Harry Potter Author Unleashes More Goblets of Rhetorical Fire

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Harry Potter Author Unleashes More Goblets of Rhetorical Fire

Fri Feb 29, 2008 @ 12:43PM PST

Posted by Matthew Heller

Rowling_jk"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has lent her literary talents to an impassioned defense of her copyright infringement suit against the publisher of an unofficial Potter encyclopedia. "I am deeply troubled by the portrayal of my efforts to protect and preserve the copyrights I have been granted in the Harry Potter books and feel betrayed by ['Harry Potter Lexicon'] creator Steve Vander Ark, as a person who calls himself a fan," Rowling says in a court declaration filed this week.

As we previously posted, Rowling has sued RDR Books, an independent publisher that plans to put out an encyclopedia devoted to her books. Her motion for a preliminary injunction is scheduled to be heard March 13 and, if the declaration is anything to go by, there could be goblets of rhetorical fire in court.

In a particularly pointed passage, Rowling recalls giving a Fan Site Award to Vander Ark's Lexicon website, but insists she "never intended for this award ... to be taken by anyone as an authorization for them to create and sell an infringing Harry Potter book for profit and certainly not to sell a book designed to compete with a book I intended to write myself for charity."

"I believe that RDR's book constitutes a Harry Potter 'rip-off' of the type I have spent years trying to prevent, and that both I, as the creator of this world, and fans of Harry Potter would be exploited by its publication," she concludes.

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