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Harry Potter publishers' plea to file sharers: Shhhhhh

The last installment of the Harry Potter series due to be released on Saturday begins trickling out on Tuesday. Publishers fear ending may be spoiled.

J.K. Rowling is probably not going to end up in a bread line as a result. Nonetheless, pirated copies of the author's latest book are cropping up online four days before the scheduled release.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of the iconic Harry Potter series is due to go on sale Saturday morning.

A check of some of the BitTorrent search engines shows that the book is typically broken up into multiple parts. The copies appear to originate from photographs taken of leaked copies of the novel. One version found with the torrent-tracking site, The Pirate Bay, had pages 496 to the end of the nearly 800-page fantasy about a boy wizard.

This, of course, means that the mystery of how Rowling concludes her series is now in the clutches of file sharers.

According to a Tuesday report in Canadian newspaper The Globe And Mail, Raincoast Books, the Canadian publisher of the Harry Potter series, is pleading with the public to keep the ending a secret.

Fat chance.

This, from one of those who made the book available online: "These are from an advance copy," wrote a person calling him or herself Yamathan. "Wholly leaked, same quality, same legitimacy. This is the real (stuff), boys and girls. Seize the day!"