Rowling Curses Early Potter Reviews

Keep the magic, author pleads
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2007 4:45 AM CDT
Copies of J.K. Rowling's latest book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," sit stacked on pallets inside the fulfillment center in Fernley, Nev. in this Monday, July 16, 2007 file photo....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two papers have incurred the wrath of J.K. Rowling for reviewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after snagging copies ahead of the book's Saturday release date. Rowling took the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun to task for "spoiling Harry's last adventure for millions of readers, particularly children."

Neither review revealed the ending or even significant plot points, though both had soaring praise for the series and Rowling's voice. The Times reviewer, Michiko Kakutani, who lauded the concusion's "convincing ineditability," said she found her copy at a New York City bookstore. A relative of a Sun employee managed to obtain an early copy and gave it to the paper.