The race to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

After nearly 10 years from when it all started, the final book in the Harry Potter series was released this past weekend and I, like so many others, had my copy delivered that first day. My plan was simple: read the book as quickly as possible before hearing too many spoilers (Snape Kills Dumbledore) from every news source on the planet. This includes blogs, forums, myspace, youtube and the sometimes loudmouthed coworkers who read faster than I do but can't help talking about the book within earshot.

Well, I can gladly say that I have made it through to the end of the
book and had avoided hearing too many secrets the book had in store! However, James from my office had downloaded and read (prior to release day) a fake version of the book. Today, while giving him a ride home he recounted how the fake was different than the real book (which he scanned, but did not read fully) and then proceeded to tell me some details of the fake version. As I was closing in on the end of the story, some of the details he talked about were happening in the book. While they were some really minor points, they started to mount up and I was certain that I was going to have to greet him Monday morning when he returns from vacation with a swift kick to the nuts. Had that become necessary he would have gladly accepted the punishment as it had been clearly stated that this would have been the price for spilling the beans prior to me having finished the book on my own.

The book is quite good and I don't think any of the Harry Potter fans out there are going to be disappointed by it.J.K. Rowling says this will be the last book in the Harry Potter series, but if you simply can not get your fill, you can always go the route of Fan Fiction.

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  1. james from the office on July 30, 2007 at 10:10 am

    These books and movies are marketed so very well that I was hoping the file “leaked” to P2P networks was somehow a publicity and marketing ploy by the publisher or author. Hence my download and quick read of the file. It was good… content, tone, themes, the whole shebang felt very real… but something was off about it nonetheless.

    It is amazing to me that some HP nerd out there wrote their own 700+ page version of the seventh installment of the series. It is amazing, also, that many of the details of that fake fanboy version matched the real story so closely. Coincidence?