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Seventh Harry Potter Book Named

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the and-the-last dept.

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Croakyvoice writes "JK Rowling has today given fans of the Harry Potter books the name of Book 7 of the very popular series via a Christmas present on her site, to get to the name you need to follow a complicated procedure but thankfully the name of the book has been revealed as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

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Christmas (5, Funny)

ggKimmieGal (982958) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333430)

I'm so obsessed with Harry Potter. This was the best Christmas present she could give out... short of the book itself.

Re:Christmas (4, Funny)

Woldry (928749) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333578)

I'm not a demanding fan. I'd've settled for a hefty chunk of the advance from the new book. That would be enough of a Christmas present for me. :-)

Re:Christmas (1)

NosTROLLdamus (979044) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333856)

DUMBLEDORE DIES

Are you wanting for Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333868)



Are you wanting for Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys to get back together too? Are there many slashdotters that read Harry Potter books?

Re:Christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333996)

heh - I'm 30 and have been listening to to the audio CDs of books 1-6 (Jim Dale narrator) over and over in order for the past several months. It's so much fun to listen to while doing things around the apartment. I think this was the perfect time to get into Potter, as now I get to anticipate the release of book 7, but didn't have to go through this on books 2-6.

Re:Christmas (1)

Bonker (243350) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334088)

heh - I'm 30 and have been listening to to the audio CDs of books 1-6 (Jim Dale narrator) over and over in order for the past several months. It's so much fun to listen to while doing things around the apartment. I think this was the perfect time to get into Potter, as now I get to anticipate the release of book 7, but didn't have to go through this on books 2-6.

The wait for 5 was just amazingly insane. It went 12.3..4.....................5...6...

'Order of the Phoenix' was both amazingly long, worth the wait, and quite a milestone for Rowling as an author. She went from a deus-ex-machina-type denoument in the first book to what can only be described as an epic fantasy battle at the end of the fifth.

If you've seen the bits of the trailers of Movie 5-- well-- they don't really do the work justice, even as good as they are.

Question to CowboyNeal (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333444)

What part of the "stuff that matters", don't you understand?

Re:Question to CowboyNeal (1)

tezbobobo (879983) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333514)

That was my origional thought. I guess though t that seeing as science fictio/fantasyt is generally considered nerd, it would probably fit into the first catagory..

Re:Question to CowboyNeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333558)

I can see that, but is a title of a book, albeit a very successful one, really news?

(I'm not the same AC)

The Title (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333456)

The title for those who don't want to read the article:

"Harry Potter and the Death Knell of American Literature"

Re:The Title (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333512)

"Harry Potter and the Death Knell of American Literature"

Are you implying that because an English writer will dominate the Best Seller list for a while?

Or perhaps you are concerned about millions of kids who have discovered books can be entertaining thanks to Rowlings books?

Or maybe you're just point out how stupid you are in that you didn't realize one of the biggest selling modern writers is neither American nor are her novels set in America, or that literature and popular books are completely independant?

Re:The Title (5, Insightful)

PixelScuba (686633) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333640)

Amen. I teach 5th grade and it is astonishing to see how engrossed nearly all the students are with the Harry Potter franchise. It's not the movies that draw them in either, that's just icing on the cake. I ask them about a new Potter film and they will tell me, "It's not as good as tht Book." or "This was different in the Book." Older children and young adults love these stories, and why not. A Fantasy world set in the modern era, with young teens as the protagonists who become wrapped up in a mystery at a fantastic magical castle while casting magical spells, defeating monsters and overcoming issues teens their age face (puberty, dating, school/studies). Who has the right to say to readers, "This is crap, read something better," especially to budding readers who are already at an age when young boys begin dropping off from reading as it becomes "uncool." Maybe Harry Potter isn't listed on "great literature" lists, who cares. Kids are reading, and that is reallly the most important part. They are challenging themselves to read a significant novel of considerable depth and length for people their age. If they enjoy these stories, you can turn them on to other works they might enjoy to push their boundaries and reading capabilities. Enough witht he Harry Potter bashing, if you don't like them, don't read them.

Re:The Title (4, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333746)

They're also, by the way, great books for brushing up on a foreign language: they're translated into just about everything and the way each book is successively harder gives you a chance to start slow and be reading at a young adult level by the end.

Re:The Title (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333954)

Hey, that's a really awesome idea.

Re:The Title (1)

myth_of_sisyphus (818378) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333750)

Well said. Hear hear.

