Los Angeles (Reuterus) Apparently the ending of J.K. Rowling's final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, could not stay a secret for long.
Today, a worker at Clay's in Bungay was convicted of trying to sell Rowling's final book to the popular BBC News network, said a Harold Bradley, spokesman for BBC. BBC news released a press statement saying that they refused to see the book, and reported the mishap to the police immediately. No word has come out on jail time or trial.
Clay's in Bungay is printing millions of copies of the 700-page book. As speculation about how the series will end mounts, extra barbed wire has been installed around the works and security guards put on the doors. Somehow, a book was smuggled from the printing process.
Harry Potter books have faced turmoil such as this before. In the run-up to the publication of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2005, word about the plot was thought to have spread when a rash of bets on the ending were made in Bungay. And in May 2003, Donald Parkson, a forklift truck driver at Clay's, pleaded guilty to stealing pages from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and trying to sell them to the Sun.
The ending has not been put online, so Potter fans will not be spoiled. Clay's spokesman said the company would not comment on the Harry Potter book. BBC and Rowling also declined comment.