“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Hacker Hoax

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Jun 21, 2007

Posted by EdwardTLC
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Rumors have been floating around the internet today concerning a ‘hacker’ obtaining a digital copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from a Bloomsbury computer and posting the alleged ending on the web. Reuters is reporting this evening that a Bloomsbury spokesperson ‘declined comment on the hacker’s claims,’ while Kyle Good, a spokesperson for US publishers Scholastic, is warning readers ‘to be skeptical about anything on the Web that claims to have inside information on the book’s plot’ saying:

“There is a whole lot of junk flying around,” she said. “Consider this one more theory.”

It is highly unlikely that any documents containing information as well protected as the seventh Harry Potter book would be on a Bloomsbury computer and as Trend Micro, a computer security company, spokesman David Perry was noted as saying:

“We’ve had hypes like this on the last couple of Harry Potter books… There is a very high level of spurious information in the hacker world.”





140 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Hacker Hoax

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I read this on the ohnotheydidnt LJ comm. There’s even a link to the “spoiler”. I read the first few lines, then jumped to the last few lines of the post. Looks very iffy.

Purpose of the post?

[The posting was made in an attempt to “make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring” to further help prevent “youngs of our earth” being converted by the books “to Neo Paganism faith.”]

Bunch of hogwash. Put on your skeptics caps, everyone!

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So has anybody… read it? I saw the post on ONTD as well [yay ohnotheydidnt!] but even though this sounds completely rediculous I’m still way to afraid to read any of it…

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ya, right, like that would happen. if it did, that would be really bad. But, it sounds like a total lie if u ask me.

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Count me in as one who saw it at ONTD. Anyone.. read them? I did not want to call the internet quits this early, but I really want to read DH with no notion of what’s going to happy!

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It’s such a lame ending I don’t know why anyone believes it.

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I went to the site, clicked on the link, read the first sentence…....and quickly exited out of it.

Can’t risk it…..

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Well it’s getting about that time when I’m afraid to go to the HP sites just in case there are spoilers on them…I know Leaky said that they would not post any, which is a relief. However, the fear is there.

I might even bring my iPod with me to the book release so that I won’t hear if some loser shouts the ending, lol.

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I am going to resist the temptation to click on the link and try to keep the book as unspoiled as possible for me.

Truly, whoever posted this – whether it is real or not – needs to find a hobby… Surely there is a greater form of pleasure than ruining the book and relishing with pleasure in so doing? Sad.

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Well, I guess it’s time to reduce my list of sites I visit on a daily basis. I’m already down to just a few; pretty soon I may have to log off altogether until after July 21st. Really irks me when I think of all the OoTP movie news I’m going to miss.

Stupid hackers.

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I really doubt that any of these so called 7th book are real. A lot of people make fanfictions. At one place I go a lot I saw a lot of fake books. So I would say just ignore anything you hear or read, not everything on the internet is true. Besides the books comes out in a month.

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Two things First, I hope all will read this post and do what is necessary to clean up your computer. The link is a trojan horse spyware and for a while I was unable to get back to Leaky. I had to clean out the computer and than wait. I kept getting a 503 error when trying to get back to Leaky.

Second, I hope all who think we will not be bombarded with fake endings are not that nieve. I just love the creativity that they bring to us.

Like others I really think that this was a very elaborate hoax to do just whjat it did to me. Thank God for virus and spyware protection with instant alerts.

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Well, thats it for me. It already starting. It just going to get worst from now on. I am going to stop coming on the Harry Potter sites until I read the last book. I don’t blame you Leaky Cauldron, I blame the spoilers. Good luck, happy reading and i’ll see you on the flip side.

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well i read it.. there is no way it’s true.. a 10 year old could have come up with what is said on the site

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I hope,and I think it’s possible. That Bloomsbury and Scholastic are making sure that every book store or place that is to sell the book on the day, the people that are let in for the midnight release, have to sign, then or before, a confidentiality agreement, like the bookstores, that they will not yell, talk about, or shout out what happens in the book whilst in the stores. Then, I would feel secure in going. Otherwise, I am just waiting for Amazon , to be safe.

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i dont even go looking for this stuff. i dont want my deathly hallows to be ruined. i want a good experience.

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YIKES! This is the kind of post that makes me want to turn off my computer and not turn it on again till after July 26 or whenever I’ve finished reading the book (I won’t get it done in 12 hours like those of you who are still young).

I trust Leaky, though I’ve scrolled through the comments without reading just in case. I don’t want to know. Even if it’s not true, I don’t want to know because it just might be true and I DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

:::::sigh::::: people can be so evil!

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I took this as a grain of salt right from the beginning, but even so, I cannot deny there are feelings of uneasiness… (even though this is obviously a hoax, I still refuse to read it…)

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I was actually planning on doing a one-month hiatus before DH came out, and then this happened! Very convenient, so I’ll be signing off now. I’ll miss you all, and happy non-spoilage! See you at the release parties. _

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Hmm, I read it. My answer is: JKR congrates Snape to his birthday. For everybody who will read it: keep that in mind.

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oh my. i am definitely hiding from a lot of sites. i don’t visit any site but leaky for harry potter updates. paranoid? yes!

