Harry Potter books are a series of fantasy novels
by British writer J. K. Rowling. Since the release of the first
novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (retitled
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United
States) in 1997, the books have gained immense popularity and
commercial success worldwide, spawning films, video games, and a
wealth of other items.
six books to date have collectively sold more than 300 million
copies and have been translated into more than 63 languages. The
first volume has been translated into Latin and even Ancient
Greek, making it the longest work in that language since the
novels of Heliodorus of Emesa in the 3rd century AD. Due to the
tremendous success of the novels, Rowling has become the richest
writer in literary history. English language versions of the
books are published by Bloomsbury in the United
Kingdom and internationally, and Scholastic Press in the United
States, Allen & Unwin in Australia
and Raincoast Books in Canada.
large portion of the narrative takes place in Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry, and focuses on Harry Potter's struggles
against the dark wizard Lord Voldemort. At the same time, the
books explore the themes of friendship, ambition, choice,
prejudice, courage, growing up, love, moral responsibility, and
the complexities of death, and are set against the expansive
backdrop of a hidden magical world with its own complex history,
diverse inhabitants, unique culture, and parallel societies.
of the seven planned books have been published, and the seventh,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be
released on 21 July 2007. The most recently published book, Harry
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was issued in an English
language version on 16 July 2005.
first four books have been made into very successful motion
pictures by Warner Bros. The fifth, Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix began filming in February 2006, and is
scheduled for release on 13 July 2007, eight days before the
final book is due out.
of copyright and trademark infringement
1999 N.K. Stouffer quietly began to allege copyright and trademark
infringement by J.K. Rowling of her 1984 works The Legend of
Rah and the Muggles and Larry Potter and His Best Friend
primary basis for Stouffer's claims lie in her own invention of
Muggles, non-magical elongated humanoids of sorts and the title
character of the second work, Larry Potter, a bespectacled boy
with dark, wavy hair (Rowling's Potter is characterised as
having all of those, though with unruly instead of wavy hair).
Stouffer contended (and still does to this day) that it is not
just these examples and similar names but that it is "the
cumulative effect of all of it combined" with the other
comparisons she lists on her real muggles website.
along with Scholastic Press (her American publisher) and Warner
Brothers (holders of the series' film rights), pre-empted
Stouffer with a suit of their own seeking a declaratory judgment
that they had not infringed on any of Stouffer's works. Rowling,
through the use of expert witnesses who brought into question
the authenticity of Stouffer's evidence, won the case with
Stouffer's claims being dismissed with prejudice and Stouffer
herself being fined $50,000 for her "pattern of intentional
bad faith conduct" in relation to her employment of
fraudulent submissions, along with being ordered to pay a
portion of the plaintiffs' legal fees. Stouffer is currently
appealing the ruling.
2002, an unauthorized Chinese-language "sequel"
entitled Harry Potter and Leopard-Walk-Up-to-Dragon appeared for
sale in the People's Republic of China. The work of a Chinese
ghost writer, the book contains characters from the works of
other authors, including Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord
of the Rings, and the title character from L. Frank Baum's The
Wizard of Oz. Rowling's lawyers successfully took legal
action against the publishers who were forced to pay damages.
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