Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Over the past few days I have received a boatload of emails with people offering me plot details from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as they all claimed to have found a digital copy. I first thought some sort of hoax was being played, but it turns out that old rumor claiming Deathly Hallows was hacked from Bloomsbury is true.
With every email I received I shared my joy with the person that they would now have a chance to read the book early; that is all. I understand that some of you want to give me details -- if they are in fact true -- but know that I do NOT want them. Yes, I am glad that some of you have had a chance to read the book early, but I am going to play by the rules on this one and read straight off the printed pages.
So, is a copy of the book still available online? As far as I can tell, yes.
(updated: Bloomsbury not to blame, more below)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Available as BitTorrent
Bloomsbury has been running around threatening to sue anybody who gives a direct link to The Pirate Bay website, which is supposedly hosting a BitTorrent that holds all the pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If the rumor is true, it is Bloomsbury's fault for allowing a digital copy to appear online. The initial report claimed it was their computers that were hacked for the copy.
If you really can't wait two days, I am sure you can run over to The Pirate Bay and search yourself the copy.
I won't, however, give you a direct link to the page or the website.
If you do happen to find the file, know that I am happy for you. You couldn't wait, so you read ahead; no big deal. Try to maintain some composure, however, and keep the copy and the information within it to yourself.
That's all I ask.
Update: I stand corrected! 'Joel' wrote in with the real reason copies of the book (the American version) got out...
Scholastic has recently learned that some individuals have received copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows through the mail , beginning on Tuesday, July 17th, as a result of a breach of the on-sale agreement by the distributor, Levy Home Entertainment, and shipments made by DeepDiscount.com, a customer of that distributor. We are taking immediate legal action against DeepDiscount.com and Levy Home Entertainment. The number of copies shipped is around one one-hundredth of one percent of the total U.S. copies to go on sale at 12:01 am on July 21st.
We are also making a direct appeal to the Harry Potter fans who bought their books from DeepDiscount.com and may receive copies early requesting that they keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st.
Scholastic is especially grateful to the other retailers and distributors for their careful attention to keeping the books secure until the release time and for planning thousands of spectacular midnight parties where fans will celebrate together. And we ask everyone, especially the media, to preserve the fun and excitement for fans everywhere.
The fans themselves have made it abundantly clear that they are looking forward to going to the midnight parties, receiving their very own copy of the book and finally getting to read the book they have so anxiously awaited.
[/end press release]
Also, Michiko Kakutani, an editor from the New York Times, illegally obtained a copy and wrote a review yesterday, with tons of plot details from the book. Bloomsbury sent out a press release concerning this:
Bloomsbury Publishing, originating publisher of Harry Potter, was extremely dismayed to learn last night about early sales in America of a small number of copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows prior to the UK, US and worldwide embargo time agreed with retailers, suppliers, and all third parties involved of 00.01AM British Summer Time on Saturday July 21st 2007.
We are aware of some speculation in the media that internet "spoilers" purporting to be extracts from the book have come from the few early copies sold. We confirm that this is not true as is clear from the press release of July 18th issued by Scholastic Inc, the US publisher of Harry Potter. The "spoilers" remain unauthenticated.
The release date and time embargo of 00.01AM BST on Saturday July 21st is being enforced unflinchingly and without exception by the publishers. We confirm that all Bloomsbury's customers in 93 countries worldwide are robustly supporting this embargo time to ensure secrecy for the children and adult readers of Harry Potter.
We would like to thank our customers and suppliers again for their full support given in so many different ways. We would also like to thank the worldwide media for their own observance of, and strict policing of, the embargo to preserve the secrecy of the plot for the readers of Harry Potter.
JK Rowling said at 1pm today, 'I am staggered that American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harry's final destination by themselves, in their own time. I am incredibly grateful to all those newspapers, booksellers and others who have chosen not to attempt to spoil Harry's last adventure for fans.'
Thanks for the heads up 'Joel'!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits shelves on July 21st.
For more info on the film, go to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie Page.
Stay tuned for more (Potter) updates.