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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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Josh, thank you for that marvelous poem...I think all of us can relate to Harry in some way for another, which is one of the aspects of the bok that make it so enjoyable for others...I, like many, have literally grown up with Harry Potter, my mom and dad started reading the first book to me while I was in 1st grade, after that, I started reading the series on my own. No matter what, I never forget these books. However corny it may sound, J.K. Rowling's books helped me devolop a wonderful imagination, which I now use to write my own stories. THANK YOU, JK ROWLING!

Posted by Marie from brooklyn, new york on July 9, 2007 12:10 PM


Thats brilliant. When Iam reading Harry Potter books, I thought I was the one who reacted strangely. I myself imagined to be a student of Hogwarts and how good it was. I consumed more time to recover from the feelings the book made. But after reading your poem, I am sure that I was not the one to have such feelings. Its really fantastic.

Posted by Kalaiselvi from Vellore, India on July 9, 2007 7:02 PM

In my humble opinion, Warner did not want to take the risk of losing aunce because some favourite characters s in Book 7. I do not only mean Harry but Snape, for example. If I was in charge of deciding the release date of the movie, I would never take the risk. You do not know how it end, the expectations are high and you buy everything that is related to Harry in the last week. That is good publicity. Even if the film was bad (critics say it is the best), it would sell brilliantly. I do not thing the book would distract any fans from watching the movie. All the fans have watched it by 21st I am sure of that. It is all business!

And one more thing: have faith in Rowling. Harry Potter cannot . Think what effect it would make on children. She is a mother and a teacher.

Posted by Ors from Hungary on July 10, 2007 03:11 AM

I think the timing of the book is simple: The movie studio didn't want all the Harry Potter fans to 1) be home reading book 7 instead of buying tickets to HP movie 5, and 2) that movie 5 ends up being a warm-up of sorts, rather than a let down after you know any ending (happy or not).

Posted by Bonnie from Seattle on July 10, 2007 4:38 PM

I don't think we should worry about the order in which they come out. Does it really matter? If the book comes out before the movie it might put some people off watching the movie. The Harry Potter seris is still going to get alot of publicity because they are coming out around the same time instead of having 6 months in between.

Posted by Tuggy from Australia on July 11, 2007 11:23 PM

Well, Harry Potter is indeed a fictional character, but to loyal fans like myself, he is very real; especially now that their is a face to him. We all know that J.K. is going to at least two characters, but I am almost positive that it not be the main characters. Here's my theory on it all.

There are seven horcruxes, I believe that Harry is the seventh. It all come down to the final battle between Potter and Voldemort. Voldemort be disabled for a time and Snape, yes the supposed evil Professor, enforce upon Harry how powerful he is. Voldemort arise from his submissive state and tell Harry he is, in fact, a horcrux; saying that Harry would need to if he wanted Voldemort .

When Voldemort realizes what he has just said, he pauses. Snape intervenes explaining to Harry that there is a way to get rid of Voldemort without self-sacrifice: a way to get rid of his scar.

Posted by Morgan from Avon, IN on July 12, 2007 9:10 PM

Think of it this way

I havent re-read a HP book since early this year. Seeing the film as a preview yesterday rekindled my love in the books. I rushed out of the cinema (even though the film wasn't UNBELIEVABLY good) and pre booked it in the adjacent book store.

THAT is why the film came out first. Book lovers EVERYWHERE who saw that movie wanted to have the book almost straight after. I know I did.

Posted by James from Dublin. ireland on July 13, 2007 5:27 PM

that is really suspicious, a little too much so, but harry potter is like insanely huge and Rowling has been really careful not to let anything slip out before hand. absolutely not spoilers, won't even send the book to be translated before it's released, so i don't see how they could know.

Posted by Raven on July 13, 2007 8:34 PM

Personally I think that the only reason the book is coming out when it is is because it's the second longest book in the series and is also the most in demand thus they have to print millions or even billions of copies to be released on the same day and that requires a hell of a lot of time. Besides if Harry s does that mean Voldemort s?

Posted by Hannah from Moraga, California on July 13, 2007 11:53 PM

i think the release date was changed because the book wouldn't be ready 7/7/07 (sadly). i dont think it means anything suspicious... but thats only part of me. the other half thinks that it does mean something bad happen. i have no idea which one is right though. i hope its the first one.

Posted by sheyanne from honolulu, hawaii on July 14, 2007 1:11 PM

the reason they released the movie first is because when everyone gets the book friday, they stay in all weekend reading the book. why would u go see the movie when u could be reading what happens next? if they release the movie first, it gets people anticipating the book out to see the movie, and builds hype for the book, which make more money anyways.

Posted by nate from minnesota, mn on July 16, 2007 08:05 AM

i don't think that people would stop going to the movies if JK ed harry off. you watch movies for your entertainment! why else do you watch movies? and if you were really depressed about harrys , like im sure i would be, then watching the movies sort of keep him alive for us dont you think?

Posted by jessica from denmark on July 16, 2007 9:52 PM

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