But how silly all of this is. Seriously, hacking into one computer and supposedly finding a digital copy of HP and Deathly Hallows? What can be accomplished by doing this? No official site is going to reveal any info. gathered, people are still going to buy the book, and no one is going to believe you…silly person

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Wow. I seriously doubt that is legit! But even if it is, it wont be the end of the world for me. I knew the ending of Half Blood Prince and that is still my favorite book! SO i am hopeing that is fake, for the sake of….everyone! lol. But i am a Potter fan through and through! :-)

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Even if this were true, why would anyone want to read those spoilers and ruin the joy of reading a new Harry Potter Book come July 21?

Never in a million years, would I consider reading this ‘hacked’ copy. July 21 is a special day. Why would I ruin this? Why would anyone? :(

Just a thought….

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Go ahead. Read it. Once you do you’ll realise it is complete bs. “Gabriel” cannot even spell the simplest of words. I highly doubt his ability to hack open a bag of chips let alone Bloomsbury servers. And all in the name of Catholicism? hahahaha completely laughable I assure you. It reveals nothing than what you may have speculated about already. So calm down, and have yourself a good laugh at this moron. I bet Jo’s having a good chuckle right now.

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Wait, I’m confused. I went to the website and found absolutely nothing concerning Harry Potter…

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I gave in and read it as well…completely laughable. The grammar, punctuation, and spelling are terrible. From what we have seen on the covers, the hoax doesn’t sound accurate at all. Still…I can’t say that I’m not a tad worried. I’m going to have to stay off the internet for a month.

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Quite curious as to why Bloomsbury declines to comment on it. The title for this article is a little misleading, TLC. Nobody knows if it’s a hoax or not.

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I agree with jayjay. The “spoiler” is absolute crap and I don’t think it ruins anything. In fact, I thought it was highly entertaining. The fact that it was supposedly done in the name of Catholicism makes it even better. Rowling is protecting Hallows from people just like Gabriel and I’m sure appropriate measures have been taken to ensure its safety.

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Never mind. I found it, and it’s not worth reading. I don’t know why Bloomsbury doesn’t say “This guy’s a fool who has never read Harry Potter” at once.

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This stuff just makes me mad. Someone told me a kinda-spoiler today. I think they were full of it, but I am really naive about everything that is going on right now. Are there any credible spoilers out there at this point? I really belive that what they told me was bs, but I went off on them anyway. Will someone please tell me its okay and the spoiler was most likely untrue because I’m really upset right now/

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A friend sent the questioned file to me a few days ago, that he saw on a torrent site. I was highly skeptical, and asked him to send it to me, and I read it, and recognized it a little bit. But a quick Google search told me that the story was ‘The Seventh Horcrux’ by Melindaleo. I remember when I read it for the first time a few months ago, I was like “THIS COULD BE BOOK 7!”

Obviously, it wasn’t. It was just a really good fanfic.

Have some more faith in the security surrounding the book. Hackers just want to be badass and pretend they have the new book.

Love, Amanda

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Guys…there is some real junk going on out there. On P2P sharing networks there are ways in which a copy of a certain Deathly Hallows can be downloaded. I’m almost definately sure it’s all rubbish. There is nothing we can do but follow JK Rowlings’s advice and rise above this kind of rubbish. It’s really sad that people still do stuff like this

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Hackers don’t have the have best grammar, not all hackers are English speaking people, most of the hackers are from Japan, and they only care about hacking what is un-hackable (if that is a world) so I do believe this hacker, some of you are forgetting that the book has to be store in the data base of the publishers, there are many drafts of the book until they draft is done…also this book has been printed in many places, so that data has to be send to the printing places, plus HUMANS package these books into boxes to be delivery to the libraries…there is a lot of people who get in contact with this book. I have to say that I do think it is a sad ending but it is very probable, especially since the spokesperson for Bloomsbury is not denying it

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Ok, I have already read it…it seems very fake!..%$”#$ figthing for more than six pages with $”$”!!! I can’t believe it!!!! And if he really read it and says that it was boring, the only thing that I could say is: “Dude your out of your mind”

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this can’t be true, i read the letter from this gabriel but i dont think any of this is true this person just wants attention so she/he made all this junk up *

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I hate this. I can’t go anywhere on the net but Leaky. I am super paranoid. Even if I do just shun my computer for the next month, I have four brothers and sisters who would love to ruin the book for me. I appreciate Mellissa’s tough stand against spoilers, but I unfortunately not everyone is so nice. :(

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I just want to say, that this whole thing/story IS total junk. First off, I know some of the best hackers in the world, and THEY weren’t able to get to this book. And second, I know some people who actually read parts of the book. They told me teasers, and it goes against what this dumb jerk said. So seriously everyone, rest assured, this is Not real.;)

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I came on here after not-thinkingly doing a technorati search to see if other people had blogged about it being a month to go and accidentally saw some of it. I really hope its not true, or at the very least – no one says it is or isn’t true! And I must make sure not to do stupid things like that again – no idea why I did it!

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laughs I read the thing. It was beyond fake… I’m laughing so hard. A 9 year old could think of a better storyline than THAT!

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Ok, I just did a search for this and came up with the ‘leaked novel’. It is definitely made up. Also – you should know the person that made it up must be a complete retard, it is that un-Rowlingish. Ok, got to go, that’s my amusement for the day!

