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Wigglytuff
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:18 AM
after only 24 hours available for pre order the harry potter book seven has already jumped to the number one best selling item in all of amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0545010225/ref=amb_link_4077732_1/104-8741307-6463131

to be released on july, 21 2007 and at least my copy will arrive on that day. (in the past amazon has been allowed to ship the book early to allow for it to arrive on release day.


who is excited!!!

how will you get your copy?

Wigglytuff
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:26 AM
With the announcement that JK Rowling has finished writing the final chapter in the Harry Potter series, fans have been going ballistic. Online pre-sales are through the roof, everyone is forming an opinion as to which two characters will meet their ultimate demise, and a support line has been activated for fans who just can't deal with the end of the Harry Potter franchise. To add one more piece of Harry Potter memorabilia to the world, JK Rowling as marked the spot where she finished the seventh and final Harry Potter novel.

USA Today has reported that Rowling left a message in a room at Edinburgh's five star Balmoral Hotel on an antique-style statue. The message, which is sure to attract Potter fans from around the world, reads, "J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in this room on 11 Jan 2007." The news of the date and location where JK Rowling scratched the final words to one of the most popular book series in history comes just one day after Rowling announced that Harry Potter's final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will reach bookstands on July 21.

While JK Rowling has not herself stated the Balmoral Hotel was the location where she penned the final words of the Harry Potter, Rowling's spokesperson was willing to confirm the rumors. Nicky Stonehill was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "I can confirm she did write some of the book at the Balmoral last month and did complete the book at that hotel." While the Balmoral Hotel does not condone guests writing on hotel property, this case has been granted a special exception. Balmoral Hotel spokesperson Jessica Trotter told the Associated Press that, "Obviously this is quite a unique case. We're honored and flattered she chose the Balmoral as surroundings to do her writing."

With the book being completed three weeks ago, according to the note JK Rowling left in the Balmoral Hotel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is already smashing records. Amazon.com has reported that the first day of advanced orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have exceeded that of its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by a staggering 547 percent. Reuters reports that in the first day of pre-orders, Deathly Hallows exceeded the first two weeks of pre-orders for Half-Blood Prince, which was the sixth novel in the epic series. Amazon.com has said Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince generated a total of 1.5 million pre-orders, and the Harry Potter publisher, Scholastic, has said Half-Blood Prince was the fastest-selling book in U.S. history as it sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours.

The July 21 release date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows means the novel will come out eight days after the fifth movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the lovable Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as his sidekick, Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, is released in theatres. The coupling of the two release dates in sure to create a surge in popularity for the young wizard, whose novels have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide in 64 different languages. While fans await the seventh and final novel with trepidation, James Krasner, a professor of British literature at the University of New Hampshire, has said he believes fans do not have to worry about Harry Potter being one of the two main characters to die. Fosters quoted the professor, who explained, "If you take your kid to see "Shrek" and Shrek ends up being killed in the end, you don't come out saying, 'What an intriguing work of art.' You say, 'I'm really mad! Certain art forms are meant to fulfill, to give gratification."

hdfb
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:31 AM
i can't wait.

if it is spoiled for me, Jerry Yik is gonna wage war against the rest of the world. watch out.

Wigglytuff
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:33 AM
i can't wait.

if it is spoiled for me, Jerry Yik is gonna wage war against the rest of the world. watch out.

:lol: :lol: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


i pre-order a few copies. for the past two books i have gone to the bookstore but then i was to tired to read when i got home, so this time i will wait until the ups guy gets to my home!! if he is late i will wage war on him!!!!

IceHock
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:15 AM
just ordered it off of amazon and i cant wait!!

eck
Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:20 AM
:woohoo:
Book is coming out 1 minute after my birthday. Nice present :devil:

Brett.
Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:22 AM
LOl eck

James
Feb 3rd, 2007, 09:03 AM
:woohoo:
Book is coming out 1 minute after my birthday. Nice present :devil:

For me it's five days before my birthday, so I consider it an early birthday present. :lol:

Monica_Rules
Feb 3rd, 2007, 12:50 PM
I think i may go to a shop at midnight. It will be the first time i do it but i think its a monumental moment in our lifetime.

