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Harry Potter Leaked Via Handheld Camera

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the too-big-a-perimeter-to-patrol dept.

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owlgorithm writes "Salon reports that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been leaked four days before it hits bookstores. It turns out that someone with access to the American edition of the book has taken a photograph of every one of the pages and made them available via bittorrent. Publishers may well be quaking in their boots, but in some places the quality is barely legible. On many pages the pirateer's hands are in the pictures with other pages needing a bit of Photoshopping just to make out the words. It appears many of the sites have been removing the content, naturally enough."

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So? (3, Insightful)

Macgruder (127971) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895469)

so? it's not like it's worth anything. Labor intensive, to boot

HERE IT IS, OCD'D (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895687)

Harry and Ron stepped through the fat woman painting into the Gryffindor common room in some consternation. "I hope Hermione hasn't passed us completely," Ron said. "I can't believe she took summer classes."
          "I would have if I could," Harry said, "but I didn't have the O.W.L.s to manage it. Remember, her last letter said she was going to go on to post-graduate work." They waved to familiar friends and began introducing themselves to the new students. Quite a lot of the younger students kept passing them and then looking back at Harry and stopping dead in surprise.
          After eight years, Harry was used to being stared at. The dark Lord Voldemort's attack on him as a baby left him a distinctive lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead, and the reputation of being the only person Voldemort couldn't kill outright did the rest, with some help from the reputation Harry had built for himself since. After discovering he was a wizard and could attend Hogwart's School of Wizardry, Harry had gotten wind of several of Voldemort's evil schemes and had thwarted them all. He had faced death, humiliation, basilisks, dragons, evil wizards, malicious spells, foul odors, the undead, and even the Inland Revenue and remained unscathed. Oddly enough, Voldemort's schemes seemed to be losing oomph, as if he could no longer pull together enough power to get a really good evil plan together. The last attempt had been to place Harry on a chain letter mailing list.
          As more and more students kept staring at him, Harry began to realize that there was a different class of attention. He recognized the star-gazers, the well-wishers, the groupies, the jealous, and the envious, but he kept noticing female students looking at him in a funny way, almost as if they were hungry. One pretty blonde student even went so far as to lick her lips and use her hand to smooth out the front of her robe, although Harry hadn't noticed any wrinkles..
          Ron noticed it as well. "Cor, Harry! You outta be able to get some serious schtank this year! And we're finally of legal age to learn Sex Magic, so you'll have an excuse and everything."
          "But why are they staring at me? Why not both of us?" Harry asked, blushing furiously.
          "Well, look at you. You've been playing tournament-class Quidditch for eight years, you're in fantastic shape, you've got the scar (chicks love scars, Harry), and Daniel Radcliffe turned out to be a hunk."
          "What?"
          "Look, there's Hermione!"
          Hermione Granger was standing at the bottom of the steps to the girls' dormitories. Harry and Ron dashed towards her and then stopped dead. Hermione had changed over the summer. The difference was so great that Harry was forced to realize that he hadn't really been paying attention the last few years. The mass of curly brown hair was still there, but it was arranged in an artful way to frame her face and curl over her shoulders. Her face was more angular, with high cheekbones and clear milky skin. The prominent front teeth were still there, but they only served to push her lips forward in a very interesting manner, making her look as if she was always just about to eat a strawberry. Her robes had changed as well; they fit quite a bit better, for one, and the neckline seemed much more fascinating than before. She had a thin leather belt around her waist, from which hung several small silk pouches and which incidentally accentuated her lush curves. Heavily orchestrated music began playing. "Hi Harry, hi Ron!" she called, and went to hug them both.
          "Um, cough, wow, Hermione, you're looking really, um, good," Ron blurted out. Harry just nodded and concentrated on trying to breathe normally.
          She preened. "Thanks! I've been studying up on Sex Magic, it's dead easy. Did you get all the stuff on your list for this year?"
          Both teens looked down and nodded. "Yes, " said Harry glumly. "We had to go to a different section of Dragon's Alley for it, some shop called Lord Chumley's Marital Accoutrements and Novelties for the Gentleman. I don't even know what half of this stuff does! And a couple of the items sort of look like wands, but I tried swishing them about and almost got arrested!"
          "You'll see. The girls get a different list, I got everything at Victoria's Sorceries. I'll show you later, if you're good" she said, not noticing the way both Harry and Ron's eyes widened, "but you've both got to get to "Beginning Erotimancy". I'll see you after." She turned and walked up the stairs with a wiggle.
          Ron looked at Harry. "We're in for it, aren't we?"