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The intelligent Harry Potter reader would know right away that it wasn’t true. But I have to admitt that when I saw the headlines I got a little scared and signed out. God help those people.

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I wonder what would happen IF this is true, after so many of you called this end dumb, I wonder IF this is true how many of you would feel about it.

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I don’t want the ending spoiled for me, just like the rest of you. But my enjoyment of good literature comes not at the ending but reveling in the beauty of a story well told. No one can ruin Jo’s books for me, ever.

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I agree with you Julia.

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‘The posting was made in an attempt to “make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring”’

Ha!

Clearly the people who plotted this fake spoiler don’t understand the first thing about what makes fiction great or the joy of being in suspense about every detail of beloved characters, much less the brilliance of the HP series.

Even if this spoiler was from the actual book – which is incredibly unlikely – how many of us would refrain from reading Deathly Hallows because of it? It’s not just about the ending, it’s the fun of Harry’s journey to that ending that makes me read.

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Well even if it isn’t true, I am not going to read it to be safe, I am getting off all these Harry Potter sites and basically the internet for the next month. People for some reason cannot keep things to themselves and like to spoil it for the rest of us and I refuse to be spoiled. So catch you all after July 21st!

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Folks, do not worry about any thing like this, the guy is a flat out liar and I do not need to read the damn thing know that. In order for you to be able to hack into a computer, you have to be able to find access to it somehow and these computers are inaccessible, they are flat out not connected to the net, phone lines, smoke signals or anything else for that matter, they are completely internal machines.

Now could of the kid have broken into the Bloomsbury computer that were connect to the net, sure that is possible, but all he would have found is what they considered low risk and I assure you the end of the last Harry Potter book is not considered low risk. He would have found PR statements, the guts to their web sites and such and that is about it, he would have never had a shot to get to Deathly Hollows, because those computer would not be connected to each other and only the very trusted people at Bloomsbury would have the ability to transfer any information back and forth between the machines.

It would literally be like needing to put a floppy disc in a floppy drive, saving the information to that disc, pulling the floppy disc out of the drive, getting up, walking out of the room, going to another room, putting the floppy disc into a floppy drive of a computer connected to the net and saving it to the hard drive there, it did not happen. These guys make way to much money to pull stunts like that.

As for why Bloomsbury has not out right denied this yet and probably won’t, that one is simple, it is a PR ploy. You may think that these books have gotten enough publicity, but Bloomsbury will never think that and this kind is all free, and they will milk that kind as much as they can.

I still would not recommend you reading it, the chump still might have guest some things right and if he did and you read it, he has succeeded in what he started out to do, ruining part of the book for you. Just leave this punk and is BS be and hope the cops catch him.

John B.

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One would think that a person in possession of the sort of considerable intellect required for a life of hackerdom, the guy/girl would be capable of writing sentences beyond the second grade level. What a donkey.

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Not going to read he spoiler, no way!!! Hey but it ´s less than a month until the relese and I will enjoy this SHORT time… Who do you think will be wizard of the month in July??? Harry POtter prehaps???

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The publishers are unlikely to have it on a networked computer. Any pirated versions digital or otherwise are likely only after release dates and announced prominently by media looking for a scoop. Those who don’t intend to pay well YOU ARE CONDEMNED TO WAIT ATLEAST TILL 23rd July

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this really sounds like something right frm the heart of rita skeeter….....far fetched idea of preventing people frm reading HPDH. Nothing in the world can stop me going and getting my copy of JKR’s HPDH…for sure.

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I know where its online… but i don’t wanna spoil it for you! Anyway, this book has a strange strong emotions… sobs

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I’d have to say this sounds a little more than dodgy. It’s utterly ridiculous.

First of all, I’m certain Bloomsbury is aware of the existence of hackers, and is therefore taking care to keep all aspects of the actual manuscript protected. In fact, if I had to guess (based upon the kinds of security we know about regarding the actual printed books) I’d say the digital work is locked up at least at tight as most nuclear secrets – and you don’t see explicit directions for refining plutonium on the web!

Second, English being his native language or no, if this idiot really did read Deathly Hallows, wouldn’t he at least be able to mete out those few sentences with a modicum of grammatical and spelling propriety? As horrible as his English is, I’d be surprised if he were able to comprehend what he was reading even if he did get access to the real thing.

Finally, as a fan who has read these books about a dozen times, I say NO WAY that’s what happens. If more than three words of it are true, I’ll eat my pointed Harry Potter hat.

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Just read the note by the supposed hacker . To me it looks like its his/her theory based on one of jkr’s interview about the trio. We know the author is not known to reveal any ending details so its safe to assume the hacker did not manage the hack

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Come on! There’s no way this could be true. If it is, then Rowling had a friend write this last installment of Harry Potter. I guess she should have picked a friend who had actually read the other 6 books so they would have had an idea what the actual plot was about. Any one of us could have done SO MUCH BETTER! Talk about not having any immagination. The only spoiler here is how LAME the spoiler is. As if.

