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Offline Riddikulus

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Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« on: June 13, 2008, 11:24:53 PM »
My granddaughter came across this British Documentary about J.K. Rowling on youtube. Those of us not living in Britain often miss these little treasures, so I though I would post it for those of you who are Harry Potter fans like me. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4F95BFA1D0C21093
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008, 02:08:03 PM »
Finally got enough time to watch this. Fantastic documentary; thank you for posting it.
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008, 02:31:13 PM »
You know, people give her a lot of flack about being a kajillionaire now, but I have a great appreciation for someone who was a single mom and wrote on the back of napkins.  She probably should have saved her coffee money for bills, but nonetheless....
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008, 02:37:07 PM »
She didn't have a happy home life, either; Harry was a largely autobiographical character.
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008, 03:10:45 PM »
A plagiarist gets a documentary made about her.  Wonderful!
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008, 03:12:02 PM »
A plagiarist gets a documentary made about her.  Wonderful!
Shakespeare's already had plenty made about him. What's your point?
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008, 03:13:05 PM »
^ :laugh:
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008, 03:55:40 PM »
A plagiarist gets a documentary made about her.  Wonderful!

"plagiarist"?!?   ???
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008, 04:20:09 PM »
A plagiarist gets a documentary made about her.  Wonderful!

Are you referring to Gaiman or Ibbotson's supposed claims of plagiarism?  Both of those authors have denied any thought of suing Ms. Rowling.  Both have, in fact, assumed that she merely had the same influeneces that they had! 
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008, 04:27:31 PM »
Are you referring to Gaiman or Ibbotson's supposed claims of plagiarism?  Both of those authors have denied any thought of suing Ms. Rowling.  Both have, in fact, assumed that she merely had the same influeneces that they had! 
Indeed. There are no truly original ideas, but that does not mean that all ideas are plagiarised. I believe Rowling has written a story from her own experiences, and those experiences do include reading good literature. There are many classic themes in Harry Potter, themes children can use as they explore other works and other experiences of their own. I myself have been able to use it in teaching as an example, and children connect what they've read in Harry Potter to what they are learning of Shakespeare, Swift, and Sophocles.

But what of these plagiarism cries? Are they so different from the hostility she's encountered so far? Good for her that she hasn't let it phase her. If anything, Rowling has proven that no press is bad press.
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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2008, 04:34:01 PM »
There was the case of an American writer named Nancy Stouffer who sued J. K. Rowling claiming plagiarism for the word "muggle" and the name "Potter" from some books that she'd written.  The court found for Rowling.

I can tell you from my reading as a child that Carol Kendall had a character named "Muggles" in The Gammage Cup which was published in 1969 originally.  A fine book, a Newbury Honor book, and I recommend it.

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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2008, 04:30:02 AM »
There was the case of an American writer named Nancy Stouffer who sued J. K. Rowling claiming plagiarism for the word "muggle" and the name "Potter" from some books that she'd written.  The court found for Rowling.


The court found that Nancy Stouffer lied and had produced fraudulent documents to support her claims. She copped a hefty fine.

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Re: Interesting documentary about J.K. Rowling
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2008, 09:32:36 AM »
Thank you.  I'd forgotten some of the details of the judgement.  Ms. Stouffer still has a  web site up called "RealMuggles" with a 'protect copyrights' angle.  That she tried to trademark "muggle(s)" when others before her had used it is very odd to me.

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