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A French minor arrested for taking "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" translation into his own hands

Before the release of the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series, the frenzy for die hard fans to acquire the 759 page novel became more intense than ever before.  But not everyone could have the pleasure of holding the literature gold in their hands on launch day.  A 16-year-old boy in France found himself locked up for taking the French translation delay into his own hands.

The unnamed French 16-year-old translated the entire book in a matter of days and posted in online for public view.  The authorized publisher of the French translation, Gallimard Jeunsesse, is said to have taken up to several months to release a copy, only because he was not able to get his hands on the English version until the day of its release.  

The Aix-en-Provence native's impatience does not appear before the firing squad alone. The authorized translator of the seventh Harry Potter book in China publically announced that freelance translators delete their versions.  Also, a Spanish translation was released early by eager superfans in Chile. 


J.K. Rowling and Gallimard filed an official complaint, reports Reuters.

"This complaint in no way concerns isolated translations published on the Internet ... by disinterested fans not fully aware of the illegal nature of their action," said Gallimard spokeswoman, Marie Leroy-Lena, in a statement.

According to Leroy-Lena, Rowling nor Gallimard were not involved with the case and had not filed for damages.  The boy was released not too much later after his arrest.





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