Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows won't be released (officially) for another 10 days. But already an online petition has started making the rounds, urging author JK Rowling not to end the seven-book series. Though it hasn't been confirmed, frantic fan speculation has run rampant that in Hallows, Rowling kills off her now-adolescent wizard lead; even if that's true, the effort argues, since Sherlock Holmes and Superman can "come back from the dead then surely reincarnation shouldn't be a problem for the world's most powerful boy wizard." (Yes, this logic does seem to counter Rowling's Potter-universe "rules." )
The "Save Harry" petition, spearheaded by UK book chain Waterstone's, will be passed on to the author (via her publishers) as soon as one million names are collected. It may be too late, however: Rowling has said for some time that Hallows would mark the sorcerific saga's finale.
Fortunately for us all, anyone in need of a Hogwarts fix can catch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -- the fifth in Warner Bros.' Potter film franchise -- in theaters, beginning today (Wednesday). That diversion should keep panic-stricken fans from launching additional "Save Harry" campaigns for at least a couple of hours.
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