!<blocparty>!
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:24 PM
There's no point going at midnight unless you

a) want to look like a loser, and/or
b) plan on staying up all night reading the book

There's always been like a billion books in every store the next day. I'm lazy so I jusr ordered mine online now. :angel:

Wigglytuff
Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:43 PM
There's no point going at midnight unless you

a) want to look like a loser, and/or
b) plan on staying up all night reading the book

There's always been like a billion books in every store the next day. I'm lazy so I jusr ordered mine online now. :angel:

i wonder, how you said there is no point and then list the very reason everyone who picks up the book at midnight does it. :smash: :smash: :weirdo: :weirdo:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Wigglytuff
Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:47 PM
I think i may go to a shop at midnight. It will be the first time i do it but i think its a monumental moment in our lifetime.

you know its a lot of fun, particularly for book 7 they are going to have lots of action going on. if you are in nyc the scholastic store and big toys r us on 42nd are said to be having massive events for the launch.

Ballbasher
Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:49 PM
In Germany the English one was available already up before the name was announced and the German one since Dec 21st I believe both for pre order ;)

Wigglytuff
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:10 AM
i found this GREAT article explaining in detail why supporters of snape are so wrong, and why, even though it is NOT their intent or their goal, the idea of snape as a good guy is disgusting and should be disgusting.

http://www.mugglenet.com/editorials/editorials/edit-trubeck01.shtml
Snape is Evil
An original editorial by Tracie Rubeck


I am a frequent reader of MuggleNet’s editorials and columns. I'm often amused by the exhaustive probing of the books, especially when in support of theories as creative as they are sometimes dubious. While often in disagreement, I've never felt prompted to respond because I respect the love of the books (and characters) that prompts such close analysis. However, the recent attempts to cling to Snape's innocence have upset me so profoundly that I feel obligated to reply.

In short, and I say this with no intent of hyperbole, I think that the need to prove Snape's innocence insults the ethos of the books and the various characters, including Dumbledore, who have died within them. As evidence, I have two points.

Murder is Not Noble

Dumbledore mentions that to commit murder is to destroy one's own soul. We have ample evidence within canon that this is a basic, if not the basic, understanding of the difference between which choices are "good" and which are "evil." Those who are evil disregard this cost. For example, another testament of Harry's ability to love is that he is as frightened by the prospect of committing murder as he is by the prospect of his own death.

Another example of this: Harry stops Sirius and Lupin from killing Pettigrew, not because Pettigrew didn't deserve such punishment, but because he didn't want his father's best friends to become killers.

So, I must, especially in light of the real political context in which these books reside, vehemently oppose any claim that Dumbledore wanted Snape to kill him to protect either Malfoy or Harry. Yes, Dumbledore would sacrifice his own life to save Malfoy or Harry, but he also would have done the same for Snape. Just as he went to great lengths to protect Malfoy (which includes not only concealing his awareness of Malfoy's plans but also preventing him from becoming a killer), he would not choose for Snape to become a murderer. Murder is not, nor will it ever be, a noble act.

Again, I will point to Rowling's hero: Harry. His uniqueness, and it is most unfortunate in current times that it should be unique, is that despite the wrongs done to him, he never chooses to learn the Dark Arts. He does not allow himself to become consumed by bitterness and hatred.

Self Preservation

We have been told repeatedly that a characteristic of Slytherin members is their self preservation. When faced with difficult decisions, especially those concerning life and death, they will almost always choose to save their own necks. I think Slughorn's character serves as a reminder of this. He is a less harmful version of the self promotion and self preservation common to those of Slytherin house. Slughorn negotiates among and for the famous and the talented -- for material luxury. Snape does the same by ingratiating himself with the two most powerful wizards, but he's after power, and it's a need for power routed in vengeance.

So, yes, Snape "twitches" when Narcissa adds the clause to the Unbreakable Vow requiring him to finish Malfoy's task should Malfoy fail. But, it seems to me far more likely that this twitch resulted from Snape's acknowledgment that his relatively safe position as a double agent was in jeopardy -- that he would be forced to declare his loyalty to Voldemort rather than sacrifice himself. Unlike Lily and James, who gave their lives to save Harry's, Snape would not give his life to protect Malfoy. He KILLED to protect Malfoy, yes, but I believe his primary concern was his own life.

