Studio turns Dementor over Harry Potter party

October 28, 2009

October 28, 2009

LONDON: A single mother who planned to host a Harry Potter-themed dinner for Halloween in her London home has been threatened with legal action by a Hollywood studio.

The woman, who goes by the name Ms Marmite Lover, runs The Underground Restaurant from her home, hosting ”pop up” dinner parties and supper clubs for foodies.

She recently advertised her Harry Potter Night dinners on her online blog, selling tickets for £25 ($44) each, and began working on a menu inspired by the boy wizard stories – butterbeer, dandelion wine, pumpkin soup, mint humbugs and cauldron cakes.

When Warner Bros got a sniff of what was cooking, it sent Ms Marmite Lover a terse letter warning her that her dinner party would infringe its copyright over best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s famous character.

Warner Bros said that while it was ”delighted” she was a Harry Potter fan, ”no one may copy, license, exhibit, reproduce or otherwise trade on the Harry Potter Properties without the prior authorisation and consent of Warner”.

”We would, therefore, ask that you refrain from holding and/or offering for sale any tickets to the Harry Potter Nights and confirm to me by return email that the Harry Potter Nights will not go ahead as planned,” the letter said.

”Warner does not, of course, object to you holding a generic wizard/Halloween night.”

Ms Marmite Lover said she had written back to Warner Bros informing them she had changed the name of her dinner to Generic Wizard Night.

She told London’s Evening Standard that the two dinner parties she was hosting on Friday and Saturday were sold out. ”The night is totally a fan’s tribute and is a one-off,” she said. ”It’s not like I’m running a permanent Harry Potter restaurant.

”It is basically dinner parties that are paid for. I’m the cook and hostess. Each dinner takes four days of work and I make very little money from it.”

Australian Associated Press

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