J. K. Rowling Still Has Her Magic Touch…In Court

martes, 9 de septiembre de 2008 |

J. K. Rowling wins court battle over Harry Potter lexicon.

“Legalus Victorium” is what some Potter fans might shout for author J.K. Rowling following a courtroom’s verdict yesterday.

On Monday a decision was reached regarding a Harry Potter guidebook written by obsessed fan Steven Jan Vander Ark. A federal judge found that Ark’s lexicon was too similar to Rowling’s work and there wasn’t enough original material for the book to be legally published, thus handing the victory to Rowling and Warner Brothers, who produce the film franchise.

According to The New York Times, the decision comes after almost five months following the four-day trial, which was dramatic in its own right. The scene included Rowling blasting Ark’s material, calling it a, “waste of money.” Following Rowling’s testimony, Ark took the stand in tears as he claimed Ms. Rowling’s words “ostracized him from the Harry Potter community.”

Ark, 50, who appears to have an unhealthy fascination with the franchise, was formerly a librarian and teacher for a Christian school in England, but he now earns a living as a full-time writer. His idea for the lexicon stemmed from his popular website dedicated to Harry Potter fiction.

After the long legal battle, Ark seemed surprisingly calm about the verdict. He still claims to be a loyal fan and would welcome a chat with the best-selling author.

Via thecelebritycafe.com

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