Harry Potter spoiled?

harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows.jpgAuthor J.K. Rowling has released a statement revealing how dismayed she was to find out Tuesday that 1,2000 copies of her latest book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, were shipped out early, enabling spoilers to be posted both on the Internet and in newspapers. The New York Times ran a review on Thursday, while the Toronto Star revealed spoilers on Wednesday. Her statement reads: Rowling said: “I am staggered that some American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harry’s final destination by themselves, in their own time.”

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  1. Pencil Neck • July 20, 2007 @ 7:41 AM

    ” I am staggered that some American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harrys final destination by themselves, in their own time.

    LOL! That’s the FUNNIEST thing I’ve heard all year! Poor crybaby Potter fans!!! (Oh yeah, nice cover too! LOL!)

  2. The Golden Martian • July 20, 2007 @ 7:47 AM

    So what are the spoilers???

  3. Slippery Pete • July 20, 2007 @ 9:22 AM

    That cover is hysterical! Harry looks like Ernie Douglas from My Three Sons!!!

  4. The Golden Martian • July 20, 2007 @ 9:24 AM

    SO WHAT ARE THE SPOILERS??????????????????????

  5. nikki • July 20, 2007 @ 9:31 AM

    i think it’s horrible that books and newspapers were given oout with the spoilers in them to ruin what some kids would literally do anything for! I myself am a Harry Potter fan, and have been taking care not to read any spoilers that would make me lose the excitement I have when I read the books.

  6. anna • July 20, 2007 @ 9:51 AM

    If you don’t like the cover, it’s your problem, that’s the American version. The other versions are much better.
    And it’s a shame that the spoilers were released. No respect at all for the fans.
    What would the fans of movies such as Freddy VS. Jason would have said if they release months before the movie who won and how.
    For the people who think that the release of spoilers and the outrage surrounding it are funny I’ve only one thing to say: you’re the bunch of immature ones.

  7. Jason • July 20, 2007 @ 10:25 AM

    Hey, here’s an idea: If you don’t want spoilers to ruin the books for you – don’t read them!!

    I don’t read the books, i wait for the movies, and I still manage to avoid ALL spoilers, even though the movies come out years after the books!

    If you don’t have the self-control to not read an article called “Potter ending revealed” or “Spoilers from the next Harry Potter”, that’s your problem. Grow up.

  8. Murali Thayabharan • July 20, 2007 @ 11:01 AM

    Well, this is a spoiler.
    In The Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore tells Harry about how Voldemort is immortal because he ripped his soul into 7 pieces and hid them, and how Harry had killed one soul piece, or Horcrux, in the Chamber of Secrets when he stabbed the diary. However, in the first book, Dumbledore tells Harry that a part of Voldemort’s body is in him, stating that one soul piece is in Harry. If Harry kills the other five, he’s bound to discover that he has to kill himself in order to make Voldemort mortal – and into Tom Riddle once more. However, in the Order of the Phoenix, there are two boys that are able to kill Voldemort : Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom. Howvere, since Neville acts kind of wimpy, everyone thinks only Harry can. If Harry kills himself, then Voldemort will be mortal. But who can kill him? After Harry dies, the only person that can touch and kill Voldemort is no other than Neville Longbottom.

  9. Jason • July 20, 2007 @ 11:30 AM

    And look, everyone! I have no idea what his spoiler says, becasue i chose not to read it! Now… you try it!

  10. karen Hooper • July 20, 2007 @ 11:34 AM

    I have not been a follower of the Harry Potter series but have a neice who is devout. Ms. Rowling has worked hard on this very popular series and I for one give her plenty of credit for getting kids away from computer games and back to good old fashion reading, thinking and healthy activity.
    For anyone that has leaked, published early etc. my only comment is “too bad you don’t have the maturity and moral fibre of Ms. Rowlings millions of followers…GROW UP!!!

  11. Anonymous • July 20, 2007 @ 1:42 PM

    Wow, it’s amazing that people complain about this. Maybe this is why the intellect in the US is going so low… the DEMAND for spoilers and the short answer to what happens. Doesn’t anyone care to read the story anymore.

  12. Wrapped in Plastic • July 20, 2007 @ 1:52 PM

    Good grief, people, it’s Harry Potter for crying out loud! It’s nothing important. Chill out!!!

  13. sk8tergirl • July 20, 2007 @ 2:20 PM

    The book will be in stores tomorrow so I’m going to have to try not to read any spoilers.

