Spoil Us Not, Sneaks!: A refresher on Leaky’s pre-book policy

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Apr 28, 2007

Posted by Melissa Anelli
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OK peoples. It’s just about that time: A few months away from the book. THE book. We’re getting a lot of e-mails about spoilers – and not just the kind where you say, “You may not want to read my theory because it’s totally a spoiler.” Thanks for the warning – we had no idea Snape was a body surfer! Awesome!
Anyway, the books will soon be printed. Sometime in the next few weeks we’ll hear all sorts of ridiculous things, such as:

  • The book magically appeared in a field (“Phoenix”: Remember how the person who found it just happened to call the ever-magnanimous tab “The Sun,” who then printed a review that basically read, “Nanny-nanny-poo-poo, we’ve read it and you haven’t”?).
  • Or, a bunch of bets for Harry to live / for Harry to die came out of the town where the books are being printed (“Half-Blood Prince”: Remember the bets on Dumbly?).
  • Even, perhaps, that there was a pistol shootout / watergun showdown / spaghetti-slinging match over stolen copies (again, “Half-Blood Prince.” That is, just the pistol part).

And then there are the little spoiler-zone pockets, which crop up in strange places. Last time, a big leak came from a librarian who decided to dig in a few days early and post the results on her journal. Bookstore workers have also been responsible for leaks (though, we understand how working in a store where unopened Potters lurk evilly can be a form of torture acceptable in old-school Salem). Before HBP’s release, someone on a military base in Malaysia got hold of the book and scanned in every first chapter page, the summary, and the whole final chapter, and sent it to Leaky. Some staffers were intensely spoiled. Some staffers are still bitter. Some staffers curse this person’s name.

The powers that be seem even more prepared for this spoiler scenario this time. There are talks of extreme security measures, of chains and locks and last-minute deliveries.

BRING IT, we say.

Here it is, a refresher on Leaky’s spoiler policy:

Ahem.

DON’T DO IT.

Sending us spoilers will get you one place, bucko: sent to Scholastic, Christopher Little, Bloomsbury, and every JoLawyer we can think of. We don’t want to see them, we won’t post them, and we’d want to stop you. Book revelations aren’t to be spurted out in bullet form on a message board. They’re to be read, dispersed at the proper moment, given all the context of the story. This is not like the movies, which cannot contain real plot surprises for fans.

If Harry dies, we don’t want to know about it until J.K. Rowling decides to tell us. And if you decide to tell us before that, you’ll incur the wrath of a staff of almost 200, most of whom have been waiting almost 10 years for these final revelations and can NEVER get back the moment you rob by spoiling them. That’s some wrath, right there. We own pitchforks, hot wax and feathers. And we’re not afraid to use them.

If, between now and July 21, Jo or her people release a fact about the book, it will be posted on this site, but you will be heavily warned about it beforehand. We understand a lot of you want to remain super-pure from now until then. We admire you, oh white angels.

If it comes from ANYWHERE else – from ANY unofficial source – it will not be on this site. You have no need to worry. We might recognize its existence in a news story, but the actual content of the spoilage won’t appear on these pages.

So, bookstore managers, librarians, and people who like to stroll in the fields next to the publishing plants: We appreciate that you feel the need to share your revelations with us. But you’d have better luck and would get a better response if you told your goldfish instead. Watch out, though – we hear the publishing companies are looking into fishbowl surveillance. Mr. FlippityFins just may be a plant.

And if you’re that guy who shouted “SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!” outside the bookshop at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2005? Just go away, man. Just go away. Quietly. And we won’t hurt you.

Seriously: we’re almost there, guys, so let’s make sure we respect every other Harry Potter fan we can. It’ll be worth it!