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Yeah, thats so true! If it is the real transcript…How bad would JK feel. She says its her best book yet, and here we are sayin the end is that of a 9 yr old! I dont want to believe its true, because bloomsbury would have it so highly protected…but you just cant help but wonder…

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Everyone watch out, dont read it! This one actually might be true. No official word yet from Bloomsbury on wether it is or isnt the real thing… very strange, ... veery strange.

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Well I read those supposed spoiler, and they are a couple of things I gotta say.

First of all this guy seems to think he can make reading DH useless and boring if he spoils it for us, which shows he obviously doesn’t know anything about HP fandom. He doesn’t seem to realize that no number of spoilers can take the fun away from the book. They may reduce the fun, but they can’t kill it

He justifies himself by saying he followed Pope Benedict’s words. I’m sure that although Pope Benedict dissaproves of Harry Potter, he would be far more disapproving of hacking, something that is both dishonest and illegal in order to spread his message.

Finally he ends his message by saying God bless you. We all hope that god does bless us. But if this chap is looking out for his blessings, he may want to rethink over some aspects of his life.

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Gods, this was totally lame. As soon as I saw that they has misinterpreted Rowling’s statements, I knew they didn’t know anything, and, sure enough, they didn’t. Everyone who says “two characters die in book 7, because Rowling said so, and we know who they are” probably never read her interviews thoroughly in the first place. It was only when she spoke about the last chapter, she said that “two characters die that she did not intend to die, and one character got a reprieve”. Which is an entirely different matter; who said that only two characters die in Book 7, anyway? There can be six or seven, for what we know.

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Where can i find the spoiler ?? On which website ??

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Firstly, if Bloomsbury are in a position where they can be hacked in this way over something this important, then they really need to do a lot of work on their computer security (and take obvious precautions like encrypting files or not putting them on computers attached to the internet in the first place). But I wouldn’t read too much into Bloomsbury’s lack of comment on this, as it is simpler not to comment on anything, because if they consistently deny the fake leaks then they have real problems if a leak occurs that isn’t fake.

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No doubt at all that HP7 was hacked! since it is available on a german server :-(

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I read the “spoiler” and I found it ridiculus. I don’t believe it anyways…

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It is available…The whole manuscript? How can anyone be sure its real?

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It is a totally impossible BS load. I mean, it may end like that but not IN THAT WAY! That something similar happens we know, we don’t just know who and how, and this BS places an easy bet on who but gets the “how” from the moon – unbelievable. If that is not enough, the last part of the predictions sounds like ‘oh, and pigs fly’, just one more big laugh – hahaha. If they would read the first 6 before…

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Yes, I admit, I read it. What a load of hogwash. And I’m ashamed I even bothered, what was I thinking? I’m trying REALLY REALLY hard not to ruin this last book for myself because I did look up spoilers for the HBP. I’m just going to have to not visit certain sites and stop looking up HP news. Grrr. But what that guy wrote, I think, is utterly rediculous and goes against previous statements made by Jo! So :-P ~ ~ ~ ~ on that moron. And further more, I was Pagan long before I read a Harry Potter book! So double :-P ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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Jo’s quote: “Please remember that allegations of ‘leaks’ concerning deaths in ‘Half-Blood Prince’ are very easy to make. Any comment I make on such rumours would be a spoiler, so I’ll just repeat: keep those barrels of salt handy”.

Change HBP for DH :-P

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that is so fake come on

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Well… it’s nice to see that “spoilers” still come in the time-honored fashion of 1.no spelling 2.no grammar 3.no sense.

Honestly? I’d at least prove my theories with an original quote if I had access to the manuscript. This guy’s a total idiot.

laughs

Fanatics of the world, unite! /sarcasm

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Nonsens, has nothing to do with the context, out of character.

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Leaky shouldn’t even be posting these stories. All you’ve achieved is make more people go look for this spoiler which in turn will be sent on to more people.

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You know what? If I just saw the message alone, I probably wouldn’t believe any of it. What really scares me that the spoiler is true is the comments from those publishers!!!

I mean, if it’s really fake, they could have refused it out right!

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Don’t SPOIL the fun for all the HP fans by putting spoilers in the commentary (after DH is released). Those hackers are crazy and are annoying the HP fans, don’t read any spoilers if you are a real HP fan!

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I think the crappy “Sopranos” ending might make people nervous that this “hacked” ending could be the real thing. Think about it this way, the past few seasons of “Sopranos” were crap leading to a crap ending. The past few HP books? Beyond awesome! In JK I trust. I don’t for one minute believe she’d serve us a crap ending. There are tons of plausible fanfics out there, but there’s only one real ending. Arthur Levine and Mary Grand Pre’ both said it was well done. That’s good enough for me. -B

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JUST DON’T READ IT. They’re not forcing you guys to read it, are they. If it’s fake, then why would you bother? And if it’s real you’ll just feel sorry about it later. Just ignore the crab.

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Mind, I really don’t care if I end up spoiled, but that bit of slime was the most rediculous thing I’ve ever read. The man that wrote that seemingly followed more of a star wars plot if you ask me. Draco Malfoy start making Horcruxes.. ....HA.. sure, where did he learn it oh brilliant fake ending writer? Plus he has yet to do anything so stupid as to warrent needing them.

If anything else, I’d say that Harry will live just because the entire world is SO sure she’ll kill him off.

