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J.K. Rowling, the source of one of the greatest literary and film franchises, Harry Potter, was in court yesterday to prevent the publication of an encyclopaedia on the world of Harry Potter. The book was written by Steven Vander Ark, creator of a site on Harry Potter, that the author had once described as one of her biggest fans.

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Vander Ark is the webmaster of the site Lexicon, and the author of a book based on this site. J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Studios, who produce the movies adapted from the books, have filed a complaint arguing that the encyclopedia does not respect copyright by copying numerous passages from the books, almost word for word.

"There is no word big enough [to express what I feel]: astonished, amazed," said JK Rowling about this encyclopedia. « I think this book is like stealing 17 years of hard work. It ruins the value of what I have worked so hard to create ».

Lawyers for the publisher RDR, who wish to publish the book, point out that the encyclopaedia is no different from other books of the same type. Rowlings and Warner Bros., on the ohter hand, wish to ban definitely the publication of the book, saying that it would prevent the author to write herself, as she had planned long ago, an encyclopedia, as well as other books on the world of Harry Potter.




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