By Mandi Bierly
August 16, 2007 at 08:29 PM EDT

What’s the most insane thing you’ve done trying to avoid a spoiler? (By the way, this post is spoiler-free, I promise.) Here’s why I’m asking: I’m forced to remember mine every time I spy someone reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I felt like I had to finish the book its first weekend on shelves. Not crazy talk, especially since I work at EW and sit right outside the office of the man who edited the Potter cover package we closed the following Monday and Tuesday. No, the madness was the moment I decided I needed to see how many pages were in the book so that I could calculate the number I had left. What if my eyes drifted up the page and I saw a phrase or pronoun (yeah, I was worried about pronouns) that suggested whether Harry lived or died? I seriously spent a good 60 seconds trying to figure out whether I could trust myself — the person who, after catching 5 minutes of some episode of Supernatural a couple of years ago, occasionally finds herself standing in front of a mirror trying not to say the words “Bloody Mary” three times. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who had the Potter page panic.

If you have yet to read or finish the book, let me help you out: 759.

Your turn.