Who knows why people want to ruin the fun of others. Our compatriot over at TV Blend has some ideas on the phenomenon. All I know is the same people who think it’s funny to spoil the latest Harry Potter book aren’t so understanding if their geek dreams are crushed. When someone hears that a guy down the bar hasn’t watched that afternoon’s Yankees game there are some who yell out the final score, and others who respect that the gentleman may want to enjoy the game that evening when he’s free. The situation for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the same. Things happen, and we’re often spoiled before getting to experience something we’ve waited for. But purposely and maliciously trying to ruin things is pretty lame.

J.K. Rowling has updated her website with a plea to Potter fans. She asks us to ignore the “misinformation” popping up on the web and to just hold out for a few more days. I couldn’t agree more. Even if I wanted to read spoilers, there’s a part of me that honestly thinks a couple days isn’t so hard to wait through. Are you going to implode if you don’t know whether Harry dies? I didn’t think so.

Here’s what Jo had to say:

”We are almost there! As launch night looms, let's all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'd like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the plot for all those who are looking forward to reading the book at the same time on publication day. In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING!”

Now, I think it’s quite clear where I stand on those who post spoilers just to be mean about it. What Rowling is asking of Potter fans is to have a bit of will power. As much as it’d be nice to lay all the blame on someone else, we do have to take responsibility for ourselves. In that vein, don’t go to news aggregator sites like Digg.com if you want to stay clean. And don’t think you can type “Harry Potter” or anything from the books into Google and be safe from spoilers. Yes, they are out there. But you are the only one standing in the way of your being spoiled on the Internet. I can’t speak for the raucous crowd you hang with, those people you’ll have to deal with on your own.

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