NOTE: This post will remain on top of my homepage all day Saturday, even as new stuff is posted below it. That way, anyone who wants to comment on Deathly Hallows as they’re reading it will be able to easily do so.
Either way, THIS IS THE ONLY POST ON THE BLOG FOR DISCUSSING HARRY POTTER SPOILERS. It’s okay to discuss the book in non-spoileriffic terms elsewhere, but please confine any comments about the book’s contents to this post only. Thank you!
FINAL WARNING: There are spoilers after the jump, and in comments on this post.
[Updates displayed in reverse chronological order.]
UPDATE, 7/21, 11:24 AM: I’m awake, but have to pack for Denver now. Becky’s on page 330 already. Harumph. :)
UPDATE, 7/21, 6:10 AM: Okay, I’m surrendering to sleepiness for a while. I’ve finished 12 chapters (out of 36) and 245 pages (out of 759). So, I’m about one-third of the way through the book. When I next pick it up: drama in the Ministry of Magic! And the return of Umbridge!
UPDATE, 7/21, 5:49 AM: *gasp* Umbridge has the locket!!!
UPDATE, 7/21, 5:03 AM: Nine chapters and 175 pages done. Getting sleepy. But don’t want Becky to wake up and get ahead of me in the book. Also, still need to pack. Hmm. Dilemmas, dilemmas.
UPDATE, 7/21, 3:30 AM: Five chapters and 85 pages finished so far. Dead already: Hedwig and Mad-Eye Moody.
UPDATE, 7/21, 2:02 AM: Okay, after almost an hour of tinkering with the blog, setting up PotterCam, etc., I’m finally ready to start reading now. :) I’ve got a drink, a snack, and a book. Or rather, the book. Here goes!
UPDATE, 7/21, 1:15 AM: I’m back from Borders, and about to start reading. I may post updates in this space as I go.
In the mean time, here is the New York Times review, published in Thursday’s paper after the book was leaked onto the Internets. I haven’t read the review, of course, but I presume it contains spoilers.
UPDATE, 7/20, 12:30 PM: As explained in a separate post, tonight at midnight, this post’s timestamp will begin refreshing automatically once a minute, such that it will remain on top of the homepage all day Saturday, even as new stuff posts below it. That way, anyone who wants to comment on Deathly Hallows as they’re reading it will be able to easily do so.
Note also the “safe” comment form, which will publish comments to this post, without displaying them.
Less than 12 hours to go! WOOHOO!!
UPDATE, 7/17, 2:18 PM: Some troll, who probably found his/her way to my blog via the New York Times blog article linking to this post, just posted a bunch of spoilers in other threads. Luckily, I saw them quickly and, immediately realizing what they were, stopped reading them and moved them to this thread (while literally holding my hand in front of the screen, so that I wouldn’t see what was written). More here.
UPDATE, 7/17, 11:30 AM: With Drudge running the headline “ENTIRE NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK HITS FILE-SHARING SITES,” I figure now would probably be a good time to bump this post to the top of the site for a while. I will probably bump it multiple times in the next few days.
I am also going to change my personal browser homepage to something other than Drudge, lest he spoil the ending at some point between now and Saturday. :)
Again, this is the thread for discussing Harry Potter 7 spoilers, including possible/alleged spoilers. Therefore, obviously, comments on this post may contain spoilers!! Do NOT click “Comments,” or the “(more…)” link below, unless you want to be potentially exposed to Deathly Hallows spoilers!
And again, if you do want to discuss spoilers, please limit that discussion to this thread. (That is, after all, its raison d’etre.) Thanks!
UPDATE, 6/21, LATER: This post was linked by the New York Times blog. Welcome, Times readers!
ORIGINAL POST, 6/21, 4:08 PM: I wasn’t planning to post this thread for several weeks yet, but in light of Marty’s comment about a hacker’s alleged discovery of who dies in Harry Potter in the Deathly Hallows (both links are spoiler-free), I figured I’d better do it now.
This is the thread for discussing Harry Potter 7 spoilers (including possible spoilers). It is the ONLY thread where such discussion is allowed. Discussing Harry Potter 7 spoilers, or possible spoilers, in any other thread is grounds for immediate deletion, permanent banishment from the blog, tarring & feathering, and the legal use of Unforgivable Curses. :)
I have modified the “Recent Comments” page so that it will not include comments from this thread. That way, hopefully no one (myself included) will stumble upon spoilers by accident.
For those who want to talk spoilers (or who will want to comment on the book once they start reading it), I’ve put a link to this thread in the left-hand column, so people can find it easily if they want to. I will also probably “bump” this thread to the top of the homepage numerous times next month — for which reason, no spoilers will be published “above the jump” in the post itself.
To be clear: simple speculation about Harry Potter 7 is fine in any thread. But if your “speculation” is based on alleged revelations by someone who claims to have seen the actual contents of the book, that’s a “possible spoiler” and must not be discussed anywhere but here. And obviously, once the book comes out and people start reading it, this thread will be the exclusive place to discuss its contents, at least in the immediate aftermath of its release.
If in doubt about whether something is a “spoiler” or not, play it safe and post it here, lest you incur the wrath of countless crazed Potter fans. :)
That is all. Carry on then.