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July 23, 2007, Herald Journal

The Harry Potter spoilers


With a movie now out in theatres, along with a newly released seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series, the wizard is again a hot topic.

The discussion these days is whether or not Harry Potter is going to die in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Prior to the book’s release, the threat of Harry Potter spoilers loomed on the media with text allegedly being released on the Internet before the actual hardcover came to stores July 21.

People are impatiently skipping to the last page of the book to find out the anticipated finale without reading the entire book first. Some even want to ruin it for the rest of us Potter readers.

When I get ready in the morning, I listen to KS95 with Greg and Cheryl. Greg supposedly had a copy of the book and wanted to reveal the ending on air to all of his loyal listeners.

People called in urging him to read it, while others begged him not to. So they brought it to the polls.

On the talk show’s web site, listeners could vote “For crying out loud, Greg, read it . . . we’re gonna hear about it anyway!” or “Absolutely not! Why don’t you just ruin Christmas while you’re at it?”

If the first gained the majority, Greg would read the final page Friday morning. If not, he would be kind enough to let the readers find out for themselves.

Of course, I voted the latter. But as of Wednesday, the spoilers were in the lead. If Greg does read the final page, you can bet I won’t be listening.

While I enjoy reading Harry Potter, I am by no means a mad, crazy fan. I haven’t even started the fifth book, which corresponds with the newly released movie “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

But that doesn’t mean I want to know what happens to Potter before finding out for myself with my own eyes.

When it comes to reading the Potter series, I’m in no hurry to read Harry. I enjoy reading other books and never had the motivation to read all the Potter books in a row like die-hard Potter fans.

I read the books at my convenience; usually before the movie is out for rental.

That’s what motivates me. The movie release gives me a kick in the butt to read that particular book, usually just in time to go rent it from the video store.

I won’t even watch the previews for the movies because I don’t want it to spoil the 500-page (or more in some cases) book I have yet to read, before seeing the movie.

Crazy fan or not, I don’t want to be told the ending of the series by anyone other than myself.

It could take me three or more years before I actually get to the last page of the final book to find out if Potter lives or dies, but I don’t want anyone spoiling it for me. Otherwise, what’s the point for me to even read the next three books?

I can almost guess the majority of the spoilers don’t even read the Potter series. They know of it, and may have seen the movies, but were never dedicated enough or had the ambition to read the books for themselves.

It’s lazy reading! Read the book and find out for yourself, like I’m going to do, even if it may take me awhile to get there.