The above photo is a page of a pirated version downloaded by a 33-year-old Vancouverite. He said he got about 60% of HP7—even though the novel isn’t supposed to be officially released until midnight Saturday.
Byron Ng said he went online and found what appeared to be the novel’s first few paragraphs mentioned in an article that appeared Sunday in The Guardian, based in the U.K. He used that information to Google and find the rest of the novel.
He found that someone had posted what appeared to be first 495 pages of the 794-page book on a peer-to-peer sharing website where directions to pirated movies and other material are located. So he downloaded it too.
“It is not an e-book or Word file, which is what people would normally do,” he said. “What some guy did was take pictures of it, 500 little files, each with a picture of a page. Someone took the trouble to do that.” (National Post)
What d’ya think? Does it look authentic to you?
As much as I’m dying to get my hands on HP7, even if this copy turns out to be the real deal, I would NEVER take it. Not trying to be noble or whatever (besides, y’all know I’m shameless :/) but we’re talking about Harry here! If it’s another book, perhaps I’d be tempted LOL. But I’ve been reading this series for years—badgered my friends to read it—reread it, listened to it for god knows how many times—that these characters are now soooo dear to my heart. Partaking into this kind of deliberate mockery/sabotage/opportunism is akin to treachery.
Those fuckers who keep leaving “spoilers” everywhere, they’re ROBBING the fans the pleasure they had waited for 10 freaking years! Not knowing what will happen (as excruciating as it is sometimes) is part of the whole HP experience. That’s what makes it more exciting, makes reading the book *much more* sweeter, that when you finally get your hands on a copy, ah... you’d feel so FUCKING HAPPY you’d kiss the cover while grinning like a high idiot.
What I’m trying to say is, I refuse to discover Harry’s fate in a cheap, secondhand way. I owe him that, at least.