Wednesday, May 25, 2005


(Update: I have been severely upbraided by my friend Nishat for putting up this post without sufficient warning about its contents. So, Potter fans, SPOILER ahead. Do not read if you're feeling nice and chipper.
Nishu, now forgive me. Besides, it may not be true!)

Update 2:
From ManchesterOnline: A spokeswoman for publishers Bloomsbury urged readers to take the speculation [ ] "with a pinch of salt". "There was a huge amount of speculation about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and it was wide off the mark." she said.

Not Dumbledore. Pleeeaaase.
You can't strip the boy of every single support he has! First his parents, then the godfather and now his mentor. What're you trying to do, Jo? Get Harry to kill himself before Voldemort can get to him?!

What triggers off panic? This report from The Sun via Guardian:

A Sun newspaper investigation into odd betting patterns at the market town of Bungay in Suffolk may have unearthed [a] secret a month early. And the future, it seems, is not looking bright for Albus Dumbledore.
According to reports in the Sun, the betting website Blue Square, which is running a book on the question of which character will be bumped off, has recently been inundated with punters wishing to place bets on the demise of the Hogwarts headmaster. But eyebrows were only raised when it transpired that most of the bets originated from Bungay - the town which is coincidentally home to the printers, Clays, who produced the previous five books in the Potter series.
A spokesperson for the internet betting told the Sun, "We have taken nearly £6,000 worth of bets on Dumbledore in the past seven days. All have been played in Bungay or nearby Beccles. A lot of punters have opened new accounts and placed a maximum bet of £50 each on what is an obscure market. That made us sit up and take note."
The site last week cut the odds on Dumbledore from 2:1 to 4:6, while Ladbroke's are now refusing to take bets any more bets on the death of Dumbledore, on the basis that some people have obviously read the book.

Whole thing here.

If she goes on like this, I' ll have to shut down all systems and make up my own versions. Damn.

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