JK Rowling called in actual British spies to help keep the Harry Potter books secret

A vanishing spell may also have been involved

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JK Rowling called in actual British spies to help keep the Harry Potter books secret
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Just when you thought JK Rowling couldn't get any more badass with her constant Twitter slays and close connections to influential figures in the wizarding world, she's now being linked to actual BRITISH SPIES.

Unfortunately she's not gonna be the next James Bond, but it HAS been revealed that JK had the help of a squad of real-life British spies to help keep the Harry Potter books a secret back in the day.

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Rewind your mind by about ten years (an Obliviate spell should help with that one) and you might remember the insane hype that was surrounding the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Seriously, it was cray.

At one point it was rumoured that a leaked copy of the sixth book had found its way onto the internet - but now, over a decade later, it's been revealed that genuine British spies were involved to help keep it under wraps.

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The CEO of JK Rowling's publishers Bloomsbury, Nigel Newton, told NBC that he was contacted by Government Communication Headquarters (and probably the Ministry of Magic, too) in an effort to help fight leaks of the book.

"I remember the British spy eavesdropping station, GCHQ, rang me up and said, 'We've detected an early copy of this book on the Internet'," Newton said. "I got him to read a page to our editor and she said, 'No, that's a fake.'"

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He also went on to spill a few more deets about the enormous level of security that surrounded Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ahead of publication, revealing the craaaazy measures that were taken to protect it.

Attack dogs patrolled the perimeter of the printing works along with "masses of security guards" - one of whom stole a damaged copy and tried to sell it to tabloid journalists.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Government Communication Headquarters told Fortune: "We don't comment on our defence against the dark arts." 

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