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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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If you ask me, Harry wins way too much, and alot of it is someone else, but Harry gets the credit. Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, Luna, Tonks, Padfoot (r.i.p.), Lupin, and alot of other people came with him to the Ministry, but who was the one who got all the credit? Harry of course! Either the backup crew needs to get the credit it deserves or Harry can fight his own battles, but something has to be changed.
And has anyone else noticed that in just about every book, save Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore shows up in the end, just in the nick of time to help Harry win? Somethings going to change, its been the same for too long. Harry is going to . I can feel it.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 26, 2007 6:10 PM

im sure JKR had her reasons for not releasing it on 7/07/07 and as convincing as this aritcle may be i really dont think thats the reason and it couldnt have less to do with it, and if im not mistaken, the date she chose july 21 was the anniversary of the 1st book or something else but it was the anniversary of something that made her choose this, and she could have chosen july 31 harrys birthday-again, she didnt, so dont get all worried and start mourning now over hary's , he might , but this doesnt really give you a guaranteed answer-its not written in stone. JKR actually wrote the last chapter some time long ago and she made changed here and there so im thinking pretty good chance he lives...if not, im with you all, i might never read another book again:(

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, CA on February 26, 2007 7:50 PM

Actually, I love the publishing date they've picked, as it's the exact ten year anniversary of the publication of the first book.

Posted by Samantha from Long Island, New York on February 26, 2007 8:16 PM

Well... that's fine, but as far as I can tell, July 21, 2007 is NOT exactly the 10 year anniversary, although it's close. The Bloomsbury site says the hardcover edition of Philospher's Stone was published in June 1997, and lists the publication date as 26 June, 1997. So, it's close to 10 years, but not exact.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on February 26, 2007 8:27 PM

The events at the end of book 6 take place around the time the 1st book was published.

Posted by Ellen from Pasadena CA on March 1, 2007 01:29 AM

I know one thing, even if Harry did in Book 7 I would still go see the remaining movies that are still unreleased. I am a devout Potter fan, so even if Harry did , I would sill see the movies.

Posted by Justin Elliott from Stoddard, New Hampshire, USA on March 2, 2007 12:28 PM

I don't think the realease date of ly Haloows has anything to do with Warner Brothers (The makers of the movies) knowing anything about the plot of the book. But one of the reasons that the book is not being released on 7/7/07 is because major books are always released on Fridays, and 7/7/07 is not a Friday. Also, releasing on 7/7/07 would be too close to the release of the movie, only 5 days. This would be a bad marketing strategy for the movie because most people would be busy reading the book if it was released on 7/7/07/ Also, 7/21/07 is not that bad of a release date, if you think about it, becasue 7+7+7=21!

Posted by Erin from Atlanta, Georgia on March 3, 2007 2:55 PM

Ellen, are you suggesting there may be a link between 21 July and something that happens in Book 7 (excuse me if I'm being thick) like maybe some kind of Epilogue set 10 years later! That would be cool.
Now can someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I read that the book is going to be released in all English speaking countries on their date of 21 July at 00:01.... which means, as a kiwi, I'll have it in my hot little hands close to 24hrs before someone from say California?
Does that sound right?

Posted by Cassandra from New Zealand on March 5, 2007 7:05 PM

Cassandra: Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the book be released at Midnight local time in the UK and the US, and everywhere else in the world at the exact moment of Midnight in the UK. So, basically, everyone in the world gets the book HOURS before I do, on the West Coast of California!:(

By the way, while everyone should know that Beyond Hogwarts go on for many years after Book 7 is released, discussing the story's ending ramifications and doubtless many unanswered questions, there WILL be a posting moratorium on Beyond Hogwarts for the entire weekend, to prevent spoilers, but mainly because the moderators be busy reading!:-)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 5, 2007 7:58 PM

Dave, you'll have your book 2 hours before I get mine!

Posted by Hoku from Oahu, Hawaii on March 5, 2007 11:20 PM


I don't know what the publication date of book 1 and the date of events at the end of Book 6 means. I just noticed it the other day and wanted to point it out because it seemed like an interesting "coincidence." I was hoping that someone else had an idea about its significance (if any were intended). Mulling over what you said about the link between the pub date of book 1 and events in book 7, I wonder if JR would consciously plan this link--as gifted at plotting she is. If she did, like you say, it would be cool...way cool! BTW I'm new to all of this having just gotten into Harry Potter on Christmas Day 2006. I do remember reading somewhere that JR said that there is a loose connection with what is happening in the real world and the story. For instance Dumbledore defeats the evil wizard in 1945 which seems to correspond to the end of WWII. Then there's that fascinating chapter about the prime ministers at the begining of HBP. Too bad there's not a wizard working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

I can't ever remember being in the thrall of such suspense before. In this respect, I'm glad to be a latecomer to the scene.

Posted by Ellen from Pasadena CA on March 6, 2007 01:28 AM

Dave, you're right. Just double checked and it's released 00:01 BST in all English speaking countries except US.
Bummer for the US though...

Posted by Cassandra from New Zealand on March 6, 2007 2:47 PM

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