I think Rowling has given us enough information to understand this. The Half-Blood Prince book is key. For it is through this book that we come to understand Snape. He has spent years honing his magical skills in secret -- skills that include humiliating and harming others and in learning others' secrets as he hides his own. Unlike Voldemort, who wants his power (as evidenced by the diary) to be both known and feared, Snape thrives through and by concealment. The "twitch" in front of Narcissa and Bellatrix was, again, his deep fear of exposure.

Choices

To end, consider that Snape had a number of choices in front of him besides killing Dumbledore. He could have: 1. Broken the barrier to allow the Phoenix members to assist him; 2. Helped revive Dumbledore or retrieved his wand ("Accio Dumbledore's wand"); 3. Stunned or directly challenged the Death Eaters around Dumbledore; or 4. Released Harry (if, as one editorial suggested, he deduced he was there).

While we cannot know if any of these choices would have saved Dumbledore, we do know for certain that all of them would have resulted in Snape's death for breaking the Unbreakable Vow. His choice -- murder -- even if made at precisely that moment (I doubt it, though: see stunning Flitwick) illustrates that his primary concern is his own life, and that he would openly ally with Voldemort rather than sacrifice himself.

Honor Dumbledore

I am still stunned by the toll this story, and, in particular, Snape's betrayal, has taken on me. I keep saying to myself, "My God, it's just a book!" But, I think that it is very unsettling to acknowledge that choosing to have faith in people is not easy nor simple, but that we do so in honor of ourselves and those whom we love. As Rowling repeatedly foreshadowed, Dumbledore made a tragic mistake in his refusal to hear ill word of Snape.

But rather than search frantically for any shred of evidence that proves Dumbledore was right, I'd rather honor what he stood for. Even though he turned out to be wrong about Snape, he was undoubtedly right in many other instances in which he challenged people to become more honest, loving, and decent. Come to think of it, he has challenged Malfoy thus. Like the above discussion about the toll of committing murder, I think that the benefits of choosing to maintain such a faith far outweigh the possible consequences should one be wrong.

Just as Dumbledore wouldn't want Snape to become a killer, he would want each of us to thrive from the security that comes with faith in others. As Dumbledore repeatedly reminds Harry, there are much worse fates than death.

I wouldn't dishonor him further by trying to find honor in Snape's choices.

!<blocparty>!
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:15 AM
i wonder, how you said there is no point and then list the very reason everyone who picks up the book at midnight does it. :smash: :smash: :weirdo: :weirdo:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

So you queue up at midnight, get the book and then read it non-stop until you fall asleep?

Oh right.

Wigglytuff
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:20 AM
So you queue up at midnight, get the book and then read it non-stop until you fall asleep?

Oh right.

:lol: :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash: :smash:

Vincey!
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:39 AM
I won't have it before it will be release in french here in Canada :sad:..and I don't know when it will be...usely it came out about 6months after the english one :(

égalité
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:41 AM
I can't wait for this book any longer :o

P.S. Snape is good, you'll see. :p

Wigglytuff
Feb 4th, 2007, 01:05 AM
I can't wait for this book any longer :o

P.S. Snape is good, you'll see. :p

wanna put some vcash bet on it? :secret: :scratch: :yippee: :yippee: :bigwave: :bigwave: :bigwave:

:inlove:
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:50 PM
Well I went at midnight for books 5 & 6, so book 7 certainly won't be any different. :o :o

:inlove:
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:51 PM
wanna put some vcash bet on it? :secret: :scratch: :yippee: :yippee: :bigwave: :bigwave: :bigwave:

I will. :) I'll happily give you $20,000 ;)

Wigglytuff
Feb 10th, 2007, 03:15 PM
I will. :) I'll happily give you $20,000 ;)

nice!!!!!! i will be $20,000 vcash richer!!!!!!!!!

:inlove:
Feb 10th, 2007, 03:24 PM
nice!!!!!! i will be $20,000 vcash richer!!!!!!!!!

Sure. :)