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:
Are you a Harry Potter fan?