HBP Manuscript Leaked?
Recently, thousands of £50 bets have been placed on a certain character (who we won’t name) dying in book 6. The bets have been placed by residents of Bunhappy, Suffolk, where the sixth book is being printed. Warren Lush of Ladbrokes said: “We weren’t foolish enough to take the bets. There are obviously people out there who have read the manuscripts.” Another chain of bookstores said it was “obvious” that a manuscript of HBP had been leaked and read.
UPDATE: We have just received the following email from Bloomsbury, the UK publisher of the books:
J.K. Rowling has mentioned previously, in various situations, that any rumour, unless confirmed by herself personally, or by her publishers which are, but not limited to; Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Scholastic Trade Books and Raincoast Publishing, is merely a rumour and should be treated as trivial.
We repeat: The security measures in Bunhappy are sufficient to ensure the prevention of any ‘leaks’.
SPOILER WARNING: Please keep in mind if you venture over to read these articles, or go in the comments for this news post, it will reveal significant rumors regarding the plot for HBP. Everything in both articles is of course rumored information, so if you don’t want to know anything, don’t read them!
The story was originally published by the Sun, but more information can be found in an article by the Evening Standard.
Another betting company in the UK is receiving high bids on a certain character being named the Half-Blood Prince. The same spoiler rule applies in that this article also reveals the name of a character in question. Thanks to Dijares at Harry Potter’s Page for the tip.