July 17th, 2007


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:


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?