Larry Potter fights to be recognized

OWINGS MILLS, MD: Amid a legal tussle over trademarks and stolen

plot lines, three-month-old book publisher Thurman House has hired sole

practitioner Harry Bosk to represent it as it republishes the Larry

Potter book series.

Scholastic, publishers of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books, and Warner

Brothers, which is making the Harry Potter movie, recently filed suit

against Nancy Stouffer, author of the Larry and Lilly Potter books.

Stouffer's books were first published in 1984 - 14 years before

Rowling's. Stouffer countersued, but until recently, was unable to find

a publishing house that would republish her works.

'Controversy and litigation are always hooks,' said Bosk. 'But we're

just trying to make it clear that Thurman House is the one that's

bringing back Larry Potter.'

Bosk said that although Stouffer has her own PR representation, part of

his work for Thurman House involved making sure she is not seen as 'the

Grinch who stole Christmas.' He continued, 'One of the real tasks is to

position Stouffer as the little guy fighting a corporate giant to

protect her work.'

Bosk has succeeded in getting coverage by AP, The New York Times, The

Washington Post, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, AM Canada, the

book-publishing trade press and international news outlets.

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