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  Row over 'Potter-style' book in Russia
Updated 16 September 2002, 19.19
Russian writer Dimitri Yemetz with his book
A massive row has blown up over a Russian book which some people reckon is a copy of Harry Potter.

The book's called Tanya Grotter and Her Magical Double Bass and it stars a girl who wears rounded glasses and flies on her musical instrument.

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She also has a mole on her face and goes to a school called the Abracadabra school for young witches.

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A copy of Tanya Grotter and Her Magical Double Bass
But the Russian man who created the book, Dimitri Yemetz, insists he didn't copy Harry Potter.

He said the book is based on Russian folklore and traditional children's tales.

But the people who publish the Potter books in Russia, Rosmen, are angry.

They say it's a blatant copy and there are even claims that some people are buying it mistakenly thinking it's the fifth Harry Potter book, because the covers are similar.

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Some people think the book is a copy of Harry Potter
A company spokesman said the book was "outrageous" and they're thinking about taking legal action.

But Mr Yemetz said he loved JK Rowling and hoped she read his books.

"I think she would be interested in how similar cultural trends are developing in Russia," he said.

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