It seems the world has slipped into an anxious wait for the seventh, and hopefully final, book in the Potter series – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’ve visited a few blogs today which have voiced an opinion on something Potter related. However, two of my regular haunts talked about two things I’d like to comment on here.
No, there are no spoilers to be found in this post…in case you’re wondering.
Alan Baxter asked if there should be more Harry Potter books. His opinion is quoted below:
The best stories are those that do end and leave us wanting more, rather than giving us so much that we become bored and wander off to look out the window.
I agree whole heartedly with this statement. We don’t need to know any more. We don’t need to read about how the story began, ie the prequel, because we already know and we don’t need spin offs telling us the inside story from other character’s point of view or what happens to them afterwards, ie Hermione & Ron.
Whilst I love the Harry Potter stories, I do believe that J K Rowling should listen to her gut and stop at Book 7, as she always planned. However, I think Rowling’s agent and publisher will urge her to write more. They will only be hearing the sound of cash registers collecting more money for them. They will not be thinking of what’s best for the series and that’s why I truly hope that Rowling is strong enough to say no.
The other comment was made by Struggling Writer who asked:
What are the chances I’ll be able to read this book without having the ending spoiled?
This is something I’ve asked myself too. I think the chances are slim, but there’s no harm in hoping that people will be nice enough to clearly mark posts in forums, groups, blogs and websites with a spoiler notice.
Some people plan to read Book 7 before the end of the weekend (the book is due to be released on Saturday, 21 July 2007). Even if I got my copy of the book on that day, there’s no way I’d be able to finish it within a week. I read too slow. It’s more likely that I’ll still be reading the book in August and I, like everyone else, would like to find out for myself what happens to Harry and his friends. I don’t want other people telling me before then.
My plan of attack is to NOT read anything that is marked with any keyword that leads me to believe it (meaning posts, websites, emails) might be a spoiler. It was because of a “leak” on Book 6 that I disabled signatures on my message board – it’s difficult to ignore one sentence that tells all and is in bold; it’s also very nasty and selfish. I was furious when this happened and I let the person know it too. If you read the book and write a review, that’s fine, but please tell the reader there will be spoilers long before you give anything away.
There is only four days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out. Do you have a copy reserved? If not, will you attempt to buy it on the day anyway? Or, will you be hiding under a rock until the world settles down again?