I can't really sleep today, so I am reading the British versions of the Harry Potter books. Some of the grammar seems different from our American copies, especially the subjunctive mood. It's continually written like "If Harry was more brave..." In proper(meaning mostly avoided by people of my age ) American English we would say were, and it is written like that in our Harry Potter books. Is was the proper subjunctive verb in British English or is the Author making a mistake? Thanks for answering this completely un-mac related question.