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Ah man! I am Jonesing for a HP fix so bad I’m starting to get jumpy like Quirrell. I’m not sure I can hold out another month. Come on JKR, can’t ya give me just a little taste? You know, to take the edge off!

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I’m absolutely sure what it’s the bulls*. (Sorry, but I can’t put another name to this stupid rumour.) I think this news is from the same source what the rumour about Harry’s heroic death in Book 7 from. It’s just desinformation.

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I just read what the ‘spoilers’ are. They certainly could be true, but from my eyes they aren’t, they look REALLY fake. Don’t believe what the net tells you, wait for the book, like me!

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When I was at Phoenix Rising some random guy working at a gas station told me the first 80 pages were online. I told him there’s no way in hell that’s true and quickly left, hoping to God I was right.

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I hate when these “hackers” call themselves “hackers.” The original definition of a hacker is someone who modifies and “hacks” technology for themselves to the greatest LEGAL and MORAL extent possible, with a NON-MALICIOUS intent. Someone who illegally breaks into other computers is called a cracker.

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Guys, the info he posted is ABSOLUTE CRAP. Trust me, it’s just some poor idiot looking for attention. It was actually funny reading the “spoilers.” If you’re a true Harry Potter reader you will see the stupidity.

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I went to that site, but found nothing. Any pointers to where I can get to that spoler?

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~I HAVE THE COPY~

I recieved “my copy” of DH months ago from a friend.I’ve only read the first 3 chapters and it was pretty interesting.The dementors in Godrig’s Hollow….but I’ve quit cause I think it’s a hoax.It’s so not J.K.Rowling at all….hope it’s not the real copy of DH cause then the hole HP series are lame.

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I will not be checking out any rumors on the internet. I may not go on the internet at all 1 week prior to the book, and I don’t plan to even turn on the TV or radio until after I’m done. Of course I’m planning on finishing by 7/22.

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It might be planned. Some days before the release of HBP, the major spoiler “Snape kills Dumbledore” came out: at that time, on her site, JKR wrote to be unhappy about the attempt to ruin the reading: still, at the same time, she didn’t denied completely. As well as Scholastic/Bloomsbury did with this present spoiler. Now, very unlikely the great machine behind theese books can fail to keep such secrets: it sounds like something make it indirectly revealed. Which is good to me, really appreciated. Editors know that us millions of fans cannot wait to read this book. Nobody and nothing can keep us far from this book. Now, considering the origin of HP as a book for kids, it will be really disappointing to leave young HP fans deeply sad and sobbing. They might want all readers prepared to deeply touching losses. This is my feeling. On the other side, I keep the strong hope inside me that spoiler will be revealed to be rubbish only.

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I read some of it, and I have to say it made me laugh. Some of that stuff is not what Jo would write, like NO chance what-so-ever.

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It might be planned. Some days before the release of HBP, the major spoiler “Snape kills Dumbledore” came out: at that time, on her site JKR wrote to be unhappy about the attempt to ruin the reading: still, at the same time, she didn’t denied completely. As well as Scholastic/Bloomsbury with this present spoiler did. Now, very unlikely the great machine behind theese books can fail to keep such secrets: it sounds like someone made it indirectly revealed. Which is good to me, really appreciated. Editors know that us millions of fans cannot wait to read this book. Nobody and nothing can keep us far from this book. Now, considering the origin of HP as a book for kids, it will be really disappointing to leave young HP fans deeply sad and sobbing. They might want all readers prepared to deeply touching losses. This is my feeling. On the other side, I keep the strong hope inside me that spoiler will be revealed to be rubbish only.

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OK, well, you all pretty ridiculous. I mean, come on! J.K> Rowling practicially ENDORSED Leaky on not Spoiling. Going on a one-month HIatus of Leaky just because you “may” get spoiled (even though you know its not true becuase Leaky PROMISED they WOULDNT post anything…) is ridicuolus. Just don’t go on comments…there is where you might get spoiled (even though its unlikely).

By saying that you are not trusting Leaky, you’re being ridiculously over-cautious. Just go on Leaky… SOOO unnecessary.

SOME OF YOU ARE ACTUALLY LEAVING THE INTERNET!! Yoiu’re much more suspectiblke watching the news! Just go on the internet, where would you get spoiled there…pop-ups? People aren’t gonna waste money on that.

For Harry Potter News, go to Leaky. Muglenet Too…They won’t do anything. They’re fans just like us and the know how we feel about it. Go on other websites, too. Don’t be so paranoid, nothing’s gonna happen. \

Believe it or not, the world ISNT out to get you. I swear.

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If I worked at Bloomsbury or Scholastic and had the access to do it I would definately incorporate a fake version of the book into the database and leave it open for hacking/cracking. I bet any number of fanfic writers would volunteer their work for such a purpose.

Just sayin’

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Personally, I think Bloomsbury isn’t denying it because then all rumours will get the same treatment. Then if something that is actually real leaks out, Bloomsbury will just do the same thing and we will still be guessing, and we can treat it as a rumour and not ‘OMG could this be it?’

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This is the first I’ve heard of this! I’ve tried searching for the spoiler and haven’t found it. I admit..curiosity is getting the best of me. I want to read it for myself and decide if I think it’s a load of hogwash!

