The hacker, who calls himself Gabriel, claims to have read the book and has posted, on the internet, the long-awaited ending to the series.
Some people in the industry claim that this is probably a hoax, but there’s really no way of telling until the book is out.
So what really happens at the end of the seven-book series? Well, while everyone is expecting one death (JK revealed that would happen a long time ago), there are actually two major deaths, he says.
No, I’m not going to reveal the ending here -- people who are reading the series shouldn’t have it spoiled for them.
However, if you do want to see Gabriel’s claimed “spoiler” ending, click on this link: http://seclists.org/misc/harrypotterspoilers.html
YOUR IDENTITY is your book and your book is your identity.
This adage that I have been preaching to new writers for many years was spectacularly proved true in a court hearing announced today.
A Manhattan judge ruled that author Laura Albert was wrong to sign a film contract in her pen name, JT Leroy.
She has to pay restitution to a film company which thought JT was a real person.
On the surface, this case looks absurd: who cares if the book is signed by a person’s real name or pen name? Look at Mark Twain -- he signed all his books with his pen name, although his real name was Samuel Clemens.
But the film company, Antidote International Films, claims that since the name on the contract was not that of a real person, Ms Albert, 41, must pay them back all the money for the advance plus legal fees -- which all adds up to more than US$100,000.
Why? Because the filmmakers were enchanted by the personality of JT Leroy, said to be the waifish son of a prostitute who worked at a truck drivers’ roadside stop.
Once they discovered that the real author was female and a mother without any connection to prostitution, they lost interest in the project.
The judge agreed that the author had defrauded the film company.
This is great news for author Laura Albert. Yes, she’ll lose a small fortune in the handling of the case. But during the hearings, her obsession with her alter ego was revealed and it is startling stuff. For example, she spent years talking to her shrink in the voice of a teenage male.
I predict it will eventually become obvious that Laura’s own story is more interesting than anything she has written: the identity lit principle will take over -- and the author's life tale will make both a great book and a great movie.
There’s been a slight improvement in the rules for journalists in China. A clause prohibiting “unauthorized media reports on emergencies” has been dropped from a draft law, it was reported this morning in the South China Morning Post. Up till now, it has been dangerous to report even massive news events (earthquakes, corruption scandals and so on). This has lead to numerous unexplained time gaps in stories from China, which would typical say things like: “Residents are recovering after a huge earthquake caused dozens of deaths in a city in Hebei province. It happened 17 weeks ago, Xinhua reported.”