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Jul. 26th, 2007

02:55 am - Harry Potter spoilers

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From:terpsichore1980
Date:July 26th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
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I think I am with you. I may have the store call the police to arrest them for breach of the peace, but that would be about all.

I would also try to remind myself that it is just a book. Nothing all that bad is going to happen if you find out in advance that Harry turns into a badger on page 543. In fact, the point of reading the book is not to find out what happens, but to find out how it happens, so spoilers make little difference to me anyway.
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From:nou
Date:July 26th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
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I think spoilers make more of a difference with Harry Potter books than with, well, better-written books, since you're not reading them for the quality of writing; you're reading them for the plot. Essentially, the Potter books are very, very detailed plot summaries, so learning details of the plot in advance does spoil the experience quite a bit.
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From:billyabbott
Date:July 26th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
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That is one of the most marvellous things I have ever read.
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From:elvum
Date:July 26th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
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Oh, you've got to page 543 - so you believe me now? :-)
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From:terpsichore1980
Date:July 26th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, the badger segment is very scary ;-)
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From:johnckirk
Date:July 26th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
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The "breach of the peace" idea is interesting; in the YouTube comments, someone mentioned that it's illegal to use a megaphone after 10pm, although that may be specific to a particular US state. If it's true, that's a convenient way to get rid of them, although it wouldn't necessarily solve the underlying problem (e.g. if the people just stand and shout instead).

This is probably a bad analogy (given my lack of interest in it), but I wonder how a similar situation would turn out with a football match. Presumably the people who watch games aren't just interested in the score, otherwise they could save themselves a lot of time and money by looking at the results on Teletext. (In fact, that's what my dad used to do every Saturday.) At the same time, knowing the result would affect their enjoyment of the match, e.g. the suspense of thinking "Is he going to score?" would be undercut if you know that the team won't score any more goals in the rest of the match.

I'm not quite sure how things work during a World Cup, but I can imagine a game where the match starts at 4am (our time), so lots of people wouldn't be able to watch it live. In that case, maybe you'd get a pub who'd record the game, then show it the following morning. ("Come round, get some beers in, have a fry-up breakfast, and enjoy the big game!") If someone then walked into the middle of the pub and shouted out "Portugal win 2-0!" (possibly waving a newspaper around), I think they'd be lucky to walk out of there. The main problem with this analogy is that the hardcore fans would be staying up to watch it in the middle of the night, so the ones who waited until the following day might not be so bothered; however, in the Harry Potter case, the people being shouted at were the ones who made an effort to get the book as soon as it was released.
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