549 Responses to Spoil Us Not, Sneaks!: A refresher on Leaky’s pre-book policy

Avatar Image says: Right on Melissa!Avatar Image says: Amen to that!Avatar Image says: you guys are hysterical! thanks for the warning!Avatar Image says: My sentiments exactly. I hate the dimwits who enjoy ruining it for everyone. Thanks Melissa. Your wordsmithing makes me envious.Avatar Image says: Thank you for posting this!Avatar Image says: Hurray Melissa! Hurray for integrity! Hurray for respect! Hurray for the courage to defend Jo's wishes and the experience of her fans! Let's be sure the folks who would be spoilers know that they will not be heroes, they'll be hated. Thanks for this post.Avatar Image says: People will probably still send you spoilers just because they are jerks, but I really hope none of you get spoiled because if that happened to me I would be sooo upset. Me and my brother decided that we're wearing earplugs to the midnight party just in case someone decides to blurt things out. I really, really, really don't want to know ANYTHING. Good post :)Avatar Image says: LOL!! I take it you guys are really serious about this! The pitchforks was a little creepy though... but seriously, what type of jerks want to ruin the book for people! Damn, I would kill someone if they spoiled it for me.Avatar Image says: Hear Hear. Let's hope the security procedures work out. I am horrified to learn about the military base HBP spoiler - I would have hunted him down and sent him to Guantanamo. Loving your work guys. Avatar Image says: Definitely the post we needed. Some people need to understand it's really not funny spoiling things like they've tried in the past; especially after the whole bets on DD's death before HBP was released. What if it were a series they were into and someone spoiled it for them? Thank you, Leaky, for being a such reliable and responsible fan site :)Avatar Image says: AMEN. I've been building up to reading that book for seven years now, and I don't want any random news -- or some crazed screaming guy -- to ruin that experience for me. Speaking of which, when I finally get that book in my hands, I'm sure I will be shaking like a leaf. Only a fellow HP fan could understand.Avatar Image says: wha? Snape KILLS Dumbledore?!? YOU RUINED THE BOOK FOR ME!? grrr...... but yes, I agree wholeheartedly, spoilers are bad, very very bad. I managed not to be spoiled last time by ceasing to read message boards and comment pages several months in advance and complete shutting all lines of communication to me for about two weeks before I could get the book. Harry kill Voldemort? Words I will not know to be true until very early on the 21st of July. I WILL NOT BE SPOILED!!!Avatar Image says: Here, Here! :} lets here some love for our courageous leader! Thanks Melissa! p.s. if that man had been at our store and said that when im about to indulge in a long awaited story I WOULD have hurt him. heheAvatar Image says: if anybody dare scream a spoiler at the release this year, i will personally beat them with a broomstick. i'm sure many of you would join me.Avatar Image says: Here Here!!! I still want to find the a@#$(^$ who shouted that Snape kills Dumbledore and pound him into the ground. When I returned to work the Monday after the release (I had just finished reading the book on Sunday morning and went into mourning all that day), I was asked by all staff in my office if I had finished the book. I said,"Yes". They would then say," Great, I have a video to show you..." Then they would show me THE video.... Grrr. I hope nothing like this happens agian... especially the night I am in line getting the book. Avatar Image says: T_D_O, I'm doing the same thing as you. I'm gonna charge up my iPod and play it as loud as I can possibly stand and not take it out till I get home. We've all waited so long. If someone ruins it, death will become them.Avatar Image says: Snape is a bodysurfer? Cooo, whodathunkit.Avatar Image says: Right on Melissa! I do hope to not be spoiled for this LAST book in the Harry Potter series. I hated it when I was spoiled for the death in HBP. Question: how will Leaky keep spoilers out of the comments section on here and out of the Leaky Lounge? Deleting such comments after the fact will not unspoil anyone who happened to read them before such deletion. I do hope Leaky can remain a spoiler-free zone. I know I'll be turning off my breaking news text alerts and quit watching tv and listening to radio sometime before the release of the book. I'm concerned that the media may be quick to release the outcome of the series soon after the book's release and before most of us have finished reading.Avatar Image says: We are going to try very hard to keep them off the Lounge and comments, but for a certain period of time all our staffers will be READING. There might be spoilers in those places for the first few days. Our advice is to stay off it if you're still reading. We'll warn you and give details and such, about when we'll be around to moderate these areas. After sufficient time has passed, things like message boards and comments WILL contain book spoilers - but the main page (that is, that which you don't have to CLICK to get to) will remain free of them for months.Avatar Image says: All I can think to say is: Amen!Avatar Image says: Here! Here! Bravo Goodonya!Avatar Image says: Thanks so much you guys! I am getting extremely paranoid (much like the people afraid of tripping in the essay on Scribbulus) and I don't want a repeat of the betting numbers from the publishing city...I can't believe we're almost there!Avatar Image says: well said xxAvatar Image says: "Me and my brother decided that we're wearing earplugs to the midnight party just in case someone decides to blurt things out. I really, really, really don't want to know ANYTHING." I was thinking the same thing, but thought I was crazy. Good to hear that there is someone else out there as worried as me. I am balancing my fear of hearing something either at the book release, or the movie release, and wanting the book right away and to see the movie the first night. I like the Ipod idea, but my friend who I am going to both those things with might thing I am a little rude.Avatar Image says: *applauds* And if anyone thinks of yelling out the ending to DH in the queue at Waterstones in Edinburgh at Midnight, then be afraid....very afraid. Myself, ErinRae and Amoscotia will literally obliviate your sorry ass!!! DON'T SPOIL!Avatar Image says: Nice post, couldn't agree more with you. People who spoil the book are sick.Avatar Image says: I totally agree with Leaky's policy on this. It's not just deliberate spoilers one has to guard against. My sister spoiled the ending of "Survivor" for me in 2 successive years! The first time was by accident, and the second time she said, "I'm not going to tell you who wins, I'm just going to say you'll be SO surprised". Of course, I could immediately guess (correctly) who it was! Both times the whole rest of the series was ruined for me. I'm also going to go the news-blackout route!Avatar Image says: Snape is a bodysurfer? NO. WAY.Avatar Image says: The 11 commandment: Thou shall not spoiler Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I could not agree more with any of you. This will be my very first and last HP realise party and do not want it spoiled for me like the other 6 were.Avatar Image says: Thank you Melissa/Leaky, I remember last BOOK, I didn't turn on my computer, no TV or phone until I finish the book. When I finally got back in the Muggle World, I was so impress with Leaky and Mugglenet, and read all they had posted since the book came out. I know and appreciate how the work the volunteers do to keep this site, 'Harrypure'. (See, I am now making up words just like Jo does. Remember, the word 'Muggle' is now in the dictionary! Yes I like it, Leaky is 'Harrypure'!) PSS: Melissa, you should tell the Leaky Muggle staff, to fix the 'Spell Chex' here to accept the word 'Muggle' and not for it to be underline when we type it here. Avatar Image says: Sigh. If only it could be applied to the newsmakers, as well. When HBP came out, that very evening the guy on the Russian news said "Dumbledore dies", even though Russian fans - those who don't speak English - had to wait *months*. Gods, if someone - anyone - will say *anything* on the news, I'll just strangle them. And, yeah, I wondered if there were freaks during the midnight release party in US/UK. Here, in Moscow, I got up at eight on the release day and wandered around the major bookstores until about midday - I got my book at noon, and there were very few HP fans around, so I was safe. I was spoiled by "Dumbledore's death" betting and the chapter names last time - but that's because I refreshed the forums every fifteen minutes. I guess I'll stop visiting fan pages after OOTP film comes out - if I manage it, that is.Avatar Image says: I 100 % agree with TLC. I'm in France and it will be my first midnight release ! I'll be very exited and hope that I won't be spoiled ! It's gonna be a very moving moment !Avatar Image says: Hear,Hear! TLC. I hope we all remain unspoiled until we`ve all actually read it and digested it.Avatar Image says: I have never been really spoiled in my Harry Potter life, and I swear I don't want it to begin with "Deathly Hallows". I might lose all decency, civility, and even basic human values if someone spoils me. Let's say that he or she would face a FURY and be riped to pieces... No seriously I totally agree with you... All those persons should be severely prosecuted!!! I also work for a Harry Potter site. My new rules for "Deathly Hallows": 1- I won't patronize any forums for a few weeks before the release 2- I won't read any email from unknown sources 3- I will restrain my web surfing to trustworthy sites such as Leaky and the site I work for. I know it is going to be really hard for you. You should post an abridged version of this editorial in front of the site in HUGE FONT. Good Luck!Avatar Image says: dumb toadstools who ruin everything for others, right on Melissa!Avatar Image says: I agree. I was lucky for HBP, and wasn't spoiled, but I know people who were. They got mass emails with subject lines with Dumbledore's death. I'm so willing to take people down for spoiling the book. This is that important. Loved the post though!Avatar Image says: Hear hear! Melissa, you rock! I had HBP spoiled for me, and I don't want it to happen again.Avatar Image says: Thank you, thank you, thank you, Melissa!!! Back you and Leaky 100%. You still remain the best source for HP with the greatest integrity.Avatar Image says: Yay Melissa! Right-o!Avatar Image says: I applaud you Leaky, though I'm no "pure angel". Jo lets loose with enough to keep the craving alive, and I can't wait for a chapter title or two, or three, four, five... So feel free as soon as you get an official one! -BAvatar Image says: Amen, bruthas and sistahs. I am seriously considering carrying pepper spray to the midnight release... It would be an acceptable form of violence, right? Avatar Image says: Nicely said. Thank You!!Avatar Image says: I definitely agree with you, Melissa. Thanks for posting this. :-)Avatar Image says: hear, hear! no spoilers! Avatar Image says: Amen!!! Heh, I love the pitchfork, hot wax, and feathers, idea. Maybe I should get some for myself...for anyone who dares spoil the book for me. I've given up on any release parties this year. When HBP came out, I went to my first one and while I was waiting in line, this little girl, must have been about 9, who already had her book and was flipping through it, tells her dad, "Dumbledore dies, daddy!" She didn't say it loud enough for the whole store to hear, but loud enough for the people around her to hear. We all turned, giving the little girl a death glare. Her father rushed her out of the store, which is what he should've done once they had the book. So now, I pre-ordered the book and just going to wait for it in the mailbox :)... No little person will spoil this book for me!Avatar Image says: Haha! Word! Thanks for this, maybe some jerks will get the message.Avatar Image says: Thank you for posting this! I agree with every word and I'm glad you won't be posting any news items; the Dumbledore bets from last year have made me scared for being spoiled on Leaky. But now that you've reassured me I can sleep a little easier. I'm paralyzingly, cripplingly, INTENSELY afraid of being spoiled for this book!Avatar Image says: Amen!!!!!!Avatar Image says: I still say : "Empal the culprits". I have some in my basement, should you need any. There are no instructions manual. Just insert, and watch and listen. Music to my ears. Hello! Mr Filch.Avatar Image says: Well, I'm going to spoil Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for everyone: Harry slips on a banana peel planted by Peeves and falls head first into the veil. Seriously, though, I had HBP spoiled for me and it got me really mad, I was in tears for hours because of Dumbledore's death even while I was on like chapter four. I do NOT want to hear about any possible deaths until I have read them IN THE BOOK. Avatar Image says: I'm surprised the guy who shouted "Snape kills Dumbledore!" wasn't mobbed. ;) Only joking. Seriously, though. He was surrounded by fans! I'm surprised a police officer didn't tackle and gag him. I hope that people have realized by now that the #1 way to become unpopular is to spout the ending of the final Harry Potter book. Then again, I think they're going for press coverage and attention, not popularity.Avatar Image says: Damn right!!!! You may think you're funny, you may think you're clever, but spoilers, you are a bunch of sad, ignorant fools who have probably never read a book in your lives!!! Go back under the rock where you belong!!! Avatar Image says: I completely agree, Melissa. When I got HBP, I walked out of the bookstore and plugged in my IPOD really loud, because people just outside the door were reading the chapter titles out loud! I don't even read them. I think I'll stop going online a week before the release. Thanks Leaky for this post!Avatar Image says: "nanny-nanny-poo-poo"? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Seriously though, thanks :)Avatar Image says: If someone spoils the book for me- I'm gonna kill someone. Seriously. I'm with you, guys!Avatar Image says: I'm glad you've posted this...maybe it'll stop some people from ruining it for the rest of us. Sadly, however, it's inevitable that SOMEONE will try and spoil us and/or you. It must be tough working for the site...you get all the emails with stupid Death Eaters attempting to spoil it. Avatar Image says: I got the first chapter of HBP shouted at me before I got to start reading... I wasn't happy at all. No one better ruin this one for me!Avatar Image says: I totally agree. why spoil something so...brilliant. It only ruins it for them and us. I mean, just cuz there are unopened copies of the new HP book doesnt mean you have to look, like Pandora's box you know? Im a total spoiler freak but i would NEVER i repeat NEVER EVEREVEREVEREVERVER X a gazillion open an unopened copy of a book that wasnt officially realeased yet even if it was winking me in the face and talking to me in my head, telling me to open it. PERSOCUTED THOSE BAD PEOPLE WHO SPOILSPOILSPOIL! >:(Avatar Image says: Thanks Leaky! Knew you had that "do unto others" common sense and respect for fans; thanks also for the advice re:natural,legitimate(post release)spoilers and the earplug/headphone suggestions posted here & there (I'll need some kinda big ones I think). With Snape---who knows? But at least we can trust you guys.Avatar Image says: Yeah, Leaky. If you catch anyone sending you spoilers, you send every lawyer you can after them--that'll teach 'em!Avatar Image says: could not have said it better. :)Avatar Image says: I'm glad leaky is going through such measures again to combat spoilers. It's just a shame that there's the chance the staff might be spoilt. I for one am questioning whether or not to go to a midnight release because of fears of being spoilt. Arghh. But thanks Melissa and leaky! Avatar Image says: AMEN leaky. It is a great day when someone stands up to the bad guys. Waiting increases the joy of the book and or movie. Spoilers beware leaky is on the stroll.Avatar Image says: "most of whom have been waiting almost 10 years for these final revelations and can NEVER get back the moment you rob by spoiling them." Exactly. Douchebags that would do something like that simply must not have the brain capacity to realise that they are ruining the climax of a ten year old experience that people have a large part of their heart and soul invested in... It's like someone putting out their foot and tripping you on the last stretch of a marathon you're about to win. I'm deathly afraid someone will start shouting spoilers in the queue to Hamrelius in Malmö which is where I always buy my HP books. I will still go there, because I will not be without the experience of gathering with fellow fans in nervous anticipation over a HP book for the last time, but I will make sure to have music on full blast in my headphones. Ack.Avatar Image says: If someone sings CHJ's Filk and sends it to PotterCast, and the quality comes out decent, we'll play it. That is AWESOME.Avatar Image says: Obviously with some slight edits to make it a full filk. But yea. Awesome song.Avatar Image says: "IM ALL FOR HOT WAX, FEATHERS AND ALOT OF PAIN " They into hot wax nowadays? What happened to the good old days of tar 'n' feathers? Anyway, forget torturing women with hot wax, they're used to it, dear.Avatar Image says: wow people wanna do a filk to my lil thing *cries* IM SO HAPPY i cant do it tho cuz I CANT SING >_Avatar Image says: A BIG thank you guys! I can't imagine why someone would be pleased to spoil for the sake of it...Nor why freaggin' newspapers spoiled the ending too. I live in Argentina, and there was this newspaper that had an HP theories section and one dude sent a scan of the tower chapter of HBP. And there it was in big flashy letters: "DUMBLEDORE DIES AND SNAPE KILLS HIM". I just hate the guy who sent the scan and "La voz del Interior" (yes I said your name and I wish I could hit your chieff sorry arse). Avatar Image says: I will literally and physical hurt anyone who tries to yell out info from the book at midnight when I go to buy it...and trust me I can, I used to play football and I'm a 5'11 212lbs biggg boy...so beware people in Michigan that want to ruin the story for me...you'll regret it!Avatar Image says: I would vote for tar.... It sound like a punishment worthy of the crime ^^Avatar Image says: Oh Melissa, I love it when you talk like that! OMTAvatar Image says: And I'd like to reiterate that anyone who spoils it for me is losing teeth. TEETH. I'm going into online media blackout the week before the book hits, and I wouldn't blame Melissa if she does the same.Avatar Image says: Let's add a cheese grater to the list of torture devices! That's my favorite Muggle instrument of pain. I Avatar Image says: Thanks TLC for making sure no one spoils it for anyone.Avatar Image says: Yea, Leaky! I wonder if bookstores will take special precautions in the event of spoilers? Like a large post at the front of the store saying NOT to blurt out ANYTHING under threat of being booted out without a copy. Seriously, I think that anyone stupid enough to do so will not just be given evil glares, they would get positively screamed at and could even come to some real physical harm. I wouldn't be surprised if a riot broke out. Good point bringing along a full-blast Mp3 player. I'll do that. HBP remained spoil-free for me and I plan to keep it that way for DH. Maybe I should hole myself away in a cave until I'm finished reading...?Avatar Image says: "what TLC should do is that whoever spoils it is put on there... WALL OF SPOILING SHAME!!!!!" Naw...I think there are SOME people who would be trying to get on that wall of shame. Deny them the public attention they're seeking and turn them to the LAWYERS' attention--and let them sock it to 'em--that's what I say.Avatar Image says: I happen to know for a fact that Snape is secretly a Muggle insurance salesman and he's going to bore Voldemort to death by discussing actuarials. ;) Seriously, though - thank you. I'm one of of those weirdos who will read the last pages first, but I won't do it until I'm at home where my reaction won't give anything away.Avatar Image says: sweet Leaky! very well written, Melissa! Thanks for doing this. I've never attended a midnight release even though it's so exciting and never will. I usually wake up really really early the next day and get it from the store when they're just opening up boxes with the books. there's no one around then so I'm not worried about any idiot yelling out something!Avatar Image says: GRACIAS, mi amiga! Seriously, guys, this will be my first midnight madness, and I won't let ANYTHING stop me from having a good time. So don't send spoilers, or I'll personally murder you with my bare hands. COS, OOTP, and HBP were spoiled for me, and for just this once I would like to have sincere, suprised tears at the ending. DONT DO IT. i mean it. Avatar Image says: You won't get any spoilers from me, leaky! Lots of love.Avatar Image says: A wonderfully written message to all those who love to spoil others. I was spoiled by someone I know about the plots of OotP and HBP... I still don't talk to him, lol. Good job, Leaky!Avatar Image says: I'm just going to stop reading the net or watching TV soon -- for the last book, someone posted a SERIOUS spoiler as a forum topic that was posted on the right nav bar at Leaky. I heard it was down almost immediatly, but I read the book trying to convince myself it wasn't true. Horrid. Horrid person, whoever you are.Avatar Image says: Well done Leaky! I completely agree on every form of punishment you can think of - i have one request... can you inform me when you're going on the mad axe-weilding revenge drive and I'm sure I will be able to rally the UK tribe of Potter fans to come with you. I'm sure we could come up with even more nasty punishments for spoilers... but we wouldn't want to spoil those peoples' surprise now would we? Rock on Leaky, Rock on Harry and Rock on all those people sticking to the security measures!! We salute you!:DAvatar Image says: My solution is simple; I don't go to release parties or go on the internet for a week before release. I read OotP and HBP (1st day delivery by Amazon) in the privacy of my own home without a breath of unofficial spoilers, and there's no feeling like it. But that's not an option for the doughty Leaky webmasters, so I hope they don't get spoiled by some jerks who don't appreciate all the work they do for the HP fandom!Avatar Image says: Put a simple little jinx on the entire first pressing so that anyone who blurts out any part of the book to someone who hasn't read yet it will have the word "sneak" indelibly etched on their faces with painful red pustules.Avatar Image says: Thank you, Leaky. Thank you. Oh...did I say thank you? Thank you. Avatar Image says: Simple solution: Muffliato! Avatar Image says: Very well said. What I would really love is if Leaky took down that little box pn the top-right with the titles of the most recent DH threads in LL 'cos I've seen people post "spoilers" (which weren't really spoilers) in the titles in the past few days. One of these days, someone might post a real one and it takes only a little peek at that title to ruin all. BTW: Snape is a body surfer LOLOLOLOL! I pity those who have to see those greying undies.Avatar Image says: Melissa, I know there are there are thousands of people who love to post in the comments and on the Lounge, but as this is the last book why don't you just shut them down a month before the book comes out?? It will reduce the chances of some moron spoiling the Leaky staff, as well as us fans. You guys have done so much for us over the last few years and you all deservre to read the book without nowing the ending as much as we do. I'm sure noone would grudge you that, regardless of how much the may want to post something!!!!! Don't give the idiots out there a chance to ruin it for you.Avatar Image says: I understand why you wanted to make this post, but... it wasn't a good idea. It's not going to affect people who wouldn't do it anyway, and you've just challenged every troll in the world to try and spoil it for you. It was also downright irresponsible to give people ideas about shouting out the ending at book stores. Yeah, maybe people like that would've thought of it themselves, but if it even gives ONE jerk the idea, it wasn't worth it, and you've just spoiled a lot of people. Like I said, I realize why you wanted to make this post, but I think you need to think a little about what you're starting. Lecturing jerks is just throwing down a challenge. I kind of wish you would delete this story. Myself, I'm going to stay away from all places that might have spoilers (including book stores). And I agree with the other posters that suggested turning off the forums, or at least make it all moderated. It would be nice if this was a spoiler-free zone, but let's face it... spoilers WILL be posted, and deleting after the fact is too much of a risk for me. Hooray! We're almost there!Avatar Image says: Melissa, I know there are there are thousands of people who love to post in the comments and on the Lounge, but as this is the last book why don't you just shut them down a month before the book comes out?? It will reduce the chances of some moron spoiling the Leaky staff, as well as us fans. You guys have done so much for us over the last few years and you all deservre to read the book without nowing the ending as much as we do. I'm sure noone would grudge you that, regardless of how much the may want to post something!!!!! Don't give the idiots out there a chance to ruin it for you. Posted by Neil in Scotland on April 28, 2007 at 4:28 PM NO, that is bad idea. I don't want this comments section to shutdown. I don't go to the Lounge, so I don't care about that. If someone is determine not to get spoiled, they don't have to click on the comments link to come here or the loungh area. :) Avatar Image says: We won't shut things down; we did that for book five but not six, and liked it for six better. We'll have restrictions, but won't shut totally down.Avatar Image says: muggle... I'm not sure. But I believe I get it the same day the book comes out. The post does work on Saturdays where I live. So, I'm guessing I'll get the book that same day, if not, maybe the Monday after. Avatar Image says: And this is why I am going to be a hermit from now until July 21. I refuse to leave my house except for groceries, or check anything Deathly Hallows related. I got into this series too late in the game and I don't want my excitement to be ruined as it is the only opportunity I will ever have to experience HP like this. Ever. So some jerk had better not spoil it because I will not stop crying, I swear. I'll set the Leaky staff on them! That said, I'd better get cracking on my Hufflepuff robes before the 21st.Avatar Image says: Good Job Leaky! I have been worried that somehow I will be spoiled from whatever source on the internet or TV or whatever. This is why I have vowed to not not get on the computer up to two days in advance of the release and stay off until I am done reading the book. I am also not going to turn on the TV the day of the release just in case. I do not want to be spoiled!Avatar Image says: It's so simple, really, you'll just have to give up your addiction for a while and not read Leaky or the Lounge. Easy peasy. ... Yeah, right. Well, one out of two isn't bad, I suppose.Avatar Image says: Thank you for this article. I was actually becoming very worried. You never know what other "people" might find "amusing" ...Avatar Image says: good job Melissa!! you tell them. although