LONDON --- Popular fiction writer J.K. Rowling, known for her epic "Harry Potter" series, admitted in a press conference today that the printed version of the seventh and final in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was in fact a fake.
"My publisher and I had creative differences, and I refused to allow my plot to be shifted," Rowling explained. "I couldn't stand the happy ending, which I thought was incongruous to the rest of the book. So I posted the real version online."
After this announcement, fans quickly logged in to bittorrents to try and determine which of the texts previously thought of as fakes were the real Rowling copy.
It is the consensus of several Harry Potter fan sites that in Rowling's actual version, far more crucial characters die, and while Voldemort is defeated (as fans have known would happen in Book 7 for the past ten years), it would come at a great cost to Harry and his close friends Ron and Hermione.
It was Rowling who, a few days before the official release of Deathly Hallows, commented cryptically that some fans would be disappointed by the ending of the printed version.
It is rumored that children's authors Louis Sachar and Lemony Snicket were hired by Scholastic to ghostwrite the seventh book. Spokespersons for both authors declined to comment.
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