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Friday, July 20, 2007

The Death of Harry Potter

posted by on July 20 at 11:28 AM

posted by Jeff Kirby

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Tonight is the beginning of the end for children and childish adults across the world. The final installment of the Harry Potter book series goes on sale at midnight, and is expected to smash sales records. According to the Guardian, itís also expected to smash childrenís fragile emotions, exposing them to the grief that comes along with the death of imaginary literary friends (although they havenít leaked who gets the axe).

Virtually every bookstore in Seattle is trying to get in on the wizard action, throwing Harry Potter parties with games, trivia, bands, and prizes. At first the plan was to compile a list of all the bookstores with events tonight, but as it turned out, all of them are, so the choice is yours where you want to spend Friday night wearing a pointy hat and holding a wand.

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1

Jeff, you asshole! Why'd you spoil the ending? RAR RAR RAR!!!

Haw.

Posted by Jonah S | July 20, 2007 11:45 AM
2

I'm sorry, who's a childish adult?

Posted by Jessica Knapp | July 20, 2007 11:51 AM
3

"Death of Harry Potter," my ass! The readers wouldn't let Arthur Conan Doyle kill off Sherlock Holmes, who was every bit the worldwide literary cult figure Harry Potter is. So there will be more Harry and more Harry spinoffs, stupid copyright laws notwithstanding.

Nothing in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" precludes this. And yes, I have read it (it's on BitTorrent, after all), and no, I'm not spilling any beans, so eat your hearts out.

Posted by ivan | July 20, 2007 11:58 AM
4

Hagrid we find out is Gay! The Weasley twins are actually clones, and there is a co-ed bathroom on the 3rd floor that only allows transexuals. Read it and find out!

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | July 20, 2007 12:03 PM
5

The drop shadow on "Harry Potter" on the books jacket is killing ME. Why people, why?

Posted by Dougsf | July 20, 2007 12:16 PM
6

I really can't comprehend the vitriol that comes from people on this issue. Why is it such a big deal if people want to dress up and have some fun with something they love?

If some trendy bar was throwing a costume party, many of you hipsters would be there with bells on. But god forbid, we get excited over a book! And a CHILDREN'S Book at that! Oh, the horror! We may not be as cool as you!

Posted by Dianna | July 20, 2007 12:18 PM
7

Dianna, it's people who wear glasses we hate.

Posted by Fnarf | July 20, 2007 12:21 PM
8

Is it really necessary to be so anti-Harry Potter and against adults who enjoy the stories ("childish adults"). I mean, come on. There's a place for attending avant garde exhibitions, mosh pits, foreign films, and raves. There's also a place for reading Harry Potter, too.

Posted by ebsur | July 20, 2007 12:24 PM
9

Repeat after me: It's only a book, he's only a fictional character in a book.

Posted by andy niable | July 20, 2007 12:33 PM
10

Harry does not die. Duh. Gawl!

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 20, 2007 12:43 PM
11

Oops. Too much to drink at lunch again. LOLZ!!1!one

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 20, 2007 12:44 PM
12

Oh, Fnarf, well that's ok then.

(Though I really have a thing for guys who wear glasses...I find the nerdy accountant on Ugly Betty to be hot; so you can't trust me.)

Posted by Dianna | July 20, 2007 12:53 PM
13

Fremont Place Books should be a good location - it even has a giant Dragon puppet they got loaned to them by the Fremont Arts Council.

That's where I'm buying a copy.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 20, 2007 1:22 PM
14

it is a fact that people who wear glasses are sexier.

Posted by christopher frizzelle | July 20, 2007 1:31 PM
15

Fucking foureyes. Fall down stairs and die.

Oh, wait, I wear glasses too. Never mind.

Posted by Fnarf | July 20, 2007 1:36 PM
16

Harry Potter in the FOR GOD'S SAKE ISN'T HE DEAD YET and the magic rock.

Posted by monkey | July 20, 2007 1:36 PM
17

I think it's a little funny that the phrase "childish adults" is coming from a books intern who from what I can tell, only reads comic books.

Posted by morris | July 20, 2007 1:51 PM
18

Much of my desire to read "print" books was lost in the endless hours cramming literature as an English major. Alas, now I just like to look at pretty drawings, sippng on a capri sun and listening to my Raffi tapes.

Posted by Jeff Kirby | July 20, 2007 2:55 PM
19

@17 - LOL, p0wned!

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 20, 2007 3:07 PM
20

"...so the choice is yours where you want to spend Friday night wearing a pointy hat and holding a wand."

Sounds like a night at The Pony.

Posted by elswinger | July 20, 2007 3:12 PM
21

Yeah the "holding a wand" quip makes me want to go to the bath-house, hmmm. But I have to have that Potter book ASAP before anyone spoils it for me.

Posted by Jersey | July 20, 2007 4:14 PM
22

Got 15 minutes to go and time is going sooo slow.

Posted by Dianna | July 21, 2007 2:45 AM
23

Who dies? Please let us know. People who don't really care,care a little.

Posted by lawrence clark | July 21, 2007 3:00 AM
24

Sadly, i've to say that HP dies in book7.... the end of a fiction, so that no one ever dares to start writing further series......

Posted by JK Rowling | July 21, 2007 10:44 AM
25

Sadly, i've to say that HP dies in book7.... the end of a fiction, so that no one ever dares to start writing further series......

Posted by JK Rowling | July 21, 2007 10:45 AM
26

Sadly, i've to say that HP dies in book7.... the end of a fiction, so that no one ever dares to start writing further series about HP......

Posted by JK Rowling | July 21, 2007 10:46 AM
27

Sadly, i've to say that HP dies in book7.... the end of a fiction, so that no one ever dares to start writing further series about HP......

Posted by JK Rowling | July 21, 2007 10:46 AM
28

Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
America Deceived (book)

Posted by Jack P | July 21, 2007 1:20 PM

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