By EW Staff
Updated July 19, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

(Editor’s Note: This post is spoiler-free, but click on the links below at your own risk.)

With less than 40 hours left before J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows officially goes on sale at bookstores on Friday at midnight, rumors and leaks about the final showdown between Harry Potter and He Who Must Not Be Named have been flying around like crazy Cornish pixies. (Seems some bookstores and online merchants jumped the gun and started retailing or delivering pre-orders of the book as early as Tuesday.) Impatient as I am, I’m loving all the little tidbits that I’ve found scouring the Internet for hours, but many diehard Potterphiles feel that the loose lips of embargo-defying readers and journalists threaten to ruin their last rendezvous with Harry’s world. While I will not reveal any such spoilers in this post, posted below are some links leading to information about the plot and ending of Book 7, which I can’t verify as true or not. The choice to look is yours…

Washington Post, “Spoiler Frenzy Follows Early Mailing of ‘Hallows'”

Baltimore Sun, Review

New York Times, Review