Hacker reveals mystery ending of final Harry Potter book

UPDATED: 10:05, June 22, 2007

The mystery surrounding the end to fictional boy wizard Harry Potter's saga deepened on Wednesday with a computer hacker posting what he said were key plot details and a publisher warning the details could be fake.

The hacker, who goes by the name "Gabriel", claims to have taken a digital copy of author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by breaking into a computer at London-based Bloomsbury Publishing.

In the lead up to the book's July 21 release, legions of Harry Potter fans are debating whether Rowling killed Harry or one of his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, in the book.

Gabriel has posted information at Web site InSecure.org that, if true, would answer that question.

"We make this spoiler to make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring," said Gabriel's posting.

Potter publishers have taken great pains to keep the conclusion secret.

A Bloomsbury spokesman declined comment on the hacker's claims.

Kyle Good, a spokesman for US distributor Scholastic, would not say whether the posting was accurate, but warned readers to be sceptical about anyone who claims to have inside information. "There is a whole lot of junk flying around," she said. "Consider this one more theory."

Source: China Daily/agencies

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