Harry Potter almost met his end early, and unintentionally.
Think about all the crushed devil-worshipping children the world over who would have lost at least two night's sleep without knowing the fate of their adolescent hero. They'd have been tossing and turning never knowing if Ron ever got out of the carbonite he was left trapped in at the end of book six, or if Gollum would ever really lead Indiana Jones to the magic skulls of Jacob and Esau.
You see, there was a strict ban against carry-on luggage in planes for a bit there, and that ban extended towards J.K. Rowling's only copy of Harry Potter book 7. J.K. Rowling was in the States with the Harry Potter manuscript (some of it was only handwritten), and she had to get it home, but she refused to part with the Harry Potter book for fear it'd fall into the wrong hands.
And the wrong hands it did fall into. Read excerpts from chapters 3-7 on the next page.
We don't really have any Harry Potter 7 excerpts, but we heard the basic plot of Harry Potter 7 – you know, the one where Harry Potter bites it – revolves around Harry's ever-changing body. Even if we did have real precise excerpts, we wouldn't post them – J.K. Rowling's got expensive phonebook-type lawyers. Ours works in a deli most weekends. Yeah, we'd get crushed in court, but lunch-time would be awesome!
Now back to the nitty-gritty here – airport officials in NYC tried telling J.K. Rowling to stuff her only full copy of the new Harry Potter manuscript into her luggage as carry-ons were banned. That's not a good idea – remember what happened to Lindsay Lohan's luggage last week? Those airport suitcase-conveyor belts have a tendency to eat celebrity valuables. J.K. Rowling thought so too. This is what she said about her battle of wills:
"The heightened security restrictions on the airlines made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven. A large part of it is handwritten and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S….They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands."
America's Transportation Security Administration back-peddled out of that one fast. One of their slaves said TSA:
"never implemented a ban on carryon luggage for flights originating in the United States. A manuscript would certainly be allowed to be carried on."
For those of you dying to know, J.K. Rowling's got the title for Harry Potter 7 narrowed down to two choices. One she quite likes, the other is Harry Potter And His Extreme Reluctance To Stand Up At The End Of Fourth Period English Without His Text Books Strategically In Front Of Him.
But that one really wouldn't fit on the spine, now would it?
[story by Shawn Lindseth]