Harry Potter 'leaked' on the web

Harry Potter 'leaked' on the web

<p>Photographs from the final Harry Potter book appear to have been leaked on the internet. According to reports someone has posted at least the first 495 pages of the 794-page book on a peer-to-peer sharing website where directions to pirated movies and other material are located.<br /><br />According to the Telegraph, spread over several pages, chapter headings such as &quot;Godric&#39;s Hollow&quot;, &quot;Kreacher&#39;s Tale&quot; and &quot;The Goblin&#39;s Revenge&quot; are revealed.</p><p>According to the FT, Bloomsbury, J K Rowling&#39;s UK publishers, refused to confirm or deny that the download was genuine,saying: &quot;People go to extraordinary lengths to copy these books and they have done it before. There are people who spend their lives doing nothing but copying the books and maybe this is what this is.&quot; </p><p>Lisa Holton, president of J K Rowling&#39;s US publisher Scholastic, told the New York Times that the company was asking various web site hosts to take the photos down. &quot;We&#39;re not confirming if anything is real,&quot; she said. &quot;But in the spirit of getting to midnight magic without a lot of hoo-ha, can you just take some of this stuff down.&quot; On Monday, the company issued a subpoena to Gaia Online, a social networking and gaming site, ordering it to take down a link to some photos purporting to be &quot;Deathly Hallows&quot; pages posted by a user.&nbsp;</p><p>The source of the alleged leak has not been identified. According to reports most of the text is legible but some pages have been photographed at an angle, making them difficult to read. &quot;On each pdf, you can also see the knuckles and partial fingers of someone holding the book open on a carpeted floor,&quot; notes one report.</p><p>If real, this would be the most serious breach of Potter privacy since the first book was published in 1997. If fake, the FT notes, people who read pages from the alleged book said, it was an enormously determined effort to hoax the Potter-loving world.<br /><br /></p>