Quote of the Day – 11/19/2010

From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling:

“Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak” – Professor Dumbledore, p. 123

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2 Responses to Quote of the Day – 11/19/2010

  1. Michael says:

    That’s a wonderful quote. However, I feel obliged to point you at this article about J.K. Rowling, written by Richard Stallman:

    http://stallman.org/harry-potter.html

    • wken says:

      Alright … that’s weird.

      I understand her position, but such confidentiality is usually enforced by penalizing the seller.

      I was working at an office supply store in 1995 when Windows 95 came out, and we had the thing for more than a week before it was available. We were to be penalized a great deal of money if we sold any of it before the release date. The same store sold some Disney videos for a while, and the same deal applied.

      Very odd to pursue an injunction against buyers. Especially since such an order would be unenforceable. I can understand the principle that one can’t give good title while in violation of a contract (though that would depend on the wording of the contract), but this is pretty ridiculous.

      On the other hand, I have all seven of my books before being aware of the problem. So my participation (or not) in the boycott will count for nothing.

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