Re:The Title (4, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333872)

"This is crap, read something better,"

I don't think anyone's saying that, especially not to kids. It's the hordes of adults who go on about it being some quantum leap in the evolution of literature, who are somewhat bemusing (or annoying, depending on your perspective).

Re:The Title (2, Insightful)

Woldry (928749) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333896)

I wouldn't call it a quantum leap, but I do agree with C. S. Lewis who said (I'm paraphrasing here, can't find the exact quote), if a book is worth reading when you're five, it's worth reading when you're fifty.

Re:The Title (1)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334226)

So when I'm still reading some of my Dr. Seuss books when im 40 i won't be a complete loser? HOOOOOORRRAYY!!!

Re:The Title (2, Interesting)

thePig (964303) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333918)

My biggest issue with Harry Potter series is that it depicts the protagonist as one who has no genius, is not hard-working by any standards, has bigotry - in short - an absolutely average person.
The protagonist then goes and defeats a much more able antagonist (whose biggest fault is bigotry, by the way) with nothing more than - love of his mother protecting him.

My biggest issue with such a story - that too tailored for young children - is that the protagonist is not anywhere close to the perfect role model for children - and they are impressionable at that age. I am not asking for the protagonist to be a genius - I am just saying there should be some real stand-out feature in the protagonist - in a children's book. I couldn't find it in this book.
When I read the book, it felt as if the political correctness of the current times have enveloped the fantasy world too.

YMMV.

Re:The Title (5, Insightful)

Atlantis-Rising (857278) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334006)

I don't like it because of one point you raised (but I think you didn't emphasize enough)- the protagonist is merely average. And yet he manages to overcome through sheer luck of the draw and general bumblingness someone who is by no means average and has an advantage over him in just about every way possible, other than being bigoted.

Reminds me of that quote from Spacebattles:
"Evil will always win... because good is STUPID!"

It just annoys the hell out of me that the bigots always lose because they're bigoted. Sure they're bigots, but I really don't care. The fact that Harry's incompetent bugs the hell out of me a lot more.

Re:The Title (1)

Martin Foster (4949) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334118)

It worked out pretty well for Frodo in Lord of the Rings. It does seem to be a re-occuring theme in books and popular culture of late. People perhaps feel comfort that no matter how little they try to change, work to better themselves or learn something new... That great things are still in store for them?

Re:The Title (4, Interesting)

Thangodin (177516) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334124)

If he were a superman, that would send the wrong message too: "Oh, well, he can do that because he's really clever and powerful." He's not lazy, but he's not particularly studious either. He actually has to work much harder than Hermione to learn the same things (most of the time, though, he's up to his ass in schoolwork and other problems as well.) On the other hand, he's no slouch--he still manages to be near the head of his class. And he pays dearly for all of his flaws--he makes so many mistakes in Order of the Phoenix that he almost gets everyone killed, and in the end, Sirius Black pays for it with his life.

What he does have is loyalty, fairness, kindness, generosity, and courage. In every situation, that's what carries him through. In standard fantasy parlance, he'd be a Paladin. The books are about the power of love vs. the power of hatred (ironic that Christians try to ban these books--they just don't get much of anything, do they?) His mother's protection is just a metaphor for that--but his mother's protection, and Dumbledore's, is gone now. In the final book he will have to grow up and face Voldemort alone. He's going to have to work like a trojan to be able to pull it off. But Rowling has set it up so that he's going to be tested most in the very qualities that have carried him so far. All is not what it seems. If Harry behaves like a jerk in the final book, he will lose a great deal, even if he wins the final battle.

Re:The Title (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334182)

I actually like this. Harry's "exceptional" traits are ones that anyone can have. He's brave (but not foolhardy), loyal, kind, generous - that's why he manages to pull through. He's got some abilities of his own (flying, pretty good with that whold "defense against the dark arts" thing) but overall the reason he triumphs is because he is a decent human being. In fact, many of the difficulties he runs into in the stories come from when he doesn't act like a mensch.

It's not supposed to be realistic - let's face it, truly "nice" people tend to get eaten alive in the real world - but it does send a good message: you don't have to be special, just try not to be an asshole.

Plus, he's dreamy!

Re:The Title (1, Troll)

NosTROLLdamus (979044) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333968)

Enough witht he Harry Potter bashing, if you don't like them, don't read them.

Jesus, it's not like you're in some small persecuted minority.

Don't go off with your "If you don't like it, ignore it" crap. I'm sorry people on a discussion site don't all (*cough*) jump into some big circle-jerk when the title of some junk book is mentioned.

