The manuscript for the final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," has been lost according to information given at a press event at the Ritz Hotel in London.
Author J.K. Rowling explained, "I just bought a new laptop with that new 'Vista thingy and Office 2007' installed on the April 23. The next day, I was editing the final chapter, when the computer locked up. After rebooting several times the whole manuscript was gone. Gone!" Ms Rowling burst into tears and was taken off the stage while muttering curses, spells and incantations towards foreign tech support, Bill Gates and Microsoft.
The rest of her statement was read by a PR drone, "Microsoft tech-support was useless [Ed. Nothing new there] and so were the consultants we called in to assess the damage." We are panicking since we do not have printed copy of most of the book in Ms Rowling's home office. She has been using the shredder regularly since the last security breech.
He also added, "We have bought her a new laptop computer--this time from Apple. The lesson has been learned: no more Microsoft."
Ms. Rowling must submit the final manuscript to her publisher by May 1 to make the July 21, 2007 release date.