...Yes, I am sure you are surprised to hear this - no doubt you will say that Potter has always been Dumbledore's favorite - but I feel bound to tell you that Dumbledore may not be in charge at Hogwarts much longer and the people who count have a very different - and probably more accurate - view of Potter's behavior. I shall say no more here, but if you look at the Daily Prophet tomorrow you will get a good idea of the way the wind is blowing - and see if you can spot yours truly!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

What does "spot yours" mean? Especially, what 'yours' refers to?

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The phrase is "spot yours truly".

"Yours truly" is a (pretentious) way to refer to yourself. So the speaker is saying "see if you can spot me (in the newspaper tomorrow)".

  • This self-referential “yours truly” resembles one traditional way to close a letter. In that context, those words appear just before the signature — yours truly, Gary Botnovcan. Feb 9, 2019 at 15:16
  • I usually see "truly yours".
    – dan
    Feb 9, 2019 at 22:43

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