          The two boys ran into Professor Winkledoof's class just on time. This class was all boys, for some reason, and Harry's heart fell as he spotted Draco Malfoy and his goons on the other side of the room. The professor, a short, stocky man with questionable hygiene, was busily making extremely detailed chalk drawings on the blackboard. The drawings appeared to be of some sort of intricate plumbing system, and resmebled slightly the more primitive sketchings Harry had seen in the boy's lavatory. There were several posters hanging about the walls, with mottoes like "Safe Spelling", and "Wrap It Before You Wave It". There was what appeared to be an inflatable witch, a small trampoline and a spool of thick rope over by the closet, and there was a large wooden trunk labeled "Toys" next to Professor Winkledoof's desk, which was almost invisible under the stacks of paintings and etchings. Harry and Ron looked down; at each student's place was a brass spigot maked "Lube", a soft towel, and a small parcel of square foil packages labeled "Lord Chumley's Preventatives - Ribbed". Some of the boys had apparantly already opened theirs and there was a spirited balloon fight going on in the back of the room.
          Professor Winkledoof finished his drawing, turned to face the class, scratched himself, and began. "Right! Welcome to 'Beginning Erotimancy'! We'll jump right in to give you a taste, right? Wave yer wand over your goodies and say 'Phallus erectus'!"
          Harry looked around to get an idea of what "goodies" was supposed to mean, and then, blushing, he followed instructions. "Phallus erectus!" he commanded. Instantly he felt a strange warmth, which turned into an abrupt and slightly painful swelling and tightening beneath his robes. At first he thought he had inadvertantly transformed part of himself into a snake, but talking to it had no effect. Next to him he could hear Ron waving his wand frantically and mumbling, "Please, dammit, c'mon, don't do this to me..." The boys around him were having varying degrees of success; Harry wasn't surprised to see Malfoy sitting tall in his chair with a smug expression.
          Class ended early after an explosion came from the back of the room and Neville's high-pitched shrieks filled the air. "That explosion was a bit... premature, wasn't it Potter?" laughed Malfoy.
          The next class was with Professor Snapes ("Aphrodisiacs and their Abuses") but they had more than a half-hour to spend so they went back to the Gryffindor rooms. Harry was still puzzling over what he had seen. "What were those diagrams on the board? You think he's trying to sneak into the pipes of Hogwarts to do some dastardly deed? Maybe there's underground caverns besides the Chamber of SecretsTM, that diagram looked kind of like the opening of a hidden cavern," Harry said. Ron looked at him with an odd expression.
          "You didn't get out much at the Dursley's, did you Harry?"
          "No, you know that. What's that got to do with anything?"
          "Nothing, nothing," Ron said hurridly, "only you might want to, you know, check out the library for some extra biology studying this term."
          "Now you sound like Hermione."
          "Yeah, and about Hermione. You know how she loves showing off how much she knows about magic, right? I'm thinking that..."
          They said the password ("doggin bat!") and entered the common room. Hermione was sitting in one of the high-backed armchairs in front of the fire, studying an odd-looking device. "What sort of magic wand's that, then?" asked Ron.
          Hermione smiled a cat smile. "A Hitachi," she said. "Why are you chaps back so early? Finish too soon?"
          "No, but Neville did," Harry said. "Madam Pomfrey looked at him and shook her head, said something about cold compresses."
          Ron cleared his throat. "Um, Hermione, I was wondering... I mean, it seems that Harry here is a bit, um, lacking, in certain basic instruction, and I was wondering if you could help him out. And me too, if you're not too tired." Hermione seemed delighted, and stood up with a flourish.
          "I'd be happy to," she said. She looked closer at Harry, paying particular attention to the chest and arm muscles developed through years of Quidditch. "I'd be very happy to. The only person I had to study with over the summer was Colin, and he wears out too quickly." She reached into one of her pouches, grumbled, and then reached into a diferent one. "Shouldn't have been there... okay, this is the easiest one to master, it's called Attraction. With a small effort you can cast a spell on a person and make them think you're the sexiest thing they've ever seen." She threw a small handful of glittering dust in the air, waved her Hitachi through it and chanted, "Glamourus Meus!"
          Suddenly, in Harry's eyes Hermione was stunning. She had already been attractive; now she was maddening. He could feel the snake tranformation in his robes again as he lurched towards her, determined to get her and... and... well, he didn't know exactly what yet, but whatever it was he was going to do it really hard. Hermione smiled at him. "See? Easy. And you turn it off with just a snap of the wand." She jerked her wand between them and down, but it had no effect. She looked at it and ducked around the back of the chair as Harry stepped forward. "Sorry, I'll try that again." She did; it didn't.
          Hermione looked up with resigned good humor and held her arms out. Oh, well, something went wrong, and now she had to deal with a lust-crazed Harry Potter. No worries, she had hoped for that anyway, just on somewhat more equal terms. Maybe this way they could get the awkwardness out of the way and then they could... Behind Harry's quivering body she could hear that all the conversation in the room had stopped, and low moans could be heard. She stood up and peeked over the back of the chair.
          Everyone in the room was looking at her like a starving dog looking at a steak, and they were all walking stiffly towards the chair. Even some of the figures in the paintings seemed to be trying to climb out of the frames. The fat woman painting slid aside and more boys (and a few girls) from the other Houses came in, followed by several professors. Through the window she could hear Hagrid's great booming voice, "Aragh! I've gone and raised the biggest beast of them all! C'mon, me lad, let's put you to good use!" Even the male owls in the room seemed alert and ready to swoop, and Ron's owl Pidwigeon was scrabbling at the bottom of her robes, trying to find a way in.
          Frantically she tore through her pouches, only to find that all of her other powders had been replaced with sugar packets. Someone had sabotaged her spell! And now it looked as though she was going to suffer for it, unless her summer lessons could help her triumph over 65 males (and a few females). She took a deep breath, snapped her head to the side to crack her neck, and stepped forward...

