Would you download the new Harry Potter book?


Drmike says he found a site where you can download “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

Would you download a possibly incomplete copy of a new book? What if it’s not as polished as the finished item? Would the glaring grammatical mistakes, and unedited paragraphs ruin the experience for you?

What about the experience of lying in bed with a good book, engrossed in it and falling asleep with the light on? Is it the same with a set of printed sheets from your computer? I think not. That scene in The Devil Wears Prada does spring to mind where the kids are reading the manuscript on the train..

Meanwhile, Scott Adams has an excellent post on copyright violation which he later explained was an experiment in “cognitive dissonance”.

If you’ve read anything about experiments to produce cognitive dissonance, you know this was the perfect setup. You can produce dissonance by putting a person in a position of doing something that is clearly opposed to his self image. Then wait for his explanation. The explanation will seem absurd to anyone who doesn’t share the dissonance. In this case the model that produced it was…

1. Good people are not criminals.
2. Criminals break laws.
3. I break copyright laws.
4. But since I know I am a good person, my reason why it’s okay to violate copyright laws is (insert something absurd).

I don’t think it worked on me because I happen to agree with him that copyright violation is theft. Previous mind experiments have however worked on me so I’m as susceptable as anyone. His underpants story was particularly absurd however, even if in keeping with his sense of humour and not at all out of place on the Dilbert blog!

Reading Harry Potter at WordCamp

21st July – the book is out and I’ve seen it. I took a picture of the last page but I don’t think anyone really wants to see it, do you? There’s Michael reading his copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows!

166 thoughts on “Would you download the new Harry Potter book?

  1. I really think it’s a fake. Rowling said that the last word in the novel was going to be ‘scar’ and she had had it written a long while back. I think this is someone’s fanfiction.

    I haven’t read it though yet.

  2. I downloaded the last two and read them on my PSP, all tucked in under the covers. Also, carrying my PSP with me was way more convenient than having to lug those huge tomes around.

  3. Don’t even bother to dl it. I did, and I can tell you that I nearly fell asleep just by reading the first few lines. The writing was bad, and the content, worse. Too many musings about Ginny and some shockingly adult stuff. Plus the back cover of one of the versions of DH strongly hints that the first time Harry is ever mentioned in DH, he is waiting for the arrival of his Advance Guard to escort him to the Burrow (i.e members of the Order) whereas in this fanfic, (as I think this document should be henceforth branded) Harry is shown returning to privet drive.

  4. fake or not does not matter to me as long as i can read it..
    btw, anyone willing to tell me what’s the website??

  5. I am on page 64 and it is a completly different writing style, an interesting read none the less, definatly not for kids!

  6. foolish peoples!!!, hear my plea! Though your nose may be so greasily shaped like a hatchet and obstructing your eyesight, it would be necesary to agree with me on this.

    Dont you think that the picture depicting the front cover shows Harry and Voldy having a fun time playing sharades, or else high- fiving each other?

  7. I hate stupid people who copy other people. This book is fake and idiot who wrote it is stupid shit.

  8. I whont 7 book of Harry Potter now. Where i can gat it free? Giwe me the internet adress please…

  9. please please let this not be JK rowlings work, it is a load of old drivel!!!!


    translation from croatian:
    bloowyouallmydi**!!!!!ofcourse it’s a fake!!!!!!!!how could a secret keeped like that go out in public!!!!!!?????????? you’re so foolish!!!!!!!!!

  11. Of course yes.At least it helps us to fight our temptations till we get another Harry Potter book.

  12. where do you live phil? if your anywhere but australia your reaaly unlucky we get it here on the 7/07/2007 (apparently theres some significance on the number seven)

  13. awww man.. my friend gave it to me saying it was the real 7th book.. and i was so excited!.. i wanted to be a bitch and read it to ruin it for everyone! MWAHAHAHAHA!.. oh wells.. i guess i will have to settle for buying it at midnight the first day it comes out!

  14. i live in nigeria got no money to come abroad and buy books 1-7 my birthday is 1st july.
    love to see books in my box

  15. Yeah i would 🙂

    every thing for free

    give to me


    WHo gonna pay like 80 $ for a junk of papers

    WEll no “BODY”



  16. That deathly hollows is 100% fake.

    1. The writing is complete shit and nothing like J.K.Rowling at all. If you can get through the first 100 pages of shit writting it eventually evoles into a good story, but it won’t be like the real thing, nothing will beat that.
    2. There are loads and loads of scenes/facts mentioned in the fact book that contradict the previous books, like how the fidelus charm works (how to disappear a location so only the secret keeper can reveal it), that ron has never seen a garden gnome before but has actually has and so on, little things like that.
    3. If you read it, you will actually see now and then comments thanking people for writing a chapter which means it’s a group of fans writing the book.
    4. As stated in another comment, the last world in the official book will be scar.
    5. In this fake book dudley becomes the new voldemort at the end. I mean, come on?
    6. And last but not least, if you read it and still think it’s the real deal, your an idiot.

    Still, I think you guys should download it. Shit writing, but a good storyline and I give all the fans involved in creating it a 10 outta 10 for effort. (The originally fans who released it did not try to sell it, it was people later who found it who tried to make money out of it. The fans were doing it for fun.)

  17. Comment from originaly fanfaction publisher on phoenixsong.net:

    “Disclaimer: I own nothing; it all belongs to J.K.Rowling. I’m just borrowing the characters to play with for a while. This is for pleasure only, no profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.”

  18. I remember reading a fake version of the Half Blood Prince where the gang try to become Animagii and have some wierd new game and stuff and I remember that after I read the actual “JK ROwling” version of it, I felt that the fake version was much much better. No saything that will happen here, but then who knows. This version, though clearly a fake and very mushy has a very decent plot underlying. So give it a go…

  19. hello i´m from argentina and here the book hasn´t been published, that´s why i ´d like to download it. do u know somewhere i can do this?

  20. i enter that web page and it´s boolshit! i need that book right now, i hate being still waiting…at least now we´ll be able to see the 5th film….anyway, it´s not the same…
    good luck guys!

  21. does anyone know where to get the harry potter book 7 the original not the crap someone published!!!!pleaseeeeeeeee

  22. Well, i’ve spent three days reading it on my screen (my eyes just look like bart’s) -not to waste money on ink for that!!-
    It looks like written by many people. The romantic part very much unbearable.The action part actually fun. I enyoyed it while waiting for the real book, worked well as an anxiety suppresor, juass
    sorry for my English.

  23. look you fucking morons, the 600+ page e-book is NOT Deathly Hollows. If you would read the fucking posts instead of just begging for a free copy, like pathetic fucking dogs, you would understand that.

    So, say it with me, you fucking retards: The eBook is NOT Deathly Hollows and if you think it is, YOU’RE FUCKING RETARDED!!!

  24. hey

    why can’t you just w8. why take a chance! I haven’t downloaded it, so it could be real or fake. I mean it’s comin out real soon!!! So take a Chill Pill an calm down. Just put the real book on ‘layby’ so u kno u have got a copy w8in 4 u!

  25. It,s a pure……………fake.JKR would never use such stupid titles for her book.(thought others should relize it)She is not a fool to bring such a end to SS whom she had made so intersting & mystrious.

  26. hehehe..of course we all know its fake..i think most of us like to download it just for fun..hehehe..hopefully JK will not get offended..

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