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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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Is it just me, or are you all forgetting the prophecies near the end of Order of the Phoenix (the book, not the movie)? One of them says something like "at the solstice come a new..." and the next says "and then none come after." Those probably aren't the exact words, but its pretty close.
Now, July 21st is the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year). And Book #7 is the last book, so none come after it. That's why the book is being released on 7/21.

Posted by Dalton from Fresno, CA on July 17, 2007 8:25 PM

Now I feel like I'm mimicking Josh (page 14)... I, too, had felt inspired to write poetry while waiting; it just took me a little while. This is, I think, the first ode I've ever written, so if the 178 comments (yes, I've counted) I've posted over the past six months are not testimony to my reverence for this marvelous bit of storytelling (and this site), then this should be.

The world wait for her last tome so eager ears and eyes can roam
Those pages for the past ten years have fueled our hope, explored our fears
Of those who followed start to end the wizard's trek his mother penned
To fight beside him, our spirits lift

While some grew up and some grew young to see our hero's quest is done,
The crazies said, "Satanic book!" and off the lib'ry shelves they took.
But they have never read the word, though generation gaps were blurred
Though persecution the tale outlived

Connected as we ne'er before have been to other souls through lore
By fiber optic, film and print so to discuss a cryptic hint
Conjecture flying, tooth and nail defending lest our own prevail
So to the victor, a humbling gift

But patient waiting on seat's brim to see an ending blithe or grim
Has lent itself to hot debate o'er theories, �ships, one's love or hate
And even if he is to we lift our glasses high and cry,
"To Harry Potter, the Boy who Lived!"

I hope everyone has a good release night, whether you're going to (or hosting) a party or not! See you sometime on or around the 23rd!

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 18, 2007 7:47 PM

even daniel radcliffe has not read the next book. the movie producers don't get that benefit either. it is not co-related at all.

Posted by parry hotter from tampa bay, usa on July 19, 2007 11:56 AM

I REALLY hate the movies and wouldn't want to see another one anyways. I hope the people who make the movies read this.

Posted by Oatmeal from Chapel Hill on July 19, 2007 5:03 PM

I really don't think that the movie release date had anything to do with plot. Actually, I think that the movie being released before the book would be beneficial to the movie makers. I mean, I for one think that the movies are just terrible. My impression of the last one was like watching a really bad version of Spark Notes. I realize that 700 pages is too much to include in the movie, but they straight up skimmed through everything, without developing anything whatsoever. I would think fans would be annoyed, and non-readers...well...they just wouldn't even know what the heck went on.

But back to my point. I knew I wouldn't like the movie, but went anyways in anticipation for the upcoming book. I'm sure many others think the same way. Basically, I think the pure economics would show hype to be greater before the movie's release than after.

Posted by Wade from San Francisco, CA on July 19, 2007 5:04 PM

I think that it was not released on July 7th is that July 13 was only 6 days afterwards and a lot of people would be too busy reading to go to the movie.

Posted by He Who Must Not Be Named from Sudbury Canada on July 19, 2007 5:13 PM

Dalton - the solstice is actually June 21st, not July 21st. Sorry - it would have been a good explanation otherwise.

Posted by Jane from Sheffield on July 19, 2007 5:57 PM

It's simple. If the book came out before the movie, some kids might still be reading when the movie came out, possibly delaying them from watching the movie. A move is over in what, two and a half hours? Three if you have to stand in line. A book can last a couple of weeks if you're a slow learner.

Posted by Jim Long from Beloit, WI on July 20, 2007 01:28 AM

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