  14. sk8tergirl • July 20, 2007 @ 2:21 PM

    Weird cover.

  15. Fay • July 20, 2007 @ 2:46 PM

    I can’t believe people are so shallow minded that they would try to ruin one of the most awesome series of books in my opinion there has ever been. I am a parent and happen to love the books just as much as my kids maybe even more,yes WE are Harry Potter addicts. I would get up early every morning before the kids so I could read for about an hour. J.K. Rowling has done a fantastic job of getting children and adults to use their imagination,something people seem to be lacking now a days, you picture the characters exactly as they are, you see everything as it happens in your mind, that is if you have an imagination. My father who is in his 80’s has read every one of them, and because he can not read very well any more my oldest son is going to read the book to his grandfather,talk about spending quality time together, that’s the kind of thing that these books have accomplished. For those of you who do not understand why this series of books has such a following that’s your choice,but because you don’t understand it don’t try to ruin it for others,I didn’t understand until I read them either. I even cried when I finished reading the ending of the Half Blood Prince and some of you may call me a looser, that’s fine with me but don’t mock people because they feel the book.Isn’t that what every writer would like to accomplish from their readers?Well she has.I myself am sorry that this is the last book and in some sense dread reading it beacuse it is the end of an amazing series,and yes I would be P.O’d if someone tried to ruin it for me. for those of you that don’t understand why don’t you try reading the first one?, you never know you might become a follower as well!

  16. Big Earl • July 20, 2007 @ 9:43 PM

    “WE are Harry Potter addicts.”

    That’s EXACTLY what makes Potter so dangerous and why responsible parents need to act NOW for the benefit of future generations.

  17. Gurn Blanston • July 20, 2007 @ 9:50 PM

    Oh man that cover stinks! They should change the title to ERNIE DOUGLAS & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS!!! LOL!

  18. Marc N • July 20, 2007 @ 10:16 PM

    That book should not be on sale .. because spoilers ruin your curious.. too early.. should wait after HP part 6 movie or arrival of HP part 7 to boost sale profits because mabye Harry potter will not go to part 6 or 7 after read part 7 books that is my opionon .. becasue diehard fans want to know now but where is the fun to see movies or read book at the same time if you read part 7 book right now but long long wait for see the movie part 7 at release dates .. so i love harry potter but that is too wrong for earlier sales.. maybe i am right or wrong ….

  19. WK • July 20, 2007 @ 10:36 PM

    You know, some ppl might like the spoiler. The simple solution is, if you don’t like ppl ruin the book for you, then DON’T READ THE SPOILER. No one is forcing you to! Its just as simple as that, STOP COMPLAINING.

    I haven’t even heard of harry potter until the first movie came out, no one ruined it for me. The 6th book came out a long time ago before I read it last year and no one spoiled it for me because I don’t ask or read the spoilers. So people, give the self-control thing a try

  20. meandmyself • July 20, 2007 @ 10:41 PM

    I think the problem with the spoilers is that people essentially have way too much time on their hands (more so the person who took the time to take pictures of the novel and then post it on the Internet). As for the news papers, they should have respect not for just the author, but the readers out there who are heading to the bookstores at midnight to pick up a fresh copy. Obviously this is the final book so and at such a lengthy read, thus people want to know in advance what happens. Those, such as myself, who does NOT want to know what happens simply has to stay away from the net or papers. As hard as it sounds, we have to resist. It is so easy to come accross these endings (and in days to come) that we have to avoid anything Harry Potter on the net or the media until we have finished reading.

  21. Hermione's Boy Toy • July 21, 2007 @ 12:16 AM

    WOO-HOO! As soon as I get home I’m turning off the phone and planting myself in my favourite chair to read of Harry’s fate! I bought two copies to keep one in plastic!!

  22. Hamburglar • July 21, 2007 @ 12:20 AM

    AT LAST! I CAN’T BELIEVE I FINALLY HAVE THE LAST POTTER BOOK!!!

  23. Cuddles the Comfort Doll • July 21, 2007 @ 12:39 AM

    Servers must be crashing all over the world with so many people posting news about Harry’s fate!

  24. Bermuda Shorts • July 21, 2007 @ 1:00 AM

    It’s said Rowling penned three “official” endings so fans will be surprised no matter which version they get.

  25. Batman • July 21, 2007 @ 3:06 AM

    I concede the Potter books are harmful, but until our governments act to regulate books like they do movies it’s going to be impossible to keep such material out of the hands of minors.

