NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling author J.K. Rowling said Monday that her efforts to halt a publisher’s “Harry Potter” encyclopedia have been crushing her creativity.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling arrives at Manhattan federal court in New York on April 14.
Rowling told a New York court that she had stopped work on a new novel because the federal lawsuit had “decimated my creative work over the last month.”
Rowling is suing RDR Books to stop publication of Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon” on the grounds that her copyrights are being violated.
“This book constitutes wholesale theft of 17 years of my hard work,” she testified Monday.
RDR’s lawyer, Anthony Falzone, has defended the lexicon as a reference guide. Falzone called it a legal effort “to organize and discuss the complicated and very elaborate world of Harry Potter.”
When Rowling’s lawyer asked how she felt about Harry, she replied: “I really don’t want to cry.” But she looked like she was about to do just that.