Troll? Pretty damn funny to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895791)

"She preened. "Thanks! I've been studying up on Sex Magic, it's dead easy. Did you get all the stuff on your list for this year?""

Re:HERE IT IS, OCD'D (2, Funny)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895893)

Man the quality of erotica fan fiction has fallen over time.

Re:So? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895845)

SPOILER: RON WEASLEY DIES!

Re:So? (1)

Jansingal (1098809) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895883)

Someone has way too much time on their hands. But more importantly..... DOES HARRY DIE?

and it won't cost them (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895481)

a single sale.

Encourages sales more likely (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895587)

People dedicated enough to read the out of focus pictures will still buy a properly printed book too.

The same really applies to those movie rip-offs shot with a video cam from the back row. Anybody buying a fuzzy/shaky rip-off will still buy a legal version later.

Re:and it won't cost them (4, Interesting)

compro01 (777531) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895665)

actually, i wouldn't be entirely surprised if this is intentional. take pics, deliberately making most of them (all the really interesting/important parts) illegible, put it on every torrent site from here to Des Moines, and build a little(?) more hype for the big release at midnight on the 21st.

Re:and it won't cost them (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895735)

That's my thinking, PR Stunt.

Re:and it won't cost them (4, Insightful)

seaturnip (1068078) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895797)

By now the book has been distributed widely in preparation for the release, coming into contact with large numbers of people many of which are Harry Potter fans who don't take corporate secrecy particularly seriously. This was likely to leak just as critics' movie screeners, and published-submitted videogames commonly leak.

There's no cause to believe the PR people did anything intentionally -- any marketer would have to be a total fool to attempt such a risky trick on a book guaranteed to sell millions anyway. If it backfired, his ass is fired.

Re:and it won't cost them (2, Insightful)

compro01 (777531) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896123)

how would this backfire if the book is going to sell millions anyway?

i highly doubt that someone will just download this and not bother with the book.

there may not be any value added with a movie or a game (there might even be negative value added with DRM or copy protection), but a book is substantially better than these pictures.

Re:and it won't cost them (1)

superphreak (785821) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895821)

From here to Des Moines? Depending on where you're coming from, that's not very far. That's only ~4 hours south of here. ;)
Might want to expand a bit.

Re:and it won't cost them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895667)

Most likely, but you can bet they'll say it did if the book doesn't sell twice as many copies as the last book.

Re:and it won't cost them (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895757)

On the contrary,

the publisher and author are claiming losses of 68 trillion US Dollars in US sales alone because of the leak.

They figured the number based on the claims made by software and Music publishers over the past few years.

Unfortunately now, every man woman and child in the UK will now have no electricity, heat, water or spicy food for 15 years because of this. The economic destruction that it will cause will probably bring the roman empire back to london, Make all beer taste sour, and disrupt peace in the middle east.

See how damaging Piracy is!! SEE!

heh (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895489)


Crappy cam quality. Can't they telesync a book nowadays?
Oh wait...

Re:heh (3, Informative)

un1xl0ser (575642) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895567)

A telesync is normally an improvement of sound quality by syncing either the FM broadcast for the hearing impaired (or at a drive-in), or directly into the soundboard. Sometimes the reason that they got a soundboard feed is because they are a projectionist, which is why the video quality may be improved, but this isn't always the case. I think that you mean a dvdscr or dvdrip. :-)

Re:heh (1)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895579)

I meant telecine. :)

And who saw that ending coming? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895497)

I mean... Harry Potter is Luke Skywalker's father?!

