[Pointedly contains NO spoilers]
Yes, I'm very proud to be a full on Harry Potter freak, strategically spent from late April to last week rereading books 1-6 and read book 7 over the wk end. This amounts to around 3,500 pages, and considering i've read all books several times, in more than 2 languages, I've probably read 15,000 pages of JKR - but SL beats me by 1, I've only done the midnight launch for books 5-7.
More than interest in the book, the main reason I hurried to read book 7 was to avoid spoilers,
I did everything to ensure it wasn't spoiled for me, like not reading text messages, singing loudly with my ears covered when people started talking about it, and hiding in my car yest for 8 hours to finish it in peace (getting stopped by the police in the process!).
Anyway, my gripe is with the spoilers. I think people who spoil are extremely irresponsible, disrespectful and supercilious. They don't value HP so they don't respect the right of other people to either. I don't understand fishing, golf, war films, animal lovers, but I respect and appreciate that it is possible for other people to be very interested in things that I'm not. I remember years ago seeing something on telly with Seamus Heaney, I think, who was asked why he liked poetry, and he said that poetry, like rasing children, can enrich your life. The parralel stuck with me, because most people would believe that raising children is a lot more enriching than literature, but it gets the point across that all things can enrich a persons life and just because something doesn't appeal to all or isn't seen as significant, doesn't mean it should be disrespected. I think it’s another sign of de Tocquevilles's problem with democracy - the tyranny of majority. The moral or opinion of the majority is seen as sacred, when it often isn't.
I knew that SL wouldn't get a chance to read the book for ages because of the kids & so didn't contact him after I'd finished. I don't have children but I respect the fact that it takes up a lot of time which is part of the morality or humility I'm trying to encourage. Never mind love, piety, respect, I think that by far the most important aspects of human morality should be responsibility and humilty.