“New Potter Book May Have Made Its Way to Web” is the title of Motoko Rich’s NY Times article reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have been leaked, but I want to know for sure. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing right now. There’s no way of knowing until I get my hands on a copy at 12:01 a.m. early Saturday morning.
Despite the uncertainty, I am posting an image of this suspected leak. It’s the first page of the first chapter, so there shouldn’t be any spoilers. To be honest with you, I’m only reading first sentence (Dr. Smith always said that the first, middle, and last sentences are usually very important, although how he would locate the “middle” sentence in a Harry Potter book is beyond me). For something that I have anticipated for over two years, I don’t want the ending–or the events leading up to the ending, for that matter!–spoiled. But I digress. Take a look at the first page. Read the first sentence, or even the first few paragraphs. Does it sound like Rowling to you? Or just an copycat, and elaborate hoax, as some are charging?
So we can see this supposed first page and when we open our books for the first time, we will know if it really was leaked. What I want to know, but never will, is how this HP Leaker got the book out of wherever he (the hands look distinctly male to me) got it from. How long did it take him to take take a picture of each page? And I mean each page–Rob showed me about three sets of blank pages after the end that appear in many books because of printing configurations–that our mysterious photographer captured ever so dutifully. Did he tell his girlfriend, roommate, wife, best friend, that it was he who did it? Is he bursting with excitement at having read the most anticipated novel of the early 21st century five days before anyone else in the world, save the author and a few editors, while at the same time, is unable to share his excitement for fear of penalty? Is this man a true Harry Potter fan or just someone who got paid the big bucks to upload his files to a downloading site? The world may never know.
Meanwhile, I’m counting down the hours, minutes, seconds, until midnight on Friday. 2 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes, and 33 seconds, 32, 31. . .
I don’t want to subject anyone who does not want to see the page to an accidental viewing, so click here to see the first page. I think Photobucket (where I’ve stored the image online) resized the file, so if you really want to see it close up, I can email you the file. The actual file can be zoomed greatly and allows for more easy reading.