  26. Penelope Smallbone • July 21, 2007 @ 3:12 AM

    So people, were you elated or disappointed by Harry’s final adventure?

  27. Bleary Eyed • July 21, 2007 @ 6:23 AM

    I just got back from pulling an all-night shift at the bookstore where I work. What madness!!! We were besieged by unruly Potter fanatics who’d lined up hours before the 12:01 release schedule, and it was absolute chaos as people pushed, prodded, and jostled to be first to get their hands on the new book. These people were obnoxious and rude to cashiers and showed their complete lack of class by littering our storefront and using our sidewalks as toilets. Adding insult to injury, the staff didn’t even get time-and-a-half and I have to be back at work in three hours, when the whole ugly enterprise will undoubtedly be played out again. These yahoos really need to get a grip.

  28. Oval boy • July 21, 2007 @ 6:45 AM

    It’s my first Hairy Potter book and I luvved it even though some parts were scairy. What Hairy book would next I read?

  29. sk8tergirl • July 21, 2007 @ 10:11 AM

    I’m about to buy the last Harry Potter book!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!! YAY!!!

  30. The Next Pussycat Doll • July 21, 2007 @ 2:27 PM

    That cover is horrid!!!

  31. Purple People Eater • July 21, 2007 @ 2:33 PM

    I fully expect the series will continue…

  32. Hermione Dies • July 21, 2007 @ 4:25 PM

    just a reminder for all these people mad at the New York Times for doing what they are supposed to do “SELL NEWSPAPERS”, same reason why Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had to take off to some remote part of the planet to avoid paparazzi when she had her baby; garbage sells, the J.K.Rowlings’ writing definitely qualifies as garbage. At least Americans are reading again. WOO HOO.

  33. Elaine • July 21, 2007 @ 6:22 PM

    I can’t wait for the BRATZ movie!

  34. Bernie • July 21, 2007 @ 9:41 PM

    That cover was chosen because it will no doubt inspire young readers to design something better. Btw, what are the other endings and how can you tell which version you’re getting without skipping ahead to the last chapter??

  35. Jimbo • July 22, 2007 @ 7:47 AM

    I cannot believe how in-considerate some people are.Only an american would be so rude as too spoil something that could motivate children in A positive way.Such as reading or writing, or what it is too have an imagination,and what you can do with it.A Canadian just wouldn’t do that to children.We encourage our children, not discourage them.

  36. jamie jones • July 22, 2007 @ 6:10 PM

    I loved the book, but knew the only way to avoid petty spoilers was to finish it fast! No fan will be disappointed. No non-reader should comment at all. No non-artist can claim to draw a better cover.

    Quit with the sour grapes and admit you’d love all those royalties but you don’t have any writing talent! (for proof, read above posts!)

  37. rachael • July 22, 2007 @ 10:07 PM

    all you people dissing harry potter on this,
    you obviously have too much time on your hands. so please shut up and get out of here
    if your just going to judge everybody. and people shut up about the cover. buy the one with the differant cover if your so disappointed by it.

  38. Anonymous • July 22, 2007 @ 11:41 PM

    Are the different covers the method of recognizing the alternate endings?

  39. Ed Davis • July 23, 2007 @ 2:22 AM

    That’s the ugliest book cover I’ve ever seen!

  40. Pencil Neck • July 23, 2007 @ 2:29 AM

    ” Rowling said: I am staggered that some American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews.””

    She was actually “staggered?!?!” For a children’s author she takes herself wayyy too seriously!

  41. sk8tergirl • July 23, 2007 @ 12:55 PM

    The book is awsome! Rowling’s best work!

  42. TheOneWithNoSide • July 23, 2007 @ 1:47 PM

    sure ppl will hate it, ppl will love it…. BIG DEAL… ppl hate and love all sorts fo things, Why blow this up into something unnecessary. That goes for the author too. There are worse thing going on in this world, of GREATER importance. Just make peace that ppl will always dissagree,and move on with your lives. I feel it is to petty to fight over. Think of the ppl around the world who can’t even read,or have no t.v’s. a lot of them do get along with out just fine, less pettyness. Thanx for reading this. Have a great day.

  43. sk8tergirl • July 24, 2007 @ 11:24 AM

    TheOneWithNoSide is right.

  44. Captain Picardo • July 24, 2007 @ 2:39 PM

    I can’t agree with that, sk8tergirl.

  45. Murali Thayabharan • October 1, 2007 @ 10:03 PM

    Okay, so that was an estimated spoiler. Who cares?

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