Scholastic Won’t Confirm Leaked Potter Book Is Real: ‘Read the Book’ at 12:01 A.M. Friday

A set of photographs purporting to depict each page of the eagerly awaited seventh book in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was uploaded to the bittorrent file-sharing site, Pirate Bay.

Scholastic, Inc. this evening sent out a statement about the presumed Potter pirates, in which they suggested the “book” might not really be the book:

“There is a lot of material on the Internet that claims to come from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but anyone can post anything on the Internet and you can’t believe everything you see online.

“We all have our theories on how the series will end, but the only way we’ll know for sure is to read the book ourselves at 12:01 a.m. on July 21st.

“No matter what anyone claims before that time, we know that parents, booksellers, librarians and especially fans do not want spoilers but rather want to keep the magic alive for that midnight moment when everyone can read the book together.”

Right-if there is anything in the book left to read after tomorrow’s blogs and newspapers get a hold of the book.

And, incidentally, if some hacker made up his own 759-page Deathly Hallows, who’s to say it’s not just as good or better than the real thing?