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Harry Potter Publisher Bloomsbury Denies Plagiarism Claim

The worm has turned for author J. K. Rowling. Now she's been accused of plagiarism.

"The allegations of plagiarism made today, Monday 15 June 2009, by the Estate of Adrian Jacobs are unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue," said a statement from Bloomsbury, which publishes Harry Potter in Britain.

"This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously."

In an earlier statement, Jacobs' estate said that it had issued proceedings at London's High Court against Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for copyright infringement.

"The Estate is also seeking a court order against J.K. Rowling herself for pre-action disclosure in order to determine whether to join her as a defendant to the ... action," the statement read.

It named the estate's trustee as Paul Allen, and said that Rowling had copied "substantial parts" of "The Adventures of Willy the Wizard -- No 1 Livid Land" written by Jacobs in 1987. Reuters (Canada) reports.

Potter book fetches $19,120 at auction

Potter book fetches $19,120 at auction: soft-cover copy of the first Harry Potter book sold for $19,120 in a rare books auction in Dallas, the auction company said Sunday.

Beedle the Bard update

The Beedle the Bard collectors edition was limited to 100,00 copies. Over Christmas the book sold out. On the second hand market the price spiked to $300 and $400 dollars. Amazon held back some copies so that if copies were damaged in transit they had replacements. Amazon has listed these held back copies and the price is back down to $100.

Beedle the Bard Collector's Edition - Sold Out

The collector's edition of Beedle the Bard has sold out. The book was selling for $100 new on Amazon. Now that Amazon has run out the price has started to climb.

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LEXICON...the story continues

The cover of "The Lexicon" speaks volumes about the lengths to which a West Michigan author and his Muskegon publisher have gone to get the comprehensive guide of the Harry Potter book series into the hands of readers. The subject of a lengthy, groundbreaking legal battle with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the soon-to-be-published lexicon has a cover that appears to be one big nod to copyright.

"An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials" appears boldly below "The Lexicon" title and above author Steve Vander Ark's name. A full paragraph on the otherwise sparse cover further details the fact that neither Rowling nor a host of others with trademarks and other interests in the Harry Potter series had any part in the book.

Publisher Roger Rapaport, author Steve Vander Ark and their team of lawyers -- including Craig Monette of Muskegon -- are confident this version of The Lexicon will pass legal muster. (The cover was negotiated by both sides to avoid a separate planned trademark lawsuit.) The book is set to be released on Jan. 12 in the United States and England. M Live, Publishers Weekly and the AP both tell the story of 'the book that must be published'.

Actor reaches out

Harry Potter franchise actor Warwick Davis recently spoke to students in the UK about life in acting.

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Harry Potter readers 'can be split into four types'

Harry Potter readers can be split into four distinct types, according to a marketing expert. Each type conforms closely with one of the four houses found in Harry's school Hogwarts, Professor Stephen Brown of Ulster University said.
His research found 'Hufflepuff' readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over.

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'Harry Potter' Goes To College: Students Study The Books Seriously In New Courses

Innocent no more, the students in Swarthmore College's "Battling Against Voldemort" class are learning to look at their favorite children's series with adult eyes. Finberg teaches "Harry Potter" (along with the "Lord of the Rings" and "His Dark Materials" series) as a bridge to get students to grasp basic concepts of literary theory and step up their writing skills.

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The Group That Shall Not Be Named

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the publication of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," fans gathered at Scholastic Headquarters in Soho (NYC) to read it aloud cover-to-cover.

Those who could not attend the reading were invited to follow it online, at scholastic.com/readHarry.

Video and story from NY1.

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J.K. Rowling Reveals All In New Book, ‘Harry, A History’

I was so pleased with my ability to point to MTV earlier, I must do it again... J.K. Rowling might not have exactly have a new book out this year — do you count “Beedle the Bard”? — but for her boy Harry’s 10-year “birthday,” she’s got the next best thing. Leaky Cauldron webmistress Melissa Anelli interviewed the author — and got Rowling to write the intro — for her upcoming book, due out November 4, called “Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon.”

So apparently it's OK to write about the people who read Harry Potter, it's not OK to write about Harry Potter.

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