Re:And who saw that ending coming? (1)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895771)

Damn you! You're supposed to put SPOILER in big letters or ROT13 your post when you give away the ending like that, you insensitive clod!

Re:And who saw that ending coming? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895799)

I double ROT13'd it, and I put SPOILER in spoiler tags, which must've made them invisible.

Re:And who saw that ending coming? (3, Funny)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896005)

You must have read the UK version. From what I read, at the end Harry wakes up after being in a coma for 7 years and realizes that the past 6 books were all a dream.

The main problem... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895505)

On several sites that allow commenting, people are posting the spoilers. I've already had the book ruined for me unexpectedly :P (since it was a week before release)...

The main problem...Unreciprocal actions. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895673)

I think all this pirating says more about the pirates than it does the book or the author. The honest will pay the author her due, and she will give them what they want. All pirates will give is free.

Unexpectedly ruined? (3, Insightful)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895679)

So, somebody MADE you read the spoilers?

Re:Unexpectedly ruined? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895753)

So, somebody MADE you read the spoilers?

When trolls post it in the middle of a batch of comments with a deceptive title? I didn't exactly seek out spoilers. It wasn't a Harry Potter related post even.

Re:Unexpectedly ruined? (5, Insightful)

scott_karana (841914) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896143)

You don't know they're spoilers until you read them, hence "unexpected".
Christ. Pedants.

Re:The main problem... (1)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896027)

On several sites that allow commenting, people are posting the spoilers. I've already had the book ruined for me unexpectedly

Hell, that sucks. Although I haven't read the books but I'm trying to avoid spoilers. Really, I don't worry that much about explicit ones. Rather I am more concerned about subliminal spoilers. Yeah, the tinfoil hat is at full power.

Don't worry about it I guess. In the end the result should be the same. Either you'll enjoy the book or you won't. Subliminal messages are what you want to watch out for - they're harder to block.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896067)

Why the hell are you reading this story!?

Let me guess, you don't expect to be told spoilers here?

P.S. "Luke! I am your father!"

The info you are looking for: (-1, Redundant)

farker haiku (883529) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895507)

To get the book, go to the Pirate Bay and search for "Harry Potter." You'll see several links to versions offered through Bittorrent, as well as some links to various sites on the Web that offer a PDF of all the pictures. (That's the sort I got.) Have fun!

http://thepiratebay.org/search/harry%20potter/0/3/ 0 [thepiratebay.org]

Re:The info you are looking for: (4, Funny)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895547)

Wow, thanks for that. I was totally lost when Mr. Slashdot started talking about "bitorrents". Its lucky you dropped in to expand on the totally vague summary, up until this point I had no idea on how to search for this Harold Potter fellow and where I would even go to look for something such as this. Thank you again for gracing us with your wisdom.

Re:The info you are looking for: (1)

perlhacker14 (1056902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895591)

You do realize that over half are fakes? Look at the copyright name and copyright page and tell.

I'll be waiting for the TC (1)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895517)

Can someone who has it please tell me if it is suitable for OCR?

Re:I'll be waiting for the TC (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895701)

Nope, not at all; which is why I think it's a PR stunt.

Are you a complete cheapskate? (0, Flamebait)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895929)

Are you a complete cheapskate?

What's wrong with waiting a whole four days and then buying the book yourself?

Or, waiting a few days longer and borrowing a used copy from a friend?

Or, waiting a few days longer and buying a used copy via eBay?

Or, borrowing a copy from your local library when they have it?

If you're that desperate to read the book that you'd go through the hassle of downloading a torrent and then running all the pages through an OCR package, and then putting all that together, and then having to wonder what happened in the parts that weren't clear enough to OCR as well as deal with the hassle of incorrectly recognised characters then you should be a man and just buy for the damn book.

I'd really love to know your justification for doing anything but that.

Re:I'll be waiting for the TC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896089)

a pdf copy exists that was probably made with OCR. it's good quality.

Reading it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895525)

lol

Reading it right now. Only a couple pages (like 2% of the book) are unreadable, doesn't affect the plot at all. And don't give me crap about stealing/pirating/hurting sales, since I still plan on being at the midnight opening at bn.

Just read it *spoilers* (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895527)

Here is how Harry Potter dies. He slits his fucking wrists because he realized he is like the shitdot sheeple, a lowly fucktard who should be eliminated from the gene pool.

One last thing from the end of the book.

