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July 17th, 2007


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12:13 am - Harry Potter and the Deathly Spoilers
If I recall correctly, as they say on the Internets, I was first introduced to the Harry Potter series in the summer of 2000 by a girl named Felicia, girlfriend of my roommate for the summer. I got hooked on the series just in time for Goblet of Fire to come out, which is around the time that it was becoming uberpopular (although I don't really remember why I read them in the first place; I don't think it was something like "This is what all the cool kids are reading"...I think word-of-mouth was just picking up around that time, and friends were recommending the books to other friends because they were good). I don't know what was going on with the first three books when they were released, how under the radar they may have been. All of this is to say that I have been a Harry Potter fan for seven years.

The release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince carries with it both the lovely memory of the release party Friday night and the asstacular memory of waking up Saturday morning to a giant fucking spoiler in my diary. While I intend to repeat the former, I have no intention of repeating the latter.

Someone photographed the pages of the book. Spoilers are out there already, and trolls are already spoiling people silly (please click that link to learn how to keep them away from you).

lyras put together an awesome guide to avoiding spoilers, and, again, I suggest you take a look if you are afraid. To that list, I add: Remove "harry potter" from your interests, as it makes you an obvious target for trolls.

One of her tips is going into effect right now, unfortunately: I am temporarily restricting comments to friends-only. No offense to readers I don't have friended, but it's safety first. After I finish the book this weekend, feel free to go wild, but I will be on the lookout for trolls; I don't want other people spoiled in my journal.

This should go without saying, but as it's in vogue to make statements such as this:

DO NOT SPOIL ME OR I WILL AVADA KEDAVRA YOUR FUCKING ASS.

Cut-tags are your friend, not that I will be checking LJ until I finish the book. Respect your fellow reader, is all. This is very important for a lot of people. It's the end of a long, long story, and I want to experience the story fresh.

And because I just assume everyone and their dog reads Harry Potter:

Poll #1022872 The Muggle Test

Are you a Harry Potter fan?

Yes
116(89.2%)
No
14(10.8%)

Current Mood: scaredparanoid
Current Music: Harry and the Potters - The Wrath of Hermione

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From:cerulgalactus
Date:July 17th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
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I'm exactly the same. I have at least a dozen sites that I usually hit up put on my block list for the week, just in case. I have also edited my default reading list to remove those who I suspect would put up the spoiler/s (one who I thought would, put a link to it, and told us as such - then put after it that he would kill anyone who mentioned it, mainly because his girl is a huge Potter fan).
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From:ste_noni
Date:July 17th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Yet another reason living in PR sucks...Amazon is shipping the book regular mail, instead of whatever special thing they are doing in the US.

I suppose there might be a book available at a regular bookstore...perhaps I should look. Anyway, I'm totally excited to read the new book. Thankfully, much of my HP fanishness is not on the Internet, so hopefully I will not be spoiled.
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From:tamarai
Date:July 17th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I plan to be a fan someday, but I started out woefully behind and just kept getting behinder...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Well, there's no time like the present.
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From:daynr
Date:July 17th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm bitter bitter BITTER that I can't open HP7 until Wednesday night, but since I'm off work from Thursday-Thursday I've decided to just avoid the interwebs and news. Hopefully that'll help me study at least.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Study study, you! Why can't you open it until Wednesday?
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From:soleta_nf
Date:July 17th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I just may do a poll today asking for people committed to not posting spoilers to vote, and I'll just read them for the next few days. I have one person on my flist who's posted spoilers behind a cut - yay for the cut, but the cut text said he was reluctantly cutting since friends had asked him to, which kind of pissed me off - like he would have spoiled me right then if a couple of his friends hadn't specifically asked. Nice.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Reluctantly? God, how assy.
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From:gymble
Date:July 17th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Gah. I hate people. That said, I think I might be putting some of those suggestions into practice.

The best bet is to probably stay off the internet entirely until reading the book, but then I'll feel like I have to rush through it. I hate this. It's much easier to avoid spoilers for movies and shows.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's totally irritating. I'm afraid of, like, getting random e-mail spam with spoilers in the title or something. I'll be going totally offline on Saturday until I'm done. I hope I can take my time enough to appreciate it without feeling rushed.

