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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 think the movie coming out before the final book isnt due to Harry's . Although that may or not happen. I think the movie cost much more to produce than the book, and the movie studio is concerned that many fans would still be either reading, or re-reading 7 that they wouldnt flock in droves to the movie's opening weekend. Also we are all sitting here on pins and needles for that darn book, we are looking for anything any tidbit to tide us over, and the movie is guaranteed huge success if your appetite is whetted with movie 5, rather than book 7 first.

Posted by landshark from Socorro, NM on June 17, 2007 02:12 AM

I agree with landshark completely. Most younger teenagers would not be finished with the book by the time the movie came out and personally I would rather give the series a major publicity boost with the movie before the book because it inspire people to go out and read the next books, because they cant wait for the next movie, especially with a of a major character in the new movie, and i would rather see the books go down as history for being the best fiction novels ever, rather than the movies go down in history because the movies are not as good as the books, and for the sake of young minds everywhere, they deserve to get the whole story and not just what is in the movies.

Posted by Damian from STL MO on June 18, 2007 3:12 PM

I personnally would watch HP and re read all the books even if Harry does . I think the HP series are very beautifully written, to matter how depressing the story gets, and if JK manages to make the main hero in a way that feels "right" (you know what I mean, like sacrificing himself to Vol?), I can't possibly imagine somebody starting to boycott everything Harry Potter.
I mean, in some cases, a happily ever after is inevitable, but does it have to happen everytime?

Posted by Ekat on June 22, 2007 08:29 AM

I do not think you have to worry so much about the release date. I severely doubt it could ever be as significant as you think. Doesn't it make sense to release such important things in chronological order? I say this for three reasons:
Reason 1 - If you are re-reading and re-watching the movies, isn't it so convenient that you can read/watch up to the fifth book, then watch the movie, then read book six and then book seven? Doesn't it just make sense that way?
Reason 2 - ly Hallows is the last book. It's very final, and I personally would think it a bit cheap to have the very last book and then have to go back in time to watch HP 5.
Reason 3 - Releasing the movie first creates more hype, more money.

Posted by Jennna from QLD, Aus on June 27, 2007 05:23 AM

I'm not sure that the release date has much to do with it. Although, it would make sense to release the movie first and make a profit from it just in case the ending of the seventh book isn't how most fans would like it to be. Which would probably mean that less people would want to see the next two. (In short saying, make a profit now while you still can in case the next two movies don't match their viewer's expectations, therefore making the next two less popular in the theaters and at the box office which would be losing them money.)

Since no matter what ending JK chooses there's bound to be some disappointed fans, my suggestion/solution for her would be to write an alternate ending or maybe even two. They can put each alternate ending on the disk and as an additional chapter at the end of the book and fans can pick which one they like best. That way, everyone's happy. And continue to watch the last two movies. And as for those few who still aren't happy with the endings, I'm sure they'll be able to think something up (seeing as they probably have an imagination if they're Harry Potter fans) they can post theirs on the site and compare theirs with others.
Personally, no matter what ending she chooses I�m most likely going to see it in the theaters. I can only hope that the main characters she plans on ing are: Voldemort, Pettigrew, or Bellitrix. They are, or atleast be, main characters by the end of the seventh book I think and I hope those are the ones to which she was reffering to, although I doubt it. I agree with most people that JK won�t end the book with how �Good always Prevail over Evil� or a �Happily Ever After�. Even though most of the characters like Harry, deserve it. It�s too easy for an author like her. She might add a twist or leave us wondering though. Like she does with each book, by writing something that we wouldn�t expect to happen.

Posted by Heather from Charlevoix, MI on July 2, 2007 12:46 AM

Even if harry s that wouldn't stop people from seeing the movies... and besides too many people don't even read the books.

Posted by zentam from New Jersey on July 3, 2007 09:09 AM

I think it would have been cool for the book to have been released on Harry's birthday: 07/31/2007.

Posted by Jennifer Terry from Columbus, Ohio USA on July 4, 2007 1:28 PM

I would definitely see the other Harry Potter movies! It doesn't matter if Harry does ... I mean it would be devastating, but that doesn't mean we should just give up on the movies does it?! If they don't make anymore movies after the 7th book comes out, what all the people who don't have time to read the books do? They would have no idea what happened to Harry. I absolutely LOVE the series, and once I finish the last book I know I be very upset, but I would still have the other movies to look forward too! And I would LOVE to see how Daniel Radcliffe looks like for the last movie! I can't wait to see the new movie!

Posted by Sara Alam from Celebration,Florida on July 4, 2007 3:30 PM

The Live 8 concert is being held on this date, so obviously they don't want Harry Potter to outshine the event. Too bad.

Posted by Katrine from Oslo, Norway on July 7, 2007 04:07 AM

Sorry to say, but I think you are going a bit far with this. If you look in the rumors section of J.K. Rowling's official site, she denied this, saying she and the editors just needed more time. I mean, really, if J.K. had really wanted that date, she probably could have had least, I think...

Posted by Samantha from Hogwarts!!!!! on July 8, 2007 4:02 PM

I don't think she's going to off Harry. If you think back on the Prophecy, "Neither can live while the other survives." This suggests to me that unless she plans to return Voldemort to full power and have the antagonist win completely, which I highly doubt, then Harry must live happily ever after.

The release date IMO doesn't say much to anything. This sort of thing happens all the time. If the film did have anything to do with it, my guess woul be that if the book came out the Saturday before the film, the film might not get as high of an opening night since some may still be reading the ly Hallows on Wednesday. I'm not expecting my copy until Monday afternoon, and though I plan to finish it that night, not everyone is a speedy reader. I wouldn't over worry, we'll find out for sure in less than 2 weeks!

Posted by Mike G from New Jersey on July 8, 2007 5:46 PM

I wrote a poem about waiting on 7/7/7. Hope you enjoy it

Urgent owl post to J.K. Rowling

On this, the seventh, as we wait
Feelings hard to articulate
Two weeks more � it doesn�t matter
Harry�s story is what we�re after.

Your Boy who Lived charmed our hearts.
He swished and flicked us from the start.
Barely has he touched our shelves,
For in him we have seen ourselves.

We took the train from nine and three quarters.
We�ve been avid Gryffindor supporters.
And in the mirror of Erised
We faced our deepest dreams and dreads.

To us the Sorting Hat confided
Where our hearts have long resided.
We�ve seen our rights and felt our wrongs
Through Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs.

Growing up with Harry, we can relate
From loneliness to friends then awkward dates.
For some of us, from broken families
What we needed most was the Weasleys.

We�ve aged together, our breath is bated
Our life, like Harry�s, complicated.
We struggle and hide but here�s the truth;
He�s been our time turner to keep our youth.

We�ve escaped our Voldemorts and Privet Drives
After six books we�re still alive.
But as we approach the final stop
We pause a moment before the drop�

We�re gathering our hopes and steeling our nerves
To find out if Voldemort gets what he deserves.
�Neither can live while the other survives�
Please let Harry live as the seventh month s!

Albus we lost, and Sirius
Surely it was real to us.
The phoenix song reverberates
Two more s, such awful weights.

At 12:01 on the 21st
We�ll hope for the best being prepared for the worst.
With books in our hands we�ll head to our beds
But not to sleep until they�ve been read.

Jo, please remember, you tread hallowed ground
Our childhood laid bare, our heart strings unwound.
We�re scared silly, we admit it, but you have our trust.
Go now, be brave, and do what you must.

One last request, we ask: please be our Patronus
And most of all thanks for the magic you�ve shown us.

Posted by Josh from Santa Clara, CA on July 8, 2007 10:46 PM

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