how spoiled am I?

caution–this post contains spoilers for Harry Potter 6–if you haven’t read it yet, you might want to stop here

I know that the release of the final Harry Potter book isn’t happening for almost another four months. But earlier this week, I came to the unhappy realization that we are going to be out of the country when that release happens. Not just out of the country, but in a place where English is not the primary language. So I ask you, how will I be able to avoid finding out what happens? Will I have to endure a media blackout for the entire time we’re out of the country?

When the Half-Blood Prince came out, I had pre-ordered it from Powells. I didn’t actually get the book for a few days–they mailed it the day it was released. I stopped reading any blog that even gave a hint that the author was reading Harry Potter. I avoided all newspaper articles, tv shows, other internet sites, everything.

And while I was in the middle of the book, I read a blog. A blog that had nothing to do with books, or children, or anything even remotely Harry Potter-related. It was the blog of a St*rbucks barista (now defunct). And in the middle of the entry, the writer wrote (utterly randomly) something along the lines of “I just want to go stand outside the Today Show and hold up a sign that says ‘Snape killed Dumbledore!'”

I was utterly crushed.

That’s why I’m sitting here, four months before my vacation, trying to figure out what the closest English-language bookstore is to the place that we will be staying. Sigh…


March 29, 2007. books for grown-ups, books for kids.


  1. Suzanne replied:

    I feel your pain — how awful it must have been to find out that sad news ahead of time! I don’t have any advice about reading the book yet maintaining the media blackout while you’re away, but I wish you luck. I will be applying your strategy on avoiding spoilers this summer for sure.

  2. Kimberly replied:


    Could I Fed Ex it to you? Amazon is better than Powells in that they had the courier services working overtime that Saturday; I think I had mine by about 9 am.

    And I’m serious. If you have it sent to me, I’ll Fed Ex it to you.

  3. Carrie replied:

    I would be sooooo upset if I got spoiled like that. I promise my blog is always a spoil free place. I have no idea how to get hte book to you, but it sounds like Kimberly has a plan.

  4. Jay replied:

    I think it’s awfully cute how worked upthe whole harry potter set get about these things.
    I hope you find a compromise, someway, somehow…

  5. alala replied:

    Well, where will you be? If you’re going to be anywhere around here, I’ll pre-order a second copy and (try to) get it to you on the 21st. I’m sure others in your extensive network of international fans can make a similar offer.

  6. Anjali replied:

    Wow. That’s terrible. Of course, I’m arranging a trip to Disneyworld around the Harry Potter book release. How sad is that?

  7. guerson replied:

    that’s awful! I think you should take Kimberly’s offer, if you are going to stay wherever you’ll be vacationing for a while… I can’t wait!!!

  8. Jens Of Sweden replied:

    haha man you got fucked XD

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