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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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Although most authors probably have no say over the date their books are released, I think JKR carries a bit more weight. The publishing company actually announced the release date at the British stock exchange and got a bump in their stock price. Considering how much she means to the publisher Iím sure they would do everything they could to keep her happy so if 7-7-07 was important to her they would probably oblige. Of course maybe the date was just not that important to her and combined with what Elena noted about the anniversary of the bombings she agreed to move it. Hurry up summer!

Posted by Bart from Denver, Colorado on February 2, 2007 4:03 PM

I must admit, not being from the UK, and living in Los Angeles as I do, I did not/do not associate the date 7/7 with that event. I apologize if it has made me appear insensitive, that was never my intention. After all, we've been talking about the dream of Book 7 on 7/7/07 for more than a year now, and to my knowledge no one ever remarked about this before.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on February 2, 2007 4:05 PM

I feel sick at the very thought of Harry not making it through alive!

It is a fair point that the book release date may have been altered because of the bombings. I too thought 7-7-07 was destined to be the date.

With the 7th book, the 7th year, the 7 Horcruxes, 7 Weasley siblings, and so on.

I actually don't like the idea of watching the films if I know Harry is destined for permanent residence in the graveyard. As odd as it sounds it taints the films with sadness when you watch them if you know he is doomed.

If a main character is going to I would plump for Hagrid and Snape ( cry if Snape meets his maker!) But, my husband was watching a King Arthur film last night and I suddenly could see how easy it would be for Ron to fall at the last!

Posted by Orlando from England on February 2, 2007 4:14 PM

Dave

As a resident of the UK I would say your posting was not insensitive at all.

I live in the country and I didn't even think of the date until it was pointed out on here. It would be a strong reason though for the book release being put back as I think people involved in the bombings would be devastated if the anniversary of those events were overshadowed by Harry Potter mania.

Posted by Orlando from England on February 2, 2007 5:00 PM

It clearly was rescheduled because of the 7/7 anniversary of the London transport bombings. Things like that should be remembered without the distraction of a book launch taking front page headlines.

Posted by Beo from Tulsa, OK on February 2, 2007 7:54 PM

The movie and book enjoy a wonderful public relations synergy due to the proximity of their release dates, However, the excitement over the movie may suffer if the book comes out first, no matter how the book ends. Have you ever submitted to the temptation of skipping to the end of a great mystery story? When you go back to read the skipped chapters, the high level of tension is destroyed. Thus, seeing the fifth chapter of a seven-chapter story after reading the last chapter spoil your enjoyment of the fifth chapter, and the overall story. It is much more logical for the publishers and movie distributors to allow the movie to be shown first.

Hurray for Rowling, the book publishers and movie distributors! Whether through accident or design, they have decided on a thoroughly rational strategy, independent of the content and quality of the movie and book.

Posted by Jay Winokur from Yorba Linda, CA on February 2, 2007 10:37 PM

Look, if I was a movie executive, I would not want the 5th movie coming out a week after the 7th book was released. The reason? It's simple.

I would not want people spending time reading the 7th book when instead they could go to see the 5th movie! People pay attention to the "top movie" of the week. I would want the 5th movie to be the top movie of the week. If too many were reading book #7 instead, the movie's initial aunce would be smaller. And that would be BAD NEWS for the movie studio.

It doesn't matter whether Harry or anyone else s (or comes back to life) in book #7. What does matter is making money for the movie company and that is EXACTLY what they are going to do.

Posted by Jay from Oregon on February 2, 2007 10:53 PM

maybe the date 21/7/07 itself be important? i would still see the films even if harry d just i still see the films even though dumbledore d. Maybe the film people are just worried that so many people would be queueing up for the book that they wouldn't have enough time to see the film.

Posted by Caroline from Scotland on February 3, 2007 04:20 AM

I don't think that the moviemakers know what happen in the end of book 7. But I do Know that whatever happens, if Harry s or not, I keep on seeing the films and I keep on reading the books. Because the beauty of books and movies is that the caracters always keep on living.

Posted by Anita from Oosterwolde, Netherlands on February 3, 2007 04:52 AM

I dont think the three main characters , when asked who Rowling would invite to a dinner party she said she would invite Harry, Ron and Hermione then said she wasn't sure if she could invite people who have d...
I think one of the Weasley twins s, (its more tragic if just one of them s as they get separated) and possibly Lupin as logically he seems to be next in the line of Harry's mentors.
I dont think Neville is going to kick the bucket, because Rowling said that someone we wont expect is going to teach at Hogwarts, so i think Longbottom is going to teach herbology.

Posted by Ivor from Edinburgh on February 3, 2007 10:07 AM

I do not agree with this particular article,for the following reason. Initially Warner Brothers said that the movie would be released sometime in november, owing to the fact that the movie grossed more money worldwide during this time of year, less than a week after making this announcement, they made another announcement,saying that the 5th movie in the Harry Potter series would be released july 13th.

I think it is more important for Warner Brothers to be apart of the Harry Potter Mania (huge profits) that take place this summer than to get free publicity.

And since JK Rowling recieves royalities from the movies it is very likely that she gave WB the release date, but very doubtful that she would give away the plot of the 7th book.

JK Rowling is known to do unexpected little twist to make her avid readers think, I think she enjoys this and lets face it,it is part of the reason why we love her and the Harry Potter series so much.

As I'am one of the people that believes the dumbledore that d is not Albus Dumbledore, I agree with David on almost everything except this article.

Posted by Carlene Lee from Chicago, Illinois on February 3, 2007 2:07 PM

I think the people who have to translate the books know how the story ends. Because certain puns and stuff like that have to be correctly translated. Plus, lets not forget that little bit of Dumbledore trying to protect Malfoy by faking his piece in the American HP6... I think that'll be of some importance too.

Posted by Mike from Drachten, the Netherlands on February 3, 2007 2:36 PM

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