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What's the BIG deal with Harry Potter

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I don't understand.... what's the big deal with Harry Potter! Spoilers, leaks, lawsuits... If you've been keeping up with the news, Harry Potter author JK Rowling said today she was 'staggered' by the publication of US reviews of the final book in the best-selling series, after a tight embargo was broken and books leaked.

A review in the New York Times revealed that at least half a dozen characters die in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - though it does not say which - and praises the work as a “monumental, spellbinding epic”.

Publishers tried to minimise the seep of plot information before publication at 0001 on Saturday in Britain (09:01 Saturday AEST) and most countries around the world by imposing a strict embargo.

The review, written from a copy of the book bought in a shop in New York City today, describes the final pages of Harry Potter as “a big-screen, heart-racing, bone-chilling confrontation”.

The row comes days after photographs of what purported to be pages from the final Harry Potter book appeared online.

Bloomsbury has refused to confirm or deny whether the extracts were genuine.

In a further twist to the tale, Scholastic, which is publishing the book in the US, has said it will sue some of its distributors who sent out copies of the book to hundreds of readers before the deadline.

I am not a fan... but c'mon, it's just a book!

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