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I’m not even gonna look. I don’t know what this person is trying to do, but I think it’s mostly just a ploy to get more hits for whatever that site is. Or, it could be someone who despises J.K. Rowling and the whole Harry Potter franchise, and who wants to flush it all down the toilet, so to speak. In any case, DON’T GO TO THAT PAGE. The less that people go there and read it, the less the hype will be, and eventually, this person will probably take the “spoilers” off of that site. Or the administrator will. Because, even though they’re getting quite a few hits from the hype of the “spoilers,” that site is also getting a bad rep with a couple thousand people all around the world. If you spoil something as big as Harry Potter, YOU SHOULD DIE.

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I fully understand why Bloomsbury and Scholastic will not state flatly that this is a hoax. If they flatly deny all hoaxes and someone actually posts a real spoiler, the publishers’ refusal to comment would stand out like a sore thumb. They’re much safer to simply say “no comment” about any and all spoilers.

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I can’t believe I actually spent time looking this up. It’s not even an actual segment from the book. It’s some idiot saying this happens, this happens, then these people get killed, then someone makes a horcrux for fun. Please. Don’t even bother. What a waste of time.

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I read it and I’m happy to say it’s complete bull.

What troubles me is that almost every major news company reported on it (Fox are idiots anyway, but why is CNN biting?), is it really such a slow news day?

Now every dumb—- who says he/she knows the ending of book 7 will get full media coverage.

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I read it and I don’t know how anyone can belive such a load of made up crap. Its not even creative.

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I read it and I’m happy to say it’s complete bull.

What troubles me is that almost every major news company reported on it (Fox are idiots anyway, but why is CNN biting?), is it really such a slow news day?

Now every dumb—- who says he/she knows the ending of book 7 will get full media coverage.

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Folks, this is a hoax. If you read the “hacker post” and then read everything you know about Book 7, including the story behind the dragon on one of the covers issued by Bloomsbury, then you know that the probability of events transpiring as this hoaxer describes them is utter rubbish. Put your thinking caps on.

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I bet bloomsbury and scholastic can’t say a definitive “yes” or “no” as to whether or not it’s real, because if (God forbid) a real one comes out they certainly can’t say that it is indeed the book! This way people can still doubt each supposed “spoiler,” whether or not it’s real.

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Why editors do not deny rumors/oaxes? 1 – They cannot lie 2 – Denying is a spoiler in itself! Consider this simple math about deaths predictions. We have say a dozen main characters, of which 2 or more may die (JKR says so). There are then 50-60 possible pairs. If only 2 die, 1 pair is ‘correct’; if more die, more pairs are ‘correct’. If 30 different hoaxes are spread naming different pairs that die, the probability that one is right (out of pure crude guess) is 70% or more; and if editors start to deny the wrong ones, they have also to confirm the right one. Even if none of them is right, the denial of so many possible pairs narrows considerably the field! and now, THAT would be a spoiler. So, I approve the policy of not commenting.

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Just a couple of things:

Yes there are a bunch of people who have access to the book but look at walmart their people are signing a contract not to tell any spoilers. I work for a trucking company that delivered the last book in the US and let me tell you as a company they were very strict on everything to do with those books. they come in on pallets that are black swrinked wrapped with no big signs that say happy potter. although I have to say I was drooling over the pallets. the only way anyone could get a hold of the book early would be to hyjack a semi and good luck with that. I doubt the publishers would let anything happen to the book. It is just too important to them and the readers.

this spoiler is not only a joke but as boring as he/she says about harry potter. I’m with everyone else, it doesn’t matter how many spoilers are out there(correct or not) it won’t ruin the read for me. I’ll be on couch, with a Pepsi and munchies and won’t move for 12 hours. I can’t wait to see if I am right about RAB and where the real necklace is :)

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THIS IS GREAT PUBLICITY FOR HP7, BUT DON’T BOTHER READING IT!! YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME!! (AND DOWNLOAD LIMIT)

Good Publicity stunt. Either Gabriel is very smart or very stupid -

smart if it was an intentional ploy to get everyone talking about HP7, or an intentional ploy to get millions of Potter fans to log onto Insecure.org (more likely)

stupid if it was an attempt to decrease interest/sales/readers of HP or to spoil the book.

Personally i think it was a way to get millions of readers to log onto a website. we all did it (admit it – you read it too!)

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Yeah.. i just saw this covered on my local news just 30 seconds ago. They made it sound like it was for real….

I wish the local news stations would do their homework and quit spreading false information around the world.

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I’ve read it as well and I don’t believe a single word of it.

A lot of it doesn’t seem to make sense nor does it feel right. The whole plot structure of that ending seems childish. It’s not even that well put-together in that writing style of J.K. Rowling.

It’s a fake.

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No matter what we say about the “hacker” or his “spoiler”, we cannot change the fact that the book has already been written and that anything is possible, whether it’s the entire spoiler, part of it, other characters in their places, or none of it true.

We will just have to wait and see for ourselves when the book comes out.

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can you email me this copy dark-harry

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Its a huge load. I am sure its total nonsense and just some guys way of getting hits on their site. I don’t buy it at all.

