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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.

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  • http://poplife.biz/?p=153 PopLife

    Personally, I enjoy the excitement and friendship that occurs around the release of a new Harry Potter mystery. And, this “Gabriel” spoiler dude will not steal my joy. His statement about reading the new book–“We make this spoiler to make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring”–indicates to me that “Gabriel” doesn’t get it…..

  • joester

    I ran across what I think is/was a spoiler file that had the Deathly Hallows title a while back.
    Being a Rowling fan and owning all the books so far, I couldn’t resist the temptation to download it. I read the first couple chapters, and it just felt wrong. I”m not sure whether it was the fact that it was a “leaked” copy or what, but it seemed as though the author was struggling to make a story. The flawless unfolding of the story that is so present in the Potter series just wasn’t there. I figured it was someones attempt to write their own. Maybe this was the “Gabriel” version? I deleted it and have pre-purchased my copy. Can’t wait now…

  • http://blogcritics.org/ Phillip Winn

    Such ire! Such accusations! Whether or not “Gabriel” is telling the truth, I don’t know. The technique is well-known, and plausible, and of debatable legality (it depend on the jurisdiction).

    More to the point — it’s just a book! Someone’s gonna die, or not. There will be a battle royale. It’ll be fun. And it’ll be fun the second time you read it, too, even though you’ll know everything that’s going to happen. Good books can be read and reread. Don’t worry about it.

  • Coyote Lovely

    Amen.

    Speak out against Spoilers.

    I do want to say this though – even if I had personally read the last three chapters of the book, I’m STILL Excited about reading the book itself. JK Rowling is a paragon of modern writing. Anyone who doesn’t believe me – consider this, she’s brought back reading as a trend. That’s not all that easy to do.

    And I completely agree with your assessment of this so called “Gabriel” He’s a pitiful human being, with clearly, no sense of humor. Speaking AS a witch – I’ve never been able to Cruciartis anyone (though I’ve wanted to). Nor have I ever been able to fly a broomstick to work (but with gas prices, if I could figure that one out – I think we’d see a rise in Paganism.)

    He’s a sad, sad man. With no heart.

  • Hans

    It is just a book

  • http://viewpointjournal.com David Flanagan

    Very true that I’m expressing some ire over this, but I believe I’m justified. This phenomenon of spoilers is perfectly named.

    Spoilers are, by definition, negative. People often distribute them against the wishes of those who have gone to great expense and effort to create the book, or movie, or show.

    And spoilers ruin people’s enjoyment of things. Imagine how boring or frightening life would be most of the time if we always knew what was coming in life? What makes life so interesting, or at least endurable, is the fact that we don’t know what is coming.

    Spoilers tell us what is coming and that just sucks all the fun, the adventure, and the pure joy right out of things.

    Thanks,

    David

  • http://www.harry-potter-forums.co.uk/board/ LittleT

    If you take a look at ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ that’s book number 5 of the Harry Potter series written by J.K.Rowling, you will notice that ‘Gabrielle’ has just done a most brilliant and wonderful thing for the Potter world.

    It’s what ‘dedicated fans’ might call, ‘An Umbridge Manoeuvre.’
    [quote]
    For reference – the following quote is taken from a British Child Hard Back – First Edition. Chapter 26 ‘Seen and Unforeseen, Page 512-513. by J.K.Rowling

    BY ORDER OF THE HIGH INQUISITOR OF HOGWARTS
    Any student found in possession of the magazine
    The Quibbler will be expelled.

    The above is in accordance with Educational Decree
    Number Twenty-seven.

    Signed: Dolores Umbridge, High Inquisitor

    For some reason, every time Hermione caught sight of one of these signs she beamed with pleasure.
    ‘What exactly are you so happy about?’ Harry asked her.
    ‘Oh, Harry, don’t you see?’ Hermione breathed. ‘If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!’
    [/quote]
    So, what I’m trying to say is this …
    If ‘Gabrielle’ could have done one thing to make people want to read the book and find out the true ending, it was trying to divert attention away by giving a false one. By trying to make out that the Harry Potter Series is boring, all ‘Gabrielle’ has really managed to do is make it all the more interesting. I wonder how many new fans there are out there, just because of a claim to know the ending!!!

    Thanks. Coz now we’re all going to want to prove you, ‘Gabrielle,’ wrong.

  • http://meh eta

    Wow, cutting arguments there Clarence. I think someone needs to pull their underpants up, stop crying, and go home already. It’s really obscene that so many people have lost their shit about such a mediocre children’s series. Yes, I have read all the books. No, I was not impressed at all. The fact that you care so much about the ending shows how poor an experience these books are. For instance, if someone told me about the ending to Thunk by Terry Pratchett, I’d simply shrug and read it anyway. It’s not about the ending, it’s about the ride.

  • Eva

    Eta, it isn’t about the fact that you think it was a poor series.

    Also, Rowling seems to have stated, if my memory serves me correctly, that she never meant for it to be predominantly a childrens series.

    The fact is that what this guy did was a crime if it is a true spoiler. If he is found he will be punished and, I hope, a great deal for stealing the work of a dedicated writer.

    Think you fool. Attempt to write something that took that much time and effort put into it. She worked over her writing for years only, at the end of it all, the final, monumental moment for her characters, to be stolen and splayed out for all to see?

    The fact that people are so up in arms about it isn’t an example of poor experience, my friend. It shows that this woman’s writing has affected them and is something that they greatly enjoyed. If you didn’t like the books then fine, get over it. Don’t attack those who did and tell them your opinion that it was “mediocre” like it’s a fact. Seems to me that someone just needs to clean the sand out for you hun.

    If someone ruined the ending to your favorite series and you didn’t care then congratulations; you obviously didn’t like it as much as you claimed to.

    Looking forward to the seventh book.