Re:The Title (2, Insightful)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333518)

Harry Potter is British. What does it have to do with American literature?

Re:The Title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333586)

Because Harry Potter is so awesome, American literature will wither and die off. Duh.

Re:The Title (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333608)

Wouldn't it have withered and died off when the first few books were released, then?

Re:The Title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17334120)

No, after book 7 HP is done and after years of nothing to match it all of the children/fat women/gay males in the U.S. will commit suicide in one grand act of protest, thus heralding the end of American literature. This is elementary stuff.

Re:The Title (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334170)

Harry Potter is British. What does it have to do with American literature?

Those poor Americans have to get their literature from somewhere.

Re:The Title (-1, Troll)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334152)

What about "Harry Potter and the Pretentious Fuck"?

Damn... (4, Funny)

locokamil (850008) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333462)

... I was hoping it would be called "Harry Potter and the Back Alley Abortion."

Seriously, why do people keep on reading this stuff? :: goes and pre orders five copies-- one for self, one for wife, one for sister, one for children, one for mother ::

Re:Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333740)

... I was hoping it would be called "Harry Potter and the Back Alley Abortion."

But an actual abortion would clash with Harry's 'Luke, I am your father' twist later on in the series.

New Name (2, Funny)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333782)

No, It's going to be named " Harry Potter and the Franchise of Sequels."

Re:New Name (4, Informative)

75th Trombone (581309) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334186)

For what it's worth, J.K. Rowling intended there to be seven books in the series from Day One --- before she even knew whether the first one would sell enough to get the others published. She has said unequivocally that Book 7 will be the last (except MAYBE someday she'll publish all her unpublished notes that didn't make it into the books, or got changed before they made it into the books, etc.), and she'll stick to it.

If she doesn't stick to it, THEN you're more than welcome to pull out the "money-grubbing" accusations.

Re:Damn... (5, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333802)

"Harry," said Dumbledore, "we frown upon sex with younger students, especially freshmen boys. You see, this is why we have female goblins and elves around here."

"I don't quite understand, Sir," said Harry.

Dumbledore took him by the shoulder. "Ah, Harry, that's what I like about you. Sometimes you're thick as a brick. Which allows us to keep the series going for so many books."

Hermione interrupted. "*I* understand, Sir."

"And I've been meaning to speak to you, Hermione. About those candles, broomsticks, and bowling pins the housekeepers report littering your bedchamber..."

---- sometimes, you just DON'T want to see the parts Rowling edited out of the draft manuscripts...

Re:Damn... (2, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334232)

"Harry," said Dumbledore, "we frown upon sex with younger students, especially freshmen boys. You see, this is why we have female goblins and elves around here."

The sad thing is, you can probably find this story on a Harry Potter fanfic site.

wtf? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333468)

first politics and now books! what a crock!

What's a Hallow? (2, Interesting)

davecrusoe (861547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333470)

Our friendly Webster dictionary says: (and I quote) "Etymology: Middle English halowen, from Old English hAlgian, from hAlig holy -- more at HOLY 1 : to make holy or set apart for holy use 2 : to respect greatly : VENERATE synonym see DEVOTE" Interesting -- unless there's something that I'm missing, from earlier books in the series? Thoughts?

Re:What's a Hallow? (1)

redcaboodle (622288) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333532)

Probably a placename again.

Re:What's a Hallow? (1)

rufusdufus (450462) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333536)

I don't think the word you looked up is the one meant in the title. First off, the word you reference is a verb, and in the title it is used as a noun. I have found a reference to the word here [mystical-www.co.uk] that has a meaning that makes more sense: a hallows is a relic.

Re:What's a Hallow? (4, Informative)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333602)

The OED has "hallow" (the noun form) meaning one of the following:

      1. A saint, a god of the heathens, or something belonging thereto (like a relic);
      2. A loud shout or cry, to get dogs to chase, or to draw attention;
      3. The parts of a hare given to hounds as a reward or encouragement after a chase. (I really hope it's this meaning that Rowling has in mind!)

Re:What's a Hallow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333732)

Don't worry. It'll be renamed for the American audience when the movie comes out, just like Philosopher's Stone was.

"Harry Potter and Like.. Stuff.. d00d."

Re:What's a Hallow? (1)

SinGunner (911891) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333540)

in the course of the "complicated procedure", could someone have transposed "G" and "H"? thus, we could have "Garry Potter and the Deatgly Gallows!"