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In all honesty, this might be the biggest book of the decade. Do you think a publishing company would leave something like that on a computer? Not only would it be on a computer not hooked up to the internet, but the file would be encrypted and they would name it something stupid like “Barney Goes To Camp” and it would be password protected with a PIN and everything. The whole nine yards to keep this book under maximum security lock and key.

Also, this Gabriel guy is beginning to sound a lot like Laura Mallory. Gabriel has probably a)Never read the books b)Thinks that the fandom is stupid for reading the books and c)Thinks he can pull a fast one on us because he thinks we are stupid.

I read those spoilers and I can safely say that they are a good read if you want a laugh. And the last bit really pulled it together to make it the lamest excuse for DH that I have ever heard of in my life. His writing resembled that of a first grader and his knowledge of the books was even lower on the scale. Leaky and Mugglenet are so great for not posting spoilers in this time, and we all appreciate it. Take far more than a grain of salt with this spoiler.

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I am so not going to read it. I love surprises. Why ruin it for everyone else even if you dont believe it reading it only tells this hacker it was okay E

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Bloomsbury or Scholastic should make a statement!

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Someone posted a comment on ONTD with the deaths of characters. I’m pretty certain they were just making stuff up, but now there’s this fear inside me that it’s true. Someone calm me down and tell me it’s not true. Though, I’m now not going on LJ anymore until July 22.

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Hayley, what is ONTD?

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well, the point why this stupid hacker wanna do is to draw attention and try to let us down, wanna make us feel boring and or, whatever he said, when we read the book. I just want to say, no one can affect me or do anything to made me feel bored when i read HP, only HP can affect me, affect my emotion. To stop this kind of stupid behaviour, the only way is to stop reading, as what he said, the so called “ending” of our favourite book. Even when the newspaper posted the news, i didn’t read that in detailed (but another put who will “die” as the caption, couldn’t help reading it) THIS is the most riddiculous thing i have ever read. Don’t read that, and this kind of rubbish will never be found in our trash again.

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@Rolling, are you okay?

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Hayley, I saw that ‘spoiler’ too and am freaked out. But reading the comments here I am going to believe that it is fake.

Rolling, STFU that one is definitely a fake.

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HOAX! i didnt read it but scrolled to the bottom of the post to read the part about the pope. if any of you went to the link that he posted there, it was a (completely untrue) anti-muslim article. if this guy had any brains, he would know that it was anti-islam (muslim is the follower, islam is the religon.) he is just an ultra-christian who thinks harry potter is going against his beliefs and wants to stop people from reading it. oh and to the author “gabriel” was real cute. the messenger of god coming to tell us that harry potter is evil.

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I read the whole thing and majority of it is just talking about why they felt the need to post something that that to spoil our anticipation. However, what they say to be the ending however probable is highly unlikly and I figure any book this anticipated and long awaited and worth this much to the publishing company, cause I mean how many book series make it to seven and still have the readers dying to keep reading, will not be put on the computer accessible to the outside world. If the people at Bloomsbury make a living out of publishing and let something like that happen they would quickly be scolded by the HP fan base. It just doesn’t seem like it could be stolen or hacked into, let alone the ending the person says is just to passe for all of this.

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All you people who think information like this wouldn’t be stored on a computer are living in a fantasy land. FAR MORE sensitive information with real world implications (medical records, financial data, credit card numbers and other personal data) is stored on computers by governmental and corporate servers. These entities are constantly having to fight efforts of hackers to access this information but even with their resources, access is sometimes obtained.

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What I find particularly annoying about this hoax is that it was reported and passed around by Reuters News Service to lots of other papers throughout the world - without checking on its veracity. The result? This jerk got exactly what he was looking for - lots of publicity for his “ant-Neo-Paganist” campaign. Thanks, Reuters, for being the consummate journalistic professionals you are and for giving this idiot his 3 minutes of fame.

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I read this as well. And let me just say I found it to be a load of——er. well a bunch of stuff implying (not believeable)

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ABSOLUTELY LAME. I will eat the sorting hat if any of it is near true. One commenter said that it looks like a 10 year old wrote it. I would disagree, I think a 10 year old could write something better. I read it and immediately thought what udder garbage and how un-JKR. It looks like some poser wanting his 15 minutes of fame.

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Marianne, ONTD stands for Oh No They Didn’t!, and it is a celebrity gossip community on LJ.

blah, After coming on here, I too agree that it is fake. To me, that person just picked the three biggest characters. Though, I’m now swearing off LJ and comments on here and MuggleNet.

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in my opinion its just another theory, i do wonder is this Gabril person right in the head. for me personally its not the ending that is important in the Harry potter books but the world that it creates. Iv read the books so many times that iv lost count and its not the ending or the advents that i love but its the world. so for me this is simply another flash in the pan.

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I read it, oh pleaseee is totally fake!

I can’t believe anything that doesn’t give a qoute from JK herself or the book.

And the end is totally stupid and… stupid

Don’t believe in Hoaxes my friends.

Love

Fufichi

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I read it. I find the spoiler to be a possible-but not probable-ending. Anyway, I’m glad I read it because now I won’t be tempted to skip to the end like I did with HBP.

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I read it. It’s a crock. Suffice it to say that some of it is just not consistent with the HP world.