GO AHEAD FUCKING FLAME AWAY OR WASTE YOUR GODDAMNED MOD POINTS FUCKTARDED SHITDOT SHEEPLE!

Mod parent body off of front page (1)

Eco-Mono (978899) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895571)

By the time I had read the subject line's *spoilers* tag, my peripheral vision had read and processed the the first sentence of the parent. I don't think this needs to be modded into oblivion, but it SHOULD require deliberate action from the user to appear.

Re:Mod parent body off of front page (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895653)

Do you like to have a peppis in your bunghole??

GAYNIGGER!

You must be new here. (1)

Eco-Mono (978899) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895747)

Sorry, your response must be in the form of a press release.

And will this decrease sales? (4, Interesting)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895545)

I really doubt it. When this stuff happens the media reports it. that is advertising.

And for you folks that read this and/or the spoilers, too bad. You could have closed your eyes.

Re:And will this decrease sales? (1)

_Mustang (96904) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896041)

Hell ya - who f*n cares if it was leaked? No, I don't mean publishers/author and them folks but fans. You see if a fan doesn't want to know the ending then they can NOT LOOK/READ/DOWNLOAD whatever, and wait for the real book to come out and just read it. It's not like being at the movies and hearing the twits in the show before you discussing the killer movie-moment as they walk past you at the theatre..

Now I've yet to read even a single one of the books, but I have enjoyed the movies and will watch every single one that comes out. Heck I even intend on buying whatever box-set of the books becomes available in the near future. Does it bother me that I'll "know" the story beforehand, NO. know why? The same ability I and most every other movie watcher has/has developed. You know the one which allows me to watch the friken movie version - the whole "suspension of disbelief" thing. I mean really, would you _ever_ be able to reread or even HAVE a favorite book if you couldn't turn that on and off as needed.. ? And if you have that ability in the first place then it really doesn't matter.. man I've lost count of how many times I've read the same book or series of from a variety of authors and I still love it each and every time.

Re:And will this decrease sales? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896049)

It doesn't make it right. I find it truly astounding that many on Slashdot, indeed it's a rather pervasive groupthink mentality, hate advertisements, yet they argue that by illegally distributing intellectual property they are somehow helping advertise the work for the creator, all for free, they want little in return except the intellectual proerty and all rights to copy, distribute it, etc. Sounds like a bunch of fucking whores to me. You can't have it both ways.

Re:And will this decrease sales? (1)

_Mustang (96904) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896177)

replying to an a/c - cripes but what the hell..
I'm not sure if you mean the parent or me, but I for one never made any sort of argument concerning "right" or "moral" or any other such thing. The only thing I see here is that the more people buy into the hype the more this kind of crap occurs and it ends up being a vicious circle..

Best to treat it like gum on your shoe - scrape it off and keep walking.

Great marketing (3, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895551)

This could be a marketing strategy. Just make sure the readable pages don't expose much of the story and make the unreadable pages contain bits of juicy writing. Just enough to make book worms salivate for more Potter action.

I should pattent this method of advertising.

Re:Great marketing (1)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895731)

I agree.

Won't it be funny when we find out that the *WRONG BOOK* was leaked?

Honeypot???

Uberspoiler at bayimg.com (5, Informative)

viking80 (697716) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895553)

Re:Uberspoiler at bayimg.com (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895615)

Now THAT is funny. :D

More on Bayimg (1)

viking80 (697716) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895637)

Re:More on Bayimg (1)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895877)

BAYIMG - free uncensored image hosting (Talk about false advertising)

NO COPYRIGHT. NO LICENSE.

Re:Uberspoiler at bayimg.com (1)

hlomas (1010351) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895857)

That image is Snape kills Dumbledore x infinity

Re:Uberspoiler at bayimg.com (1)

GFree (853379) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895943)

The net's acting a little slow here, so until the page loads I'm gonna have to assume that the latest Harry Potter book has "Sexy Photos of Women", which apparently I can browse in my area 100% free. Now this is my kind of book!

So now PirateBay can be sued... (1)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896047)

FTA: available via bittorrent

Swedish law protects online "caching" of several copyrighted material, the exception to the rule is literacy.

That means PirateBay, which owns bayimg and the bittorrent servers controlling the distribution network of that online book now can be sued.

Sigh... (1)

perlhacker14 (1056902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895555)

What will this gain? The photos have a serial number of the camera, so how long is it until the person is caught? I personally would enjoy the chance to go through and read all of it, but bit torrent downloads can be tracked, and I am not about to risk it or waste my time on bad quality pictures with half of it blurry (I did see the pictures on some one elses machine). There is also a wide policy about posting spoilers, so nearly all will ignore this and move on with their lives. I personally pity the fool who put the pictures up there; I would start running to some far off land for the next year or so to avoid the feds and publishers.

