The fate of Harry Potter and friends, known now to millions of fans, remains officially secret - sort of.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final volume of author J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, came out Saturday amid an international frenzy to find out whether Harry lives or dies. More than 10-million copies were sold over the weekend, and the suspense was apparently unbroken by a wave of prerelease Internet spoilers, including photographed images of the entire book.
Days after publication, Harry's lot has been widely revealed, but you're unlikely to find out by accident. At least two online publications, Slate and Salon, describe the plot at length but carry spoiler alerts. Videos labeled as spoilers have popped up on YouTube. Readers spill on the fan sites www.mugglenet.com and www.the-leaky-cauldron.org, but again, those linking to discussion boards are warned.
"I think we should have at least a few months, allow people to read and discuss and digest before blasting it from headlines," says Leaky Cauldron Web master Melissa Anelli.
A two-part interview with Rowling, who before publication had begged for secrecy, is scheduled to air Thursday and Friday on NBC's Today show.
Scholastic issued the book under a strict embargo and sued one retailer, DeepDiscount.com, after some customers received early copies. Kyle Good, a spokeswoman for Rowling's U.S. publisher, Scholastic Inc., said the request was not to reveal anything before the publication date.