Waiting for Harry Potter

25 Jul
Two years ago, when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, I took advantage of a Chapters.ca offer to pre-order the book and get a discount on the cover price.  Unfortunately, not living close to the 49th parallel, the book wasn’t shipped out until the release date, which meant it wasn’t delivered by Poste Canada Post until more than a week later.  In the meantime, I was taking a trip to Fort Liard to pick up Michael and attend the Petitot Gathering, making it even longer before I was able to get my copy in my hands.  Fortunately, Mike T loaned me his son’s copy, so I was able to read the book before my copy was actually in my hands.
 
You’d think I’d have learned from that harrowing experience.
 
Earlier this year, I got a pre-order offer from Amazon.ca and thinking about the money I was saving ($22.50 instead of the $45.00 list price — does anyone sell it for the list price?) I went ahead and took the offer.  So now I am once again Harry Potter-less.
 
Not only that, but I have to avoid potential spoilers from radio, TV (not so hard, since I generally don’t watch TV), newspapers, blogs, and other Internet sources.  Not to mention the potential of overhearing conversations between other HP enthusiasts.  The world is a dangerous place these days.  (Plus, I am so, like, totally behind the times.  And we all know how hard I try to be on the bleeding edge of pop culture…)
 
So please, if you have read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, don’t talk to me for a couple of weeks; at least, not about the book.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat my lunch and review The Half-Blood Prince in hollow consolation…
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3 Responses to “Waiting for Harry Potter”

  1. Nemmy July 26, 2007 at 4:31 am #

    Yeah, I know how you feel – I was terrified of spoilers too. Which is why when I got mine on Saturday, I locked myself up and read until I was done. Luckily Mike indulged me. Unfortunately for him, he read a review that gave away some important information before he knew what it was saying… Oh well… lemme know when you\’ve read it! 🙂

  2. Selena July 26, 2007 at 11:18 pm #

    I too, unfortunately, read that spoiler before I knew what it said. Normally, when you put out spoilers, you warn people beforehand, and don\’t market them as reviews.
     
    After that, it wasn\’t such a big deal to see all the other, more detailed spoilers online, so I didn\’t bother to avoid them. But I\’ll still read it, of course! And for their effort, The Times is not only facing a lawsuit from the publisher, but also getting massive amounts of hatemail from angry readers…

  3. Unknown July 27, 2007 at 12:18 am #

    I have watched the movie (part 5), so I can not talk to you for a couple of weeks? Just kidding… 😛

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