i wouldnt be surprised if they take that as a challenge. but, at least we warn them before they are killed by Jo. hahaAvatar Image says: Thank You Melissa! You said exactly what i wanted to hear - from now on till July 21st Leaky is the ONLY source of PotterNews (as if there ever was anything else...) as a fan i think avoiding the commentaries the next 86 days would be a wise decision: too easy to post something here! this actually might be a leak! HELP!!! living in Germany at least i'm safe from British tabloids screaming out the end on their front pages... hopefully! Love you for taking care of us devoted fans! Your Poodle Of Death a.k.a. Frank SchererAvatar Image says: And that is precisely the reason that I read news about HP here and not everywhere else on the net. I really, really appreciate that y'all take the time to confirm any rumor or story that comes out before posting it Speculation is all well and good, and I've indulged in a fair bit myself, but not nearly as much on this book as on the others. This is such a unique bit of history that I want to thoroughly enjoy Deathly Hallows (will it be enjoyable? maybe not the best word to use) as much as I did when I first read PS/SS, and found my way into Jo's marvelous imaginative world. And I'm so sorry to hear that some nitwit actually took the time to scan and send first and last chapters of HPB. I don't blame the staff for being bitter--I would be too. Can we assume that said nitwit has been banished from posting or emailing TLC and Leaky Lounge? I certainly hope so. PatAvatar Image says: BRAVO! .... Thats all I really have to say. Good for you to be telling those people off. I know I would be PISSED if someone were to spoil me;Avatar Image says: Would closing the comments and lounge for the week of the release help? I know that the minute I'm finished reading I'm gonna want to discuss DH with someone. I almost feel that if you don't want to be spoiled and you go to Leaky and lurk in the lounge during that first week--well, you're asking to be spoiled. Avatar Image says: A-MEN! Cheers to Melissa and all the Leaky Staff! Having this book spoiled is my biggest concern. Thanks for speaking out about this! I know that rude and inconsiderate people think this is all a big joke and that it's fun to ruin it for people but I'm glad that Leaky's speakin up for the true fans! Avatar Image says: i reallllllllly hope this time nobody spoils the ending for me, when it comes out im locking myself away in a dark room!....well room with light to read but no windows for anyone to speak to me.... ok most of the above is a lie apart from the hoping bit grrrrr to yee annoyersAvatar Image says: Amen, Melissa! I think for the last week, I won't be on HP fansites... but I don't know. BUT NO SPOILING!!!! (I think you should add that if someone spoils you, Moochka will attack the person)Avatar Image says: Bravo Leaky! I'll have my pitchfork sharpen and put my tar on to boil. Believe me, anyone who will spoil book 7 will regret it to their dying day! :) Avatar Image says: Thanks to Melissa and the whole Leaky staff for keeping things in check! It's admirable to keep the site open on release day, just make sure you have extra staff on hand! I'm going to savor the book when it comes out, take more than a day to read it--and I'm going to go into self-imposed exile from Leaky for a week or two, or however long it takes for me to finish the book. And even when I come back, I'm going to hesitate posting about DH for some weeks after that, in respect for those who are still reading the book. I just wish everyone had that sort of respect for the readers, and didn't try to spoil it just for the sake of doing so... unfortunately there are people like that out there! (talk about doing what's easy over doing what's right...) I think of them as Crabbes and Goyles, such disregard for others make such people good candidates for Slytherin house generally, and the Draco clique in particular. And I agree with Laura about bringing an MP3 player to the release party (and listen to Pottercast!), that's a good idea! If I hear someone start yelling plot details, up goes the volume (and out comes my most Snape-like *eeeevil* glare. And like the guy in Michigan, I'm a big fella ;-) Perhaps I should volunteer as "bouncer" for the local release party? Bring some muffling device perhaps... not ear-muffs for those in line but some sort of muzzle for any potential snitch (as I haven't quite mustered the "Muffliato!" wizarding charm...) Again, thanks for looking out for us readers by not "leaking", Leaky!Avatar Image says: LEAKY IS THE BEST!!! By the way exactly how many lawyers does Jo have?Avatar Image says: " It was also downright irresponsible to give people ideas about shouting out the ending at book stores. Yeah, maybe people like that would've thought of it themselves, but if it even gives ONE jerk the idea, it wasn't worth it, and you've just spoiled a lot of people". Jack, Leaky did not do anything " irresponsible", seeing as one jerk already did that for the Midnight Realease of our beloved #6. Leaky was reminiscing, not giving any more spoilers new tactics.Avatar Image says: Pulitzer! Thats one mighty moving ready there Melis!Avatar Image says: Thank you very much!!! I read HBP in one weekend,(it would have been sooner, but I had to sleep)and I didn't tell anyone what happened. I would like the same treatment from others.Avatar Image says: Wow that was confusing, but very funny. I hope people will respect their wishes and not put spoilers all over. I am not using the internet until I fnish Deathly Hallows. Avatar Image says: Brilliant! Bravo! And, a heartfelt, THANKS!!!!!!!!!! No wonder Jo respects you guys. So do we.Avatar Image says: >>By the way exactly how many lawyers does Jo have? Oh, 40,000. LOL - no, just a dedicated group of them. Dedicated. As you would be if you were JKR's lawyers. As to the people who think the last bit gives people ideas: For every MORON who gets the idea to do that from this post, are probably 10 people who will be on the lookout/listenig to music/ready in case someone does it, on the night of the release. We're saving lives, people. LOL.Avatar Image says: Thank you Melissa and Leaky!! As always, you have all of our best interests at heart. There is nothing like the feeling of getting that new book in your hands. You take a moment, look at it, take a deep breath and open the cover. Your heart stops for a split second and then you begin to read. Only you guys would understand that feeling and to have it ruined by someone else is just not right. So a big thanks from all the Harry fans in this household. All we can say is "WE LOVE LEAKY!"Avatar Image says: Well said Mel!! Always lookin out for the fans and that's why we love you!!!Avatar Image says: I agree, dont do it. Is anyone else having trouble with the training game on the new www.joindumbledoresarmy.com? I just can't do the Expecto Patronum. If anyone has any tips can they please help? I'm going spare here! ThanksAvatar Image says: urgh, spoilers...they're like terrorists to our kind. Thanks for the anti-spoiler ideas, everyone. I'll miss you guys when I go on my no-potter-news-at-all period before the book comes out. p.s. Leaky Staffers, I fully approve of tar and feathering and I'll be happy to lend my two pitchforks to your cause. :)Avatar Image says: Hehe. Pitchforks. :)Avatar Image says: I must admit I never thought about that... I mean I was never spoiled in any way that I couldn't prevent. Like these kind of sites, but it's my choice or not to be spoiled... But good point there, I totally agree that it will be at least outrageous to be spoiled in such a way... Do these people really exist??Avatar Image says: I have to say, as a Lounge staffer, that spoilers really do suck. I've already come across a few and attempted to vanquish them with a quickness, so others don't read them, too. Granted, the stuff I've come across I am almost CERTAIN isn't REAL, but there is no sense in not taking each spoiler as a threat to all fans. I am a true proponent of keeping literary integrity, and like Melissa said, Jo has the right to deliver what she wants her readers to know WHEN SHE wants them to know it. That's what makes this time so fun...watching her site and Leakynews.com for updates from her, discussing the cover art and the title until you seriously believe you've talked about EVERYTHING you can possibly talk about, listening to PotterCast and getting that "last fix" of pre-DH excitement...these are all things that every fan is ENTITLED to experience. Spoilers suck...they are truly the most cruel form of torture for any true HP fan. Thanks, Melissa, for the reminder...and may spoilers be hereby sufficiently warned. I have my pitchfork and torch at the ready.Avatar Image says: Here here, Melissa & the Leaky Staffers! Here here!!Avatar Image says: You go Leaky! If anyone spoils me, if any idiot screams out the ending like that at midnight.........omg, I can't even express how completely and utterly furious I would be. And you guys are at even more at risk to be spoiled, so I sincerely hope that those people who would spoil us for the fun of it, use their brains and decide not to be hunted down by a bunch of fans.Avatar Image says: What an AWESOME post! Congratulations, Kudos, and Hip-Hip-Horrays for the best post ever (not that I'd ever exaggerate or anything)! I was going to send in a rebuttle/comment on the last PotterCast (about another topic) and then when you mentioned your distaste of spoilers, I was going to add a big giant PS. Well now i dont have to!! I wasnt sure what site I read the betting that took place just prior to book 6, regarding DD's future that just so happened to be right, so I was going to ask... beg... plead... that if you post any news like that that you put it like 3 or 4 links deep. I am SOOOOOO glad that you've posted this and allayed my fears and I am now confident that I read that tidbit elsewhere. Now I know where I will be going exclusevely through at least July (tho Leaky is always my first stop :-) ). I decided to NOT go to a midnight book sale just because of that event last year (the nimrod who shouted out the spoiler). I never even thought of bringing my iPod. Might have to rethink this... Thanks Melissa and Leaky for keeping us all spoilage-free. Avatar Image says: you're awesome, melissa xD i couldn't have worded that any better. mwahahaha! xD xD xDAvatar Image says: I'm actually glad Melissa posted this. This year I'm likely to attend a much larger midnight release party in the George Washington Univ. area, and I'm scared to death that someone will shout the ending of the book. I now know to bring my I-pod with me ;) I'll continue to visit Leaky until the final hour. Except for reading the article on the bets (totally my fault) and a post containing a couple of minor OotP spoilers (quickly addressed), I've never had any problems reading Leaky and remaining spoiler-free for the last 2 books. Staying away from comment areas and Livejournal 2-3 weeks before the releases have generally worked for me. So, in short, thanks Leaky!Avatar Image says: Wonderful post. Very nicely put. Spoilers at the release is going to be a big worry. I don't especially want to be listening to music or wearing earplugs because I want to fully absorb the atmosphere. But then I don't want to be spoiled, either. Hmm...Avatar Image says: kathryn, i'm having trouble too- the dumbledore's army website game isnt taking my log in username, while everything else on the site is....? again, thanks melissa!!! that was one rly passionate speech. Avatar Image says: I'm glad that you made it clear for those who spoil whenever they can that we DON'T WANT TO KNOW. I'll be a white pure angel (or at least I'll try to) and if I can't have the book on the release day (which might happen), I'll stay away from any computers or televisions and try my best to ignore the world until I've read it. Until that time, at least I know I can trust TLC. ;)Avatar Image says: I swear, if anyone, ANYONE ever dares slip a single spoiler to me, I will not hesitate to wringe their scrawny neck over a vat of boiling oil, drop them in, then cut them up into little pieces and burn them in acid, then throw away the remains (like I would let there be any). This moment means soooo much to me (like every other potterhead) and if it is ruin.....I can't even bear to think.......I woul just cry and cry and keep crying.... So pay heed, potter ruiners, or July 21, 2007, may be your last.Avatar Image says: I completely agree, Katie! I have never raised my fist in anger against a fellow human being, but believe me, giving me plot details might make me change my mind.Avatar Image says: A-MEN sistah! Thank you for your "constant vigilance" and your dedication to keep the rest of us from being spoiled. (p.s. I know I'm not the only staffer who has been keeping EXTRA hot wax & feathers on hand just in case....)Avatar Image says: if this happens, I WILL BRING MY OWN PITCHFORK, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. thanks Leaky.Avatar Image says: I'm so terrified of that guy. It is my love of the fandom alone that is getting me to go to the midnight release party- I am sooo scared that guy, or a guy like him, is gonna open his book in line and scream out stuff. Avatar Image says: Looks like its that time - time to stop checking the websites and stop downloading the podcasts - i'm tuning out of the potter world til after the book! Its gotta be done - i don't wanna know and i don't wanna run the risk. It happened a lot earlier than i thought - i thought it would be end of May before i had to do this but yep. Thats me gone! Have fun people - hope NONE of you get spoiled! Personally i'm even going on holiday away from everything and everyone to read it! lol - i know its a bit extreme! Last time - genuinely - there was someone who drove by our que and shouted 'dumbledore dies'. Nice. Real nice. Bye! :o)Avatar Image says: Spoliers are not big and not clever.Avatar Image says: This is exactly the reason I bought mine from Amazon.com which promises the book will be on my doorstep on the 21st, the day of the release. So unless the postman tells me about the book I have no worries. Plus I don't have to stand in any lines. If I found out the end of this book before I read it, the person who spoiled it for me would find him/herself on the wrong end of a very long night of torture. And I'm not even one of you folks who have been reading from the beginning 10 years ago. When I started books 1-6 were written so I could just read one after the other, and have done so twice now. I couldn't imagine waiting 10 years for this moment only to have it screwed up by the biggest jerk know to mankind. I sincerely hope it doesn't happen to anyone. BBAvatar Image says: Let me make a suggestion to every harry potter fan: When you buy your copy of Deathly Hallows, be listening to your ipod, have it on full blast and don't go on the internet (you never know where spoilers might pop up). Avatar Image says: Why not, about a week before the book comes out, make it so no one can email you or contact you in any way? Or just refuse to read anything? Avatar Image says: HAHA!! I hadn't looked at who posted this news, but from the writing style, I knew it was Melissa. HAHA!! Anyway... People who would rather spoil the fun of reading the book have no lives. They live in a cave infested with rats and have nothing better to do than ruin the joy of a plot unravelling before our eyes. It makes me sick!Avatar Image says: Don't worry, this librarian wouldn't spoil the greatest surprise in the world come July. This promise i make to you. coursethatdoesn'tmeanotherpeoplewillholdthesame!!Avatar Image says: Bravo, Melissa! GabrielleAvatar Image says: Thank you, Melissa and everyone at the Leaky Cauldron, for implementing these measures to ensure that we are safe from spoilers. I really appreciate that you guys are going out of your way to secure as unspoiled a reading of the book as you possibly can. Hopefully fewer people this time around have the audacity to behave as childishly as they did during the Half-Blood Prince. Just in case, however, I'm going to avoid the internet in the days preceding the release of the book.Avatar Image says: you are doing a very good thing. some people don't care if they spoil it for everyone they just want their 5min. of fame.Avatar Image says: Deputy Master Carpenter at the theatre I currently work at walked in the day after HBP was released with "Dumbledore Dies On Page ..." (can't remember page number). Fortunately I will be spending six lovely hours on a train so probably find myself spoiler free. On the other hand I'm the moderator on a Snape discussion list...Avatar Image says: Dumbledore's death was the worst for being spoiled because he's an iconic character that EVERYONE knows, whether they're a book fan or not, so it was much more of a major news story. Honestly, I didn't feel shocked when I accidentally read the spoiler because I kind of expected it after *MAJOR SPOILER* Sirius bought it in Ootp *END SPOILER, mwahahaha!!* and with DD saving the day in Ootp he really needed to be out of the way for the final book in order for Harry to properly complete his quest and face Voldes (it would be like Frodo taking the Ring to Mount Doom with a powerful wizard like Gandalf with him, it just doesn't make a good story). But I'm so glad I didn't know that Snape killed him, that shocked me so much in a GREAT way. When he drank the potion and was becoming weak I thought 'OK, this is why he's going to die' but then for Snape to kill him that was like...WOW, and I want those kind of moments when reading Deathly Hallows so PLEASE DON'T SPOIL!!!!!! I'm getting the book delivered so I don't have to go to a store to buy it. I'm willing to miss midnight if it means I won't be spoiled. And if for some reason I DO get spoiled I will perform a memory charm on myself so I forget...but it'll probably go wrong and I'll forget the whole series! Imagine how it would feel reading the series from the start again and not knowing what happens!!Avatar Image says: *applause* WE LOVE YOU MELISSA!!! Favorite: "...Bloomsbury, and eevery 'JoLawyer' we can think of." JoLawyer considered as a status...classic! **The fish bowl comment was also extremely funny I, in fact hadn't read the posters' name, but as soon as I had heard the Snape bodysurfer insult, I knew there was no way it was Sue, so for sure Melissa. And, also, (at the book-release) I plan to bring an iPod and BLASTING that baby with the most LOUD, HEAVY-METAL music I can find as soon as that 12:00 A.M. comes. I don't want to hear a THING from ANYONE!Avatar Image says: Cheers Melissa!!!Avatar Image says: Amen, sister. Amen.Avatar Image says: Thank you so much for posting this! I was listening to a different podcast and they recieved manuscripts from the publishing company and took it upon themselves to reveal the ending. My heart is broken and I'm so mad. I'm glad you guys here at leaky respect the fact that some people want to wait. I love you guys!Avatar Image says: Not that this would really deter any determined person wanting to spoil the staff, but eh, you tried. To keep pure on the night of the release I am wearing headphones and listening to music the entire time. I don't think I'll even take them off at the register, can't risk it, haha.Avatar Image says: AMEN, SISTAH!Avatar Image says: so true, im reading this and about ready to strangle any spoilers that come my way, im in 8th grade and have read the books a good 7 years since 1st grade........id have read them earlier if i couldve read! anyone who spoils anything for me like dies.....especially since i have to get the book a day later since im at camp when it comes out :( spoilers prepare to die!Avatar Image says: And so mote it be... *wipes hands of the mess* You know, for such an intelligent fandom, we do attract some weirdos...Avatar Image says: hear hear i say.Avatar Image says: Amen, Melissa! This will be my first midnight release party since GOF, and I hadn't thought about people yelling out spoilers even though I had heard about what happened with HBP. As soon as the store hands the first customer his or her book, my headphones are going on. Nothing is going to spoil me. I've waited for the ending since 1998; it would absolutely crush me if someone ruined it now. Which is why I'm forcing myself to forgo the internet before the release. It'll kill me, but it'll be worth it.Avatar Image says: I TOTALLY AND FULLY AGREE!Avatar Image says: AMEN! And if you need some loud music for your iPod, may I recommend the Wizard Rock EP of the Month's "Voldemort" release. As for me, I am a bit worried about the Midnight Release for the reason of the screaming guy. I was reading HBP slowly and a friend's 10 year old spoiled it for me, "Is that the one where _ kills _? He hadn't read the book but a friend told him so he figured he'd pass on the favor. Aargh! I read the rest in dread of the ending. As long as I can make it home from the bookstore untainted , I'm locking myself in my room with no computer or tv until I'm done. And about that revealing Podcast on the OTHER website, they came clean a couple of weeks later saying it was an April Fool's joke. I'm glad to know that Leaky will be safe!Avatar Image says: QUOTE: "Thank you so much for posting this! I was listening to a different podcast and they recieved manuscripts from the publishing company and took it upon themselves to reveal the ending. My heart is broken and I'm so mad. I'm glad you guys here at leaky respect the fact that some people want to wait. I love you guys!" Kimberly, if you were listening to mugglecast ~ it was a april fools joke. so no worries! :)Avatar Image says: AMEN TO THAT! make these last few months worthwhile! for the person who yells spoilers infront of a book shop: keep your mouth closed and we will all live happily. XDAvatar Image says: I'm getting off the internet and locking myself in my room around the end of June until after I read the book. It's the only way.Avatar Image says: Hmm..sounds like the twin brother of the girl who spoiled HBP for me. I am asking for an ipod for my birthday, just to ensure my midnight party will be spoiler free.Avatar Image says: omg...im crying right now....the thought of someone ruining it for me.....i would never forgive them.....was gonna book the weekend off work but i tink it might be safer to take a month around the date and just lock myself at home....:(Avatar Image says: I have been terribly worried about DH spoilers,so I pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble...but now I've got a new dilemma...we're in the process of selling our house and moving over the summer...I just hope I'm still at my present address when DH is released...then I have to worry about getting B&N my new address and hoping it doesn't get screwed up!!! OMG,my stomach is in knots already!! :)Avatar Image says: If someone spoils, I will join the mob of angry pitchfork weilding fans who will hunt said spoiler down and make them suffer as fans who hear spoiled information shall suffer! Spoiling is just plain wrong!!! It defeats the purpose and ruins the journey of the Book!! I will wear earmuff whenever walking past a book store (or fields next to publishing plants) before I finish the book, and I shall feed Mr. FlippityFins extra food so he may keep up his strength for the strenuous task! Avatar Image says: I have had bad experiences with being spoiled in the past with other series...two weeks before "The return of the Jedi" came out, a friend looked at me at party and said "So what do you think about Leia being Luke's sister?" My reaction was "AAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!" I don't want anything like that with this book. It will be hard as the press starts getting a hold of it. I want to be one of those pure souls who experiences the book as the author wants me to. It is her last chance to give us an adventure with Harry and company too. I wouldn't want to have her experience spoiled either.Avatar Image says: Thank you so much. I looked back, and I have been waiting for this book since the release of Azkaban in NINETEEN NINETY NINE. And if anyone spoils it for me, it's justifiable homicide time.Avatar Image says: "And if you're that guy who shouted "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" outside the bookshop at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2005? Just go away, man. Just go away. Quietly. And we won't hurt you." Speak for yourself, Leaky. I WILL hurt him, and any of his ilk, including miserable tabloid rags wanting to increase sales of their vomitous publication. I will have my revenge. I will hunt you down, with the persistence of Inigo Montoya. And when I find you, I will fight you. Not to the death. TO THE PAIN. And when I die I will haunt you, Moaning Myrtle-style, until you die. And when you die, I will haunt you in the afterlife. For eternity. As you can see I feel strongly about this subject.Avatar Image says: I think that the outrageous spoilers that are obviously fake are quite funny, but when someone tries to pass them as authentic-that's when it gets annoying...Avatar Image says: Hear, hear!!! Thank you, Leaky, and may none of you get spoiled.Avatar Image says: Yes! Go Leaky! THANK YOU for saying that. Nobody wants to get spoiled.Avatar Image says: Way to go Leaky!!!Avatar Image says: Leaky,You better shutdown the site because you might as well say theories as spoilers. Now that you've started everything from now on will be considered spoiler. Better stop people from visiting your site as they already know when the book and movie is coming out. What if some mad theory turns out right? oh there you go we are spoiledAvatar Image says: Fantastic! I love you guys. I'm linking this in my journal and one of my hp communities. I hope you guys don't get spoiled and I hope no one decides to drive by ANY bookstores shouting out who dies. I plan to leave the store with iPod firmly in ears. I think my sister might kill someone with a spaghetti noodle if they managed to spoil her. Avatar Image says: Leaky YOU ARE MY HERO! My brother is a speed reader and reads each book before me when they come out and holds it above my head and then in the end says "oh by the way Dumbledore dies." or any other ending. I wish I could do Ginny's Bat-Boggie curse... again THANK YOU!Avatar Image says: Anyone see that alleged spoiler on Mugglenet yesterday? People like that must lead very sad lives. That's the only reason I can think of for going on an internet comment board about 3 months before a much-anticipated book is released and claiming to have already read the book. Oh, and Bob what's your name...if you're reading this and you're not lying; you really have read the book...you're an even bigger loser than someone who is just faking it! Avatar Image says: I don't think I can handle the pressure anymore! I'm shaking with excitement and it's still 3 months away! I have to cut out Potter sites a couple weeks before the big day/night just because I don't want anything about the plot released to me so I don't come up with a good theory like last time. That video of the guy yelling out "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" was so mean, yet so hilarious. I think I laughed 5 weeks after seeing it. Avatar Image says: Hahahahah! I know I will personally pummel the person who spoils me into a pulp -- with the help of Fred and George. Avatar Image says: Although I comepletly agree with your message, Melissa, you have a little too much time on your hands....Mr Flippity Fins? Roight...And if there are any evil spoilers, I know I dont staff leaky...but could I tie them down so you can tar and feather them...Please? :DAvatar Image says: Frankly, if fans don't want to be spoiled by some ejit they had better just lay off their computers between now & the publication date because some where