Friday, July 06, 2007

"The worst thing about prison was...the Dementors."

I have Harry Potter anxiety.

First of all, to pre-order or not to pre-order? Or, really, to buy or not to buy? Normally I wouldn't. I've managed just fine begging, borrowing, or stealing the last four books a few days after the fact. Even now, the only Harry Potter book on my shelf is a paperback of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, and I haven't felt the burning need to buy the rest of the series. To be honest, I hadn't really thought about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows much--I've been planning borrow it from a friend or from the library (when it's available, in 2015) and call it good. But now I've been thinking: if pre-release angst is any indication of the way people feel about this book, spoilers are going to break faster and in more mainstream places than I can possibly keep up with and avoid. If Harry dies, for example, we won't even need to turn on the news, let alone read the book. People will be riding through the neighborhoods of America, shouting it from bullhorns: "Extra! Extra! Harry Potter dead on page 856! The Boy Who Lived kicks the bucket!" Mark my words. Pre-ordering would lessen my chances of being spoiled before the proper time, because I wouldn't actually have to, you know, encounter any human beings until after I've finished. So there's that.

I'm also discovering, weirdly, that I am deeply and profoundly concerned about the contents of the book, mainly who lives and who dies. I'm not the only one--the release date is two weeks out and my office is already talking about it--but I didn't think I was emotionally involved in this way. What if Harry dies? What if--even worse--we lose Ron and/or Hermione (who clearly are meant to live happily but argumentatively ever after, or J.K. Rowling is stomping all over my sad little heart)? What if it's Neville Longbottom, whom I'm afraid is destined to die a heroic death? I love Neville. The death toll in this last book has to be devastating; after the events, or Event, in the last one, it's the only way to go. And I think that knowing the carnage is coming but not knowing where it's coming, exactly, is stressing me out.


Sara said...

Oy Vey.

And how I agree - and I haven't even read the last two (or perhaps the last one and I don't remember the one before that).

This is the very reason why I have a problem with the Jossverse, I get jerked around too much merely by anticipation.

Oh, that and the fact that I had my head up my rectum - I could've steered to to a great pub in Bath (but I daresay, you're hard pressed to find a bad one)!



Dogeared said...

I totally agree.

I think I'll be pre-ordering, and then steering clear of the internet until I've read it.

I got spoiled for some of the ending of Alias, and the season finale of Doctor Who s3. I DON'T like being spoiled.

Liz said...


Oh, the Jossverse. Have I told you why I don't watch Buffy? Basically what you said. (Except now I'm thinking of caving and watching it, because it's so influential, and also I do love the Joss dialogue. Conflict! Argh.)

Hey, are you in Florida now? I thought of you guys on the fifth. Hope you and the kitties made it safe and sound!

Liz said...


Spoiled for Alias is baaaad, because it's so plotty that you really, really don't want to know (on the other hand, was the post-S4 "I'm not Michael Vaughn" outcome the most horrifying spoiler temptation? It totally was.

Heather D said...

I know what you mean. I just broke down and preordered yesterday, and that only b/c I went browsing on determined to spend my gift card. I'm afraid you're right about Neville. And I bet Snape dies a heroic death, too, don't you think?

I'm lucky - I read very fast, so I doubt spoilerage will be a problem. Unless Erik physically wrestles the thing away from me, which I suppose could happen.

Anonymous said...

I only buy them when the paperback comes out. Then I'm in the know, but don't feel like I'm caving in to the military-industrial complex. But sometimes you just have to know. The question is not when Harry Potter comes out, but when that last season of the Sopranos will come out. Talk about avoiding the internet! [Ben]

James said...

If Neville buys it, I am going to lose it so hard it will be epic, the east bay will burn!!!