Example: [Borowitz, 2005]
Man Commits Suicide after Learning Harry Potter Spoiler
'I No Longer Have a Reason to Live,' Says Despondent Potter Fan
A rabid Harry Potter fan took his life yesterday after inadvertently learning a plot spoiler from the soon-to-be-released J.K. Rowling opus, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Jude Ralston, 32, of Hudson, Ohio left a suicide note indicating that since overhearing the plot spoiler at a shopping mall earlier in the day, "I no longer have a reason to live."
[Rest of article here.]
So, one might imagine a Harry Potter fan being quite disappointed over inadvertently learning a plot spoiler from a forthcoming book, maybe even despondent to the point of suicide. That believability makes for good satire, which is exactly what the article referenced above is.
The "Man Commits Suicide after Learning Harry Potter Spoiler" piece is the work of Andy Borowitz, who produces a daily humor column known as The Borowitz Report in which he satirizes various political and entertainment figures. He chose Harry Potter as the subject of his
Last updated: 18 July 2005
Borowitz, Andy. "Man Commits Suicide after Learning Harry Potter Spoiler." The Borowitz Report. 7 July 2005. The [San Jose] Mercury News. "Rowling's Half-Blood Prince' Makes a Royally Rich Debut." 18 July 2005.