out there is a person just willing to spoil it for us all. Just hibernate from all HP/news sites till July 21st - I don't think we need a post about this.Avatar Image says: More power to you, Leaky Cauldron. You are the only site I will trust not to spoil it for me. Thanks Melissa and staff. I don't worry about being spoiled in the bookstore. I wear two hearing aids. All I have to do is turn them off and it is nice and quiet. The only way someone would spoil it for me would be if they came up and screamed in in my better ear. Even then, I would probably look and them and say "Huh?" Sometimes, being hard of hearing can be a blessing, not always, but sometimes. Kay (JKMcGonagall)Avatar Image says: Well put Melissa! None of us want to get spoiled and if someone tries to spoil me or others I don't think they are an actual Harry Potter fan. So like Melissa said we have made it so far to find out what happens to Harry and the rest and I for one don't want to find out until July 21, 2007.Avatar Image says: Bravo. I am getting seriously schizophrenic right now wanting to read everything I can about the book but desperately afraid of finding out something I don't want to know; thanks for this policy and my sympathy since you guys are going to have a much harder time of it.Avatar Image says: I was lucky at my midnight book party at B&N for the release of HBP that no foolish person came out shouting the spoiler around midnight. Some people who already got their copies ahead of me were looking at the end of the books, but for the sake of the other fans they didn't say anything about it. For this occasion, I just want to avoid the crowds for the last book, which I've done for SS-OOTP. I'll just have to handcuff myself away from the computer so that I won't come across any spoilers someone happens to put, though. And while I'm sure Scholastic won't be taking as extreme measures taken by Bloomsbury (i.e. putting steel chains on the book crates and delivering it to stores a day before the release), I'm sure they'll have placed timed sensors that go off if someone happens to open the boxes early, or put time-sensitive tape or something else to deter any Potterholics. Still, I'm pretty sure someone will find a loophole or manage to get the book before the release date. Heck, even the online store I've ordered DH from does tend to ship things early (it's not Amazon, B&N or Borders). So IF it ends up on my doorstep a few days before July 21st (and that's a big if, everything I preorder from that store arrives on its release date and not before), I won't be able to resist putting off reading until July 21st. But if it happens (which I doubt it will), I won't put anything up or say anything for the sake of you guys at Leaky and fellow fans. Scout's honor... and I've signed gag orders and kept all of them, so you can trust me on this one. (Plus I don't want to have Jo's lawyers and the book companies suing me for everything I have.) ;-D Oh, and Melissa, there's a solution to avoid any people who might spoil DH for you: an mp3 player/iPod, quality headphones and the loudest music in your collection. That'll stifle the noise come midnight. :-DAvatar Image says: >>Melissa, you have a little too much time on your hands Whoa whoa whoa. You really just said that to me. LOL. I don't know if there's a possible less true statement. :)Avatar Image says: Good, Melissa! Was the stupid person who shouted "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" on Leaky's video galleries? I remember seeing him on video in some website. If it's not Leaky it must be YouTube. He said "...and I'm just about to ruin the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." or something like that then yells "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE! SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" I think the stupid man himself filmed the spoiling. I do hope this won't happen this time. WHEN WILL THAT BOOK COME!?! I await its release... Anyone here also pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? I did at a bookstore where I am a member and got a load of vouchers for English language books only and a discount and goodness knows what nice stuff. The drawback is that i still have to go back to that bookshop and get that book rather than having it delivered. Still, that means it would be more or less punctual.Avatar Image says: I predict a fiasco every week between now and the end of July. Ohhhh boy, this is going to be a rough ride.Avatar Image says: "Anyone here also pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?" I did. I'm happy to say that never was I spoiled with plot details from any of the six books until I actually had the books in my possession (I went on HP sites a couple of days before and even on the day before release, but none of the sites I went to had any spoilers). And hopefully it will stay the same for DH.Avatar Image says: Fiasco or not, I'm not attending any midnight release party or do anything of that sort. I'm not even going to some MAJOR bookstore. I'll just go and fetch the darling book from Popular (that's the name of the bookstore), try not to burst, and if there are not too many crowds, grab a few nice english books (for my book vouchere), pay (if necessary) and rush home. I'll probably start reading on the car/taxi/bus/MRT(something like a train)/whatever way i'm getting home. In the distant past when i hardly knew Harry, my friend was a fan and unfortunately, she spoiled be by saying "Would you believe it? Snape killed Dumbledore." and I was like "Oh. Ok. Sad. Hmm." but when i was reading the book it didn't really matter that much as i'm that sort of person. I can enjoy a book no matter what as long as it's a GOOD book. I'm lucky, right?Avatar Image says: "Just go away, man. Just go away. Quietly. And we won't hurt you." Lol, I love how you made it so funny and yet so serious at the same time! I hope none of those jerks out there send you guys spoilers, and I can't wait until 7.21.07! Thanks for this, we all needed it.Avatar Image says: Well, apparently, in the country where I live (Philippines), we are one day ahead of everyone. So we'll be reading 'em first. Haha, but then again, there would be no point in spoiling everyone it's just a day, y'know... =)Avatar Image says: I absolutely agree....I had a co-worker tell me that Dumbledore died a month before book 6 came out.. he said that the book had already been released in Europe (WRONG!) Even though I didn't think he really knew anything, it diminished my enjoyment of the book quite a bit...it was no longer a suprise. I'll join you with that broomstick if I hear any spoilers at the book release. My sister's and I are just going to run in and out, and then proceed to my Grandfather's cabin to read in peace and quiet! -Thank you very much Leaky for having this policy, it means I will not have to avoid your site in the upcoming weeks ( just everyone else's :)Avatar Image says: Hear! Hear! I will never forget (nor forgive!) the idiot who wrote to a local daily ranting about the death of Sirius Black and the dimwit local daily who published the letter with big black bold headlines. And the following year, this #$@!! messaged me without any warning about Dumbledore's death, thinking he was doing me a big favour. Pitchfork and hot wax, huh? I share your sentiments. Throw in some brass knuckles, curses, voodoo dolls etc...Avatar Image says: "Well, apparently, in the country where I live (Philippines), we are one day ahead of everyone. So we'll be reading 'em first. Haha, but then again, there would be no point in spoiling everyone it's just a day, y'know... =) " Actually the only country you will be getting it earlier than as far as the English speaking world is concerned is the US, as they delay the release until midnight in their time zones so they can have their midnight parties. You, and I in Australia, will not be getting our books ahead of everybody else just because our timezone is ahead of the UK. The rules say that the books cannot be released before midnight London time, which means 9am Sydney time in my case. This means I will get the book before my US friends, but at the same time as the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and all the other countries that receive their books at midnight UK. If you in the phillipines receive your book before midnight UK time, they are breaking the rules. By my calculation from the world clock, you are allowed to get the book at 7am Saturday 21st,not a moment earlier. Avatar Image says: AMEN!!!! I am a die hard fan of Jo's books and i care deeply about Harry, i don't need some yahoo ruining it for me. thanks.Avatar Image says: I absolutely agree with Melissa - and really really hope that I shall be luckier this time - meaning that our Sunday-Newspaper (which has a good name) won't print anything about HPDH - not like when OotP came out - and that fool of a reporter, mentioned that Harry's Godfather was going to die!!!! I remember that I tried in vain to send all my friends and family an Instant Message, telling them "don't look at the newspaper today"! Or last time, when I was so naive and clicked on a poll - yes, it was the one who told us that Albus Dumbledore was the "winner"! Grrr....and you won't believe it....I was in Italy on a holiday , when HBP came out (love Italy, Melissa ;-) and I was able to buy the book in the AFTERNOON! Way hours - before the official release of HBP!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't even realize this - until my cell ran - telling me that my friends were preparing themselves to go to the midnight opening! And here was I - already reading - knowing what Snape said in "Spinner's End!!!! I am afraid to say- that there are going to be so many "Muggles" who will be thrilled to spoil it for us! Just because they don't understand what the magic is about Harry Potter! One thing we Potter-fans are all going to have in common - whatever they do, say or write - they cannot spoil it for us!!!!! Us who have read so many theories - we are prepared! We are the Potter-family! They can't take that from us!!Avatar Image says: This is the most awsome and hilarious article ever. You rock leaky. I am a bookseller, and I anticipate grabbing my copy and ringing up customers with my nose in it. :) then have my fiancee drive me home so I can keep reading, then the same thing for the next 12-20 hours with minimal breaks. :) I am SO excited!!!Avatar Image says: I'm going to be gone in a flash when I get my copy of the book. Not going to stay behind in case all hell breaks loose. There was a guy in my science class who decided he just HAD to let everyone know who died in Half-Blood Prince. *facepalm* Avatar Image says: Of course, I shall be avoiding newspapers, television, and internet (apart from a few fan-friendly sites) for two or three weeks before the 21st. After the 21st I will shun all human contact until I've reached the last chapter. I've taken annual leave for that weekend and am stockpiling butterbeer and Bertie Botts in my room! For HBP I pre-ordered at Borders and had to wait in a boring line for over an hour. They don't seem to have line parties in Australia, just staff in wizard hats. This year I've preordered from a smaller bookshop and I'll be in and out like a flash!Avatar Image says: gillyweed: haha, yes... so true. but probably no one in the country would say spoilers as they would be very busy reading.Avatar Image says: Oh, Gosh, you nerly had me fall of my chair!! seriously, where did you get that sense of humor, MElissa????LEaky, you really are superb!!!!!!!!!! love you guys. And yeah...I am totally with you on this!!! JOLawyers already have enough to do, please give them a break. And you didn't know?????Snape is a body surfer!!!!!!!!!!! I'VE SEEN HIM!!!!! (er...have I? it would be pretty funny to watch alan rickman with his oiled hair, in swimming trunks) Sorry...that was a major PJ. Back to you guys, keep it up leaky...I'm sure you'll have loads of leakyfans way down in 2017, also...I for one,am sure to be one of them!!!Avatar Image says: I don't want to be spoiled at all! I preordered from Amazon in mid-February, but unfortunately I will be at a camp that we leave at about noon on the 21st. I am so tempted to have the book shipped to the camp, but I don't want to risk it being stuck there. The eight hour bus ride home will be the longest ever!Avatar Image says: >>Melissa, you have a little too much time on your hands >Whoa whoa whoa. You really just said that to me. >LOL. I don't know if there's a possible less >true statement. :) LOL. They obviously didn't listen to Fitting-It-In :pAvatar Image says: I remember that someone said "SNAP KILLS DUMBLEDORE" to me a couple of MONTHS after HBP came out. It was so funny to me, just knowing that saying that then wouldn't spoil it for any real fans.Avatar Image says: Of course we do not want to know the ending of book 7 - but if someone spoils it for you - just accept that you know the ending and look forward to reading the great journey that takes you there and besides, that is the bigger mystery anyway. But of course try to avoid areas where spoilers can beblurted out. I want to be part of a book night party but not be paranoid about spoilers otherwise I might well not go. Trying to take a very calm approach to this as we must not have vengeance and bitterness in our heart. Ahhhhhh who am I kidding, if someone spoils it for me, I will knock him out with my very heavy Adult edition Deathly Hallows book and if he is still standing - I will repeat the action with my childrens's edition.........Avatar Image says: I really appreciate the "Dont spoil this" sentiment, especially now at what is, for me, the most important part of a story. A story's end is how it finally releases its grasp on you, how it finally gives you its all. It is how it leaves you. (though, yeah, there are re-reads, but it's never the same as discovering it anew!)I dont want anything to ruin this, so when I start reading the book, just for a short while, I am going to attempt to eschew the media. Especially as, worse luck, my house gets the Sun, and, not long after the HBP was released... They carried a report where some jerketh held a banner over a bridge on a motorway somewhere in England saying 'Dumbledore Dies'. I had kind of guessed where the story was going with that,the death of the mentor character, but still, my -admittedly extreme- refusal to read a paper or watch the news, just for the few days it took me to read HBP, was enough to help me feel a great swell of emotion and sorrow when he actually died. It was powerful, and it is what I read books, watch films, and listen to music for. If I'd been robbed of that, I would've been very, very angry.Avatar Image says: Yes! Thank you. NO SPOILERS. This is the LAST book. DH. We don't get a second chance. Avatar Image says: Hmmmm...How to avoid spoilers???????? "booking a plane to the Amazone Jungle"Avatar Image says: man...this brings me back to the day i woke up to find a text message telling me the exact page on which dumbledore dies. not a good way to start the day -- i never quite forgave the person, hm hm hm! it definitely diminished the impact of it when i finally read it (even though i still weeped like a baby; thinking of richard harris's face didn't help any) i guess the only suggestion is to wear headphones at the next midnight book release to avoid hearing any possible spoiler shoutage. Avatar Image says: Did somebody really say "Snape kills Dumbledore"??? What an evil B******!!! I'm picking my book up at 12.01am on 21/07/07 and I am flying off on holiday at 12pm on 21/07/07. I am soooooo glad that my flight isn't any earlier. I would have gone insane for a week! Not having the book and seeing all the revelations in the papers would have driven me crazy. I really hope the idiot spoilers stay away from me otherwise they're going to feel the rough end of a pineapple in a not very nice place!!! :)Avatar Image says: Way to go Leaky!! I can continue to read your pages with confidence. What about the Podcast after release of the book, I don't want to have to stop listening to you for a couple of episodes, I want to join in the excitement, but at the same time I don't want to have it "spoiled"Avatar Image says: Hear hear! I had OotP spoiled for me, but luckilly not HBP. I do /not/ want DH ruined for me and if someone does purposly because they know I am a huge fan they will get a punch in the face - a leaf from Hermione's book me thinks.Avatar Image says: Well said Melissa......down with spoilers!!!Avatar Image says: For HBP, I completely managed to miss the Dumbledore dies rumours until I was reading a small, inoffensive looking column at the back of the Telegraph. The journalist felt the need to comment on how a lot of the press had steered clear of the rumour, so as not to spoil the readers (and as I vaguely recall, went on to question why JKR was afforded this respect and when other authors were not). I was furious, as the column could have made the point (whether right or not) just as effectively without specifying what the rumour actually was. There have been a couple of excellent theories about DH on this site and on Pottercast that I wish I hadn't read or heard because they are so throughly convincing :-) If they turn out to be correct, I will be a little disappointed not to have read it in the book first! That's not to say that I am able to stop myself reading theories on here... I am too obsessed for that.Avatar Image says: [Quote(Dribble @ April 28 2007, 1:47 PM)] wha? Snape............last time by ceasing to read message boards and comment pages several months in advance and complete shutting all lines of communication......21st of July. I WILL NOT BE SPOILED!!! [/Quote] [Quote(MissHagrid @ April 28 2007, 1:54 PM] I know I'll be turning off my breaking news text alerts and quit watching tv and listening to radio sometime before the release of the book. I'm concerned that the media may be quick to release the outcome of the series soon after the book's release and before most of us have finished reading. [/Quote] Well said you two, Only way that I know, to not get spoiled, 'Shutdown all Information spreading sources'.Avatar Image says: AMEN! Please people, if you are going to a midnight release, please resist the temptation to jump to the back and blurt something out. We have not been to a midnight release yet, we are going this time, and I sure hope some clown doesn't try to spoil what would be a wonderful time.Avatar Image says: you guys seem to be egging on the people to spoil u, its like useing reverse phsicology... it will be more fun for them the more u hated... its ineventable lol, hehe....Avatar Image says: Now obviously, there will be idiots who will flip to the last page and (for example) shout, "OMG! Sirius is alive and married to Peter!". Some do that probably to purposely piss us off. Surely no jury in the world will convict us of stoning them if that happens, right?Avatar Image says: I WILL NOT BE SPOILED!!!!!Avatar Image says: well said - and nice one for saying it. Avatar Image says: well said melissa. You tell 'em like it is! You hear that peeps? No spoiling the story for the rest of us! Leaky rocks. Best, LaurenAvatar Image says: Sung to the tune of "Please Mr Please" ... Olivia Newton John: Please Mr. Please Don't spoil H P Seven It is Jo's plot it is our thought Till it's over Please Mr. Please If you know what I mean I don't ever want you spoiling the plot again. Taa Daa!!!Avatar Image says: I THINK POTTERCAST NEXT CHALLENGE SHUD BE A SPOILER FILK THING OR SOMETHIN!!!! rockin'Avatar Image says: Does it mean I can't repeat like a madman that Harry is a horcrux? (because he totally is)Avatar Image says: "Before HBP's release, someone on a military base in Malaysia got hold of the book and scanned in every first chapter page, the summary, and the whole final chapter, and sent it to Leaky. Some staffers were intensely spoiled. Some staffers are still bitter. Some staffers curse this person's name." Did this really happen or is this an imagined scenario with a random country's name? I'm asking this because I'm from Malaysia and I didn't hear about it before.Avatar Image says: Nice filk Diluvia!!! Loved it! Of course,I'm admitting that I'm old enough to remember that song by Olivia Newton-John...:)Avatar Image says: Well done, Diluvia! *applauds* If that video was on youtube, how come anyone watched it? Did you do a search for "Harry Potter spoilers" or something? That'd be rather silly, wouldn't it?Avatar Image says: Hey all -- I tracked down the video of the ultimate spoiler-guy shouting out "Snape kills Dumbledore!" at a book 6 midnight release party. What a jerk. Don't get mad at the guy who posted it, though -- he's not the one who pulled the prank, even if he does find the prank funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ossbPGIVikUAvatar Image says: Wow Melissa, I love you.Avatar Image says: By the way, anyone who flicks straight to the end of Deathly Hallows when they get the book (and you can guarantee there are people on here that WILL do that) you are DISRESPECTING Jo Rowling and all the work she's put into this series over the last 17 years. Shame on anyone that does that. You don't deserve to read the book. That is all.Avatar Image says: "By the way, anyone who flicks straight to the end of Deathly Hallows when they get the book (and you can guarantee there are people on here that WILL do that) you are DISRESPECTING Jo Rowling and all the work she's put into this series over the last 17 years. Shame on anyone that does that. You don't deserve to read the book. That is all." People have been doing that since the release of GOF (there was bit on midnight parties during J.K.R.'s segment on "Biography", and a kid who picked up a copy of GOF leafed to the end and the bookstore clerk was like "No, don't start reading the end!" or something to that effect) and it'll happen for DH, most definitely. Some people just want to what happens when they get the book, read the ending and then go back and read the entire book from start to finish. I have to complement Melissa on the hilarious article, but I have to ask one question for all of you guys at Leaky: What if you found out a true spoiler for DH all by yourself (and not through anyone else) would you be angry about it or dismiss it until you read the book? (That won't happen, but it's an honest question -- would you be angry at yourself, or what?)Avatar Image says: "And if you're that guy who shouted "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" outside the bookshop at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2005? Just go away, man. Just go away. Quietly. And we won't hurt you." I've been a fan for 9 years and I saw this video way after finishing my reading of the book, I believe I saw it on Mugglenet first. It was both very funny ( because it was so long after the fact ) and incredibly sad. I just can't imagine what I'd do if someone did this to me. I would probably scream as long as I have any voice and shake him/her till he dies or even hit him/her on the head WITH the book. Or even just yell " Avada Kedavra " at him/her for hours till something happens. This is MEAN, people. Spare those who beg for a great epilogue to 9 years of love. If you want to do that, just STAY AT HOME ! Same thing if you want to redecorate a bridge with a giant " Snape Kills Dumbledore ". We.don't.need.your.art. I'll be on a practically desert island on the 21st of July so I'm not worried about such people. As soon as the 1st of July comes, I won't go to the Internet till I'm done with the book and have had enough mourning time. I'm ready to count the hours on the beach and kiss the postman. I already have the lipstick in my bag. And to all of those whose joy was killed by some sadistic person, I offer my sympathy. Avatar Image says: Right on. Best manifesto ever. I couldn't possibly agree more. My horror stories (yes, more than one): 1) Around the time OOTP was released, everyone knew someone major was going to die. I had managed to avoid spoilers until the cursed day that SOME GUY asked me out of the blue "who is Sirius Black?" At that point, I knew. To this day, it remains the only spoiler I've learned about. I never spoke to the guy again. 