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Harry Potter book leaked - John C. Kirk

Jul. 18th, 2007

07:33 am - Harry Potter book leaked

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(This post contains no spoilers.)

Going through my RSS feeds this morning, Bruce Schneier reported that the new Harry Potter book has been leaked onto the internet (as a set of scanned images). The latest Joy of Tech comic is also based on this news. So far this doesn't seem to have been reported in the mainstream news organisations, but I'm sure that's just a matter of time.

Thinking back to my post on Captain America #25, I do wonder how much detail the news organisations will go into. One obvious approach would be to read the last few pages and then announce the significant events (e.g. who survives and who dies), either as a headline or in the story.

So, predictions please:

Poll #1023519 Harry Potter spoilers

Will news organisations report major spoilers before the book is published?

Yes, in the headline/front page
4(30.8%)
Yes, but tucked away inside
6(46.2%)
No
3(23.1%)

Which organisations are likely to publish spoilers?

Tabloids (e.g. The Sun)
7(58.3%)
"World class" (e.g. the BBC)
1(8.3%)

Will you look at spoilers before the book comes out?

Yes, tell me now!
2(16.7%)
I'll read them if I come across them, but I won't seek them out.
2(16.7%)
No, no, and thrice no!
8(66.7%)


I think I can avoid the relevant newspapers and websites easily enough, but the main challenge will be helpful friends, e.g. "Hey, John, you read Harry Potter don't you - this will interest you..." "NO! La-la-la, can't hear you!"

I'm allowing comments to this post, but screening all from "Non-friends"; if you do read the spoilers, please don't put them here. (That also applies to fake ones.)

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From:susannahf
Date:July 18th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
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I've just realised that I've done a very silly thing. I ordered from Amazon, but the post probably won't arrive before I go to Truck on Saturday morning at 7am. And I won't be back until Sunday evening!
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From:johnckirk
Date:July 18th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
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Oops! Is it too late to cancel the Amazon order? Even if you don't want to go to a midnight opening, maybe you could stop off at a supermarket on your way to the festival? (I hear that Asda will be selling the book half-price.)
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From:susannahf
Date:July 18th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
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yes. but I shall probably just take monday off instead (I guess there won't be too many people at truck with a copy - or at least I hope not). It will also give me more chance to reread 6
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From:terpsichore1980
Date:July 18th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I've just had a terrible thought, recently Amazon (who are also delivering both our copies) changed their delivery organisation away from the post office. I wonder if (a) the new courier company will be able to cope and (b) they deliver on Saturdays...
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From:m31andy
Date:July 18th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
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Given the visual media's penchant for spoilers recently (GMTV ruined the ending of Life on Mars for a lot of people, by showing a clip from near the end of the final episode) I suspect it's going to be very, very difficult to avoid spoilers. Magazines and papers are as bad. I'm fully prepared to see the headline of the Sun on Friday announce that "XXXX Dies" or whathaveyou.
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From:billyabbott
Date:July 18th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
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I still don't entirely know what happened at the end of Life on Mars, so I doubt it would have spoiled it for me :)
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From:billyabbott
Date:July 18th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
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I was very good last time and despite deliberately seeking out The Spoiler I was good and just taunted people with the possibility of me telling them.

As for news organisations - I doubt they'll leak it. It'd be a fine way to piss off a large chunk of their readership in one fell swoop.

Now I need to find the spoilers and then make up fake ones that are similar but not the same :)
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From:elvum
Date:July 18th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
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(Self-evidently, if you don't like fake spoilers, clicking on that link would probably be a bad idea...)
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From:terpsichore1980
Date:July 18th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
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My guess is that it will all be more meta than to actually report spoilers, instead the quality news organisations (by which I meant the BBC, because frankly why would you get you news from anyone else) will report the existence of spoilers and leave it to the reader to go looking for them if they want them.
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