Perhaps we slightly overestimated the whole Potterdämmerung thing. Live and learn! In any case, this is the last time I’m googling it.
All is well
Maybe now that the book is out there can be a little less bemoaning? Or not. In any case, I got a wrap to do so I’ll just point y’all towards Andrew Wheeler’s HP round-up.
So we learned yesterday a possible source for those leaked Hallows – a distributor shipped books early. (Although it should be noted that the first of the ‘carpet book’ pictures – the full leak – showed up over the weekend.) Unsurprisingly, Scholastic says they’ll be taking legal action. Meanwhile, leak coverage continues.
HERE THERE BE SPOILERS! YAAR!
And here’s one for Yav: Hogwarts Professor, Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter.
The news that somebody uploaded photos of (probably) every page of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” several days before its official release date did not stay as buried as Scholastic and Bloomsbury might have liked: It was on the front page of the New York Times site, for one thing, and the AP picked it up as well. Spoilerphobes had better head to the back of the cave. Where is Sir Dan with his blindfolds when you need him?
Why is Harry so big? Been asking this for years, but I’m not sure Gannett here has all the answers… Online fandom, certainly, has a lot to do with reader base and the growth of the internet, but is Jo Rowling really the best author of the age?
The series is also adding to the chaos of the Middle East. Harry.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, or at least a version of it, is indeed online… And the torrent is linked on Boing Boing. (No spoilers, just link.) Wonder how long that’ll last? I’m just not obsessed enough to squint my way through 400+ JPGs, but to each their own.
Jim Dale, who reads the Harry audiobooks, knows how it all ends, and he can’t even tell his grandkids. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the NYT, a look at the directors of the HP films. Or simply keep up with their Harry Potter index. (Thanks, Liz!)
Meanwhile, no one has any business being surprised that Order of the Phoenix is tops at the box office, making about twice as the nearest competition, Transformers.
Now might be a good time to leave the internet, spoilerphobes! There’s a scanned copy of most of the book circulating… Yes, it could be fake, but why take the chance?
Wal-Mart recently announced its Harry Potter spoiler policy with a rather amusingly-written poem:
Wal-Mart’s Pledge to Harry Potter Fans
There’s plenty of excitement brewing,
As the final chapter draws near;
But hearing the story’s end from others,
Is what magicals and muggles all fear;
So at Wal-Mart worldwide we’ve decided,
To make a pledge to our customers that’s clear,
We’ll keep silent on what we discover July 21,
So you buy without fear of reveal here.
JK Rowling they aren’t, but it’s a great sentiment. Some stores are even handing out earplugs for the even more nervous.
Club Jade will also make all attempts to keep the spoilage off of our pages (if any of us can even stand to look for fear of getting spoiled ourselves) with plenty of warnings and links.