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  JK tries to stop new versions of Grotter
Updated 13 March 2003, 09.26

A copy of Tanya Grotter and Her Magical Double Bass
Tanya Grotter and Her Magical Double Bass
JK Rowling is trying to stop a Dutch version of a Russian Potter-like book from being published.

She has asked a court in Holland to stop the release of The Magic Double Bass by Dmitry Yemets.

She claims it copies her first hit book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

We first heard about the Russian books in September 2002.

They follow an 11-year-old orphan girl called Tanya Grotter who has strange marks on her face and unusual magical powers.

Too similar to Philosopher's Stone?
Too similar to Philosopher's Stone?

She also has a mysterious enemy, who is too evil to be named. And she wears round glasses and goes to a witch school called Abracadabra!

It all sounds just too familiar, claim JK's lawyers.

Spoof?

They say it's unfair because it copies the storyline, plot and the characters.

But Yemets' publishers say he has written them more as a Potter spoof in reaction to the worldwide "hype" about Potter.

JK's lawyers aim to block publication of 7,000 Dutch versions of the book in April.

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