  • http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.harry-potter/browse_thread/thread/aa25070e7c0959f8/9a04b6779b5a0c2f HARRY POTTER PSYOP

    The Harry Potter hoax, or manipulating the mass media for fun and for profit.

    Harry Potter book has not been stolen.
    It is an homebrew experiment of a well known military tactic named Psychological Operation (PSYOP), applied to Information Warfare.

    In less than 48 hours a fake news has realized 200 newspaper publication (including BBC, CNN, REUTERS), 10.000+ blogs, many TV reportage, from the India to Southamerica.

    PSYOPs can be summarized as: the creation of fake information, a partial description or censorship applied to mass media.

    PSYOPs are widely used by non-democratic governments in different countries around the world and by big political-economical lobbies in western countries.

    Our goal was to provide to the world citizen a proof of the vulnerability of today information society and let them think seriously about that.

  • http://paullevinson.blogspot.com Paul Levinson

    Good post. An ironic side-effect of the intensification of literacy attendant to Harry Potter is the spectre of spoilers – usually rearing their heads in movie and tv-lands … in a sense, it’s a back-handed compliment to Harry’s success… Harry Potter and the Refutation of Literacy

  • Tony Seeley

    I actually think it’s sad that someone would publish a spoiler solely to deter people from buying and enjoying the book.

    The irony is of course that the real pleasure of reading J.K. Rowling’s work is the story itself and the journey you experience as you read the book.

    In truth (for me personally anyway) the fun and enjoyment is not at the end of the book but getting there.

    As I believe most fans of Harry Potter feel the same I suspect Gabriel has achieved nothing (assuming the spoiler is true of course). I will definitely still purchase the book and suspect I will read it more than once; once for me and then again for my children.

  • http://viewpointjournal.com David Flanagan

    Psyop,

    You’ll need to explain to us how Gabriel’s claim that he stole a copy of “Deathly Hallows” and the media’s reporting of this claim shows the vulnerability of the information age.

    Yes, the claim certainly provoked a lot of response from the media and the Blogospere, but you could take this “rapid response” by the media to show its robustness rather than its vulnerability. Dan Rather and some of his staffers made false claims about Presidfent Bush’s National Guard service and it ruined their careers.

    I would submit that, if you think this incident truly does point to weakness in the media, that you’re not thinking deep enough. And my point regarding the nature of spoilers of any kind still stands.

    Thanks,

    David

  • cary

    eva! you are my favorite person. i wanted to say the same thing!

  • http://viewpointjournal.com David Flanagan

    Eva,

    I agree with Cary. Excellent points. I think Rowling’s reaction to the spoiler craze, where people think that somehow it’s their God-given right to be able to review everything before it becomes a movie, a show, or a book is just plain weird.

    If you like something — or think you might — you pay for it. If you don’t, then move on and find something you will enjoy. But why waste time trying to know everything in advance? And why would you then try to spoil things for everyone else?

    I’ve waited quite a long time for the final book to come out and I have no intention of reading anything that might be a spoiler. Noone is going to ruin the experience of the final book for me.

    And, as I said in the article above, those who want to spoil this kind of experience for themselves and anyone else who will listen; well, they’re just losers.

  • Starla

    David, Cary, and Eva,
    You are all so right. I love you guys!

  • haha

    Dear my brothers,

    Voldemort killed Hermione. Yes, that’s true. And we knew that 2 days ago.

    This is the end of the not yet published (someone could call that 0day) book

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .

    At the end of the story Hagrid was killed by Snape in the attempt of ambush Hermione and Ron.
    Ron and Hermione flees in privet drive but Voldermort, surprising them, engaged a magical duel with Ron and Hermione.

    Voldemort attacked trough the imperius curse and Hermione, to protect the life of Ron fight hardly for more than 6 pages and then finally die.
    (boring, very boring… it’s always the same story!)

    Then, to make a long story short, Harry came up, killed all the bad guys and Hogwarts against became a good place to stay and have fun.

    Ah, i missed one important information about Draco Malfoy, he started to create Horcrux (for fun and profit!).
    The end.

  • Eva

    I skipped over your summary as soon as I saw, “…Voldemort killed…”

    Honestly, are you really so bored and unintelligent as to try to spoil something for people who have already said that they are going to read the book regardless of if they read the spoilers or not?

    If this is about your petty religion then, please, get over it. You want witchcraft? Look to your own holy book; the only difference in it is that you call it miracles because it’s from someone you consider holy.

    I honestly hope that the moments of your life you wasted copying and pasting that every place that you could was worth it my friend.

    If you are the same person who has been splashing this all over the news, I highly doubt it, then congratulations. As soon as you are found, and your religious backside will be found, you will find yourself in jail for a good long time. Consider that a “blessing” when they could have turned you over to all of the fans that you angered.

    If you are just a random person that has nothing better to do than think, “lol! Let’s go ruin some geek’s day by slapping the ending to the last, unpublished book of their favorite series on their discussion about it!” then, congratulations on wasting part of your life needlessly on being a large douche cannon.

    My advice? Find something relatively useful to do with your meager existance. Perhaps post something useful. Go out for a walk. Get a job. Kiss a baby. I don’t care.

    I’m sorry my friend but you are just too foolish to be here in these here interwebs…

  • http://www.gmi-mr.com Danny

    I found this interesting: a survey on Harry Potter readers found that only 1/3 of them think Harry will survive the Deathly Hallows! A quarter of readers said they would seek the spoilers that have cropped up everywhere, which is kind of a shame that avid fans would ruin the ending for themselves. But I guess people don’t think it’s really the ending: Almost half said they think Rowling will write MORE Potter books. We can only hope!

    Check out the survey results

  • john smith

    i know this is like half a year late but i love how they call people a loser its like perfect cause its so true