percy Weasley Pompously (1)WANT MY LETTER (1)
Cross Station (1)High Table (6)Petrificus Totalus (1)Werewolf Code (1)
D-D-Dark Arts (1)Hoggy Warty Hogwarts (1)Phyllida Spore (1)West Ham (2)
D-Defense Against (1)Hogwarts Express (2)Piers Polkiss (2)What Harry (1)
DIAGON ALLEY (1)Hogwarts School (1)Platform Nine (1)When Angelina (1)
DO NOT OPEN THE PARCEL AT THE TABLE (1)Hogwarts Sorting Hat (1)Play Quidditch (1)When Aunt Petunia (1)
Daily Prophet (3)INSULT- ALBUS- DUMBLEDORE- IN- FRONT- OF- ME (1)Privet Drive (16)When Dudley (1)
Dark Arts (7)Ickle Dudleykins (1)Professor Binns (2)When Harry (4)
Dark Magic (1)Ickle Firsties (2)Professor Dumbledore (20)When Malfoy (1)
Dark Side (3)Important Modern Magical Discoveries (1)Professor Flitwick (14)When Mr (1)
Dean Thomas (2)International Confed (1)Professor McGonagall (92)When Neville Longbottom (1)
Dear Harry (1)James Potter (3)Professor McGonagall Harry (1)When Professor McGonagall (1)
Dear Mr (1)Jim McGuffin (1)Professor Quirrell (17)When September (1)
Dear Professor Dumbledore (1)Just Ollivanders (1)Professor Quirtell (1)Whenever Harry (1)
Dear Ron (1)KILL HIM (2)Professor Snape (8)Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa (1)
Dedalus Diggle (4)Keeper Bletchley (1)Professor Sprout (3)Wingardium Leviosa (3)
Defense Against (3)Latest Revenges (1)Professor Vindictus Viridian (1)Wish McGonagall (1)
Deputy Headmistress (1)Leaky Cauldron (9)Pulling Aunt Petunia (1)Wizard Baruffio (1)
Diagon Alley (7)Lee Jordan (8)Pumpkin Pasties (1)World Cup (1)
Dinky Duddydums (1)Leg-Locker Curse (2)Quentin Trimble (1)Y Headmaster (1)
Doris Crockford (3)Licorice Wands (1)Quidditch Through (4)YOU WON (1)
Double Potions (1)Like Hagrid (1)Railview Hotel (1)You- Know-Who (2)
Draco Malfoy (9)Like Harry (1)Reaching Snape (1)Young Sirius Black (1)
Dragon Breeding (1)Little Whinging (1)Recent Developments (2)

Potentially similar capitalised words20

ALBUS; Albus;
Aargh; AAAARGH; AAAAAAAAAARGH;
Alley; ALLEY;
Bless; Blaise;
Blocks; Blacks;
Bones; Beans; Binns;
Crikey; Greek;
DIAGON; Diagon;
DUDLEY; Dudley;
DUMBLEDORE; Dumbledore; Dumbledore’ll; Dumbledore’s;
DURSLEY; Dursley;
Duddy’s; Daddy’s;
Dursleys; Dursley’s;
ERISED; Erised;
Express; Experts;
FLAMEL; Flamel;
Flitwicles; Flitwick;
Granger; Granger’s;
Gringotts; GRINGOTTS;
Grunt; Grand;
Gryffindor; Gryffindor’s; Gryffindors; GRYFFINDORS; GRYFFINDOR;
Gulpin; Gallopin;
HOGWARTS; Hogwarts;
HUFFLEPUFF; Hufflepuffs; Hufflepuffis; Hufflepuff;
Halloween; HALLOWEEN;
Harry; HARRY;
Heaps; Hopes;
Hello; Hollow; Hullo;
JORDAN; Jordan;
Katie; Guide;
Latest; LATEST;
Levi-o-sa; Leviosa;
Longbottom; Longbottom’s;
Malfoy’s; Malfoys;
Malfoy; Malfay;
Mandy; Monday;
McGonagall; McGonagall’s;
Minister; Ministry;
NICOLAS; Nicolas;
Norbert’s; Norbert; NORBERT;
Norwegian; NORWEGIAN;
Ollivander; Ollivanders;
Oooooooh; Oooooh;
POTTER; Potter;
Pansy; Pince;
Parvati; Prophet; Profit; Privet;
Peeves; Peevsie;
Percy; Piers;
Potter’s; Potters;
QUIDDITCH; Quidditch;
RAVENCLAW; Ravenclaw; Ravenclaws;
RIDGEBACK; Ridgeback;
SEIZE; Seize;
SHHHH; Shhhh;
SLYTHERIN; Slytherins; Slytherin’s; Slytherin;
SORTING; Sorting;
Seeker’s; Seekers;
Sirius; Circe;
Smeltings; Smelting;
Sprouts; Sprout’s;
Totalus; Dudley’s; Dedalus;
VOLDEMORT; Voldemort’s; Voldemort;
WEASLEY; Weasley;
You-Know-What; YouKnow-What;
You-Know-Who; YouKnow-Who;