Re:What's a Hallow? (1)

SinGunner (911891) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333568)

in reference to my above post, one might also note that the video shows a game of "hangman" to determine the title... the "hangman" character being on a crude scaffolding, or "gallows"? perhaps there's more to the game than just getting the right answer?

Re:What's a Hallow? (2, Interesting)

Woldry (928749) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333544)

Knowing Rowling's punning nomenclature, "Hallows" could be a pun on "hollows" (in the sense of a small, steep valley) / "hallowed [ground]". It's also an old word for a Catholic/Anglican saint, so it may have something to do with that.

Either way, or even if I'm off base on both counts, I'm definitely on tenterhooks...

Re:What's a Hallow? (5, Insightful)

tdelaney (458893) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333658)

I don't think so. As another poster pointed out, "hallows" can mean "relics". Now, what would qualify as a "relic" in the previous book, that's associated with death?

Perhaps a good translation of the title might be ... "Harry Potter and the Horcruxes".

Re:What's a Hallow? (1)

Woldry (928749) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333790)

*smacks forehead*

Of course, you're right. I think my brain was addled by trying to reduce my risk of dying [slashdot.org] .

Re:What's a Hallow? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333626)

It's almost certainly a references to the Horcruxes mentioned in the previous book.
They are 'Hallowed' magical objects into which "He Who Must Not Be Named" has poured a portion of his soul, to keep himself functionally immortal. The last one we saw did a real number on Dumbledore's hand, so yes, these things will convey serious hit points.

Harry's gonna have to destroy them all before he goes head-to-head with ... Him ... again.

Re:What's a Hallow? (1)

rpj1288 (698823) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333660)

I believe it is a reference to something from earlier in the series. Harry's parents lived in a town called Godric's Hallow.

Re:What's a Hallow? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333722)

It's "Godrick's Hollow", not "Hallow".
The place was named after Godrick Griffindore, one of the founders of the school.

Hallows? (4, Funny)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333484)

Hallowed are the Ori.

damn it (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333486)

What god awful dribble those books are. Now if you don't mind I need to roll this d20.

Spoiler (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333500)

To mirror the opening chapter of the first book, "The Boy Who Lived", the final chapter will be "The Boy Who Died." In it, despite the name, Harry Potter will kill all women on the face of the planet, thus dooming the human race -- muggle and magic alike.

Re:Spoiler (4, Insightful)

75th Trombone (581309) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334208)

Despite your troll, you've almost got it right. The final chapter of the final book will actually be entitled "The Boy Who Lived," just like the first chapter of the first book.

Note how clever that turn of phrase is: you can look at the table of contents and see that chapter title, but you won't know until you read the book whether it means 1) the boy who used to live, or 2) the boy who fought Voldemort (again) and lived.

Orginal title (2, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333502)

It was originally called "Harry Potter Laughes All The Way To The Bank". But the publisher convinced her to change the title.

Re:Orginal title (5, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333542)

And a good thing, because that title would have embarrassed the proofreader something fierce.

Re:Orginal title (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333604)

Isn't that archaic english?

You heard it wrong (4, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333506)

It's actually: "Harry Potter: the plot is shallow".

Operation Meat Hammer (1)

b.burl (1034274) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333752)

Nope, I heard: Harry Potter and Operation Meat Hammer (Or How I learned to stop worring and enjoy beating a dead horse until its no longer profitable). ps: Thanx stephen.

Re:Operation Meat Hammer (1, Redundant)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333798)

If I remember correctly Harry Potter was always going to be seven books.

Re:Operation Meat Hammer (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333998)

If I remember correctly Harry Potter was always going to be seven books.
Just like The Matrix was always going to be three movies, and Star Wars was always going to be six movies... yea right. :P

Re:Operation Meat Hammer (1)

Neon Crossing (744179) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334054)

Good though your point was, I'm pretty sure Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone states that Hogwarts lasts for seven years, sort of setting up the series right from the start for seven total books.

Re:Operation Meat Hammer (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334108)

Both examples ended when they said they would. You prove my point. Also, the first book has always said "Year 1" on it.

Re:You heard it wrong (1)

zobier (585066) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333756)

Mendel Quoth [pangloss.com] :
Deathly Hallows

at the blue river valley

your babies left swinging, in the boughs.

a fly grasping warmth while perched on an integrated circuit

Re:You heard it wrong (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333768)

I thought that was the last one. The new one is: Harry Potter: Ka-ching!!!$$$$$

Long as the kids enjoy it and you teach them about franchises and marketing when they first get hooked by this sort of thing, I'm not so sure it's that bad. Let them buy into all the commercial BS and you'll have a mindless drone albeit a literate one if they go for the book.

