As you are all aware, the final Harry Potter book will be released on July 21st.  My wife and I are both anxiously awaiting the release of the book, having pre-ordered it months ago.  The big question on everybody’s mind is “Will Harry Die?”.  I, of course don’t know the answer.  I have a question of my own, though.  What are the chances I’ll be able to read this book without having the ending spoiled?

I say I have about a .01 percent chance of reading this book without knowing the ending, and I will try to avoid spoilers.  This book is just too big, it’s release too newsworthy not to have spoilers plastered all over the media.  Even if I was able to avoid television news reports and the newspaper, there is no way I could avoid all website and blog spoilers.

Adding to this is the fact that my wife will be reading the book first, which is only fair since we ordered it for her.  Factor in my slow reading pace (I’m only able to read at night before bed and usually 10 pages at a time) and it could be two months before I hit the last page of the book.  By that time everyone will have moved on to the next big thing and the ending will be common knowledge.   I will try not to let this affect my enjoyment of the book.

How about you? Will you avoid spoilers at all cost?  Will this affect your reading experience?