Re:Sigh... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895625)


The camera info you mention can be altered.

Re:Sigh... (5, Funny)

magarity (164372) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895631)

but bit torrent downloads can be tracked
 
You mean one of your neighbors isn't running a open WAP, er, I mean 'torrent anonymizer'?

Re:Sigh... (1)

Kilz (741999) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895889)

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I saw it. (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895557)

I read it until I realized that if I keep reading this, it'll ruin it for me when the book actually does come out.

Why? (1)

nebaz (453974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895565)

This isn't "lone gunman are dead", but the fact that there is a "Harry Potter leaked info" story right now is just the place for trolls, etc, to post spoilers. I'm avoiding all of the Harry Potter forums as is to avoid this -- I'd rather not have to avoid Slashdot.

I'll wait until the 21st (1)

smeagols_ghost (644286) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895577)

I've waited this long, have the day off work and the fridge stocked with spcied wine.

I for one will be waiting until the official launch for my copy.

Re:I'll wait until the 21st (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895663)

"I've waited this long, have the day off work and the fridge stocked with spcied wine."

ok, you are the biggest dork, you win.

Re:I'll wait until the 21st (4, Informative)

ozbird (127571) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896145)

"I've waited this long, have the day off work and the fridge stocked with spcied wine."

ok, you are the biggest dork, you win.


Remember kids, gazpacho soup is served cold; spiced wine is served hot.

Full Spoilers (2, Informative)

kzkq (1129491) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895585)

I already read the whole low quality photo thing (remarkable how well your eyes can read horribly blurred jpg compressed text) and posted a summary here for anyone who is interested: http://harrypotter7spoilers.blogspot.com/ [blogspot.com] there were really only about 4 pages and a few more paragraphs that were illegible. Put it did take some zooming and effort to get through the whole thing in about 6 hours.

Just Fraking Great (2, Insightful)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895593)

I was planning on picking up the book on Saturday morning and I was going to avoid the Web, TV, and radio till I finished. Now I've got to start the self-imposed media blackout now.

Re:Just Fraking Great (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895645)

Read it: Harry dies.

HA! Just testing if you actually put your self in a black out.

I haven't rad it..or have I?

How do we know? (5, Funny)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895611)

How do we know it was done with a handheld camera? Looks like magic to me.

Nerdy Answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895681)


$ jhead -v *.jpg
Exif header 10750 bytes long
Exif section in Intel order
(dir has 9 entries)
        Make = "Canon"
        Model = "Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL"
        Orientation = 1
        XResolution = 180/1
        YResolution = 180/1
        ResolutionUnit = 2
        DateTime = "2007:07:15 20:40:11" ...
                        Canon maker tag 0006 Value = "IMG:EOS DIGITAL REBEL JPEG"
                        Canon maker tag 0007 Value = "Firmware Version 1.0.2"
                        Canon maker tag 000c Value = 560151117
                        Canon maker tag 0015 Value = -1879048192
                        Canon maker tag 0008 Value = 1363625 ...

Yeah, the guy might as well have left his drivers license on his ugly ass speckled carpet.

who cares? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895627)

Its a freaking KIDS BOOK!

Re:who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895917)

I read the first book when I was a kid, kind of, now a lot of years have gone by.

The hands. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895639)

I have slept with J.K. Rowling, and I can state, with absolute certainty, that those are her hands. They are absolutely unmistakable, so the woman has leaked her own book. Way to drum up interest!

The spoilers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895657)

Burbage dies on pg. 12
Hedwig dies on pg. 56
Mad-Eye dies on pg. 78
Scrimgeour dies on pg. 159
Wormtail dies on pg. 471
Dobby dies on pg. 476
Snape dies on pg. 658
Fred Weasley dies on pg. 637
Harry gets ##%!ed up by Voldemort on pg. 704 but comes back to life on pg. 724
Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevy have their deaths confirmed on pg. 743

19 years after the events in the book:

Ron has married Hermione, their two children are named Rose and Hugo
Harry has married Ginny, their three children are named Lily, James, and Albus Severus.
Draco Malfoy has a son named Scorpius

The epilogue shows all of the children boarding the train for Hogwarts together.

The final lines of the book are: "The scar had not pained Harry for 18 years. All was well."

This was linked Sunday on Luelinks and 4Chan helped popularize it.