Re:You heard it wrong (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334076)

Maybe it should be "Harry Potter and the Cynical Bastards"?

As children's books go, the HP series is far better than most from both a literary and a commercial standpoint. While everyone involved has certainly made a pile of money, they have stayed relatively consistent.

For my money, it beats "JRR Tolkein's Notes Taken While Upon The Crapper That My Son Is Publishing Because He Likes Money A Whole Lot," "Dune: Ass-raping My Father's Legacy" and "Piers Anthony's Yet Another Disturbing Look Into My Psyche (And Also Puns!)"

Re:You heard it wrong (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333852)

It's actually: "Harry Potter: the plot is shallow".

I know you're just being funny, but the LAST thing you can accuse the HP plot of is being shallow. That world is HUGE and very complex. I think that's one of the reasons that adult readers can get dragged into it as much as the kids. Supposedly JKR has boxes and boxes full of notes about how various things work. She's said she might publish an encyclopdia of the world based on her notes (for charity, like the other two charity books).

Re:You heard it wrong (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334086)

It's actually: "Harry Potter: the plot is shallow".

I know you're just being funny, but the LAST thing you can accuse the HP plot of is being shallow. That world is HUGE and very complex. I think that's one of the reasons that adult readers can get dragged into it as much as the kids. Supposedly JKR has boxes and boxes full of notes about how various things work. She's said she might publish an encyclopdia of the world based on her notes (for charity, like the other two charity books).

The world may be complex, but that has nothing to do with the plot [wikipedia.org] . Harry Potter plots are all exasperatingly shallow. Harry is a bloody dunce who wanders around through a fantastic world in a complete muddle, ignoring or missing clues all around him until he is trapped in a corner and saved by whatever deus ex machina plot device JKR had handy. It's absolutely horrendous writing. Complex? sure. Engaging? Yeah. Well crafted plots? Not at all.

Harry Potter And The Slow News Day? (5, Insightful)

Khakionion (544166) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333526)

Seriously, a book has been titled? So what?

I can't believe this is on the Beeb and Slashdot's front pages.

Re:Harry Potter And The Slow News Day? (1)

DigitalRaptor (815681) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333848)

Out of curiosity, have the read the other 6 books?

Re:Harry Potter And The Slow News Day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333884)

No everybody is down around here after hearing a developer was leaving Novell but than the article came how the co-found came back.
*YAHHHH* to *ahhhhhh noooo*

They must be very bitter now knowing that Suse will make Linux a success.

A better book (2, Funny)

Watson Ladd (955755) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333550)

Would be Hirsute Ceramist and the Holy Lambda [mit.edu] for those of us who like Lord Voldemort's Schemes.

Re:A better book (1)

sskroeder (729930) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333652)

${ZOMG}... I wish that our computer science dept. could dish out assignments like that -- those exercises are quite fun to read ;-D

Re:A better book (1)

icebrain (944107) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333744)

Oh lord... why did I read that? Just when I'd managed to get the last vestiges of scheme out of my head, I revisit the nightmare of freshman year... DAMN YOU GEORGIA TECH!

sorry.

Anything hand-worthy? (1)

Cybert4 (994278) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333570)

I heard they are getting more "adult"?

Hmmm... (0, Troll)

linux pickle (974544) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333580)

Isn't Slashdot's motto "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters."? This seems to be neither...

zo'o nai cai (1)

Cybert4 (994278) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333592)

do je'a bebna

Get over yourself. Slashdot is a business, not something formed to fight for geek ideals. Moron.

Re:zo'o nai cai (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333680)

Is that Lojban?

go'i (1)

Cybert4 (994278) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333692)

ko cilre tu'a la lojban

Re:Hmmm... (0, Troll)

SpectreHiro (961765) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333730)

News for kids. Stuff that matters precious little.

Darned and drat (4, Funny)

MjrTom (68324) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333582)

I was so hoping for Harry Potter and the Closed Casket Funerals. Guess I should have known that that wasn't going to happen.

Another Title (1)

mulhollandj (807571) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333638)

I like Harry Potter and the Ding Dong Dudley better. But seriously what a pain to write a book where millions of people are going to look for the slightest error or inconsistency. Many don't realize Harry is a fictional person.

