Over the past few months we informed you of the legal case that Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, has brought against author Steve Vander Ark (Harry Potter Lexicon) and his publisher RDR Books. Ms. Rowling claims the book violates her intellectual property rights and is contesting its publication.
Rowling arrived at the courthouse in New York City earlier this morning and the proceedings are currently taking place before Judge Robert P. Patterson without a jury. You can read additional information on the case here and here.
Pictures from her arrival can be seen here.
A recap of today's event can be located here, thanks Amy.
It gives me no pleasure to take legal action, but I am here today because I feel very strongly about an important issue that affects everyone and not just me. If books that plagiarise other works are permitted, authors, fans and readers stand to lose. There are lots of books in many languages that comment on or criticize Harry Potter, and that's fine. But the book in this case is different. It provides no analysis and virtually no commentary. It takes far too much and it offers precious little in return. I would just like to add that I am extremely grateful for the incredible support of Harry Potter fans everywhere.
UPDATE II: You can also read an additional recap of todays events courtesy of TLC.
We will continue to update everyone with the events of the court case as we learn them.