I suppose it was inevitable: copies of the final installment of the Harry Potter saga are available on eBay to buy today more than 24 hours before the official launch. As of the time of writing, the seller doesn’t appear to have sold any of his copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”: he claims to have ten in hand, and nine are listed on eBay: he’s keeping the last for himself.
Of course, one might wonder why anyone would pay fifty quid for a book that comes out tomorrow anyway: even if you pay for Special Delivery now, it’s not going to get to you before Saturday’s midnight release. And for those who are truly impatient, a pdf of (allegedly) the entire American edition is fairly easily findable on the internet anyway.
Via the BBC.
I care not for wizards or flame-haired jailbait or Scottish Character Actors with fake beards or RADA actrors “letting themselves channel” (Â© Gary Oldman) or muggles or miggles or whatever the hell they’re called..
IT’S A BLOODY BOOK!
IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM BLOODY BOOKSHOPS!
EVERY BLOODY WHERE!
EVEN BLOODY MONGOLIA!
PEOPLE WILL NOT DIE IF THEY DONT MANAGE TO READ IT ALL BY 12:59 AM ON SATURDAY!
(YEAH! EVEN YOU..THE STRANGE SINGLE MAN WHO PEOPLE WONT LET THEIR KIDS NEAR… DRESSED UP AS A WIZARD SURROUNDED BY WAY TOO MANY CHILDREN FOR ME NOT TO CALL THE POLICE…)
Anyway, bugger the book. I’m simply basking in the warm glow of seeing the word “embiggen” given it’s rightful stature. 🙂
*wonders how UK person got hold of so many US editions, though, and also notes that the shot that purports to be of the actual book, is taken from the pdf that’s going around, so does NOT prove this book is in the seller’s possession*
*finks this is a scam*
*overheard someone in town a few days ago saying they had downloaded the pdf & it was a fake, containing sex scenes between Harry & Hermione*
Oh, really? I read the first page and decided I’d actually rather wait for the real book. Whatever Bondy says 😀
So even more likely that what’s being sold in those auctions isn’t the real thing then.
I don’t think it is a fake, Sam – the first few pages and the last few pages are definitely right.
I can’t vouch for my initial source (some random bloke I overheard in the centre of Swansea) but I think there were different versions floating around. The one I glanced at had a completely different opening & read as though it had been written by a lovesick teenager.
I also saw an article saying that some pages of the pdf version were totally unreadable unless you edited them in Photoshop first!
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