Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Tue May 13 13:44:21 EDT 2003

Of course, there's always the eerie similarity between Harry Potter 
and Tim Hunter, the creation of Neil Gaiman in "The Books of Magic" 
comics. A bespectacled, messy haired, 10-year old who finds himself 
involved in a world of magic.

Gaiman has, from my memory, reacted in a rather neutral way to the 
similarity. A later writer of the series included an 
alternate-universe version of Tim that was exactly like Harry (very 

Then there's Jane Yolen's "Wizard School" which has great similarities as well.

The trouble is, the similarities are generally in things that are, I 
think, archetypical: young one discovers world of magic which he/she 
is a part of but has been unaware of till now.


>On or about Tue, May 13, 2003 at 09:13:06AM -0700, jackie e stallcup typed:
>>Anyway, I had so many students telling me in class that Rowling HAD
>>plagiarized (for whatever reason, students seem to assume that the person
>>bringing the lawsuit must be correct) that I finally had to investigate a
>Whatever the merits of the suit, Stouffer's legal team (or Stouffer
>herself - it's not clear) didn't enhance their case by attempting to
>fake evidence of prior publication. See
>for a good starting point on this.
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was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to 
grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.
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