Like (this is so stupid it can’t be considered a spoiler!!!) the “hacker’s” reference to a character making horcruxes for profit—please, how is that possible? A wizard has to make his own horcrux, and it wouldn’t be useful to anyone else! Who’s the seller? Who’s the consumer? Ridiculous! So that example alone demonstrates that it’s a bunch of hooey.

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I read it, and all I could think was “Is this it? This is what the big deal’s about?” That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in my life… It was laughable really. I have absolutely no worries that DH will go down anything like that. (My 8 year old could do a better ending than that…so could my 2 year old for that matter…) -B

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The post was posted to a mailing list on one of the bigger security vulnerability sites. The site itself doesn’t require the extra traffic generated by this, so it’s unlikely to be to generate traffic.

At the end of the day, only 3 groups of people know if he’s telling the truth – ‘Gabriel’, JK Rowling and people at Bloomsbury.

As for the data being stored on a PC, of course it is! It’s probably on some central fileserver, nice and accessible to hundreds of employees and in the inboxes and outboxes of various employees. If you read the poast by ‘Gabriel’ then he says it was the age old send someone an email with a link to a site, which then allows him access to the computer. So it IS possible that he did get access to it.

As for the other fakes floating around, probably fanfiction – it’s happened with all the other previous releases.

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After reading the news, I really did think it was authentic. But after reading the first paragraph, I knew it was unreal. The ending is poor. But, the “book” does have some good theories. I’m also glad that Leaky included this piece of news on their website finally, since this had been doing the rounds on other sites and local papers. :) less than a month!

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oops: there was ANOTHER spoiler floating around and i was talking about THAT. the digital e-book… called the deathly gallows

this one is such s*. truly. gabriel is just some bored person who wanted to create a media frenzy.

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I dob’t believe it. Draco making a horcux come on. Not going to happen. This is so stupid.

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If this ‘Gabriel’ did obtain a digital copy, wouldn’t they put the actually chapter on the internet, rather than writing down their own summary of it?

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I just happened to google Deathly Hallows a couple of hours after the first news reports came out about this… You know what they say about curiousity, I had to read it; couldn’t help myself.

I think it’s unfair to say that people who read spoilers aren’t real fans, we’re just human. I honestly don’t think this one is the least bit true, but even if it was it wouldn’t bother me; I’m still going to dress up like a wizard on July 21 and wait outside of Target to get my copy. Yes Target, because there’s never much of a line. Spoilers are a little bit like cheesecake though, you can’t resist them at the time but half a cheesecake later you’re feeling a bit ill and worrying about your thighs… Being spoiled isn’t nice, but some of us just can’t help ourselves; though we feel guilty afterwards.

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TLC, your title is completely misleading. No body knows for sure it’s not a hoax. I mean, Bloomsbury declining comment makes the whole thing sound serious. I have to say, that when reading your title I thought it was safe to see those fake spoilers, and I did read the first line but then realized it might be risky and stopped right away. My DH might already has been spioled. JK… put an end to this!

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I think its clear why Bloomsbury wont comment. If they say this is “not what happens” you will know that at least some of the characters that he claims dies will survive, and that too will ruin the experience. So the best thing they could do is not to comment! Its fake. its no way he could have hacked it. But when the books are shipped you can BET someone will know the ending and spoil it for us so stay away from any other site than this one! and mugglenet I guess ;)

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Oh geez…

I read some of it a while back by accident, and I’ve been extremely worried that it might be true.. I knew about the horcrux part from a comment on LJ. But if the actual entry on the site states that a character makes them for ‘profit’, that completely doesn’t fit in with the physics of creating one in the HP world. I guess I’m feeling a bit relieved now that something about that article can be disproven. I’ll sleep a bit better tonight. Thanks. _

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I am so mad at Mugglenet right now…Leaky is the ONLY site I will be visiting in the next few days. Basically, they posted a newspost with an interview of Dan, Rupert, and Emma, without warning that there was a spoiler—a certain person in the interview talked about the hacking in a lot of detail and revealed something huge. So don’t read the Telegraph interview with the trio, people! There’s a major spoiler in there, and although I doubt it is real…don’t risk it.

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I am so mad at Mugglenet right now…Leaky is the ONLY site I will be visiting in the next few days. Basically, they posted a newspost with an interview of Dan, Rupert, and Emma, without warning that there was a spoiler—a certain person in the interview talked about the hacking in a lot of detail and revealed something huge. So don’t read the Telegraph interview with the trio, people! There’s a major spoiler in there, and although I doubt it is real,don’t risk it.

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I really hope it is a hoax and not the real ending because I read an article on the hacker and his claims that actually listed what spoilers he let out and I was furious! I won’t express my opinion about what he revealed, but I’m really hoping that isn’t the real ending. I want it to be a surprise and shame on these bloggers who are promoting the spoilers he faked/found and spreading them further!

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We always need to ignore religious extremism like this, even if it is pseudo-Catholic! Gabriel wants to spoil HP7 for fans because he thinks his religious leader (the Pope) considers Harry Potter is leading our youth astray. A valid opinion, just don’t shove it down my throat. Live and let live. Isn’t that where we’re having most of the world’s problems right now? Back off buddy, and let us enjoy this FICTIONAL denouement, is it really hurting anyone?????

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