Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Finally! Steve Vander Ark's Lexicon is published

The Harry Potter Lexicon is finally published! From here.
I've had very positive response to the book," said Vander Ark, who lives in the Grand Rapids area. "The reviews have been good, but also the fans are excited about it. Harry Potter fans are incredibly creative people; they love to have a reference to the books so they can be accurate when they write, create costumes and other things."

"The Lexicon" initially drew the ire of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who filed a lawsuit saying the book violated the copyright of Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment, which owns the movie rights to the series. A U.S. District judge ruled in Rowling's favor, which led Vander Ark to rewrite his lexicon. RDR Books printed 40,000 copies, with 35,000 already shipped.

"In many ways, it is a better book," Vander Ark said of the changes he made after the lawsuit. "The first book was intended to be exhaustive of every detail without much commentary and background. This book now includes lots more of both."
Well done, Steve! Read the rest of article here. Order the book here. The original landmark website that started it all is here.

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