Harry Potter and... (5, Funny)

coredog64 (1001648) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333656)

I was hoping it was going to be "Harry Potter and the Balance of Earth" and that it would come bundled with a copy
of "An Inconvenient Truth" and some moon sapphires...

[spoiler] (1)

Peganthyrus (713645) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333684)

I'm sure there are people in the intersection of Slashdot readers and Harry Potter fans who are cursing you for posting this news without hiding the name behind the 'Read More'. Hey, 'complicated procedure', might be one of those little treasure hunt things some people like doing, but now there's no point in solving the puzzle if you happen upon Slashdot first, is there?

Regardless: Harry Potter and the what the fuck? I think every other book had a title that made sense to the uninitiated, but "Deathly Hallows"? That just doesn't parse.

Obvious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333688)

Harry Potter and the Search for More Money.

However, I think we all know that the real money is in merchandising.

Four Hallows of Arthurian legend (5, Interesting)

tyrr (306852) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333724)

"The Hallows could refer to the Four Hallows of Arthurian legend. They are intimately connected to the Grail and ultimately probably go back to the Four Treasures of the Tuatha de Danaan of Irish myth.

The Four Hallows are:

The Cup or Chalice
The Baton or Wand
The Sword or Dagger
The Coin, Disc or Pentacle

I think we were right all along in connecting the horcruxes to the four elements. These hallows are associated with the elements, and match up quite nicely to the remaining horcruxes:

Cup (HH)
Baton or Wand (RR)
Sword or Dagger (GG)
Pentacle (SS locket)

Just my two knuts!"

Read here: http://www.leakylounge.com/index.php?showtopic=368 09&st=0 [leakylounge.com]

Re:Four Hallows of Arthurian legend (1)

MtViewGuy (197597) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334126)

Hey, you might have unlocked much of the plot points of the final Hary Potter novel! :-)

Georgie? Did you have something to do with this? (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333738)

Deathly Hallows? Really?

I think Mrs. Rowling has been getting title ideas from Mr. Lucas and/or other young children.

www.jkrowling.com (4, Interesting)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333778)

If you go to her home, click on the eraser and you will be taken to a room -- you'll see a window, a door and a mirror.

In the mirror, you'll see a hallway. Click on the farthest doorknob and look for the Christmas tree. Then click on the center of the door next to the mirror and a wreath appears. Then click on the top of the mirror and you'll see a garland.

Look for a cobweb next to the door. Click on it, and it will disappear. Now, look at the chimes in the window. Click on the second chime to the right, and hold it down. The chime will turn into the key, which opens the door. Click on the wrapped gift behind the door, then click on it again and figure out the title yourself by playing a game of hangman.

Yawn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17333832)

I'd much prefer to read a cereal box.

On the news (1)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333844)

I thought it was funny on my local news they were talking about this books. they said the name of the book then said "You can goto the website and play a game of hangman to find the name of the book" Just thought it was funny that they said that right after they said the name of the book.

Damn... (5, Insightful)

Ka D'Argo (857749) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333912)

Mod me down if you must but damn, the one time I don't have mod points to use and like the majority of comments are just flamebait and trolling. Quite a few nerds are into Harry Potter, let's not forget nerds extend into the fantasy genre, and there has been plenty of news on such things as Lord of the Rings or Warhammer on /. in the past...So why the hate for HP? If you dislike the novels for their story and such, thats your opinion you are entitled too but damn, don't dis on Neil for putting up a story many of us are interested in.

Re:Damn... (1)

mojo-raisin (223411) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334036)

thanks for saying that. I think some current slashdoters don't appreciate decent story telling, or just assume the series is *just* a children's series.

Shutting down (2, Funny)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333914)

I am now severing my connection to the Internet. I can no longer trust even the most unlikely sources for Harry Potter spoilers. Fucking Richard Stallman ruined it for me last time. He sure got an earful from me, though.

HP and the (ADJECTIVE | NOUN ADJECTIVAL) NOUN 7 (5, Funny)

glwtta (532858) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333946)

Man, that naming formula is even more boring than Star Wars' "Episode NUMBER: VERB of the NOUN".

Harry (1)

chkMINUS (910577) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334050)

Harry Butthole Pussy Potter

Stupid, just stupid. (0, Flamebait)

n6kuy (172098) | more than 7 years ago | (#17334058)

Forget the Hallows, let's put this one on the gallows.

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17334062)

Maybe it's that "English/English" thing, but "Deathly Hallows" is a slang term for vagina in the northwest US.
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