11:47 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/14/2008 07:05AM
J.K. Rowling faced a Manhattan judge Monday in a bid to squash the publication of Harry Potter Lexicon, an unauthorized encyclopedia devoted to the fantasy world she created.
"I really don't want to cry," said the British-born author, 42, who added that she was forced to cease progress on a new novel because her concern over this legal matter had "decimated my creative work," reports the BBC.
Rowling also reportedly denied the case was about money and said she considered the prospective volume by author Steve Vander Ark, a librarian, and his publisher, RDR Books, in Muskegon, Mich., "an act of betrayal."
Originally posted 03/24/2008 09:00AM
Though she has made no secret of how her life had sunk before her immense success with the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has never before detailed that despondent period of her life.
That now has changed, with the author, 42, opening up to an Edinburgh University student magazine, the BBC and British newspapers report.
Rowling also admits that she contemplated taking her own life back in the early 1990s, after separating from her first husband, Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes.
"We're talking suicidal thoughts here, we're not talking 'I'm a little bit miserable,' " Rowling told student Adeel Amini, 22.
Originally posted 02/29/2008 09:00AM
J.K. Rowling has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against the publisher of a proposed, unauthorized reference work, Harry Potter Lexicon.
"I am deeply troubled by the portrayal of my efforts to protect and preserve the copyrights I have been granted in the Harry Potter books," say court papers filed on Wednesday by Rowling, whose co-plaintiff in the suit is Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Associated Press reports. The defendant is RDR Books, a small Muskegon, Mich., publisher.
Originally posted 11/01/2007 12:15PM
With Harry Potter's adventures having come to their breathless end, J.K. Rowling is wasting no time when it comes to what's next.
The mega-selling author (400 million copies worldwide) has completed – and illustrated! – her first book since the publication of the seventh final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Only seven copies of the new book – a collection of fairytales titled The Tales of Beedle the Bard – will be printed, and one will be auctioned next month to raise money for the charity The Children’s Voice, which helps youngsters at risk throughout Europe.
Bids will start at $60,000, reports The Times in London. – Shelly Akers
Originally posted 10/20/2007 09:15AM
It was a little late for National Coming Out Day, but a huge revelation nonetheless: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed Friday night that one of her main characters, Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, is gay.
The Associated Press reports that during a Q&A session with audience members, a young fan asked if Dumbledore finds true love.
Originally posted 07/26/2007 10:00AM
J.K. Rowling admits that any one of the beloved main characters in her popular series could have died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – though, she concedes, "I don't even kill fictional characters lightly."
Originally posted 07/24/2007 04:50PM
Even though Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold an incredible 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on the American market – its author, J.K. Rowling, says reaching the finish line was bittersweet.
Originally posted 07/20/2007 09:00AM
As millions of fans await Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the final news of their hero's fate – to be revealed once and for all 12:01 a.m. Saturday – J.K. Rowling sounds almost relieved that it is sealed.
Originally posted 07/18/2007 10:00AM
As the clock keeps ticking toward the magic hour when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released – 12:01 a.m. this coming Saturday – fans eager to find out whether their hero lives or dies are under attack by an invasion of spoilers.
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