With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows just a few weeks away, TIME magazine has put together a special which appears in today's issue of the magazine.
The special coverage in the magazine includes:
Harry Potter and the Sinister Spoilers: Behind-the-scenes interviews with the keepers of the final Harry Potter manuscript.
This is the moment of ineffable, intangible ecstasy that occurs when a reader opens his or her brand-new $34.99 copy of Deathly Hallows for the first time. "All the way through the process, everybody who touches this [manuscript] has the same goal in mind," says Arthur A. Levine, Rowling's editor. "Midnight. Kids." The magic moment is a rare and delicate thing: it occurs only when the reader comes to the book in a state of pure ignorance, with no advance knowledge of its contents. For the magic moment to happen, the theory goes, the reader's mind must be preserved in a state of absolute innocence—it must be, in Internet parlance, spoiler-free. So to preserve the magic moment against informational contamination—via the Web or watercooler conversation or the Rita Skeeters of the global media—Scholastic has created an infrastructure around Deathly Hallows unlike anything the publishing world has ever seen.
The Epic Saga of the Seventh Manuscript: Or, how the supersecret final Potter tale went from finished draft to hardcover book in 10 very careful, complicated steps.
Curing Harry Potter Withdrawal: Wondering what to do once Harry’s gone? If you loved J.K. Rowling’s series, try these other magical books.
The 5 Great Unanswered Questions: What is Scholastic working so hard to protect? Answers. The first six books have left a lot of loose ends. Here’s a recap.
Thanks to TIME for sending over the information.