Efficiency is a bitch (1, Funny)

Eco-Mono (978899) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895713)

People don't seem to realize that the human eye precaches their posts while the brain is still processing the subject line. Mod down, please.

Re:The spoilers (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895717)

rules 1 and 2, faggot

I went looking for spoilers (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895709)

I lost interest in Harry Potter after about the second book. The only thing that I was curious about was whether HP gets killed off. I'm sure not willing to plow through 759 pages to find that out. From that perspective, spoilers are a good thing.

It's not like I don't read; it's just that I prefer just about anything by Terry Pratchett to anything by JKR. They both have wizards but Pratchett's are way more entertaining because Pratchett is about three times as clever as JKR.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett [wikipedia.org]

youtube (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895761)

some prat has put it all who dies etc etc on videos on youtube

and why was it released in the us before uk when it is a british book?

Who in their right mind (1)

jrutley (723005) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895765)

... has enough time and energy to photocopy a book page by page?

Re:Who in their right mind (1)

springbox (853816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895983)

It would have been easier if they used an actual photocopier instead of having to frame each shot with a camera

Re:Who in their right mind (1)

DTemp (1086779) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896013)

photographing a book takes less time than reading one.

The ending was leaked! Hermione dies! (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895773)

Just kidding. Made you look! ;)

It's been leaked a lot easier than that. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895777)

My copy showed up on the doorstep today. Online vendor, I won't say which one, but a medium-big name that you'd recognize. Pretty funny, I got the free "slow" shipping option. "Slow" turned out to be nearly a week before the release date...

Sad comment on society (2, Insightful)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895801)

I really do find it sad and pathetic that some people live to spoil things for others. I couldn't care less about Harry Potter but many people do. It's in the same category with defacing artwork to feel a sense of self importance. If they have no talent themselves they feel it gives their lives meaning to destroy some one elses work. Obviously it's not on the same level but it is the same kind of mentality of people that do things like shoot John Lennon. No one knew who the guy was before or cared but now they know his name. Great the guy managed to leak Harry Potter so for a moment he's important. That isn't gaining geek points they are looser points in my book.

Snape kills Dumbledore. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895849)

Just so you know. He even cast a promise curse on Snape to do it!

Harry is the Seventh Horcrux. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895993)

Hence the lightning bolt on the forehead.

Folks Just Don't Want an Old Yeller Ending (2, Interesting)

gadlaw (562280) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895819)

You know, folks are wanting to see or read the ending before they invest the time and energy into something when they might not like the ending. I don't watch 24, they always kill the folks I like. I found out how the Transformers movie went before going - didn't much like the cartoon movie where Optimus dies so I didn't particularly want to see that either. There are enough surprises out there and nobody wants to pay for a bad surprise so you know, the folks will noodle the facts out as soon as possible.

I will never understand... (5, Insightful)

rhiafaery (982734) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895873)

...what possible perverse pleasure anyone could get out of spoiling something wonderful for other people. I sometimes go looking for spoilers, but for something I am really, really looking forward to, I won't do it. I LIKE to anticipate, be surprised, feel the "magic," however you wish to put it. I know, so don't look, but I just can't help feeling sorry for people who walk through life with all the wonder ripped out, and feel that everyone else deserves to have theirs ripped out, as well. Whatever anyone thinks of Harry Potter, anything that encourages reading, imagination, excitement, and wonder is something worth preserving intact.

I have a Sorting Hat replica I won from hollywood.com years ago, and yes, I will be wearing it to the midnight Harry Potter party, looking ridiculous, embarrassing my kids, and loving every minute of it. LoL. Enjoy life, you only go around once.

An advantage of approaching senility... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895887)

is that I can satisfy my curiosity about the ending now, but will have forgotten all about it by the time I start reading the actual book. Who is this Harry Potter anyway?

** SPOILER ALERT ** (5, Funny)

coren2000 (788204) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895899)

Harry is gay.... ... and proud.

Damnit (1)

ShagratTheTitleless (828134) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895927)

No internet for four days!?!

Talking Book! (1)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 7 years ago | (#19895937)

He should have read the book aloud and uploaded it.

Would have been faster and improved quality.

*spoiler* (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19895963)

Spoilers, lol

        * Ron dies.
        * Lupin dies.
        * Percy dies (this death occurs before the wedding, inevitably throwing events into chaos).
        * Voldemort dies.
        * Snape dies.

Details aren't needed. Just say BELLATRIX KILLS RON!

Snape's loyalty? I found this to be the saddest part of the book. As many people guessed, all was not what it seemed with Dumbledore, and the two did indeed have a plan that would eventually result in Snape killing him. But, Snape was only in on things for personal gain, and when Voldemort learns of this, he is obviously furious with Snape. Snape tries to make up for things by luring Harry to him, but Harry manages to escape, and Voldemort kills Snape before the final conflict.

