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The troubling timing of Book 7

by David Haber

The official release date of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was announced yesterday. This date is troubling to me for several reasons. We were hoping that Book 7 could be released on July 7, which would have been 7/7/07. But the disappointment that we have apparently missed getting Book 7 on 7/7/07 is not the main reason I am troubled by the announcement of the book's release date.

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you guys can't complain because you'll be a couple hours late reading DH: think of us, poor inhabitants of no speaking english countries, if we're lucky we can manage to order it and have it some weeks after the DATE, if not, (worst case) we're to wait for the translation...can you believe that?

Posted by sabri from italy on March 7, 2007 07:02 AM

Oh Sabri, I do feel for you!

I'm simply going to say that I DO NOT think JK Rowling Harry in the end. Because while Harry Potter is HER baby, the story has become the World's. I know that I would personally feel a great loss. I've spent 7 years completely infatuated with everything Harry Potter. Regardless of the ending, I respect Rowling for her creative abilities, and either way I'll read (and re-read) the 7th book many times.

Posted by Monica from F-Ville, Michigan on March 7, 2007 11:05 AM

The Harry Potter books always come out on a Saturday and it would just be too much conflict that weekend.(Not like you can have too much Harry Potter.) None of that is pointing to an unhappy ending.

Posted by peter from mn on March 10, 2007 1:38 PM

I can't say for certain that Harry won't , as I haven't had a sneak peek at the manuscript. But I am beginning to think that he survive but be injured in some lasting way, perhaps even lose the ability to do magic.

I think that J.K Rowling isn't going to give us a cleanly happy ending in any event. As much as the series is fantasy, she takes some pains to make sure that it also reflects some of life's realities as well.

Posted by Scott from Champaign, IL on March 16, 2007 7:26 PM

No i don't think it has anything to do with the movie and its ending...
I think it has something realted to the plott that might be of real importance.
there has been other books were its due date has to do with the star of the plott or something... so the finishing part of the series, the last book, i really think it has to do something with its due date,
maybe the plot just finishes that day or one of the main battles...
i just don't think it has something to do with the ending of the book and how people wil react.

And about Harry ing hmmm...
when had we seen the fact that Harry survive,
Harry has always been in a "counter" circumstances since he was born, and he's still alive.

I just really hope Jo end it as it started... MARVELLOUS!

Posted by eddy from Monterrey,NL, Mexico on March 19, 2007 7:22 PM

i think that your thinking to much into it....cant it just be a coincidence that the publisher puts it out that day? none of the other release dates have any signifigance, why should this one? i dont think harry but i'll still reread the book because...the 6th book dumbledore s, but after i reread it, the writing seems so much better. we do have to give credit to the writing, not just the plot we are all so addicted to.

...the movies i'm not so sure about. plus, they might change it to make a happy ending because it seems its all we watch in movies nowadays.

Posted by JamieLynn from Rhode Island on March 20, 2007 5:11 PM

I just think it has to be pointed out, Daniel Rdacliffe said in an interview that he hopes the book comes out after the film because he'd hate to be torn away from it to have to go to premiers and such like, and then be asked
"So what do you think for the ly Hallows?"
And have to be like, "Well, actually, I haven't finished it yet."

I expect there are lots of people who would feel like this (well not the premiers part, but having to be dragged away from your book to go and see the film). I know I would.

So perhaps Warner Bros. want their potential viewers to be nice and with all the time in the world on their hands when they released the film?

Posted by Lauren Hindley from Yorkshire on March 26, 2007 1:59 PM

Ok, honestly, Harry is just a character in a book. Don't get me wrong, i enjoy them, but i can also see that he's not real. If he s in the 7th book, which i don't think he , im not going to get depressed and cry. Take it as is, JK's way of ending the series the way she wants to, on her terms. Personaly, i've always seen Hermione and Ron as more important characters to the overall story, sure everything happens because of Harry but who is always there advising, and more often than not, giving him the information he needs to survive the challage? Who's more powerfull, the king or the advisors he listens to?

Posted by Tony Miller from Cincinnati, Ohio on March 26, 2007 3:15 PM

I think if the book had been released the week before, people would be too busy reading to see the movie on opening night. Therefore causing the movie company to make less money!

Posted by Jocelyn from Pennsylvania on March 31, 2007 06:48 AM

Ivor from Edinburgh -- I think Harry live and teach 'defence against dark arts' at Hogwarts.

Posted by sylesh from Chennai on April 6, 2007 11:29 PM

I don't think that the delayed release of the means Harry . He may regardless, but that's probably not why they delayed it. Just as other people have said, since the readers would probably be engrossed in the book, they wouldn't see the movie opening weekend, hurting Warner Bros. numbers. Also, are Warner Bros., Bloomsbury, and Schoolastic connected? If not, the date change could be because of time, not the movie.

Posted by Ruth from New York on April 8, 2007 06:55 AM

I don't think the release date has anything to do with the plot of the book; simply because people still go to a movie weeks after it's been released, so at this point they still have read book 7 anyway.

I have no opinion on Harry's survival. There are too many theories floating around. Nevertheless, can't wait for the book:)

Posted by Aimee from Reading, UK on April 13, 2007 04:42 AM

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