Arielflies - Thanks! You have a thumping good, uninterrupted good read as well! Did you end up inadvertently reading the review? (No More Poo - hehe)
veejer - You bring up a good point. That's one thing that those who are ordering it from Amazon don't have to worry about. I actually asked the salesperson at Borders if they'd ever had a problem with it in the past. She said they hadn't, but I can certainly see it happening. Although most people who attend the midnight release parties are die-hard fans who would never even think about doing something like that, there are those that would do it just for kicks.
CCL - Mad, indeed!
Regarding the review, I'm going to read it after I've read the book because I'm curious to see if I feel that they gave anything away. It's my understanding that they don't come right out and say "So and so dies" or whatever. But it's also my understanding that, although casual readers of the books may not be spoiled, there's enough information in there to spoil it for those who have spent some time analyzing and forming theories as to what will happen. In addition, there really isn't just one ending to the book, so to say. Yeah, I suppose the ultimate question is whether Harry will live or die, but the entire book is really a series of "endings" if you think about it, as questions to a number of issues are answered. And it's my understanding that the review spoils some of that. (Bandy - good for you!)
ArchieComicFan - thanks for the heads up on that. It should be a good interview.
dberk - Just to add a little bit to what Lucy said. It's ironic, but the major Harry Potter sites are actually the safe sites to visit. MuggleNet has shut their forums down completely until July 24th. They apparently have some things going on today so I'm probably going to pop in there throughout the day as I'm getting things done around the house (where did that house-elf run off to?) but, while they've said there are no spoilers in the video, they make it clear that there could be in the comments to it. So I can safely watch the video as I trust the folks that run MuggleNet, but not necessarily those that post comments to it so I'll stay away from those. HPANA has taken a number of precautions so I feel safe going there as well. They've even disabled all links to external sites! Right now, those are really the only sites I'm visiting. I've followed the soap "Days of Our Lives" since I was a teenager. Although I don't really have the time to watch it anymore, I still like to occasionally pop into messageboards to see what's happening on it. Even though it's not HP-related, someone might make an off-hand comment about what happens, such as "Oh, and by the way, can you believe that so and so died?" While I don't think it would be intentional, it could happen if someone posted without thinking that they could spoil it for someone.
I think the real "danger zones" are the Harry Potter sites that are set up as Yahoo Groups or MSN Groups with a few hundred members or so. Those are the types of sites that some smarta** is going to post spoilers on simply because they can. It could even happen here so, unless I recognize the poster as a "regular" of FORT (and therefore, I can trust them), I wouldn't read their post.