Wednesday, July 13, 2005
As The Day (July 15) nears, speculation on which character in the Harry Potter universe will bite the dust by the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is running rampant. Security is still tight in order to make certain that no one gets a copy of the book before the Big Day. Read more about Potter security in the Christian Science Monitor here.
The two men charged with stealing two copies of the book in June were stopped dramatically, and author J. K. Rowling got an injunction against them--read an account here. She and her lawyers have also gone after all sorts of "take-offs" on the Harry Potter books, such as Tanya Grotter and the Magic Double Bass--read Tim Wu's article about their odyssey here. Are these books unprotected HP ripoffs, or protected parodies? Somewhat difficult to tell--the Barry Trotter parodies are available here in the U. S., though (you can read Michael Gerber's Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody and Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel any time you like).