Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter, and my broken fandom

Amidst all of the Harry Potter mania that is unfolding as of late, I have some what of a startling announcement.

I have no desire to read the last Harry Potter book.........

"But Dauragon, you are the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world!" you might say.

"But Dauragon, you have been counting off the weeks, days and hours on your Griffindor watch! why don't you want to read book 7!!?" you might ask.

The answer to that is quite simple. The ending to the Harry Potter saga was ruined for me the day before it came out. I am not the only one, it seems, as many Potter fan's anticipation have been crushed since by people spamming the leaked ending all over the 4 corners of the internet. Gamefaq's, Youtube, DeviantArt, Myspace (the place where it was all spoiled for me), Digg, and pretty much any other website with some kind of user input have all been stuffed to the brim with spoilers. This is what happens when a series becomes a giant behemoth, with tons of hype and speculation surrounding it. Fans clamor to see it early, but when the mean spirited non-fans get their hands on the leaked copies, they find a sort of sadistic humor in spilling the beans in as many places as humanly possible.

In short, Harry Potter was ruined for me because it simply got to big. There was no possible way that the ending to something as massive as the Harry Potter franchise wouldn't be leaked, especially in this era of the information super highway. Its just a sad turn of events for me and many others, who have also spent the past ten years following Harry and gang through their many misadventures, only to be robbed of the personal satisfaction of finding out how it all ends.

I might still pick up a copy of Deathly Hallows in a few days, but at this instant, the thrill is gone........

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