I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that Jo Rowling won her copyright suit against Steven Vander Ark’s Harry Potter Lexicon. As I’ve said previously, she may not be in league with the devil, but you can bet she’s got lawyers from hell. What did surprise me was how long U.S. District Court Judge Robert P. Patterson took to render his decision. Uber Potter head Vander Ark either just lifted and reorganized Rowling’s work, as she claimed, or he didn’t. Shouldn’t take the whole summer to figure that out. Maybe he had to read the full Potter canon to render a verdict, who knows, who cares.
The most curious thing to me is that despite all Vander Ark’s been through, he, nonetheless, remarkably is releasing another Potter-related book next month, which means that he surely was writing it during the trial. Rowling, his hero, is looking daggers at this guy in the courtroom and ripping him a new one on the witness stand and then he goes back to his room and works on his next book based on her writings! WTF??? I keep saying how obsessive fans are, and if this doesn’t prove me right, then what does? If you were being sued would you do this? Hell no. Just shows you what a slavishly addicted and obsessed Potter junkie Vander Ark must be. Either that or he’s so determined to be a celebrity in the Potter world that nothing is going to stop him, even Rowling herself.
It will be interesting to see how well his In Search of Harry Potter sells. Will other super fans decked out in their scarves and robes boycott it out of respect to Rowling, or will they too succumb to the all powerful allure of anything and everything Potter?