Reuters is reporting today that a hacker "who goes by the name 'Gabriel,' claims to have taken a digital copy of author J.K. Rowling's seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by breaking into a computer at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc." As many Potter fans are aware, the details of the final book have been carefully guarded by author J.K. Rowling and her publishers.
With the release of Deathly Hallows less than a month away, anticipation and excitement continue to grow, with fans eagerly awaiting the opportunity to finally know what happens to Harry and other lead characters from the series. Rowling fueled fans' excitement some months ago when she said that two of the main characters from the series would die in the final book.
In May, Rowling posted a message on her site stating she could see the "first distant rumblings of the weirdness that usually precedes a Harry Potter publication." Rowling asked fans who might somehow learn the details of her final book not to publish them for others to read. J.K. stated that her desire is for readers "who have, in many instances, grown up with Harry, to embark on the last adventure they will share with him without knowing where they are going."
I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. And it's quite likely the vast majority of Potter fans agree as well.
Why would anyone want the endings of both the book and this monumental series spoiled when the release of the final books is less than a month away? After years of anticipation, reading what happens in a series of posted spoilers on the Internet will almost certainly ruin the final book for you. And it could potentially ruin the series as well.
This blogger is a "hater" when it comes to spoilers, and I've spoken out against this horrible habit before. Two posts in particular, Just say NO to spoilers!, and Help! Star Trek has fallen and can't get up!, make this clear to readers.
Think about this: if Gabriel truly did hack into a computer and steal the book, then he or she has committed a serious crime. Definitely, Gabriel should be thrown in jail and Rowling's publishers should sue for damages.
The self-alleged criminal, Gabriel, is very pointed in his desire to damage Rowling and her publishers. Gabriel says unequivocally that "We make this spoiler to make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring."
This person wants to ruin your experience, and they want to damage 10 years of very hard work on the part of J.K. Rowling. Does anyone truly think J.K. began writing expecting to become a billionaire? She began writing because she had a story and characters whom she desired to bring to life.
Now Gabriel is trying to get a tiny bit of fame by damaging 10 years of hard work. This is a criminal act and, if they truly did steal a copy of Rowling's final book, Gabriel needs to be treated as the criminal he truly is.
If a copy was stolen, it is more likely Gabriel worked for the publisher rather than they were able to hack into their computers. In most cases where data in one form or another is stolen, leaks occur from the inside.
But this is a personal theory. Ultimately, we may find that loser "Gabriel" was just telling a huge lie to get some attention, or to promote a pet theory.
Regardless, I think fans everywhere need to avoid spoilers of any kind. The best reaction to people such as Gabriel is pity and contempt. Pity that they should be so immature and reckless, and contempt for their thoughtless actions. It is not "cool," or "admirable" in any way to do what loser Gabriel claims to have done.
What we can know with certainty is this; Gabriel is either a thief, a liar, or both. Any way you look at it, this person is, without a doubt, a loser. And if you read spoilers stolen illegally from Rowling, then you're a loser too.