2) A stupid person I know shouted at some kids in a queue "Sirius Black dies!" as they were waiting to buy the book. When he told me, I was disgusted. I'm still not speaking to him. Avatar Image says: I agree with Melissa. This is Jo's story not ours. We have no right to spoil the story!!! Anybody who says the plot line should be hanged. I want to get my book at mid-night and I hope and pray that nobody screams the plot line. Come on people let the fan enjoy the final book in peace.Avatar Image says: Okay Potter fans. Here's what we need to do. There's a lot of us, right? A lot more of us than those that want to spoil it. SOOOO... forget the tar and feathers... let's get serious here. If we all carried an egg or two with us to the party, any vehicle that passes by and shouts something would get obliviated!!! We would surely make them regret it at least! It would be less likely to get you in trouble than the pepper spray or other violent acts that have been proposed so far. AND those that are listening to ipods, etc. just take your cue from the rest of us and throw your eggs too!!! Potterheads must unite against the common spoiler enemy!!! Watch out spoilers, you will be feeling very icky and sticky if you persist.Avatar Image says: that's right if you tell me who dies you will!!!!!!lolzAvatar Image says: Right on!!!Avatar Image says: I guess I will just stick to about 3 websites so I don't see any spoilers. And on the 20th I will leave for home as soon after midnight as possible. No TV, No Radio, No Internet, until I finish the book. Avatar Image says: Kate,I am LOVING the egg idea!!! Avatar Image says: My plan is to basically go into seclusion once I have the book - no TV, no radio, no internet, nothing until I've finished reading the book. So the only time I will be in danger of being spoiled is at the bookstore. I really hope no one there is a jerk, but I'm getting a little scared now!Avatar Image says: I was fourth in Line at midnite for HBP (and 6 months preggers). After I bought the book, as I was walking past the line, someone shouted to me "Tells us what happens!" I hissed and clutched the book to my heaving bosom. "Not on Yer Life, pal!"Avatar Image says: yay! that was a very cool post! :D we will not be spoiled! Avatar Image says: THANK YOU! Can I get an AMEN!!! My god.. book 6 was destroyed for me by a midnight jerk who yelled D is dead. Now granted I didn't know it was snape because I suppose the flipped to the last couple chps and read a few lines HOWEVER.. this time I am ready. I am Glad leaky will be a safe place to go though to keep up with Harry potter but without being spoiled! THANK YOU a million times over. I wish the rest of the media could say the same.. Avatar Image says: I love you, Melissa Anelli.Avatar Image says: Kudos, Melis, well said. If there's one thing that "peeves" me, it's spoilers for books & movies. My cousin accidentally spoiled HBP for me by mentioning it in the NEXT ROOM and yet I still heard it through the wall...argh, still bitter about that. So please, NOBODY SPOIL THE LAST ONE FOR US DIEHARD FANS!! Thanks much, people = )Avatar Image says: I am sooo nervous about spoilers. I am studying abroad in Mexico this summer and the program ends JULY 22ND !!!!!! I don't know what I am going to do! I don't know if they'll have it down there right away, and if they don't, I'll have to try to keep myslf from hearing or seeing the news or other people all the way back to Chicago . . . impossible. AAUUGGHHH!!!!Avatar Image says: Here Here! Buy this woman a Butterbeer!!!Avatar Image says: I, myself, am afraid to go see Order on opening night since it's so close to the release of the book. Because, if I were an evil person, I would completely seek out spoilers (which, quite likely, will be easier to find, since Scholastic's threats of "not getting the next one" hardly apply now) and shout them out to a theater full of Potter fans. As I am NOT an evil person, I will not do that. But I may very well stay home from the movie to avoid someone who might.... Does that make ANY sense?Avatar Image says: yay melissa! I'v enever been spoiled and im actually kinda happy I will be away without internet at camp the weeks predecing the reslease so I wont have as big a chane at being spoiled. Avatar Image says: Spoilers are creeps. They should be forced into making the unbreakable vow NOT to spoil! Heh. Go, Melissa - our wands in the air to you!Avatar Image says: I'm getting my copy from Amazon, and I'm locking myself in my house all that day and until I'm finished with it. The hard part will be keeping quiet until I'm sure everyone I know has read it. That could be a while.Avatar Image says: very nice wording melissa!!! thanks for the warning!! hope you don't get too spoiled this time!! :-/Avatar Image says: Thank you so much! I know I can depend on Leaky to not ruin book 7 for me! I'm trying to stay as pure as I can till the release! Thank you Again.Avatar Image says: Tahnks for making all that clear for the morons in the world^_^.Avatar Image says: Thanks for clearing that up, if you are going to spoil it, why do you consider yourself a fan, really. If anyone, including my mom, who I love dearly even though she always finishes the books a couple hours ahead of me, ruins it by saying what happens, i will be very mad. If you do get it early, and are tempted enough to read it, wait until the people around you have finished before talking about who lives and dies. Avatar Image says: Well said!! I completely agree. Major wrath will occur. A great warning to all the stupid people out there!Avatar Image says: I can't pick mine up until 8:31am thanks to being in Australia, no midnight parties for me, but am starting to think I should wear ear plugs to pick up my copy just in case...Avatar Image says: Yay for 'Harrypure' Leaky! Keep up the good work cause we really, really appreciate it!Avatar Image says: Amen.Avatar Image says: I'm just worried that i might stumble onto some spoiler while browsing around for new to post on my site http://hpbeyond.net :P When HBP was released, I got a MMS fr0m a non-hp friend, who, unfortunately, thought it funny to hold up a huge piece of paper with "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE" written on it... Apparently, he sent it to all my friends. We beat the crap outta him an hour later...Avatar Image says: I don't know if you can help me. Like you, I don't want any spoilers of HPDH. However, I'll be in Cambodia (Siem Riep to be exact) on July 21st and needless to say I hope it'll be on sale there! Does anyone know the publishing rights in Asia? I hope it will cos I don't want to wait til I get home to read it...someone will def have told me the story!!!Avatar Image says: I agree 110 % !!! Especially about the tar and feathers and not being afraid to use them ! I can hardly wait for the book ! (bittersweet) and I am 48 years young ! Thanks Leaky !Avatar Image says: heres an idea...take your iPod's along and crank up the volume to full blast. i did that once, i couldn't hear without the ringing for 2 days, so im guessing it should do the trick. it also leaves your hands free to give the spoiler the finger and if possible a choke hold!!!Avatar Image says: I think I am going to go into hibernation the week before the book comes out (right after I see the movie, that is)... just in case. Then I shall wake up just in time to stick my earplugs in, wait silently in line, and buy DH as close to midnight as possible. Thank you Leaky for putting this so eloquently: "If Harry dies, we don't want to know about it until J.K. Rowling decides to tell us. And if you decide to tell us before that, you'll incur the wrath of a staff of almost 200, most of whom have been waiting almost 10 years for these final revelations and can NEVER get back the moment you rob by spoiling them." It may seem like a clever, funny thing to do, but I've invested a lot of time in this series and wish to read it on my own terms. Silly as it may sound, this 22-yr-old just might cry if some idiot decides to spoil it before she gets a chance to read it.Avatar Image says: i cant believe someone would do something so auful like thta!!!!Avatar Image says: I was unfortunate enough to get spoiled by the death of so and so for books five and six before I even read the first pages. That sucked big time!!!!!! If I'm spoiled this time, I'm going to knock the living dailylights out of that person and send him flying to outer space. A group of friends and I are going to the Harry Potter party on July 21, and I really want to go to the party, but I'm going to fly out of the book shop like a bullet once the book is in my hands.Avatar Image says: What do you mean "if Harry dies"!!!???? Good to know I can come to Leaky without getting spoiled. Our local radio station was reading aloud the last page of HBP right after it came out according to some co-workers. Thankfully I was in complete isolation. I have never been spoiled because I get the book (no book parties, I just slip into a 24 hour WalMart) and I sentence myself to solitary confinment untill I've finished reading. Acctually I accidently got GoF delivered to my house one day early and I kept my mouth shut. Avatar Image says: Walmart? You support Walmart? gross. I do get very anry when I think about someone spoiling my moment. I have been with Harry from the beginning in 1997 and would brutally murder anyone who tried to take that away from me. It makes me sick how people treat this as if it is a joke or something to be made fun of. These people need to be punished to the full extent. Spoiling CAN NOT be tollerated. Thank you leaky for everything you have done. You service to Potter Fans is irreplacable.Avatar Image says: When HBP was released here in Portugal, a few months later (translated to portuguese), a major TV channel run in the lunch news (13.00h) of realease day the midnight lauch party story with a kid stating he knew what would happen because he had read the original version... and the "TV reporter" asked what it was and the kid said: "Dumbledor dies". This was the very first day that kids here had to buy and read the book and some were spoiled on TV!Avatar Image says: Maybe it would be a good idea to somehow shut down TLC for the entire week prior to the release. It could protect Melissa and freinds and readers...I know I myself am tempted to log on, but will refrain to the best of my abilities.Avatar Image says: all i can say is "absolutely brilliant! brava! standing ovation, etc. etc." I haven't been as enthusiastic about HP as long as most people here but the more i read the books, the more i want to discuss theories about deathly hallows with other people. (as most of you probably do!) Anywho, i'm a little slow on the uptake and JUST RECENTLY finished reading OotP. Yea sad i know, lol. Needless to say, so much of that book, because of how much i'm in love with these books, made me want to throw it down and start ranting...I was the most unhappiest person in the world when my best friend of all people decided to let it out, before i had even begun reading it, sirius' fate, and kept calling me after we got HBP asking 'did you get to the part yet where...' NOTHING irks me more than that! up until the last book comes out i'm gonna keep talking theories (cuz of course it's impossible not to) and once i have it in my possession at midnight, i'm making it a point to seclude myself from any media hype or friends who are reading it. This book is way too important to have even the slightest spoiler revealed!Avatar Image says: Well, I guess that by logical deduction, snape would only have taught Harry to protect himself for a specifical reason. And as we are all waiting for Harry to die, it also must be for a very heroical reason. So where is the horcrux???? In Harry of course! And the only way for Voldermort to be gone for good is for Harry to sacrifice himself. Snape must have been training Harry for some plan Voldermort has. And does anyone remember the prophecy??? WSN'T IT SOMETHING LIKE ONE CAN NOT Live without the other, or that they will die together??? I don't remember exactly, but anyhow, somthing to do with Voldermort only being defeted once Harry died. So Harry dies a hero.Avatar Image says: He dies. They all die, for that matter. The climax of the book ends with the universe imploding under the strain of all magic and *poof*....Avatar Image says: I love your attitude - people don't seem to realise that once it's been ruined, that's it, there's no return. I was a bit naughty after HBP, I read it before all my family did and went around for a few days afterwards telling them that Dumbledore accidentaly turned Harry into a pidgeon, but only so I could see the look of horror on their faces as they anticipated my telling them the ending... and then the look of relief as they realised I hadn't! Avatar Image says: THANK YOU Leaky Cauldron Staff of Angels. My colleagues and I were just discussing how we were going to avoid the inevitable 'spoilers' even once the book comes out. Some are locking themselves in hotel rooms with no radio, TV, or human beings. Some, myself included, intend to head out to the lake cabin and put ourselves on a boat for 2 straight days to read in utter peace. I want to be the one to find out what happens to Harry---I don't want to hear about it from some spoiler-freak who has no soul. So again, THANK YOU, and may the other honorable HP websites follow suit. There are many of them.....Avatar Image says: I would like to thank the staff over here. you folks have embodied what it means to be a true fan of something. i agree whole heartedly with the "NO SPOILERS" policy. a little story about jerks ruining things. my buddy and i were in a store a few months ago. he had just finished reading the goblet of fire book, i know he was behind but at least he didn't have to wait years in between books, and we went up to the counter to make our purchases. and the clerk behind the counter had a shirt that said "Dumbledore dies on page... i just saved you $24 and a couple of days time. your welcome" now given at this point all true fans had already read the book, i myself didn't stop reading till i was done, but still it kind of pissed me off. i mean i understand trying to stick it to the man, but come on. it is just so inconsiderate. and i will say this right now. if anyone spoils the last book for me, i will have to hurt them. thanks again folks. Avatar Image says: well done Leaky!! I for one do not want to know who lives/dies or anything to do with the storyline until I get to read it for myself... although this may be selfish, I will be having all visitors cancelled, no tv on, radios smashed and no internet until I finished the bookAvatar Image says: I love you, Leaky.Avatar Image says: Excellent editorial! (And Jo agrees; see her website today!) :-) Thanks, Leaky!Avatar Image says: I'm so glad I'm one of those people who have no problem with spoilers -- I even seek them out! All this fuss about spoilers are just very amusing for me LOL I saw that footage of the guy who screamed "Snape kills Dumbledore!" at youtube -- less than 24 hours before I read HBP and it only amused me, it did not diminish my interest in reading the book at all. In fact, I even liked it bcoz it made me more interested to see for myself if the guy was telling the truth or just pulling our leg LOL So I guess JKR knows what she is saying, and in my case, she is right when she said "spoilers won't stop people buying the book, they never have.." But the following words "all it will do is diminish their pleasure in the book" does not apply to me coz I am still able to enjoy a book even with spoilers! LOL Avatar Image says: If anyone spoils me, I swear I will get violent. I'm not kidding. I will punch the next person who tells me ANYTHING about the book. Avatar Image says: Well written, Melissa! I don't know what I will be capable of doing if anyone spoils me. Most likely, I will freak out and hurt them. The police will come. They'll arrest me. I won't be able to ready Deathly Hallows. I'm gonna be in Stockholm, in Sweden, enjoying the release with other fans for the first time, so this is my first chance to really "get spoiled in person"... So, if you go to Stockholm for the release, and you see a short girl med a tee that says "SIRIUS IS WAY TO HOT TO BE DEAD" - do NOT spoil her... cause she will hurt you!Avatar Image says: My husband laughs and says I'm taking this way too seriously. I insist, no tv, radio, computer, until I finish the book!! He rolls his eyes and says, "It's just a book." My reply to him, was that he had the same rules regarding the Superbowl, when he had to record it and watch it later. His response, "Well! That's different! That's the Superbowl, not some kids book!" LOL. Sorry though, Snape wasn't found to be a body surfer. You got your spoiler all wrong. He was a body double for a cadaver on CSI.Avatar Image says: Hooray to all you great people at Leaky! Thank you so much for this statement, I love you! When I first read your "little refresher" yesterday I totally agreed (and looking at her latest diary entry, it seems Jo does, too). Nothing is worse than the deflating feeling one experiences when being spoiled. Fortunately, it never happened to me with any of the HP books (so far, and I tell all you sadistic spoiler creeps to just stay out of my eyes/ears/... or I will be extremely ... ahem... "disappointed") but believe it or not, there are other books out there, too, and even if one is not waiting for seven books to know the ending, it still is unfair. I am not so concerned about spoilers that happen AFTER I get my hands on that book (because I am a very fast reader and by now I am a past master at shutting myself in my room and not leving it for the duration of reading the book for the first time, with, only if absolutely necessary, perhaps a bathroom break :)). What concerns me more is the time leading up to the release of the book. You cannot ALWAYS shut your ears, and shut them fast enough, to avoid any mention of spoilers in the media (and don't get all "the-public-has-a-right-to-know"y on me, because the public also should have the right NOT TO KNOW UNTIL THEY WANT TO), or to stop someone from telling you outright just because they think it's funny. So, thank you, Leaky, for providing a safe haven, and if you need any help with those pitchforks, just give me a call!Avatar Image says: Wonderful editorial!! You had me laughing a cagillion times while I read it, and I've had a really crappy day so thank you :-*. I couldn't agree more with every word; some guy at my school told me who the half-blood prince was before I got a chance to read it and he ruined the entire book for me. I enjoyed reading it far more later on though, cause let's face it; that piece of information was...revealing, yes, but not all that interesting. But still; it sucks so bad knowing something about a book you haven't read yet, especially if you've been waiting for it for 7 years. I'm gonna walk around with my fingers in my ears going "LALALALALALA!!!!!!" as loudly as I can, if need be, but I'm quite determined not to know squat about this one. Atleast, nothing that the book later on will confirm before I get a chance to read it myself. Thanks again for an outstanding editorial! //AnahitaAvatar Image says: LOL... I would guess that people would be more prone to send spoilers now that you brought attention to it (to include telling them how). Once again, Melissa, you've demonstrated a childish lack of common sense. At least you're consistent... I'm not sure what's worse...reading comments from people whose lives are so bereft of actual meaning that they would fall to pieces if a book was "spoiled" for them, or actually reading a book that was so badly written that knowing facts about it would be enough to "spoil" it. Or...how about this one? Reading comments from a bunch of sociopaths who actually advocate torture/death for someone who "spoils" a book? Yep...that's definitely the most disturbing. Oh, gosh, I'm sorry...you all were "just kidding" again, right?Avatar Image says: It never ceases to amaze me the strange things people will do for a sick sense of fun. When HBP came out, a father stood outside my local book store, scanned the last chapter, and shouted to his children "Dumbledore dies! no point in reading it now is there?" Needless to say, they and about ten other children burst into tears. Avatar Image says: Thanks for not posting any of that garbage. It is only out of complete disreguard for others that people give up information. The true fans of Harry Potter have waited for years to find out how this story finally ends. If Harry is gonna die and I truely hope not I don't want to know until I can read it in the context of the story. Only J.K. Rowling can do that in a way that it won't break our hearts. I hope if that is the way she wants it to end she does it with her usual grace and compassion.Avatar Image says: The best policy about spoilers is keep the site closed for a few days... that's what I did with my little tiny forum last time, and it worked, we had no spoilers. Not better luck had another fan site, the admins found a scanned book page. That page, where DD died. they're still looking for that guy. To avoid guys like the one that shouts ¡this one or that one dies! at 12:01 am, i'm taking my earphones, the only thing I'll hear is music. I wish you good luck with this, and if something happens, add me to the list of cursers.Avatar Image says: I agree with you Melissa. Avatar Image says: thank god. i think that if i get spoiled i'll CRY. i dont want this ruined for anyone. cuz i mean its like the most anticpated book probably of our time. and i wann READ it. not read what someone says is gonna happen. ;-)Avatar Image says: Melissa, I am extremely grateful that you and all other staffers on TLC would protect our experience at the risk of being spoiled! You rock! }:=8}Avatar Image says: Bless you my son. Your stand against the pond scum, a.k.a. Spoilers, is brilliant.Avatar Image says: All who spoil...dieAvatar Image says: Bravo. Well Said. Carry On.Avatar Image says: Sorry, but why should I care? I hope somebody is able to leak the spoilers to the world before the book goes on sale. Some here will object, but let me tell you the truth of what happened in my time zone for the last four book releases: At 4:01 am the day before the book is supposed to be released, it is released in some other time zone. By the time I wake up the book is openly being sold in three time zones, but I have to wait another 18 hours. At least 15 hours before the book is released in my time zone the secrets will have all been made public. So long as Rowling and the publishers treat those of us in western time zones like inferior citizens we should not feel any duty to keep a secret that will be public knowledge the morning before we are allowed to buy the book.Avatar Image says: Thank you, Leaky Cauldron. I remember when I was younger, my older sister was studying Dickens' Great Expectations in school, and she came home and told us all EVERYTHING about it. When it was my time to study it three years later, it was ruined. I hated the book! And I love all things Dickens! I'm still scarred on that one, and I simply can't bear the thought of it happening again with Harry Potter. So thank you for doing you best to keep us unadulterated!Avatar Image says: Quite frankly, there's no real way of preventing people who want to spoil things from doing so. The most effective strategy against a spoiler that is meant to shock is to desensitize the audience. That is, to make the real spoiler seem so inconsequential people will either ignore it or consider it yet another fake. This would most effectively be done by JK Rowling, but I think the commuity can start the effort. How? Obviously, start creating fake spoilers, and start claiming that they are real. Don't merely send in bullet points or "exerpts" (though those are good starts). Scan in a picture of a manualscript and make the claim that it came from the publisher as it was going to print. To make things even more interesting, the some fake manualscripts could collaborate with some of the fake bullet points. Fan sites should compile the fake spoilers and their respective images, and analyze their likelihood of being the "real" one. As for what JK Rowling could contribute, she could create fake "book sevens"--books with the right cover and of the right size, but with the wrong content. The only two pages that really need to have text are the ones that get "leaked." To cut down on costs, every two pages could be a different fake spoiler. Page numbers could be duplicated. They might even be based on some of the fake spoilers posted online. And she might even use some of the fake manualscripts, edited a little to reflect a different "draft." Better yet, she could put out such fake versions of the manualscripts online with clear edit marks in her hand. Some such fake pages could be shredded and "repieced" together. It'd be like a marketing blitz, except with the intent to mislead rather than to inform (everyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past ten years should already be well informed). The ultimate idea is to make the fakes so convincing that should any real spoiler surface, it wouldn't be able to compare to the fake ones. This, of course, is my contribution, and the first step of the way. What've I said already should cast doubt on any spoilers that might appear. Of course, it's not nearly as effective as actually having convincing fake spoilers, but it's a start.Avatar Image says: I am soo glad that the major HP sites are trying to prevent spoilers. HBP was spoiled for me because my darling sister got to read it first. I ran into her and she was acting all excited. By this time everyone knew that someone was going to die. I guessed did Dumbles die? And she said yes then I asked if Snape killed him. And she said yes. I spazzed at her cause she didnt have to tell me I was right... Anyway I believe that going into isolation while its realeased until you finish reading is an excellent idea. One I intend to follow!!Avatar Image says: Melissa. I feel The Leaky Cauldron is being a tad hypocritical over the issue of spoilers. In December when JKR released the title of Book 7 on her website, the Leaky posted the news which revealed the title of the book without giving fans the opportunity to visit JK's site and see it for themselves. "OK, close your eyes if you haven't gotten through the riddle on JKRowling.com and don't want to be spoiled, but it's now been press-released and is official: the title of book seven is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Other sites had fans needing to highlight text in order to be able to view the title, but Leaky spoiled fans who wanted to read the news post but didn't want the Title given away. I would suggest that Leaky review their own practices before preaching ethics to fans Avatar Image says: Thanks Leaky! A great policy which I support. What kinda bugs me is that HP fans, in order not to have the ending ruined by blabbermouths, have to tear through each book in one or two days. Why can't be enjoy our books in peace! Let us read at our own pace PS - I work in a bookstore and yeah, it's VERY tempting to peek, but you just end up spoiling the book for yourself, and if you're mean enough to tell other people, that's just miserable! Not to mention the consequences from the lawyers if they find out ... Scarier than a Dementor ...Avatar Image says: is there jail time???Avatar Image says: You know, even though it may upset the community, I really think that it is unfair to those that work for sites such as TLC or Mugglenet that they get these emails. As with HBP, when the rumors about Dumbledore spread because of the bets placed on him right before the book released, something will be leaked about DH too... And it is really annoying, thinking back on reading the Lightning Struck Tower for the first time, as I knew, really as soon as Harry and Dumbledore got to Hogsmead, what was going to happen, because of reading about those bets... So it is my personal opinion that for the month coming up to the release of DH, Harry Potter fansite staff should really stop reading anything that is not sent to them from an official source like the Publishers. It really is not fair for them to be the buffers, the ones who take the hit for us. The reason that they run these sites is because of their love for the story, and that should not be a reason to have it ruined.Avatar Image says: I agree with absolutely everything you said in this review -- except for your comment on movies: "This is not like the movies, which cannot contain real plot surprises for fans." As someone who has worked HARD in regards to several much-anticipated movies ("Spider-man 3" and "PotC: At World's End" comes to mind) to avoid spoilers -- I feel it's unfair to say that movies *cannot* contain real plot surprises for fans. I don't like this because it lets the utter MORONS of movie plot-spoiling off the hook, for getting ahold of scripts and screenshots beforehand and posting spoilers all over the internet. I did not know the Big Plot Twist Ending of Spider 3 going into it (I won't get more specific, because *I* don't want to spoil the ending for someone who hasn't seen it yet), and I was much happier and enjoyed the movie much more because of it. And I am still hard at work running away from every website that even remotely mentions the word "pirates," because _I don't want to know_. If this means I can't spend much, if any, time online until the movies I've been waiting for are actually released, it's definitely worth it for me ... because, as I've said, I DON'T WANT TO KNOW! Are movie spoilers far harder to avoid than book spoilers? Sure. Their very medium makes it harder to avoid them. A book is written by one person, and then edited and published by a handful more. Movies take hundreds of people to make, and spoilers invariably leak. Invariably, but not inexorably. The Movie Spoilers make the same choice as the Snape Kills Dumbledore Guy made to ruin big surprises for the fans who just want to wait until the Story itself tells them the answers. Just because it's easier to spoil a film than a book doesn't make it any less annoying and RUDE. So, don't spoil the last Harry Potter book. Or the last Pirates film. Or any other Story for anybody else. It's not cool, it's not funny, and nobody appreciates it. Because, as Melissa said, the wait is worth it -- and that's really all the fans are asking for.Avatar Image says: I'm so excited for the last book! =p Don't tell me a thing! =p haha..