Talk:Harry Potter prequel

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Release Date: Waterstone's - What's Your Story?[edit]

What's the source on the August 2008 release? Waterstone's website makes little mention of the title except on the official page for What's Your Story (http://www.waterstoneswys.com/). Clicking the "Order the limited edition postcard book" button prompts "There has been a problem processing your request". I don't really know what to think of this, but perhaps it means that the release is actually later than August. Or maybe I'm doing something wrong. Anyone know what's up?--DarshaAssant (talk) 07:19, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Ah, so I see now that JK Rowling is the source, so nevermind. Silly me. However, I am still facing the problem with Waterstone's ordering link. No matter the browser, or the link used; I get the same message back.--DarshaAssant (talk) 07:47, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

External Link?[edit]

This is listed under external links:

Click on "Read our author's stories", then select J.K. Rowling http://www.waterstoneswys.com/

I don't see where you can click "Read our author's stories." Has the website changed since this link was made or am I missing something? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.254.128.141 (talk) 13:20, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

I wasn't able to find it either, so i added this external link http://www.gryffindorgazette.com/2008/06/11/the-harry-potter-prequel-read-it-here/ but it was removed by User:Klow as an advertising attempt. To clarify: I added it besause the original link did not work and this was the most available source of the original text. I don't have any advertising intentions, as I have never heard of that website before. So please add a funcioning "non-advertising" link or propose a better solution, or I will have to put it back. 81403sk (talk) 14:41, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Article length[edit]

This article is longer than its subject. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.215.35.12 (talk) 17:01, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Context section[edit]

Is it really needed at all? It is a re-tell of fact known from the books and interviews, and that is surely covered in other articles. --LoЯd ۞pεth 18:18, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

£50,000[edit]

Perhaps i erred in selecting the {{vague}} tag, since there is something about "prepared" that a colleague understands so poorly as to remove the tag with the summary "rm irrelevant tag". I was in fact cursory, as i rushed on to something more motivating, but clearly someone needs to give it more attention, and here i am.
Being "prepared to" has at least two senses that could keep the sentence from being absurd:

  1. Having the means that make it possible to carry out the act (making the bid), in the sense that ignores e.g. whether it is credible that he might actually do so, in light of the things he would then be unable to afford in the future, or in light of the expectation of not being able to make bids in the future if he failed to pay on this one, or in light of believing (based on other bids) that a future sale, perhaps by his heirs, would realize too small a return as an investment.
  2. Having made the decision to make that bid, conditional only on the event of others' bids' make that a necessary condition for "winning" the auction.

One ought to assume 1, since 2 implies an act of mind reading and WP doesn't do that. But all that is said in the citation supposedly supporting

He had been prepared to make a maximum bid of £50,000.

is that he

originally had a closed bid of 50,000 pounds before halving his offer

which provides no information on how or when he became no longer prepared, and ensures that the reader does not know what third sense of "prepared" is intended. If we had an article or section to link to on closed bids (the discussion of sealed bids seems inapplicable), we could describe more precisely what is implied in the source than the text in question does, but as it is, the best accurately sourced text we can offer is

had privately mentioned £50,000 as a possible bid by him.

Give us something more specific when there is a source to support it.
--Jerzyt 23:55, 13 July 2009 (UTC)