Rowling Slams Potter Reference Project in Court

Author says print version of fan's Lexicon infringes on her plans
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 3:21 PM CDT
A Harry Potter fan begins to read the latest German edition of J.K. Rowling's seventh fantasy book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" after a book presentation Oct. 27, 2007, in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
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(Newser) – Author JK Rowling today slammed a planned print version of a fan's Harry Potter Lexicon as exploiting her ideas, the New York Times reports. “My readership parting with their or their parents’ hard earned cash for this—I think it’s a travesty," Potter's creator complained in court. Rowling praised the original Web incarnation, but objects to publishing a book for profit.

Rowling says she had planned to write her own Harry Potter encyclopedia—a process that could consume a decade—and donate the proceeds to charity. She also says her creative work has been hindered by the lawsuit, reports the AP, as she has been forced to suspend efforts on a new novel.