I don't know what all these rumours are about Voldemort kidnapping Ron, it's a complete lie. Ron is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange in The Battle of Hogwarts, but Neville manages to finish off Bellatrix after Ron weakens her before his death.

Harry is not a horcrux.

As I've already stated, Voldemort kills Snape.

Voldemort is killed in the Department Of Mysteries. He baits Harry about his parents, Sirius, Dumbledore and Ron. which turns out to be the worst thing Voldemort could have done. As Voldemort steps out into the circular bit with many doors, Harry opens the locked door, and Voldemort is destroyed by the blinding light, which heals Harry, who seems close to death (he does not die).

The cover art shows Voldemort + Harry at the Deathly Hallows, Harry is attempting to summon Voldemort's Horcrux, as Voldemort is doing his best to keep the enchantment in place.

No-one loses a body part, no idea where that came from?

Also Harry does not get drunk whoever said that.

Harry does not lose his powers.
What's the deal with the dragon on the US deluxe cover?

The trio fly on it to get to the Deathly Hallows. Only Harry and Voldemort can fight on the Deathly Hallows, but this is not their final encounter.
What's happening on the UK kids cover?

Gringotts. The trio are searching for the locket (it isnt there) but they get vital information on Ravenclaws book here.
How's the epilogue done?

I didn't like it. It was in the form of a newspaper article, a sort of 'Where Are They Now?' thing, 20 years on from the final showdown.
You said Ron dies so what happens to Hermy at the end?

As said, her love life isnt specified. But she becomes a Healer at St. Mungo's.
What's Luna/Hagrid/Weasley twins/Neville's fate?

Becomes editor of Quibbler (her dad passes it on to her)/Remains at Hogwarts to this day/Weasley's Wizard Wheezes becomes multinational/Herbology teacher at Hogwarts after Sprout's death (old age she isnt killed)
What happens to Voldy's body in the end?

Completely obliterated by the love from locked room.
What are the horcruxes? How does Harry find and destroy them?

Nagini/Locket/Cup/Ravenclaws Book. Symbol on UK spine is a device that enables Harry to locate 'soul fragments' if you will, Harry can destroy them a lot more easily than Dumbledore.
What's the deal with the mirror? How does RAB and Kreacher come into the story?

Sirius has left an almost 'voicemail' message on the mirror, to advise him on destroying the horcrux. Kreacher has to tell the trio (on Harry's orders) about the history of the symbol and where to find it.
What's the lies of Dumbledore chapter about?

Neon was right about this, this is to do with the plan with Snape. I don't know if he got lucky because the Grindelwald thing isnt even close.
What happens to all the teachers? Who's new headmaster etc?

McGonagall is new headmistress.
What's Harry's fate in the end? Job etc?

Becomes an almost freelance Auror but refuses to work for the MoM

Serial numbers intact! (5, Interesting)

jdberry (847417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896001)

I hear the perp left his Canon's serial number in the Exif data for each picture. I wonder if he registered the camera? Will Canon protect his privacy? ;)

Re:Serial numbers intact! (1)

jdberry (847417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896175)

Too bad that google images doesn't yet search by Exif fields.

Anyone who is a fan enough to..... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896057)

...go through the trouble to deal with such a photo leak has got to need psychiatric help.

I mean come on... Haven't pirates found out about OCR scanning and text certainly compresses better than images.

But then again, a genuine fan would want something that fits collector status in at least a minimal way. Like buy the book and hope to get it autographed.

Pirated works are not collectible except to a pirate maybe, and then its not even for the work as much as it is for the act of piracy.

Of course there are those who might like to be one up on a friend or two, by knowing what happens before their friends do..

The price of fame.

Harry is raped by a horse and dies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19896059)

Voldemort, on the other hand, marries Hermione

Who cares? (4, Interesting)

Mal-2 (675116) | more than 7 years ago | (#19896099)

The fans won't want to read this low-quality capture, the non-fans weren't buying anyway (except as a gift, which they'll still do), and besides, reading the book has never hurt the movie that follows from it. Having a crap copy is either going to do (1) nothing, as it's not worth the effort, or (2)make someone want the book.

Now if someone OCR'd it to a text file, THAT might actually cut into sales a little bit. But in order to do that, the capture would have to not suck.

This is like a .MOD file vs. an .MP3 -- the latter is sometimes a suitable replacement for the medium it came from, but the former is not. It may get the point across, but it's just not the same thing.

Mal-2
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