A Sign?

While cruising Amazon tonight, I noticed this:

screenshot of july 7 release date for harry potter and the deathly hallows

Amazon usually puts known release dates inside the parentheses…last time I checked, it just said “(Hardcover – 2007),” which seemed to reflect the fact that the book was expected sometime this year, but no one really knew when.

Could this mean what I think it does? I find it hard to believe that:

  • A. A major retailer would put a release date up for a book like that unless they knew it was the release date, because of the, ahem, rampant speculation that would ensue. I checked Amazon UK and Barnes and Noble, both of which are sans release date. Rowling’s site is also sans announcement or Easter egg.
  • B. This news would not be all over the intertubes.
  • C. J.K. Rowling would agree to a 7 July release date. It’s the anniversary of the London bombings, which seems a bit awkward.
  • D. Warner Brothers would go for a 7 July date with Order of the Phoenix coming out in theatres on the 13th.

But…7 July is a Saturday…and it would be 7/7/2007, which would be pretty neato…

I think that Amazon is probably just messing up…but I’m going to go ahead and get a little bit excited anyway.

[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]