harry potter and the subcontinent of spoilers

Note: This post contains no spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Three times I have come to India, and three times a Harry Potter novel has been released while I was here. That’s right, Potter-mania has struck the Great Subcontinent as well as your own suburban homelands. And with The Deathly Hallows riding in on the tails of the Order of the Phoenix movie release a couple of weeks ago, the face and name of the world’s favorite young wizard seems to be everywhere. Well, at least in the bigger cities like Bangalore and Kolkata.

I’ve seen the movie; I have not yet read the book. After all, you only get one first reading of Harry’s final adventure, and I think I’d like to reread at least The Half-Blood Prince before continuing, just to be sure I’m sufficiently oriented. At present I am aware of at least two people who also have decided not to read the book yet, but both have had the plot summarized for them in one way or another. I, however, would have my answers flow from the pen of J. K. Rowling and from no other source.

I’m currently traveling with three “Potter-heads” who consumed The Deathly Hallows at the earliest possible chance, and for a few days it was quite the chore to keep shushing them whenever they started talking about it with each other. Shushing India, however, is a near-impossible task. In newspapers and magazines everywhere articles will begin with “Now that we all finally know that Harry Potter (died/did not die),” or “While Harry Potter fans mourn the death of such-and-such a character.” There’s nary a spoiler warning to be had in a veritable minefield of spoilers. So far I’ve been able to pull my eyes away from the page before having anything of consequence betrayed.

But there are still three weeks to go before I can read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the manner I would choose. If I manage to keep myself sufficiently protected until then, I wonder if I’ll be the last person alive still waiting to learn the outcome of the final battle with You-Know-Who.

8 responses to “harry potter and the subcontinent of spoilers

  1. I also am waiting to read, and do not want the plot spoiled (there’s a reason they call them spoilers) for me. My reasons are more cash related (I don’t have a job and so can’t afford the book).

  2. I am completely convinced that you are the king of patience. I promise I will not even try to give anything away, even from over here. I must say though, as I am working my way through, that JK Rowling is just amazing. I just got to this part where this one person dies, and I think I almost started crying. Harry Potter books. Me crying. I’m not sure at what point I got sucked in that deep.

  3. We all know Jay is the King of Patience, and its not because he is waiting to read The Deathly Hallows, but I digress. Speaking of not reading, Caron, I thought you weren’t going to read it until the paperback edition, what happened?Tim, I’m sure there are plenty of people, like me for instance, that bought the book and finished it within a matter of days, and now it is just sitting there. I’m sure they will let you borrow it.Jay, the part when Harry is really, really crazy, and I can’t wait to talk to you about it.

  4. I wasn’t going to buy it until the paperback edition came out. I had every intention of reading it once I could get my grubby little hands on a copy. It took me 2 days to read, working full time both. Thank you. Thank you.

  5. :) I’m looking forward to that conversation, too, Cougarg.

  6. Ooh, can I come, too? :) I have been dying to get into one of those “what about this?” conversations and every single time there is one, just one, person who says we can’t because they haven’t read it yet. Here’s my question: what is the proper waiting time before you can openly speak about a book or a movie in public without people getting mad at spoilers? There has got to be a point where if you were going to read/see it, you would have done it by then. I’m sure it’s not yet for this one, but I just wonder.PS, Melinda has returned to Utah.

  7. Caron, it’s a good question as to how long you should wait. I think it is at least a couple of months long, but certainly not as long as the year it usually takes for the paperback edition to come out, but it would be helpful to know more specifically than that.

  8. I heard of someone getting locked in the office at thier house because everyone else present wanted to discuss the book. That would have been hilarious. I guess majority rules eventually, eh?

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