=p 'til then! =pAvatar Image says: i really hope people will respect everyone else's right to learn the ending of DH the same way they did. By letting us read it on our own. I am one of the 1million pre orders through amazon and will not be happy if some one spoils it.Avatar Image says: Personally -- I LOVE spoilers! The more the merrier -- the crazier the better!!! Besides -- JK is such an amazing writer with a wondrous imagination that leaking the fact that Godrick is the giant squid (oops - sorry) just makes the ride all the more enjoyable. Bring it on!!!Avatar Image says: Don't spoil anything for me!! I'll hunt you down and hex you if you try. I enjoy the read way too much... Let JK tell it her way in the book. Remember, this is the last one!!!! Savor it!Avatar Image says: For those who don't understand the big deal... I know of an 11 year old girl dying of cancer. Her order to the doctors was to do what ever was needed so that she was still around to read the last Harry Potter book. Would Star Wars have been the same if all knew ahead of time who was Luke's father? -I think not. Beware all. The pitchfork, tar, and feathers are in the trunk of my car and at the ready. Avatar Image says: personaly, i have only spoiled HBP to like 2 people, BUT, I first asked their permission to (exact words) 'spoil the book for them', and only if they said ok, and I asked anybody anywhere near me if it is ok with them, (and moved 10 feet away if it wasnt) THEN I would WHISPER the spoiler into their ear. But they werent really into the series anyway, one just saw the movies for fun but hasnt and isnt planing to, read the books, and the other stopped reading after book 3 (they don't know what they're missing). but seriously, I would never spoil any books to anyone who I didnt have spicific permision to do so. People have a right to learn themselfs, and not from some random guy at the book release. Unfortunatly though, some insensitive jerks will insist on ruining somthing very special to many people, but I think that the amount of people getting beat up after the releease will reflect our opinions we show here :-) (though many of us many not be to upset! ;-)) But anyone who spoils DH for me will come to regret it for the rest of their life (which would be about 12 seconds after spoiling) Thanks Leaky for respecting your readers. You are an exelent site! Keep it up!Avatar Image says: Thankyou, thankyou, to both Melissa and TLC, for protecting the loyal readers of the Harry Potter series. "And if you're that guy who shouted "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" outside the bookshop at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2005? Just go away, man. Just go away. Quietly. And we won't hurt you." That is, undoubtedly, one of the saddest things I've heard in a long time. But fellow fans, if someone (or something) leaks a spoiler about Deathly Hallows that you REALLY didn't want to hear, take comfort in the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is not just a book. It represents the final step in a wonderfully long and magical journey for all in the readership; no matter what sick people try to 'spoil' Deathly Hallows for us, in our hearts, Deathly Hallows will remain pure, amazing and a gorgeous read. Spoilers can't ruin the final book in Joanne Rowling's amazing series. Even if the details of the final chapter are savagely leaked to us (and even if we choose to use hot glue and pitchforks as well-deserved methods of torture) - we will rise above those sad, sad people (who choose, for whatever reason, to taint our own magical reading experience) and still enjoy the treasured seventh book in this monumental Harry Potter adventure.Avatar Image says: To Ba Pirate: Melissa meant the Harry Potter Movies, not ANY movies. Of course there can´t be a real plot surprise in any of the potter ones unless the screenwriters went totally on holiday with it. And in that case we wouldn´t be too happy about any surprises anyways, would we? All the spoilers we can get about the movies are simpy about what went in and what didn´t. Those revelations can´t be as life changing to anyone as can the book spoilers.Avatar Image says: Ok, can some one out there please help me understand something..... how is a person's opinion considered a spoiler if we really have no clue on what happens? They are theory, am I wrong?Avatar Image says: I won't be able to get the book for a couple of days after its release. I am going to avoid the internet, but I do remember on Mugglenet Emerson had a 'shush' period of a couple of days to give everyone a chance to read. Just sayin...Avatar Image says: AMEN!!! I swear if you shout things outside the bookstore...I....will...HURT YOU! Here is a nice thought - my friends and I all bought the book at the same time. And we started reading it only after the drive to a house of undisclosed location where we had planned a HBP reading party (it was the place to be people, kid you not...) and in the morning we all went home. And kept reading. All that was allowed was a phone call to each person that had attened this HBP reading party to let them know that they had finished. And if you finished that was all you could say until all parties had also finished. All that to say, if you have a "friend" who likes to text you with things like "HE'S DEAD! OMG!!! OMG! OMG!OMG! HE DIED! LIKE, DEAD DEAD! I WIN!!!" you might think of this as an alternative. Thank you. (the article was great, by the way) -ShellAvatar Image says: I'm stuck on a lake from July 20 to July 27, and there is no bookstore for 143 miles(I looked it up) so i am really greatful for leaky's 'no spoiler' policy. now, if i can only keep other lunatics from spoiling it until i read it...heavan help he who spoils it before i read it if i get my hands on him.Avatar Image says: I really loved this article. I thought it was funny but it still got to the point. I will be reading book 7 wit hmy family so i understand the importance of spoilers!Avatar Image says: someone spoiled HBP for me. that is they yelled out that dumbledore was dead before i got a chance to read (tutoring) but i will be really sad if someone spoils deathly hallows Avatar Image says: Haven´t you got real problems?Avatar Image says: I usually get the book as soon as it is released and finish reading it before the end of the next day. I wouldn't care if someone tortured me I wouldn't spoil the ending for someone else. People who do that suck, and have no understanding for joy and surprise. Avatar Image says: I live in Canada and work in a hair salon where a book store lurks that usually has a midnight Harry Potter Party on the release date. I have to admit I am a late Harry Potter fan and didn't pick up the books until last year, (shame on me), but I have declared all Harry Potter talk of the new book off limits in my salon until I am done reading it. I have a three year old and only get to read a few hours a night after he goes to bed, so it takes me a week or two! I want to be totally surprised and I appreciate your non leak policyAvatar Image says: I agree with you 100%. I was half way through the Order of Pheonix on the day it was released. My sister had her own copy and decided to flick through the chapters. I had refused to watch any television or read any newspapers until I had finished the book, as it was reported that a character dies in this book. My lovely sister decided to disrupt my reading, she was probably jealous that I had read more than she had, and then decided to announce the death of a major character (I know you are all aware of who dies, but I can't bear to think about spoiling it for anyone just in case!). I was absolutely devastated. I was still engrossed in the story, but it really spoiled it for me, I'll never get that moment of the story back and I was really angry with my sister for being so spiteful. So to all the spiteful people out there, please don't spoil the end of this story for us, we've waited a long time to get to the end and we deserve to find out what happens as and when we read it.Avatar Image says: Just spoil those who want it... Leave alone those who don't!!! Besides, its not as if its that big spoiler, its "GIANT"! ...ta,ta!Avatar Image says: My friends had completely ruined The Goblet of Fire for me all those years back. They thus deserved it when i spoiled Order of the Phoenix for them,. And when HBP released one girl in our class stood up on a chair and shouted Snape is the Half Blood Prince and Snape kills Dumbledore! Fortunately I had finished reading the book by then...but I can't imagine the plight of those who hadn't Avatar Image says: Thank you so much melissa, as far as i'm concerned spoilers are just a bunch of people who feel bitter that they've spoilt the book for themselves,and now want to spoil it for everyone...the guy that yelled "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE"...well,i really hope he's locked up in a room by himself,and that someone tells him how DH ends before he even reads the book,just so he can know how it feels,it really is annoying!!!!! As for me,i shall have my ipod on with the music on very loud when i buy the book,i wont even talk to the guys in the bookstore when buying the book,then i'll just get home and lock myself up in my room for 2 days...i really hate the fact that i have to speed up the reading process bacause some loser will most definitely announce it somewhere,being the last book,i really didnt want it to end,i would have read a page a day(thats not really possible because the way jo writes will have anyone reading the whole book without even knowing it,she's that good.) So pleeeeeeeeaaaaasssee i join Melissa in her plea....DONT YOU DARE SPOIL IT FOR US....i have been reading the books since july 2000,and although OoTP was spoilt for me,and it turned me bitter,it has been a good reading experience from day 1....and i want it to end that way...i'm sure i voice many HP fans concern!!Avatar Image says: Bravo, Melissa! There is nothing worst then spoilers when you want to read a book you have been expecting for a long time. I remember that when I was reading Order of the Phoenix, a friend of mine sent an SMS saying "Sirius dies". It completely ruined the experience for me, and for some time I was really mad at my friend. When I was reading Half Blood Prince I was very carefull: I turned off my cellphone until I was done. So please, if you know what is going to happen don't tell us. Let us find out when we read it. After all, that is what we have been waiting for.Avatar Image says: Brava Melissa! Thank you so much! It means so much to all hardcore fans to have thier own personal experience of finding out the end to this story. Even Jo is asking for good behavior on everyone's part. I for one will avoid the internet, TV and USA Today until I am finished. Now if I can just keep my kids from blowing it for me...Avatar Image says: I have been waiting SO long for this book to come that if anyone tries to ruin it for me I am going to punch that person in the nose. The good news is I read really fast so I most likely will beat a lot of people to the end anyway. The bad news is I read really fast and I know it'll be over too quickly! My plan is to get my book and give myself a HUGE case of eye strain, much like devouring a large plate of Fettucini Alfredo all at once and ending up feeling really ill all day, but it'll be SOOOOO worth it. Thanks Leaky for posting this No Spoiling policy. I DO NOT want to know what happens until I am turning the last page myself. And I solemnly swear, if I finish first, my lips are sealed!Avatar Image says: i cant wate for the new book 2 cum out , im 12 years old an i love harry potter books!! i dont no but i think harry probably will be killed( this is not a spoiler, its an opinion!) cos the voldermort wude hardly target dean or neville lol!Avatar Image says: I KNOW J.K. SHE LIVES NEAR ME. SHE IS GIVING ME A FREE SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK THE DAY BEFOER IT COMES OUT. SO SUCK ON THAT bitches.Avatar Image says: lol that kid david cant spell anything...he spelled "come" as "cum" HAHAAvatar Image says: I completely agree with Jen A. Being a fast reader is both a curse and a blessing. Just have to add: I WILL "spoil" this book for one person, and one person alone, as she has asked me to do so ever since HP came out. She says she can't bear the suspense and would rather know befor she starts the book (yes, there are weird people out there, and my friend is one of them...). I only agreed after about a year or so of incessant persuasion, and only after getting her promise she would not tell anyone else either.Avatar Image says: Spoiler's for HP do ideed suck. I was sitting on the train one day and I saw a copy of The Journal on the seat next to me. I saw a big, bold Harry Potter title so I picked it up. I never even had a choice, the first line of the article was, and I quote: "Dumbledore will die." So I said: "Die Journal die!" It's true! Stupid Edmonton Journal! Avatar Image says: Is there a strategy in place for combatting the worst-case scenario? What do folks think about thwarting would-be plot spoilers by posting lookalike "spoilers" with differing information — Harry dies/lives, Snape is really good/bad, the "real" RAB, etc. I would think an organized campaign of disinformation could neutralize any would-be spoilers by making it impossible to sort out the "real" ending from the frauds, for a few days at least.Avatar Image says: It is truly remarkable that there is this fantastic level of interest in the ending of a book or series. I doubt that such a feat will be duplicated in the future if not in this generation. That said..unfortunately there are warped people in society who will do whatever they can to destroy this event. There are no words to describe these individuals..if their actions were not so heinous, you could actually pity them. These individuals are worse than censors who try to keep the books out of libraries , because the censors at least have a strong belief in what they are doing..the spoilers are strictly out to hurt children and adult readers. There is ultimately little that can be done to prevent such instances. To those who have the experience spoiled, I am sorry.. Avatar Image says: to melissa: simply... Thank YouAvatar Image says: Heeey! I’m SOOOO agree with you guys but what about the people who is expecting for the book to be on stores in Spanish? Did you realize that it wont came out until 2008?? It is such a shame because by then we all have been notice about what happened in the book!!! Thank God I’m able to get and read the book in English but I’m really sorry for those who can’t and have to wait for the Spanish version! Such a shame!! Avatar Image says: Just reading this on May 29 and appreciate the caveat. I am actually going to try to wait until my summer vacation to read the book, but galloping gargoyles it isn't until August 10, so who am i kidding right? From now until I can't stand it, I am keeping my ears plugged and my eyes shut. Flighty Temptress or not. Avatar Image says: I'm with you on this completely. For those of us who work, it'll take us longer to read the book. I had the last one ruined by the RIP Dumbledore t-shirts. So if ANYONE (we don't care who) dies, please don't prance around in a spoiler t-shirt. It was a total bummer. Thanks again to the Leaky staff for making it so clear. ~MoonerAvatar Image says: Snape bodysurfs in TDH? Awesome. I've been saying for years that guy needs a tan.Avatar Image says: My birthday is july22! i am spending the day reading! it would totaly spoil my birthday if i had herd how it ends! i agree keep it to yourself, and let an old lady have a wonderful birthday?!?!?! i am having a hard time waiting!Avatar Image says: It is unfortunate that I will miss the book launch because of a flight, or else I could read it on the plane none stop. However, I have taken the day off (July 21) to read it.Avatar Image says: I almost got the 6th book RUINED for me because that same video they talk about in this blog was emailed to me from one of my friends with no heading on what the video was! UGH! Good thing I had my fiance watch it first :-) I am going to be so bummed if I hear anything this time SO PEOPLE SHUT YOUR FACE! I will be waiting in line at midnight for the book, and am going to read it all night long... maybe even call in sick to work the next day! hahahaAvatar Image says: It's my cousins birthday on the 21st, but instead of visiting her in the afternoon I've already warned her I'm going in the morning, then after that straight onto the bookstore!(no midnight openings in my town unfortunately) Then it's straight home, tv/internet/phone/radio off, headphones on(for some reason Muse works really well with Harry Potter) and then inmerse myself in the book, which I hope to finish later that day... am now also thinking about having my ipod on loud when going to the bookstore to avoid people like this: 'and if you're that guy who shouted "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" outside the bookshop at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2005? '(seriously, don't spoil it for me, I'd get very very mad!) thanks Leaky for taking this stand, you are fab as usual Avatar Image says: today is june 1, 2007 and i read the last harry potter book over one month ago!!!! NO, i am not going to reveal its contents - if you MUST wait, then do it!! i liked what i read and i think everyone else will as well.... and yes, some of the main characters do die as the author has stated.......Avatar Image says: Here! Here!! My tickets are bought, my wand and robes are ready, I've read all of the books again in anticipation of this blessed event and want no spoilers!! I've been waiting a long time for this.Avatar Image says: Thank you so much for your spoiler policy. I am a fast reader so I generally finish the story before somebody spoils it for me. But I was so scared of HBP being spoiled that I had to rush through the whole book and wasn't able to enjoy it thoroughly. So, thanks for the policy.Avatar Image says: I hope everybody listens to the policy. Seriously, whoever spoils the last book for somebody should be like...put in prison. For life. IT'S THE LAST BOOK! You spoil that, and you ruin a life. I had HBP completely spoiled as soon as it came out (BY MY MOM! I'm STILL bearing a grudge. D*mn her! What type of parent spoils a book for their 11 year old?!) I've already planned out my July 20th and 21st so that it's spoiler-free. I even have a spoiler-free kit! Complete with a loud Wizard rock CD/Playlist to block out screaming and a nice set of Ear Plugs. *nods* Yes, I DO plan on sitting in Borders in my robes with a wand filling out a Harry Potter crossword and puzzle book (they gave them out last year, I hope they do again this year) with a pair of ear plugs in. And I plan to enjoy it.Avatar Image says: Great policy. That malaysian person better watch out. I know I can't have the book right now BUT I WANT IT RIGHT NOW!!!! Spoilers just wreck fans (I am the biggest fan though) chances to get excited about it. That's like someone telling you your going to die tomorrow only 10 times worse. All I've been doing is reading the books for CLUES but I don't want spoilers! Not at all! Leaky, you have awesome policies and they totally make sense!Avatar Image says: well said xxxAvatar Image says: "We might recognize its existence in a news story, but the actual content of the spoilage won't appear on these pages." I for one would love for there just to be a spot on the front page saying if there is a spoiler out there. I'll be pretty much hiding from the internet the week before since thats about the time beforehand the HBP spoiler came out, and I was hit with that one. Just in case it gets out earlier I'd like to know (without knowing) so I can go into hiding just a little bit sooner. Especially with the movie coming out only a week and a half beforehand. If there spoilers out there I'll probably wait to see the movie until after I read the book in case some jerk decides to scream a spoiler in a theater full of fans.Avatar Image says: It's impressive that as the coming out day of a new HP book comes near, the people who begin saying everywhere (forums, comments...) that they've already read the book (blah,blah) start to multiply. I can hardly understand their reasons for doing this; and, as I can imagine, the biggest biggest part of them lies; and if they don't...who really cares? Just a thought...I'm fed up with all this "i could spoil, but i don't", that only make people feel dissapointed. By the way...this policy is the best thing i've read for a long time ;)Avatar Image says: Amen to that!! Avatar Image says: Ugh that dude in Malaysia? Makes me ashamed to be Malaysian to see that there are complete and utter nitwits out there. HOORAY FOR NO SPOILERS! Leaky, can you guys design a couple of NO SPOILER posters or something and then we can locally print them and pass them to our bookstores?Avatar Image says: I preordered my copy for two reasons. 1) It's only eighteen dollars on Amazon, and 2) I don't have to worry about spoilers at the book release. Makes things simple. ^-^ I hope my book doesn't arrive late, so that I don't have to stay away from the forums for too long.Avatar Image says: it took me ten hours to read HBP. needless to say, i did spoil it for my friends, but they asked me to. i would absolutly die if Dh was spoiled for me though!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Image says: did someone seriously do that outside the shop???? how did they not get beaten within an inch of their life????? crickey!!! glad to see you guys are taking a stand and its safe to open stuff on here without going "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" not long now guys i am SOOO excited!!!!Avatar Image says: If ANYONE spoils this one for me, I will personally strap them to the jet engine of a 747. For me, I will lock myself in my room with a pitcher of water and a box of pop-tarts and only leave to go to the bathroom. Even then, I'll take the book with me. Some people are really serious about the books, and it's absolutely vile to meet someone who thinks it's funny to ruin that for them. And this is the most important book. If I am spoiled, there will be hell to pay. Bravo, Leaky. You are angels. For me, the day it comes out, there will be no TV, no computer, no radio, no cell phone, and I'm taking my iPod to the Barnes and Noble midnight party so I can't hear ANYTHING. Not until I finish it.Avatar Image says: You lot are total legends! I once had a last-in-the-series-book (not a HP one) spoilt for me, and I was so upset and angry about it, and it wasn't even that good a series. It's nice to know that we can all read LC pages without sticking our fingers in our ears and going "La la la". Thanks.Avatar Image says: LMAO at the dude that said that at HBP's release! I would have killed him if I were there though... Hopefully noone will spoil this book for me... Avatar Image says: Oh gosh! Someone really did that?!! Ouuu!! Hahahaha Nobody chased him and kicked his ass really hard?!! I mean ... I would! ahahahaa Yeah! Those people piss off!! I really gonna shut myself for 3 days and see only my precious yeah i will *^*Avatar Image says: 1 Question... How on earth did that sub-human being that shouted out 'SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE' leave the front of that bookstore alive? If i was there (thank harry that i wasnt) i would have hit them in the nose with the book, but that would mean that there would be blood all over the front cover, and thats pretty close to sacrilege. However, my handbag does have a lot of stuff in it and weighs 3 and a half kgs (it used to weigh 7 kg but my doctor told me that i should take out the hot-glue gun and other non-essential items so now it doesnt) My Handbag also has metal spikes on it *evil cackle*. As for people like blackknight86, im not interested in your views. I see them as very unwholesome and distasteful. My life is not "berefit of actual meaning" as you so quaintly put it. And yes, i would fall to pieces if a book was spoiled for me. Take that. Destroy all spoilersAvatar Image says: OK I WAS HALF WAY THROUGH READING THE 6TH BOOK AND I HAD TO GO TO MY COUSINS HOUSE! SHE WAS ALREADY DONE READIGN IT AND TOLD ME SNAPE KILLED DUMBLEDORE! LETS JUST SAY I UM STRANGLED HER!!BWAHAHAHAHA!! Avatar Image says: addicted to potter... thank you! Having something positive that we care about only gives HP fans lives more meaning, in my opinion. Avatar Image says: Thank you, thank you, a MILLION times thank you! It's nice to know I'll be able to come someplace without the fear of being spoiled. My birthday is July 22, I am camping July 21-29 with no plans for my whole trip EXCEPT to read this book. I planned this camping trip with all NON-HP types, so that they wouldn't spoil it for me. Putting myself in seclusion. And I'm sending my hubby to get my book, for fear of jerks like the bookstore yeller. Thanks Leaky Cauldron!Avatar Image says: Ahemm... SNAPE KILLS TRINITY WITH ROSEBUD!!! Avatar Image says: roflroflrofl. if i spoil the book, ill have the wrath of a couple of sissies on me.Avatar Image says: Not so sure that the Pulishers lawyers as "sissies," but they will make your life a nightmare for a long time to come. It is what they live for.Avatar Image says: muahaha!!!! Death to all spoilers! Seriously, if you spoil, you won't even be lucky enough to have a quick death. I will personally ensure that your death is slow and painful. Fie on you, spoilers! How on earth did that one guy not get jumped?Avatar Image says: Ohhh I completely agree with Kavidha N, Leaky should totally design a few "Spoil Us Not!" Posters so we can stick them up in our Potter Parties.. But .. in the end.. fat lot of luck that'll do if the same nutter starts yelling again.. I will personally chase this person down and use Duct tape to it's fullest extent. No worries. OMG I CAN'T WAIT!!Avatar Image says: Just to let everyone know, there are already spoilers on the Internet for Deathly Hallows!! My boyfriend ran across what appeared to be a photocopied page from the book that gives a lot away. I refused to let him tell me what it said, as I want to read the book with anticipation of the ending. Just a warning to everyone--I would stick to Leaky and other sites that have no-spoiler policies!!! I also hope that Scholastic and Jo find who posted the page of the book and punishes them!!Avatar Image says: I really can't believe that someone would yell "snape kills dumbledore". If anyone does that July 21st I swear, I'll tackle them and punch every inch of them I can reach. It might not help very much, because I'm only 107 pounds, but I don't mind. It'll be totally worth it. lol. That's a really good idea with your ipod though, I think I might do that!Avatar Image says: To the post 2 down, I think I know which "Spoiler Page Copy" your boyfriend saw. It's pretty much unanimous that it's a fake. There were mistakes in writing and grammar and even the wording seemed very un-JKR. I'd avoid anyway just in case, but maybe look for it once you've read the book for a laugh.Avatar Image says: First, the shouter (I hope!)has suffered the same fate as the guy who caut the baseball during the CUBS game a few years back!!! I personaly (if I have not read the book yet.) tell people to "SHUT UP!" very ruddly then appalogize and tell them why, But that is just me. Oh, and to the Leaky staff I would be #201 in the tar and feather plan! ;) Also, please forgive me my spelling, I live for spell cheak! :)Avatar Image says: I have yet to be truely spoiled. The night before my copy of OOTP was set to arrive, the release date, I was up all night because I couldn't sleep. I decided to watch late night television, Conan O'Brien. He blurted out, "For all you Harry Potter fans... Ronald Weasley dies in the newest book!." I was devastated, I read the whole book, just waiting to find the page where Ron died. Never happened :-\ As for keeping myself spoiler free, July 1st, my girlfrind is coming to town for 5 days. At the end of those 5 days, I shall become reclusive. I will not be online. I will not watch anything on TV. I will sit in my room, read, listen to music, work out, eat, and watch movies. I will not talk to the postman when he delivers the book, apart from a thank you, I will not be spoiled. If, on the off chance I am spoiled, I am not afraid of the death sentence. Keep that in mind.Avatar Image says: hahaha, you guys are ludicrous. But, yeah, i hate those cretins that shout out spoiler theories and i spend my precious enjoying time wondering and trying to locate the part where that happens. grrr! Thanks guys.Avatar Image says: http://snapediesinbook7.ytmnd.com/ Snape dies killing VoldemortAvatar Image says:

