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Hacker puts Harry Potter plot online

A hacker has claimed to have revealed two critical questions about the final Harry Potter novel: how it ends, and who dies.

books Updated: Jun 21, 2007 12:38 IST

A computer hacker claims that he has managed to answer the two most burning questions surrounding the seventh and final Harry Potter book – how the book ends, and which two characters die.

The hacker, who goes simply by the name Gabriel, in a message posted on a well known hackers’ site, reveals that he had discovered the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as the identities of the characters who die on the computer of an employee at author J K Rowling’s publishers, Bloomsbury.

Gabriel says that he managed to hack into the employee’s computer simply by sending the person an email infected with a virus.

"The attack strategy was the easiest one. It's amazing to see how much people inside the company have copies and drafts of this book," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

And, Gabriel also tries to justify the hacking by saying that he’s only following what Pope Benedict XVI said as a Cardinal about the danger the Harry Potter series posed to religion.

"We did it by following the precious words of the great Pope Benedict XVI when he still was Cardinal Josepth (sic) Ratzinger. He explained why Harry Potter bring the youngs (sic) of our earth to Neo Paganism faith," Gabriel states.

Gabriel’s post on the hackers’ website was found by PC Tools, a software security company that regularly scours such sites.

A spokeswoman for Bloomsbury refused to confirm or deny the claim.

"There are lots and lots of rumoured versions of the book (on the internet). We don't confirm or deny any rumours," she said.

She also refused to comment about whether the police had been called in over the claims.

The seventh and final Harry Potter book is due to go on sale on July 21, this year, and Bloomsbury are expecting sales of the book to cross the three million mark.

First Published: Jun 21, 2007 12:21 IST