Embattled Potter Fan Moved to Tears in Court
'It's been difficult' being sued by Rowling, encyclopedist says
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 5:21 PM CDT
Author J.K. Rowling exits Manhattan federal court, Monday, April 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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(Newser) – The Harry Potter fan whose attempt to put into print his encyclopedic companion brought a lawsuit from author JK Rowling, broke down in tears in a Manhattan court today discussing how much the books mean to him, the AP reports. Steven Vander Ark became distraught when asked how the lawsuit had affected his relationship with the world of Potter fans.

"It's been difficult because there has been a lot of criticism, obviously, and that was never the intention," a choked-up Vander Ark said. "This has been an important part of my life for the last nine years or so."