My poll amuses me. I sort of assumed it'd be somewhat of a landslide, but it's funny to actually see it. Everyone and their dog really DOES read Harry Potter.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:July 17th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Looks like I'm in good company with shashi_kel, trailer_spot, afrocurl, schnappycat, and tamarai.

Maybe I should have disabled non-friend comments the week before the VM finale, but at least I noticed what that fucker was trying to do before I got spoiled.
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From:shpyum
Date:July 17th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Dude, I'm pissed bc I feel like the Order of the Phoenix movie spoiled me for the last book in ways I wsn't really prepared for. I will be pretty much internets-free for a few days, I think.

I too would LOVE to savor the last book, but. .. probably Ill read it real quick, then go through and reread the last three slowly (since I didn't make time to reread the last two this time, as I usually do).
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From:mcfeste
Date:July 17th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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The release of GoF was the first time I'd even heard of Harry Potter. I still didn't start reading them until over a year later at the insistence of a friend of mine who's something of a children's literature expert, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Thanks for the suggestions. I figured I'm not famous enough for random anon assholes to drop in on my journal to spoil me, and I don't really belong to any HP communities -- but I hadn't thought of listing "harry potter" as an interest leaving me wide open, so I'll be removing that right away, just in case.

For now I just hope I'm able to get through the book without some random media source spoiling me, since I won't be able to lock myself away the entire time -- my flight to California leaves on Saturday night at 6:50, so I have no choice but to be around people before I've finished reading. Gah.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Dude, fucking watch out for the news coverage airing at the gates. Shut your ears! Wear headphones! CBS News has apparently promised not to spoil who dies on the evening news, but who knows if CNN will have such restraint.
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From:punzerel
Date:July 17th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Aw, we're both Avada Kedavara-ing people! Anyways, yes, spoilers are evil. :( One person on my flist consistently posts Heroes spoilers without any warning right after the show airs for her and it makes me so mad. :/ I'm considering filtering her out of my flist regular read, though.

I started reading HP in grade 8 and I met my then-best friend (and through her a still-best friend) because of a discussion about it with an English teacher. I guess that was about 1999? Then I got my whole family into it and now 6/7ths of my family loves HP a lot. Yay. We've had line-ups for new-book-reading established like a year before each new book comes out, starting with 4 (although my brother ruined my last chance to be #1 by deciding to pre-order the book himself, knocking me down to 2).
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From:tarfrimmer
Date:July 17th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Crap. People are already spoiling the book?! I was going to cut myself off from the internet a couple of days before release. Guess I have to start a little sooner than that. I don't want to be held responsible for my actions if I'm accidentally spoiled by someone.

I started reading them right after GoF came out, so I've been a fan ever since then, too. I've already scheduled Monday and Tuesday off next week, just to give myself plenty of room to finish the book. No internet, no TV, no radio or human contact this weekend. I'm seriously paranoid about being spoiled for this one. More so than anything I can think of, in the past.

Guess I'm off to hide now...
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From:magnolia888
Date:July 17th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I don't know how to answer your poll. I am a fan of the HP movies, but I haven't read the books. I bought them for my nephew though.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. You're an odd one! You really need to read the books. Come on now.
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From:catatonia00
Date:July 17th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I started out with the books and read up to POA. Then the movies came and I watched, but never became a dedicated follower. I just caught OOTP last weekend and enjoyed it but I'm still very casual about the whole HP phenomenon. I vow to never spoil though.
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From:latropita
Date:July 17th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
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How are there spoilers already?! LAME, humanity.

I'm going to a midnight release party and I still want to construct something like Ted's earphone set from HIMYM, when he was trying to avoid hearing about the Superbowl. I don't think it would fly at work, though.
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From:shpyum
Date:July 18th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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Oh man, what did he call that thing? The sensory deprivation 5000, or something?

I wonder if I could hide one under a demontor's hood? (What? I'm not too old to dress up for Harry Potter. If I remember correctly, I started reading just before PoA came out, so I've earned some dorkiness.)

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