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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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I have absolutely no clue why the release has been set to this date and I actually feel there is no relevance either way. I may be a bit naive there...
Ever since I read the second book, I've been of the opinion that Harry has to . I believe he overcome Voldemort (the prophecy does state that to survive one has to ) but I think he he in the attempt and AFTER Voldemort. There has to be balance. Voldemort is absolute evil and Harry is absolute good and while they both live there is balance so I don't see how one can live while the other s. I suspect we haven't been given the prophecy in it's entirety. All of the characters have their flaws but Harry (despite internal conflicts) has none and is ing to sacrifice everything, including love, to overcome Voldemort. Voldemort has that same single-mindedness in his actions. I believe there be balance and harmony in the wizarding community but only if Harry overcomes Voldemort and is immortalized. I think JK Rowling thinks too much of Harry's followers (us) to pander to the 'happy ending' mentality. We all want it but as she has proven in the past, she credits her readers with intelligence. Harry's readers have grown up along side Harry and I feel she thinks we would be able to accept a real ending as opposed to the fairytale ending. Having said that, my own private wish is that Harry and Ginny get married, have fat babies together and very, very old and happy.

Posted by Maureen from Sydney, Australia on May 7, 2007 05:36 AM

I don't really mind the choices of dates for the movie and seventh book, but I do think that it be a crazy Harry Potter summer! For me, seeing the fifth movie only feed the excitement for the seventh book.

Posted by Meredith from Washington DC on May 8, 2007 11:33 AM

I heard rumours that one of the horcruxes of Voldemort is in Harry Potter, maybe the scar. But i am not sure about that. The thing is, JKR wont Harry in seventh book. According to the prophecy one survive the of the other. So surely Voldemort must as he is a er. Then the movie has to come first, as like me many other fans imagine the characters in the book as in the movie, like Harry as Daniel, etc. I think the two main characters who are going to in seventh book are Voldemort and snape (maybe).

Posted by Kalaiselvi from Chennai, Tamil Nadu on May 9, 2007 6:35 PM

Well i dont know if anyone has said this already, but JKR has said that the release date is later because she didnt want to rush the writing or editing. After all, we do want the last Harry Potter to be nothing short of perfect?which im sure it be

i am convinced harry not . he just cant

Posted by Catherine from Belfast on May 11, 2007 12:11 PM

the whole thing about harry and affecting the movie; well i have 2 things to say 'bout it. First off, i think that those who are truly devoted to harry and JK would go and see the movies regardless of the ending of DH. Secondly, I personally do not think harry for 2 reasons. First, if JK s harry, she eliminates the option to add a 8th book. (though she has no plans to do so, she said she never say never, but said she never write a side series). Secondly, in a quote made by her, she was asked if she could pick 5 of her character to invite to dinner who would they be? she responded by saying something to the extent of "Harry, ron and hermione" but then hesitated for the final two because she didn't know wheter she was permitted to invite people. Do you pick up on the clue there?

Posted by nikki from maine on May 18, 2007 6:40 PM

I am very pleased with the release dates because the movie is released on my sisters birthday and the book on my birthday!

Posted by Mark from n.ireland on May 20, 2007 1:30 PM

nikki - Yes, she hesitated to include people, but keep in mind she said that right after the release of Half-Blood Prince, and was "still deciding" whether or not to Harry. Her hesitation may have simply been she wanted to include characters that d before or up to that book (Sirius or Albus, for instance.) I want Harry to live; I hope he lives. But I�m prepared for him to .

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on May 21, 2007 5:18 PM

personaly, I think the book coming out first is a good thing. Think about it; they both be ready around that time, and both want to be as soon as posible, so the releases be near each other, but if the book was first, the number of 'Potter fans' seeing the movies be, even slightly, decreased, because how many of you 'Potter fans' out there put down the the last book to go to the movies for a few hours? I know I wouldn't. but if the movie comes out first, the 'Potter fans', me included, all be 'Potter-ed up' because of the immenate final book of the series release, ( I'm all ready begining to 'Potter up'), and I think that would make us even more likely to see the movie (prehaps multiple times). Also, I, for one make sure that I finish all my reading before the book comes out, so I have lots of free time.

Posted by Devlin on May 26, 2007 3:47 PM

Very nicely put. I could not agree more; but I would like to point out that the movie comes out on Friday the 13th: all fair-weather Sirius Black fans (fans who only watch the movies and don't read the books) are in for a rude awakening once they see their favorite character get ed.
I don't think this is sufficient enough information to base a theory off of. Personally, I agree with Monkeeshrines: she could easily have been talking about a number of people... and she said "am i allowed to invite people?" Well, Harry isn't yet. He doesn't count, because the book hasn't come out yet. And to add to the list, there is also James, Lily, Amelia Bones, Emmeline Vance, Igor Karkaroff, and any of the Hogwarts ghosts. Do you make any connections throughout those names? I'll give you a hint: they were all by the end of HBP. All the fans knew they were . JKR knew they were . Harry might not have been ed yet.
Personally, I'm leaning towards Harry's . It is the only way she end any ripped off spin off series-es of Harry Potter: no Harry, no rip offs.

I'm going to be having major mood swings throughout the movie when I go to see it. I'm going to be so excited, because OotP is my favorite book so far (tied with HBP of course), but then I'll be in floods, because Sirius Black is my favorite character. Then I'll be excited, then I'll be in floods, then I'll be excited...

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on May 27, 2007 2:14 PM

I know! I really wanted it to come out on 7/7/07. I think Harry is going to , but like you said, I really hope he doesn't.

Posted by Lauren on May 28, 2007 7:24 PM

I have to say that i be very upset if Harry s... But it WILL NOT affect whether or not i watch the rest of the movies. I like to read books then watch the movies based on the books just to see if it's anything like i imagined while reading.

Posted by taryn from Easton, Pennsylvania on May 28, 2007 11:05 PM

even if harry s people want to see the cute-ish Daniel radcliff. but the last 2 books (if harry s) have really sad events, with the of dumbledore, people may not want to see it, as seeing it in your head isnt as bad, because you can control the image more.

Posted by damien darkness from gateshead on May 31, 2007 1:22 PM

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