If anyone spoils the ending for me, they will DIE in about 10 seconds! I’m just gonna stay off all message boards, leaky, mugglenet, etc. until i’m done with the book. I can’t wait to find out what happens and I intend to do it without someone telling me!

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thank god I’m a fast reader, cus i’ll probably finish it before all my friends. if i do finish it first, i’m not going to tell anyone what happens! i hate spoilers!

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I really do hope no one spoils the book while I’m in line for it at the release. This will be my first release party, and thus my last. I didn’t even start reading the books until after HBP came out, and my friend told me about Dumbledore dying before I even started Sorcerer’s Stone. I might just borrow that iPod idea and go a little def while I’m in line.

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With all due respect to the Leaky crew for complying with JKR’s request and for, what it seems, sincerely believing that spoilers are bad, I could never understand this hysteria about spoilers. It’s not the plot that matters, it’s HOW the book is written and HOW we get to the culmination(or using psychotherapy metaphor – it’s not the content, it’s the process that matters). If we were reading JKR just for the plot and end result, nobody would be re-reading the books multiple times – what for?! You already know how they (the first 6, that is) end! Clearly, there is more to the books than just the plot line. I have absolutely no problem finding out who lives and who dies at the end, it’s not going to decrease my desire to read the book, it will not spoil my reading. And though I have to give Melissa the credit for wit and style of this post but the threat to report the offenders to lawyers…it’s just sanctimonious and pathetic. This holier than the pope tone, frankly, seems to be an attempt to suck up to JKR to stay on her “good side.” Again – I do understand that some people do not want to know, what I don’t like is this demonization and ridicule of people who do not mind being *spoiled.”

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A “friend” of my son phoned him to tell him the ending of book 6 before he’d had a chance to read it. I’ll never forget his disappointment. I agree absolutely with your policy.

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to BlackKnight86.Look who is knocking down HP books and the people reading it.”BlackKnight”. LOL. You live in a coocko land or just trying to become somone’s hero (like HP, maybe?)The books are beautifully written, otherwise the children from all over the world would not follow it for a decade. They contain latin, puzzles, mystery and so much more.If by any chance you read them you might even learn what sociopath means…moron

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I have book 7 Deathly Hollows ebook for those who can’t wait $5 paypal only [email protected]

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In response to Roflcopter McLolerson.

That’s the page I mentioned earlier, that has to be a fake. If that is real I’d be more disappointed by a serious dive in writing quality from Rowling. After 6 books I just can’t see someone’s death being described as “How they went down”.

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excellent point. why can’t everyone respect other fan’s.

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*fans’ opinions. i should say.

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harry is a horcrux

harry makes a horcrux with voldys death sos he can survive

remus & tonks die

snape gets life in azkaban

malfoy helps harry beat voldemort

dudley is a wizard

that should do it

happy spoilermas!!!

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halleujah to that! If Jo likes your comments i LOVE your comments!

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Alleluia praise the Lord. Or praise Melissa. Thank you. This is THE last book, the last Harry Potter book we will ever read, the last HP adventure we will ever go on. I’ve been anticipating the moment for more than half a decade, and it can all get spoiled kn a single second. I want to find out what happens when I read it in my copy of the book. I pre-ordered my copy, so i don’t need to go buy it. I don’t have release parties and stuff here, so yeah. xD

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Yay! No Spoilers! I’m glad you guys are taking it very seriously.

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omg, at my old skool , when HBP came out, two of the guys yelled out three of the most important things in the book, and everyone waz juss ready to kill them. i hope it doesn’t happen forrh Deathly Hallows.

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Know this. I will ruin this book for as many people as I possibly can because I am an uncaring asshole who takes pleasure, and fondles himself during, in the pain and anguish of others. I’m going to do it just to know that good feeling one gets from ruining someones day. HABEEB IT!!!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I had the last one ruined and I am hellbent on isolation until I can read the finale for myself! I know there are many others who are doing the same! I am very excited about this and this might be the highlight of my year, how said is that? Grin! Well, anyways, Harry is the final horcrux and he sacrifices himself to stop Voldy! How noble!

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Yes, I hate people who spoil endings – even endings you think everyone will know (which is why I twitched when you gave away the ending to HBP – there may be someone out there who’s waiting until all 7 are out before s/he reads any of them. I’ve done that with a couple of series.)

Only thing is – would you like to give a list of any REPUTABLE sites where you might unexpectedly find spoilers – just so I know where to avoid! I’m cutting my connection to the internet, putting the TV into deep storage and ordering all newspapers to be hidden until after I finished Book 7, (some time on Sunday). But I can’t do that for another whole month, so if you publish a list of plague spots that would be a help. If some benighted editor thinks to Tell All on Friday morning, I’d like to warned – and then my family can be suitably isolated.

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Please keep it to yourself. I will not be able to obtain the last book until mid day Saturday. I would like to close this adventure surprised. I have my thoughts, I know I am correct, and will always think Snape is the best character.

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If anyone sends in a spoiler, post any information you can get about them to the main page.

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Unfortunately, there will always be angry people bent on trying to make others lives as miserable as they think their lives are….....All empathy aside, if ANYONE spoils any part of this book for me they will regret it. This is no idle threat(i am not however, a psycho), I have been waiting 10 YEARS for this moment…I will not sleep until I have finished reading…...This is not really a choice since the book may well be superglued to my hands and my eyelids taped to my brow… to those who feel th eneed to bring others pain…WE WILL FIND YOU!!! This is not called the information age for nothing…..

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I am trying to get my avatar working…..

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Does anyone know why I can’t change my gravatar?? I only have one on my account and it’s not the one with Ron!

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Actually, dodges knives ahem, actually, dodges Crucio Hey, that’s illegal! Well, actually hehe, dodges Avada Kedavra Sweet MERLIN! I kinda like spoilers. :P No, really! I’m DYING to find out more abt the book! Call me a nutter, but I love spoilers. Don’t get me wrong runs up the Astronomy Tower with huge group of HP fans screaming KILL KILL KILL! I won’t spoil nothing for people if my life depended on it. I like to listen to spoilers, not give out spoilers. :)

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Just after HBP came out, T-shirt hell listed a t-shirt that read “Dumbledore dies on page 596 – I just saved you 4 hours and $30” What kind of sick satisfaction do people get from spoiling surprises for others? I’ll never understand it.

And furthermore…why are they ALLOWED to do it? That T-Shirt is still offered on the T-shirt Hell website… It really makes me sick.

I’ll be a hermit once book 7 comes out…just like I was for books 5 and 6…unreachable until I hit the last word on the last page. Unfortunately, that’s really the only way to protect yourself.

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Amen!

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Thanks, Melissa. It’s nice to see someone dedicated not only to the books, but to other people’s enjoyment of them. :D

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Just about a month!! Very near of the end people!!

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HARRY DIES.

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Watch out guys, a man had claimed that he has broken into one of the computers and stolen the story….just warning you guys until we hear something more. happy reading!

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And that person is a pud. I don’t care what he claims…. fingers in ears and chanting “I’m not listening I’m not listening”

Oh. Oops. Fists in eyeballs: “I’m not reading I’m not reading…”

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Amen to all that. I will gladly help with any necessary punishment

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NOOOOO SPOILERS please.

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Melissa, I agree with you 100%. Well said! And, I send a heartfelt thank you to all of the Leaky staffers who work so hard to help us enjoy the world of Harry Potter free from the real-world death eaters who would spoil this wonderful experience for us all. Like life, the Harry Potter experience is a journey, not a destination. It is the thrill of exploring the unknown, not knowing what will come, that keeps us engaged. Good job, Leaky staff! Thank you from one of your older Harry Potter fans!

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After reading the spoiler policy editorial (which I agree with 1000%!!!), a poem started coming to me. I know it’s labeled as a prayer, and is modeled after a real prayer, but after all, these books are works of fiction, however wonderful they are. It’s not intended to be a real prayer, it’s intended to express emotions many of us are feeling, and it’s intended to let us laugh at ourselves. I know some people won’t accept the fact that the poem merely uses a prayer as it’s foundation. They won’t accept the truth that it’s simply an entertaining way of expressing what many if not most of us are feeling about Book 7, but I can’t do anything about that. All I can do is offer the poem, and hope that it will make you laugh as much as it’s made me laugh…!

The Pottermania Prayer

Our Harry, who triumphs in Book 7, Hallowed be thy story. [pun intended] Thy freedom will come, Thy wish will be done in Book 7, as it is our Heaven.

Give us July 21 our long-awaited bread, And forgive us our theories, As we forgive those who theory against us.

SPOIL US NOT, despite temptation, Or we will deliver you unto the evil lawyers! [No promises on your physical condition upon delivery to said evil lawyers.]

Happy Reading!

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I’ve got the perfect solution to spoiler-shouters – go and buy the book at midnight in a small shop on a remote Scottish island. That should keep them out.

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All you Harry Potter fanatic visit these two awsomest HP websites: freewebs.com/azkabam and freewebs.com/rowling21

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hear hear!

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Melissa is so right!!! I remember when the last book came out I was on the airplain coming home from a small trip with my mom, two days after the book was released and even before I started reading it when suddenly I open the newspaper and BANG there it was! A big fat title saying: SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE! I remenber thinking OH!Cheers, thanks a lot! Pleeeease all people who “manage” to read the book in 1h (if possible)don’t spoil the end for us folks who take a little longer to read it!

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I’m continuing my policy of completely avoiding chatrooms and other rumour nests…it’s a good (or possibly bad) thing I didn’t hear about that Grade A freakface spoiling the fun and excitement for so many people until after I’d pawed my way gleefully through HBP, or I would have hunted him down and done something very illegal…anyhoo, I tend to get so absorbed in the book as soon as I start it, I tend to forget about any rumours and whenever any death/apocalyptic event happens it takes me by surprise – as it should be, people! I’ve made my own cardboard countdown calender…there’s now relatively few uncrossed days left on it, less than a month to go now…I’ll probably explode with excitement as soon as I touch the book. Arghhhh!!! I will only check out reliable and true-spirited websites, such as JK’s own site, and good old leaky, natch. Keep up the good work, love y’all!

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yes i have heard some of the craziest thing and this forum allegedly had a copy and posted it but it was oh so not jo’s style they used the word macho for goodness sake and that my friends is a disgrace in the fact that some people can’t wait without making false copies

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I’d just like to say that this was a great post. I’ve never been spoiled throughout the books which is fantastic. I started reading when book one and two were out already, but book three, four, five, six and now seven I have waited desperately to get. I’ve always been a fast reader, so book 3-4-5-6 took me 1 day to finish, and the next day I was thinking about the contents in it, then reread it, then I was longing for the next one:) The feeling.. Ah.. un-explainable, such a wonderful feeling. Anyways, I have, like always, pre-ordered my copy of the book so noone can spoil me, I shall not enter sites, read news that is around the book. I will also get the book at the 20th from the book-ordering company, so I will have read through the whole book when it is publiced, so I can consider myself lucky to have read it before alot of people :D

Oh, to the ppl thinking about spoilng, dont do it. I remember when I read the HBP, and then reread it, I got a msg from a person the day after the official release (When I had read it twice already) with a link of something like www.snapekillsdumbledore.com/se/org/info, whatever it was, and they had copied the text from that very page and they were selling t-shirts saying “SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDOREPAGE XXX”. And IMHO that is just utterly wrong.. Thank god I wasnt spoiled like my friend were who also got the message, just that he didnt buy the copy, he waited until the city library got it (2 weeks after publication).

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I won’t even be tuning in to HP fan sites until I am done with the book… so what’s that? probably Sunday morning, July 22?!

Regardless of when you finish Book 7, I recommend others stay away, too.

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OMG! Thank you! This was such a good editorial. I could not have said it better myself. I will literally MURDER anyone who spoils DH for me. Not really, but pretty close. I would be abosultely incensed. I am going to be very careful at the midnight party.

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Melissa, I know your real name: Dolores Umbridge.

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well. ok too hysterical

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OMG!! that happend to ME!!! when I just bought the book and was walking down the street with it soo happy that I could read it at LAST some guy pointed at the book and said “Snaped Killed Dumbledore!” I think i might have actully cried HARRY POTTER SPOILER!

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Nice one!!

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God bless you!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Harry dies.

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Hi, I read this after seeing JK’s comment on her website, and i 100% agree! As always, i pre-ordered the book the moment i got the email from amazon…BUT….i have been waiting for a jaw operation for 3 years, and the date given is the 20/07/07! Though i doubt i will be upto it, i have demanded that my Mum bring the book on the 21st! I usually read it in one day so as to avoid spoilers, but I’ll have to wait and see lol!

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Right On! Perhaps the spirit of Argus Filch should be set free at last specifically to deal with those who spoil…

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Thank you very much for this article! I remember very good, when I was about to read book 5 (I was a little behind though) and someone posted on another website, who was going to die. Without any warning! That was horrible. Hadn’t much fun with the book!

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About the book 7 spoiler policy, I have a simple solution to avoid those would-be spoiler people. If they send you e-mails titled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows spoilers” or “info about book 7” or anything along those lines (not from J.K.R., Scholastic or Bloomsbury), just chuck them in the recycle bin and empty it. Simple as that.

Of course, it’ll be a lot harder to avoid that since people these days want to spoil the ending of DH for everyone.

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Yeah!!! That is so right!! I hate those people who spoil the books because I love the surprise in them! Go Melissa and Leaky in there quest to stop spoilings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AMEN, AMEN, AMEN! someone would actually yell out that snape killed dumbledore at the release? that’s a sin.

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mmm…19 days to goand we’ve been able to avoid spoilers

I hope everything continues this way :)

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I agree if any pulls this i will hurt them very very very badly

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THANK YOU!

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Amen to that! I just read about this on JK’s site. Thanks Leaky for your royalty to the readers _

:( I work on the day or release… I start work as soon as it is released in QLD, Australia. I work in a supermarket, we don’t stock the books til much later… but there will be customers trying to spoil it I bet! ...a one hour lunch break should be enough to read 605 pages, surely!

I wonder if JK was being serious on her site about that spoiler…

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The first thing that I’m gonna do is keep myself behind doors. I’m not gonna listen , read , see anything else instead of the 7th book.

Hee hee

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My sincerest thanks go out to Melissa and the rest of the Leaky Cauldron staff for this policy. Knowing what will happen in a book really ruins the experience of reading it, especially when it’s your favorite.

That person from the army base in Malaysia and the guy who shouted outside a bookstore at the HBP release both need to get lives. I hope that none of you at Leaky get spoiled while updating this great website.

My friend and I have decided that after we get our copies of book 7 we will not be going online at all to avoid being spoiled by those who may have already finished the book. Since I’m a relatively fast reader, I can probably finish the book in one or two days and during that time, I will avoid all forms of internet, tv, media, etc that may be discussing the book.

Let’s all enjoy the suspense that goes along with reading a great book as soon as it’s released. I think that bitznbats said it best in the essay “Hary Potter and the Final Chapter: From a Fan’s Point of View” on this site. “I shall try to put this sadness [about the fact that there is only one book left in the series] to one side and enjoy the limited number of days left of the delicious agony that reside in the space where ‘Harry Potter and the Deatly Hallows’ shall soon fill, because I am one of the lucky ones. I get the chance to feel this agony.” Beautifully said, and I completely agree.

Thanks again and I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful, unspoiled book 7!

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Hey Melissa-

If you find any spoilers any time soon, stick the three-pronged metal head of a pitchfork into a bonfire for about 10 minutes, and then do what you need to do. Satisfyingly gruesome results.

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my sincere thanks to the leaky cauldron about the steps preventing the people and enabling them to follow the spoiler policy. anyways i have gone through the comments and agree to some people that these fan sites must be closed for a week after the release and some time before the release of the book and come on after been through movie 5 facing the reality in book 7 i dont think there will be any major news about potter that we would be interested in viewing in any fansites. i want all the leaky staff to think about it because it is the only worthwhile site of harry potter because mugglenet sucks like hell it is the most outdated website i have ever seen in the world they post stuff on thier website after ages and the news comes on leaky the moment it is surfaced on the internet. anyways please mellisa it wont kill to have the website down for a week after all what major news will be left after these 18 short days????? we are not interested in the news concerning harry potter movies and thier DVD coming out bla bla bla bla… come to think of it even if you take a spoiler policy…some looser jerk out there may give out the ending in the commentary board or some chat stuff but u cant guarantee that you can totally avoid spoilers.

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u totally rock. did someone actually yell out snape kills dumbledore at the store? that sucks, i would hav kick their but if i was there. i had HBP spoiled for me because the news paper had a spoiler list in it not long after the book came out:( no body better spoil this next book for me coz im a girl on the edge and if they screw with me when im getting my hands on the book….well lets just say i wouldnt wanna b in their shoes:)

thanx for having a go at the spoiler peoplez:)

once again u rock:)

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Thank you so much! This is greatly appreciated and backed upon by almost everyone. I still remember the time at camp, when I was drying off after exiting the pool and simultaneously reading the Harry Potter Prisoner of Askaban, on the 6 page. Then a lifegaurd leaned over and said “You know Sirius dies right? How tragic!”. I almost slapped the woman and her sneering smile. Anyway, your sentiments are greatly appreciated.

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Thanks so much for your sentiments. I am old enough to be a father to most of you, but I have to say that I love these books as much as I love The Lord of the Rings, which I have read every year since 1973. The Harry Potter series is a classic because the author knows how to tell a good, rolicking tale. Thank you, Melissa, for speaking so beautifully, plainly, and sensibly. You and your team rock!

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Rock on Melissa. No one wants to know the end before we read it. Duh! So for all you spoilers watch because if ” the Leakey Caldurn doesn’t get you the devoted readers will!

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No spoilers? But how can we then prove our superiority? Banning spoilers is as bad as banning Irish baby eating. It means I can’t gloat and tell you that Harry dies of a stroke, Snape kills voldemort and becomes headmaster, and Ginny upon receiving a detention exclaims ‘bugger that’ and kills Snape.

Oops sorry, btw I should mention that my copy was handed to me by a rotting woman in a lake with a shining light accomponied by music.

Better then a sword. Can we come up with at least a modest proposal?

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I so wish i had a roley eyed smiley for you, but im fresh out.

I’m staying in my hospital bed on the 21st, and the book WILL be finished by the morning of the 22nd. Try and spoil it for me, and i will have to do things you have never heard of with a sledge hammer!

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Some little bastard shouted “Dumbledore Dies” at the midnight opening in North Finchley, London. If I see you this year, I WILL form a mob and lynch you.

I have a friend who is VERY upset because some idiot claims to have hacked the bloomsbury computers and has posted his “spoilers” online.

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I will be so annoyed if anyone ruins the seventh Book for me, when the HBP came out I had one of my friends come up to me and scream “Dumbledore Dies!” Arghhh I could have killed her! Oh well, enjoy the last book everyone!

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Amen!! Such honourable prose, may you soon be knighted!! May those who dishonour the upcoming literary event be sent straight to the gallows!!

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Thank you. As a non-published author, I agree. Jo has set a splendid table for us all, let her have her moment for all of us. Luckily, I was not despoiled of the Half-Blood Prince’s secrets and had the juicy, glorious moment of shock, horror and grief that she intended. We only get that moment once, thank you for preserving it for your readers.

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Way to F-ing go. but i work in retail and our chain has it so they are locked up in the office and only two people can touch them. they don’t even let u touch them when there brought on the floor. oh and the dumb butt who yelled that might find it hard when all of us potter heads find him to yell the ending again. he’s going down

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well said!!!!

