upcoming Harry Potter series GUIDE banned
And it was banned not because of its anti-Christian themes or magical effects, but because the said guide “appropriates too much of Rowling’s creative work for its purposes as a reference guide.” Yup, the upcoming Harry Potter series guide is not made by Ms. Rowling but by a fan of her work. According to reports, it was written by Steve Vander Ark based on his Harry Potter fan website, Harry Potter Lexicon (HPL). He denied claims of plagiarism, and says the book was intended to help readers and celebrate Rowling’s work. However, the British author didn’t see it his way, and said her creativity was being “plundered” and that it “really decimated my creative work over the last month.”
The New York judge (Judge Robert Patterson) handling the case said in his ruling that Rowling’s views had been “overstated” but he agreed with her that the Lexicon had gone beyond the fair use of her work in creating a volume of reference. He found that the Lexicon would have harmed her intention to produce her own Harry Potter encyclopedia, the proceeds of which she has promised to charity. Warner Brothers and JK Rowling, were awarded damages of £430 for each of the seven novels about the boy wizard and £3,888 for two companion books she wrote.