J.K Rowling Staggered by Spoilers


Written on 1:17 PM by Sarthak K

JK Rowling has hit out at US newspapers that have published plot details from the final Harry Potter book.

The author said she was "staggered" that papers including The New York Times had printed reviews ahead of the novel's publication on 21 July. Rowling said the information was in "complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers".

UK publishers Bloomsbury said spoilers remained "unauthenticated". Some books have been sent out early in the US. The book's US publisher Scholastic has sued online retailer DeepDiscount.com for breaking the strict embargo by dispatching a number of copies.

The seventh and final Harry Potter novel has also appeared on auction site eBay, while pictures of what appeared to be pages from the new book have appeared on the internet.

Rowling said the US newspaper reviews would particularly affect children "who wanted to reach Harry's final destination by themselves, in their own time".

"I am incredibly grateful to all those newspapers, booksellers and others who have chosen not to attempt to spoil Harry's last adventure for fans," she added.

Rowling's statement follows an earlier message on her website, in which she said: "Let's all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press.

"I'd like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Harry Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the plot for all those who are looking forward to reading the book at the same time on publication day."

"In a very short time you will know everything!"

About a month earlier, as if having foreshadowed these very events, Rowling had warned against spoilers. Wow, she does have a knack for making accurate prophecies!

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  1. Anonymous |

    Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
    Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
    America Deceived (book)

  2. deepti |

    The way I see it- don't read it if the word review crops up. TOI was even worse - the dumb fucks put the headline - 'Harry Lives' right on the front page.

    Yeah we knew Hari won't die but eesh!

    As it is the more I think about the book the less I like it.

  3. Sarthak K |

    Oh shit, thank God I dont get TOI! And hey, I wasn't so sure if Harry would live!

    Now of course, when the book has been read..I dont mind anything with the word "review". Yours especially was wonderful Deepti!

    As far as thinking about the book and feeling bad, same here :(


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