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yeah that what im talking about … good job…. them spoilers should be banned from reading this stuff and posting it tooo. the goverment should make a law saying that anyone post harry potter stuff (spoilers and people saying that they have gottn the book n stuff should be fines… seves em right

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i forgot i will be working a harry potter party thing at my store and i will personally make sure the first person who opens the book in the store will be kicked out and bitten by me in the parking lot if they say anything. but the spoilers shouldn’t even be in peoples minds when they get there book(s).

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I can tell you, that at 39 yrs of age, I feel like a kid in a candy store waiting for this book to come out. I will calmly wait in line, with my headphones on blaring something like Matalica so as not to hear any dumbass try to ruin the book for me. I can tell you that I will leave the store follow them to their house get their address and post it to all true Potter Fans so this person gets hate mail like no other. Could you imagine being this person and open you front door one day and there be something like 30 mail trucks with mail for them….and non of it good.

I have a 5month old baby at home and I can tell you that I will hire a sitter if I have to so that I can finish the book before I leave the house once getting there with my newest treasure.

Let’s see today is the 10th and I have 10 1/2 days left, I hope everyone enjoys finding out the story in their own time as Ms. Rowling intended.

Melissa, You absolutely ROCK, and so does the staff.

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Oh how I remember 16/7/2005 as I stood in the queue at midnight and an insufferable 10 year old announced to the whole queue that Albus was “gonna die”. When I found out he was right 2 days later I was furious! So I’ll be leaving it to 1 a.m. to pick up my copies this time – hopefully the brat will be in bed by then…

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I agree, just tell me you really don’t have a fish named Mr. Flippityfins. Poor thing.

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i just re-read this, and i almost started crying. 9 days. 9. days. It is so overwhelming.

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I totally agree I wish they just wouldn’t release anything about the book, I want to read it and be shocked and suprised. However I have just unfortunatly read something about the final book that I didn’t want to read, it has shocked me to the core and has totally freaked me out, why do people have to be mean and say these things

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I actually got an advanced preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the internet. I only read to page 430 cause stuff came up, but the point is, someone who reads it should not be allowed to suck the fun out of it for everyone else. They should be hung up by their toes and beaten with a leather strap.

If I wasn’t so self indulgent, I would be mad as hell at a person who spoiled it for me. The way I see it is like this: Go find it if you want. Read it, savor it, and relish the fact that you got it early, but DON’T FREAKINSPOIL IT FOR OTHERS! There’s a thing called “common courtesy.” People should put it into play more often.

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You tell ‘em! I’ve waited almost a decade for this book, and I’m going to enjoy it spoiler free! Brava, Melissa!

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I totally understand and I totally agree. We only get one chance at our last precious moments with Harry. It would be devastating to find them out any other way. AMEN!!

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Well done! This is my first Leaky experience, I had HBP TOTALLY ruined and am still trying to stop my seven year old finding out about DD before we read it together (yes it’s taken that long to get through the other books!)

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You people really need to get a life

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I love your policy! It’s great that you guys have taken a stand against book spoilers trying to grab attention and be popular! Nobody say anything at Madeira Kroger’s!

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Shut up, Dave! It’s all in the fun, and as long as you don’t spend your entire life focused on Harry Potter after the series is finished, who really cares? Please don’t be a cynic.

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I cannot wait till the book, but each time, someone gives it away!

Whilst reading the Half blood prince, my friend (also reading it) flicked through and shouted:

DUMBLEDORE DIES!

I then murdered her :S

She is away on book release weekend though, so I can safely read the final book! :D

WOOHOO! DEATHLY HALLOWS!

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Well, I got an e-mail notice from the online store I pre-ordered DH from saying that it’s shipped (no, it’s not Amazon or Borders). My previous orders usually arrive 3-4 business days after I get the e-mail (sometimes even longer than that, maybe 10-15 days, depending on the location that I’m at and where the product was shipped from).

If it arrives early, I will most plow through the book and relish the fact that I got it early. In order to prove that I got it early, I’ll post up pictures of the CLOSED book at different angles and take a picture of the first page (which has ONLY the book’s title against the checkered background). What I will not do is spoil the ending or reveal any plot points, to respect the integrity of the readers and J.K.R.. I realize how important this is, and will hold my thoughts on it until July 22nd.

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Agreed. The internet is really starting to become a hazardous place to be, if you’re trying to avoid Harry Potter book 7 spoilers. They’re everywhere. Be careful.

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I couldn’t agree more!!

and there will always be people who buy (or just pick up the book) flip to an important part and shout it out grrrr.

also apologies most profuselt to claire who hasn’t read HBP for the accidental spoiler from me.

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Reading all these comments has got me worried

I am working the midnight opening and love the hype…. so i have made a poster to display

WARNING

We are ALL fans here who have been waiting a long time for this book. Please do not shout out any spoliers even if you can’t resist flipping to the end of the book to find out what happens

We have all been practicing non-verbal crusiatus and WILL use it!! It may be unforgivable but so is ruining the book for everyone else!!

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I don’t think I have to worry too much about spoilers because I’m not on the computer too much. However, I would be infuriated if someone spoiled the ending of Deathly Hallows for me. To make sure that doesn’t happen, I am going to avoid all media(newspapers, tv, internet, etc.) until I can get my copy. I have been waiting for this book for a long time and have been in an excited state of anticipation for a couple of months now. I just can’t understand what kind of heartless idiot would ruin the magic moment for such dedicated fans.

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I may not go to the midnight party in order to avoid being “spoiled”. I’d swing for anyone who shouted out the end… I’d end up in prison I’m sure! Keep up the great work on TLC, I really admire what you guys are doing in order to keep the site spolier free!

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AMEN!!!!! ALLEULIA!!!! If someone decides to spoil this long awaited moent for me they will have to deal with my wrath and may end up needing plastic surgury… thanks for keeping leaky spoiler free!

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“We are ALL fans here who have been waiting a long time for this book. Please do not shout out any spoliers even if you can’t resist flipping to the end of the book to find out what happens

We have all been practicing non-verbal crusiatus and WILL use it!! It may be unforgivable but so is ruining the book for everyone else!”

Don’t worry, I’m NOT one of those people who loves spoiling things for people just to say “I said it first”. I have too much respect for myself and all of you to spoil—I was horrified to learn that people make a sport of shouting spoilers (particularly the uh… doo-doo head who said “Snape kills Dumbledore!”) since the fifth book’s release. I was lucky enough to not be spoiled during the midnight party for HBP (nor any of the other books, for that matter).

If I do happen to spout any spoilers SHOULD I get the book early, Melissa, John and Sue are most welcome to come to my house and skin me alive. ;-) Like Arthur A. Levine and J.K.R., I won’t say a word about it until the embargo is lifted.

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I know the feeling. I still haven’t read HBP because I was told about Dumbledore being killed by Snape before I had read the book. I own the book and will start reading it just in time for the Deathly Hollows to come out.

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Good Job Melissa. I just heard the news about the pages sent to you. I am proud to be a fan of leaky knowing that you turned the pages into the publishers!

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I’d also like to offer my considerable kung foo skills to help in smashing the faces off of anyone ANYONE that utters a single word of the new book before I get to read it. Be warned, I will seek you people out. Im like Adrasteia the inescapable, Im a disco ninja with fists of fury. Im gonna rain down the pain, Im gonna be inside your head twisting your thoughts! Im gonna be down the back of your sofa stealing your change!!! And yeah. Im having my book delivered, and Im switching my fone off to make doubly sure no one can spoil it for me!! Good luck everyone else, keepin my fingers crossed that I dont have to break anyones legs.

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OMG right on i am going to a premeire on july 22 (well sorta actually 12 a.m. on the 23rd) and i so do not like spoilers. and its ridiculous. but i have loved HP for so long and i have been waiting for this. i wish there could be an 8th book. :( but still rock on HP fans and u too melissa :)

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when somebody told me snape killed dumbledore while I was in the middle of the 6th book, I literally punched them in the face.

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Exactly! But, I was scrolling down the main page of this website and I saw a little link that said, Spoiler! find out how the Harry Potter book ends! Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link. I read what it said, and was deeply relived the I had to highlight the white bits. I didn’t. I was truly disgusted and got a friend to high light it for me. She told me that the plot all laces together so it would about right what they are saying. So I’m warning you. Don’t click on that if you know what’s good for you.After that little incident, I hope that website gets caught.

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i have a couple bonehead friends that are convinced that they know whose gonna die because one of them knows the sister in law or cousin of a guy who works for entertainment weekly who knows jk personaly. they’re so full of crap. even so, i told them not to even mention it because then i’d be obsessing over it and wondering while i’m reading it whether they were right or not. they were aspiring to go to the local barnes and noble and sceam the ending they get from their british source “a k shmalling!” i told them if they do ANYTHING to ruin my reading this last book, i would castrate them both. and that’s not an empty threat, because i own sheep and i’ve castrated some lambs before. i have the neccessary equipment.

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Eegh, seems like Suzanne was right about castrating people who spoil the ending to the book instinctively crosses legs. And bravo to the person who punched the person who spoiled the ending of HBP as they were reading it. They got what they deserve.

I really don’t know what to do if I get the final book early. I won’t spoil it but I may give it to Scholastic to hold it until July 21st… maybe they’ll give me an autographed J.K.R. bookplate as a show of respect to the fans and the company. If they didn’t guarantee that, I’d still wouldn’t tell the ending to DH, I’d just keep the book to myself and seal my lips. (Either way, I’d still have bragging rights to say “I got it first but I won’t reveal the ending!”)

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i look forward to this saturday with anticipation… i will be abandoning all other non essential activities for the duration of reading the book…

those things classed “essential” are breathing, taking a short break to use the loo, make a sandwich and a cup of coffee at somepoint… but thats about it…

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Don’t go on Facebook!!!!!!!!!! Status updates, wall posts, SO many spoilers everywhere. I’m avoiding all sites that could contain spoilers! I read these comments with caution by dragging the window to the end of my visible screen area and read word for word just in case I see a spoiler. ahh, the life if a harry potter fan is so difficult sometimes.

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THANK YOU!!!! Personally, i’m too paranoid to go to the midnight launch cuz of some jerk who will shout the ending for the world to hear, but i’m sosoooo glad to know that the Leaky will stay spoiler-free!!!!! :)

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first time i read harry potter was in 4th grade it didnt have a sleave and i had no idea what it was about

a few chapters in my older brother told me that the cat was a witch and i freaked and made my mom yell at him :)

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I’m staying spoiler free by going into seclusion from Friday evening and having the book delivered from amazon by express on Saturday morning therefore guaranteeing that it will arrive and I can totally absorb myself in reading.

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Im soooooo excited!!!!!! i ts finally here!!!!! im so glad abt leaky’s spoiler policy!!! still.. am going off the net for a week from now! Happy reading people

AIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

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classic isn’t it? the whole world awaits :-) i’m loving this EPIC moment!

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I would advise everyone NOT to go on IMDB for the few remaining days! There are alot of spoilers floating around there and I stumbled on one! However, alot of people are confimring it to be fake so wh konkws. But in teh meantime I have deleated IMDB off my favorites until I finish the book! But again to all you IMDB fans out here just a warning!

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Thanks for such a great site and for not letting spoilers in – I found out Dumbledore died before I was up to that part of the book and I was devestated – I cant wait to read it! I have my copy pre-ordered and will be picking it up ASAP. Happy Reading everyone! This will be a happy and sad occassion for us all.

xoxoxo

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I was sent a link in my email. Please everyone be careful. There are spoilers out there. I can not wait till I get my book at midnight on the night of the 20th/morning of the 21st. I can not wait to read the book from beginning to end.

If you do not like spoilers from now till the end you might want to stay off of the unoffical TRUE fan site and searching for harry potter in google. JK Rowling Site is safe as is the-Leaky-Cauldron.

I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I think I will.

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Hi Melissa and all the staff at Leaky. How excited are we about this book release! Yes, believe it or not HP mania has been in New Zealand for years! You can’t help but be nervous though. Somehow, standing in a cue for hours to get the book isn’t that appealing to me. I have one booked at my local but want to buy it and read it in my own time, I’m a slow reader and I’m terrified of having it spoiled before then. Someone ruined OOTP for me back when that came out and I was devastated. Very nerve racking!!! Can’t wait though!!! (lets all not open a single email or go online at all until we’ve finished! World wide fan pact? hahaha) Kimberley

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When i read HBP…someone had spoiled it for me. I hate character like those, they think they are better cause they’ve read it before you and can’t wait to spoil it for others. Its good you posted this msg. Down with all the spoiler.

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I don’t want the book ruined for me, but the Snape kills Dumbledore stuff was kind of funny. I know you all disagree with me, but I thought it was hilarious. I went to the premiere of Ootp in theaters and the girl next to me hadn’t read any of the books. I had to reply with a Sirius dies and Snape kills Dumbledore simply because she came to the premiere of a movie based on books she hasn’t read.

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OMG!! ive got the best theory!!

Merope also had two daughters besides Tom Riddle. However we don’t know who they are. I reckon it’s Petunia and Lily. This means that Lily is the heir of Slytherin which means Harry is to. Lily has red hair just like Merope and it would explain why AHrry has the same eyes as Harry who has the same Eyes as Voldemort! This would also explain why Harry can speak Parseltongue. However I think Harry is also the heir of Gryffindor as Harry got Godric Gryffindor’s sword in the 2nd book and James and Lily used to live in Godric’s Hollow! This means that Harry is the heir of Slytherin and the heir of Gryffindor! This is why Harry is so special and talented. This also explains why the Sorting Hat had so much trouble distinguishing between whether Harry should go to Slytherin or Gryffindor as he was the heir of both!

This also means that Voldemort is Harry’s uncle! Voldemort is also Lily’s brother and Dudley’s uncle. J.K Rowling said in the last book a non-magical character will use magic to protect themselves. This is Dudley! Probably when he gets attacked at his house now that the protection has worn off from Dumbledore.

Think about it, there are so many reasons why Harry could be the heir of Slytherin and there is so may reasons why he can be the heir of Gryffindor. He is both

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i was spoiled.accidently.i went on google &. searched up harry potter,as i most often do a few times a week to keep me posted.and for some reason while i was innocentley scrowling down the page i ran across information about the seventh book.i cried right there on the sight. i was in a library.&. i started crying because i have been reading harry potter every since i was in grade five. then some iddiot thinks its nice to spoil something i’ve been waiting for. for suchh a loongg time. i know this might seem funny for the people “who like to stroll in the feilds next to the publishing plants” ITS NOT FUNNYYYYY!!! I CRIEDD BECAUSE YOU SPOILED SUCH A PRECIOUS MOMENT FOR ME.&. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS “GET HELP” ..... thank you for explaining to everybody how important and serious it is to us MAJOR FANS!. i’ve been spoiled . &. to all you harry potter fans don’t go on the internet.some unwanted information might just pop up &. leave you unhappy for a veryy longg time. ..... theres alot of amazing things in store for the seventh book.&. i hope you will enjoy the last and final book as much as i will. .peace.

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I’ve been very good about staying away from Harry Potter sites lately. I only came on here because I heard about this letter and I had to check it out! LOL. I will rstay spoiler free until I finish the book! There is a rule at my bookstore (actually mall, because there are several bookstores there) that no one is allowed to open the book until they exit the mall—they’re even upping security for it! I think my mall for that!

Only 3 more days! YAY!!!

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i was spoiled also. i was told everything that i was wanting to read the book for. i wasn’t even looking for potter-related subjects. and as a fan i want to tell you to not read some of the comments on deviant art. i don’t care if you think i’m a nerd being too concerned. i just want to warn you that it’s spread on the site.

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Would it be possible to disable all comments and posts on the site for maybe a week or two?

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Right on Melissa! I spoiled the last book for myself when it fell out of my hands in my excitement to read it, and it fell on the floor and grandly opened to the very page where Snape kills Dumbledore. I could have killed myself.

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I accidentally stumbled accross a long list of alleged spoilers on facebook and am so MAD!! I desparately wanted to stay “Harry Pure” and especially for the final book- I can’t believe it!!!!

Do you think they’re true?

I know about this “Gabriel” who supposedly took photogrpahs of every page I was reading that his book ended like 40 pages before the book is officially known to end (ie. its 50 pages too short) so I don’t think its real!!!

I want to be Harry Pure!!!!!!

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Where do I report the idiot who posted a select number of deaths and pages they allegedly occurred at on Livejournal this evening?

PS: Everybody, but everybody, KNOWS that Umbridge marries Grawp, Neville marries Hermione, Harry marries Luna and Ron marries Tonks. Oh, and Snape marries Narcissa and Bellatrix marries Voldemort.

And Dumbledore? He marries Moaning Myrtle, of course!

And if any of those turns out to be true, I’ll eat my hat… :-)

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If you hear these spoils before the book has come out- because they are only alleged- does it mean I am still Harry Pure?

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Y’know, I may just wear earplugs to Wal-Mart Friday at midnight so I do not risk anyone shouting out spoilers in my earshot. Or I may just as someone to give me the Muffiatus spell. :D

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I have just read the New York Times review on the new Harry Potter book. The author had received his book a little early and I definitely do not agree with this, but the review was great! I am not going to mention anything of what they said about the book, I wouldn’t do that to anyone! The only thing that this review did for me was wet my appetite for the book. I honestly didn’t see anything that could spoil me for the new book. If anything, I have many more questions about the book. If you want to read the review yourself here is the website: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/books/18cnd-potter.html?_r=1&ref=books&oref=slogin

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I am really happy to read that you don’t allow any spoilers on you page. I’m from Germany and unfortunately the pages there are not acting the way you do. Of course they try to delete spoilers, but they don’t manage to get them all. So I give you the tip to stay away from german pages if you don’t want to ruin the Harry Potter final for you. I’m feeling really sad now, because I’ve been spoiled.

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I have tried to post my comments following your link but it was impossible. This is not actually news that I want to report and I would simply like to draw your attention to the situation of the spoilers but from a different perspective. I have read the whole review at the New York Times and although I agree with the unethical nature of this early publication, and that it gives away a few clues, it is not that terrible as it could have been. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I love this amazing world, but I am from South America and although I can read English well enough to understand and appreciate the books I would like to make this comment from a different perspective. J K Rowling is staggered by this review that comes out one day before the book is launched even though that can be avoidable for every one of you who does not wish to know in advance. One day is not a long time, I mean. However, can you imagine what the situation for the rest of the world will be? I am talking about those people who are not fortunate enough to be able to read the book in its original language and will have to wait for the translations to come out as early as November and so on. There will be at least 4 or 5 months before that and I am sure all the local newspapers and tv news will start publishing their own comments and will not be too concerned about spoiling this long waited book. The fact that the rest of the world does not speak English does not mean that we care less or that we do not love Harry as well. In my opinion, all this secrecy situation is admirable and I totally agree with it but it could have been also good to have the books translated in advance so July 21 would be the launching date not only for the English speaking countries but for the whole world. That way, the surprise would not be ruined for anybody. Thanks for your understanding.

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Subject- Violation of TOU

Dearest Leaky, I have been enjoying posting on your site for a year and I have always tried to have and use respect when I post. I go through old polls sometimes, and when Leaky was down some of my friends and I found an old one to post on.(I hope you don’t mind, we were just so excited about Deathly Hallows) On this older poll and several others I have seen what appears to be attempted links to pornography sites. I don’t even know what half of the words there mean and I certainly didn’t want to click on the links. I don’t want some poor kid to click on them, and I don’t think it’s right in the first place to be putting nasty links all over a decent site.

Also on the current poll someone keeps putting a string of attempted links to cars and xboxes, as several similar posts have been put there, and they are all basically the same thing, I am assuming it is the same person. I don’t know if it is the same person as the one who posts the nasty ones, I personally think it is because they change their name everytime they post as does the other one. But that is just my oppinion.Thank you Leaky and sorry if that is confusing. I am a regular poll commentor and I would also like to thank you for letting us go off topic, we have had the best of times.

Here is a link to the old poll, they seem to visit every few days-

Please DO NOT email me back if for some reason you would need to. This is not my email it is a friends. Thank you.

With Love, ElladoraSnape

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Freewebs.com/rowling21 SUX!

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