Subject line adapted from PotterCast's
most recent anti-spoiler plea (and it looks like Leaky is broken, so I can't put a link to the specific post, but trust me, it's there).
I never thought it would happen to me, but I have had spoiler attempt after spoiler attempt on my life since yesterday morning.
Attempt #1: Some a****** thought it would be funny to post spoilers in my LJ comments (see yesterday's post for more info). Luckily, they were only links to possible spoilers and not the spoilers themselves. Perpetrator was banned and reported to the proper authorities. Privacy settings on my LJ go through the roof in order to keep my DH-virgin eyes that way until July 21 (I've always been paranoid, but now I have an excuse).
The Harry Potter Read-A-Long community (read_hp
) posted about banning other LJ Death Eater wannabes who get their sadistic kicks from ruining the endings of books. They provided usernames, which I promptly added to my Banned User list. This community and The Leaky Cauldron
are the only two HP-related websites that have been proven to be spoiler-free (MuggleNet lost that distinction over the weekend, apparently - I'm just glad I dropped their sorry cans a long time ago). I'm thanking the Powers That Be for Leaky, but it looks like their credible reputation is working against them since the site is down. I guess they're about the only ones who won't post spoilers, so those who need their cyber HP fix are overloading the dock. Sigh...
Attempt #2: Yahoo! News (of "OMG Harry Kisses a GURL!" headline fame) had a front-page blurb about DH spoilers abound on the web. If I didn't knew Hotmail was just as bad (what do you expect from people who still think the Live Earth circus is relevant news?), I would switch over. Anyway, I don't use Yahoo for news flashes.
Attempt #3: This was a completely innocent incident, but I blame Fate and no one else. While my sister was a work yesterday, one of her co-workers was sifting through some HP spoilers on a website and they were all discussing them and how real they could possibly be (my sister claims that this co-worker usually surfs MuggleNet and that's how they found the spoilers. I promptly told her that MN isn't worth the powder it'd take to blow it to hell - as Grandpa would put it). Anywho, Emily said that they didn't think the spoilers were real because they just didn't seem plausible. They were set up in a system that said "On page X, A, B and C happen," except Emily told me what A, B and C were.
From what they were, I'm inclined to believe it was fanfic passed off as real, but I explained to her that this was just as bad as posting real spoilers. Plus, she said some of the page numbers were up into the mid-800s, and we know for a fact that Deathly Hallows is 700-some odd pages long. But I can't get what she told me out of my head and I'm hoping (HOPING) that it wasn't real spoilers.
Case for DH Innocence #1: Jo Rowling has updated the Diary
section of her website. It's not quite debunking the BS that's out there, but it makes me feel better (if it comes from Jo about HP, then it's legitimate - if we can't trust Jo, we're all screwed).
Two-point-five days until the party begins! I can do this.
ONE LAST THING TO WOULD-BE SPOILER FOLKS: It pains me that I have to keep repeating myself because I really hate doing it. Then again, the smartest person in the room often has to (especially when the room is full of retards): I know people who know people. You spoil me and a Crucio curse will feel like a warm summer breeze. And if posting spoilers is how you get off, I would highly suggest you get a girl- or boyfriend so they can tell you how much of a jackass you are. Heavens knows your mother won't do it for you (if she did, she would have kicked you out of the house twenty years ago when you turned 18).
I have no kind words for idiots. Never could do it.
EDIT: And that DH spoiler spotlight LJ has on the main page is driving me nuts. Not that I wasn't already.
EDIT #2: Leaky is back and reporting that Jo's lawyers are on the case
. HA, TAKE THAT YOU MEANIE BUTTS! (it's what my little cousin calls 'em...) Woot for fans owling in and for practicing CONSTANT VIGILANCE (*does a happy victory dance and is pleased to have been part of the effort*)
But one question, couldn't the lawyers start with the press (i.e. the Times) that is reprinting these spoilers? They're just as bad! Kudos to Leaky for not providing the link and only quoting what's relevant to us fans.
EDIT #3: Also, I've heard to avoid DeviantArt, since people there aren't very sensitive to the No-Spoiler rule either. Sheesh, this is like season 3 of "24."