Harry Hijacked On-Line...True Fans Say Worth the Wait

July 18, 2007 - Posted at 10:15 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Literary terrorist have cast a spell leaking the mysterious potter potion all over the internet.

Scholastic Books has published a record setting 12 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and while many of us are counting down its release Friday at midnight...some mud-bloods just couldn't wait.

It doesn't look like much, but inside these boxes covered with red plastic are the most sought after book in the world.

"We're not even allowed to look at the book until Friday afternoon and then that's only for the media and then we've got to put it right back up, tape it right back up until 12:01," said Books-A-Million Assistant General Manager Lori Sexton.

Security is so tight for the final installment of the Potter franchise, Books-A-Million employees had to sign a confidentiality contract.

"You get fined really big," said Sexton, "I'm not exactly sure, I know that we would lose our jobs if it comes from our store."

But it hasn't stopped some potter pirates from posting what appears to be all 784 pages of the book online.  But don't always believe everything you read...J.K. Rowling's attorney has confirmed that some genuine as well as some bogus content has been posted online.

"I think any of the fans would rather get their own copy because it's more reliable because you know it's actually the book.  It's not something people just came up with because they did it with the last book," said Potter fan Cody Thomas.

"I wouldn't go onto the computer to read the book, just buy the book. or if you don't want to buy the book, if they have copies here, just pick up a copy here sit in one of the chairs and read it," laughed Andy Hakenewerth.

"You can't really read it online and on the computer screen," said Sexton, "It's different when you actually have the book in your hands...you can't really put it down because you are so engrossed."

KAIT will be live Friday night at the Harry Potter countdown party at Books-A-Million in Jonesboro.  There will be a costume contest, so come dressed up!

The fun kicks off at 9:00 p.m. and of course Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows goes on sale at 12:01 a.m.