Potter Pages Leaked in Web Hocus Pocus

Scanned book appears on Internet despite $20M security
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2007 5:24 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The world's favorite boy wizard flies onto bookshelves for the final time Saturday, but scanned pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—some real, some phony—have already landed on the Internet. Photographs of what seem to be every page of the 784-page tome have been posted on several file-sharing sites, despite enormous security measures.

The much-anticipated fate of the main character can easily be read. Book publisher Scholastic served a subpoena on social networking site Gaiaonline.com to identify a user who posted the book. Gaia reportedly turned over the name and removed the pages. But fans will snub the leaks and wait until midnight for the real thing, says a spokeswoman. "They want to keep the magic."