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    Some books shipped early

    According to this article, deepdiscount shipped early, so beware of spoilers, they might be real now. No spoilers in this article.

    Rowling: 'Help preserve the secrecy' of Potter - CNN.com

    Rowling: 'Help preserve the secrecy' of Potter

    * Story Highlights
    * "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" out 12:01 a.m. Saturday
    * One Web seller apparently released copies early
    * A number of sites purport to have ending; not all agree, though
    * Publisher Scholastic taking legal action

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Leaks. Lawsuits. Profiteering. What a way to treat such a fine young man like Harry Potter.

    Despite pleas for silence from author J.K. Rowling and some leading Potter fan sites, publishing's secret of all secrets -- whether the wizard lives or dies -- is in danger of becoming plain gossip as publication approaches for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

    "As launch night looms, let's all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,"' Rowling wrote in a message posted Wednesday on her Web site, J.K.Rowling Official Site - Harry Potter and more.

    "I'd like to ask everyone who calls themselves a 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!" PhotoGallery: Fans show off their Harry resemblances

    Alleged images of Rowling's seventh and final Potter book have already been circulating online days before the official July 21 release. More than 100 actual books may already have been received by customers. As of Wednesday morning, the $34.99 release was being offered on eBay, for immediate purchase, for $250.

    "That's right -- I've got one copy of Harry Potter 7, on July 17, and it can be yours as soon as July 19. Hurry! Confirmed payment by 6:30PM on July 18 will ensure delivery on July 19 by FedEx Priority Overnight!" read a message from a seller identified as "willpc" and based in Atlanta.

    "I don't work for a bookstore, and I don't have a magic wand -- an online store shipped a copy early."

    Two pictures of the book, which sits upon a copy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are offered as proof. The seller, who declined immediate comment when e-mailed by The Associated Press, has been an eBay member since 1999 and has a perfect "Feedback" score, according to the "Feedback Profile" for willpc.

    Hundreds of copies of "Deathly Hallows" are being offered on eBay, but almost all have been promised only after the book is published.

    Meanwhile, Scholastic, Inc. announced Wednesday that it was taking "immediate legal action" against online retailer DeepDiscount.com and distributor Levy Home Entertainment after learning that "some individuals have received copies of `Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' through the mail."

    "We are also making a direct appeal to the Harry Potter fans who bought their books from DeepDiscount.com and may receive copies early, requesting that they keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st," Scholastic, Rowling's U.S. publisher, said in a statement.

    According to Scholastic, "around one one-hundredth of one percent of the total U.S. copies" going on sale early Saturday morning were received prematurely. With an announced first printing of 12 million, that would mean about 120 copies.

    Scholastic on Monday obtained subpoenas ordering two San Francisco Bay Area companies to remove possible copies of the book posted at their Web sites.

    Scholastic ordered Photobucket, which provides file-sharing services and has an office in Palo Alto, and Milpitas-based Gaia Online, a social networking site used mostly by teenagers and college students, to remove the material. The company would not say whether the copies were real.

    Gaia spokesman Bill Danon said the company gave a two-week suspension to the user who posted the possible copy and removed the material. He did not reveal the user's identity.

    Officials at Photobucket refused to comment, but also apparently removed the material.

    Despite the strictest security, digital photographs of what looks like the full text of "Deathly Hallows" have been leaked on the Internet. Emerson Spartz, the Web master of the Potter site MuggleNet | The ULTIMATE Harry Potter Site - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling, rumors, news, forums, images, video, and more! has seen some of the pages and believes they're real.

    "It's far too detailed to be an elaborate hoax," he told The Associated Press.

    Scholastic has declined to comment on the authenticity of any given spoiler. Spokeswoman Kyle Good says that conflicting editions, all of them believable, have appeared on the Internet.

    Hiding the contents of a book, especially when millions have been printed and shipped, has proved nearly impossible over the years. Publishers have tried repeatedly to "embargo" an anticipated work until its scheduled release date, and almost always failed. But early leaks, usually by the media, have not kept such books as Bob Woodward's "State of Denial" or Bill Clinton's "My Life" from blockbuster success.

    "I can't think of an example from our publishing list where sales were hurt," says Paul Bogaards, director of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf, which published Clinton's book. "None of the leaks are going to hurt sales of Potter."

    As of Wednesday, "Deathly Hallows" remained at No. 1 on the best seller lists of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    At least the NY Times is being chastised for breaking the embargo with that review:

    Harry Potter And The Fact That I Hate The New York Times - Media on The Huffington Post

    That's safe to read, it doesn't quote either review (the NY Times or the Baltimore Sun, which also ran an early review).
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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    I had a terrible thought this afternoon. What if after JKR has wrapped everything up, even an epilogue, it has a Newhart ending? Harry wakes up and it was all a dream.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy;2482005;
    At least the NY Times is being chastised for breaking the embargo with that review:

    Harry Potter And The Fact That I Hate The New York Times - Media on The Huffington Post

    That's safe to read, it doesn't quote either review (the NY Times or the Baltimore Sun, which also ran an early review).
    Ha! I loved the first line:
    What is your problem, New York Times?
    And later when she says how just because you can (print a spoiler-laden early review), doesn't mean you should. A good article.
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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    I popped off a nasty note to the NY Times calling them media rating w****s
    and told then they had sunk to the level of a tabloid rag and shame on them!!!

    I am so sure they care.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    Quote Originally Posted by veejer;2482019;
    I had a terrible thought this afternoon. What if after JKR has wrapped everything up, even an epilogue, it has a Newhart ending? Harry wakes up and it was all a dream.
    Or St. Elseware (sp?) Didn't that end with a revealing that everything was just the imagination of some kid and the city was all inside his little snow globe? He was like autistic or something. I say NOOOO to both!
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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    I don't understand why the people that don't want to be spoiled can't just avoid all things marked "Harry Potter" until they read the book. The only real jerks would be the ones that go to the book stores and blab and with all of the questionable spoilers out there, there would be no reason to believe them.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    Quote Originally Posted by nilesgirl;2482140;
    Or St. Elseware (sp?) Didn't that end with a revealing that everything was just the imagination of some kid and the city was all inside his little snow globe? He was like autistic or something. I say NOOOO to both!
    Please, no Newhart or St. Elsewhere endings! I was a huge St. Elsewhere fan who became depressed over the snowglobe ending. The autistic child's father was the head of the hospital - it was like the stories from work the boy overheard filtered through his imagination into the snowglobe of the hospital and it diminished the whole reality of the show because it was not scripted as a fantasy. whew. Same with Newhart - except that was funny because I loved the original Newhart so much and to see the Chicago apartment and Suzanne Pleshette again was a treat.

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    I understand there is an epilogue -for which I'm thankful. I always feel as though I'm caught up on the characters' lives when the "story" is extended a bit.


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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    Quote Originally Posted by dberk;2482158;
    I don't understand why the people that don't want to be spoiled can't just avoid all things marked "Harry Potter" until they read the book. The only real jerks would be the ones that go to the book stores and blab and with all of the questionable spoilers out there, there would be no reason to believe them.

    Because I might want to go read the NY Times online and there's part of the review on the front page. And then this morning the radio show I usually listen to started talking about it and repeating spoiler bits.
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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book #7

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy;2483669;
    Because I might want to go read the NY Times online and there's part of the review on the front page. And then this morning the radio show I usually listen to started talking about it and repeating spoiler bits.
    Thanks for the explanation.

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