Spoilers that shall not be named

I know who the Half-Blood Prince is. But I had to read the book to find out. I also know who got killed and by whom, but that was spoiled for me in two ways.

I read a news brief about the cancelation of bets on who would die after a disproportional number of people placed bids on the same character…and those people lived in the town where the book was being printed.

Then, and this is the weirder one, on the Best Week Ever, one of the “commentators” did a bit where he read aloud from the “last page” of the book. He said “(Name which shall not be named here, but was on television) killed (name that the show bleeped out with a ‘spoiler’ balloon).” So VH1 wasn’t spoiling who died, but who did the killing. I wondered whether that first name was actually the person who did the killing, and learned last night, as I finished the book, that it was.

I enjoy Harry Potter. I think the magical names are mostly colorful and fun. (I suggested a colleague describe the names of various noxious weeds as “something out of a Harry Potter book” and she did.) But “Death Eaters”? Bleah. Lame.

The only part I find unbelievable is that Hermione would be interested in Ron. Puh-lease. The guy’s not smart enough for her. She has to do his homework for him and put spells on other Quidditch players to make him look good. He’s a likeable enough guy, sure, but worth sobbing in the bathroom over? No way.

Here’s an interesting piece on Potter.