Total execution time in seconds: 8.7005591392517


  1. These are in the top 1000 adjectives and adverbs in English, and have been used in your text at least 10 times more than would normally be expected in written English; and they all appear in your text at least five times. 
  2. Words in red are used at least five times what would normally be expected. 
  3. The expected figure from the average across a general corpus (UK or US English) is about 0.47% – but for fiction this rises to 0.65% in US English and 0.77% in UK English. 
  4. This counts past-tense dialogue tags – many writing teachers advise that having a wide variety of dialogue tags, especially ‘impossible’ ones such as ‘she smiled’, should be avoided, and the simple forms ‘said’, ‘replied’ and ‘asked’ may be sufficient. 
  5. Again, many writing tutors counsel against extensive use of passive constructions as they can rob a narrative of immediacy. 
  6. This may help indicate the writer’s habits, but also who the most ‘active’ characters are in the case of fiction. Note: opening apostrophes are preserved to indicate the most common opening words of sentences in dialogue. 
  7. ‘Stop words’ are the most commonly used words in natural language – here, personal pronouns have been kept in. 
  8. This means primarily nouns and verbs, ie words which are more likely to convey the text’s key content and meaning. 
  9. This tool is intended to give a more precise indication of a text’s most important words (ie those which might indicate what the text is about) than what raw word frequency indicates; common terms such as ‘people’ and ‘time’, for example, appear in many documents, but do not necessarily indicate the essence of the particular text being analysed. It uses the TF-IDF statistical method to relate the frequencies of words in the specific text to their general frequencies in the British National Corpus, with thanks to the late Adam Kilgarriff for his version of the BNC, further adapted considerably for this tool. This analyser mainly uses the nouns and verbs in the BNC, on the basis that these are the parts of speech that best indicate the subject matter of a text. The ‘important’ words to your specific text may not be those with the highest frequencies! 
  10. These figures are only approximate given that many individual words in the text may be homographs belonging to one or more category (eg ‘lives’ the noun and ‘lives’ the verb). 
  11. ie not including auxiliary verbs such as do, has etc, or the verb ‘to be’. 
  12. Includes past participles. 
  13. Includes present participles and gerunds. 
  14. This is a broad measure of how much information a text contains, ie in terms of meaning-carrying words – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs – rather than the connecting words between them. 
  15. These are 50 common words which ‘glue’ together the main information-carrying words. The term was invented by Richard C Wydick in 1978. The average figure across the British National Corpus of written texts is about 36%. The glue words included here are: the, of, and, to, in, a, is, that, for, it, as, was, with, be, by, on, not, this, are, or, his, from, at, which, but, have, an, had, were, their, one, all, can, her, has, there, been, if, more, when, will, would, who, so, no, other, its, may, these, what. 
  16. Some results will be false positives, eg where an adjectival phrase is attributive in one instance and predicative in another; or where the letters of the phrase just happen to be included in a different phrase altogether. 
  17. See also house style section below. 
  18. These words can all be found in corpora with or without hyphenation after the initial prefix. This tool helps to spot inconsistencies in house style across different words with prefixes. In general, modern style is moving towards avoiding hyphens if possible. 
  19. There are many thousands of clichés in common use – too many to search for. This tool simply focuses on hackneyed similes and comparisons. 
  20. This tool looks for possible typos in capitalised words by grouping them according to sound patterns – the results may include lots of false positives, and the test isn’t exhaustive, but it can help!