Helmer says he invented Harry Potter

Posted in: Movie News
By Paul Heath
Apr 14, 2008 - 7:53:22 AM

A Hollywood film director is claiming that he invented Harry Potter, and now faces a legal battle with Warner Brothers as he plans to remake a movie to prove it. Helmer John Buechler is planning to bring a $20 million remake of his 1980's movie TROLL, which featured a character named Harry Potter to theaters.

His producer partner Peter Davy said, “In John's opinion, he created the first Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling says the idea just came to her. John doesn't think so.

"There are a lot of similarities between the theme of her books and the original Troll.

"John was shocked when she came out with Harry Potter."

A spokesman for the big WB said: "If these producers intend to remake Troll they'd better tread carefully not to infringe on our rights."

On Wikipedia, relating to a Troll 2007 press release in regard to the Harry Potter magical boy character, says: "TROLL has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any entity that created or produced the J.K. Rowling series of Harry Potter books or the Warner Bros. series of Harry Potter movies. Movies Plus is not affiliated with J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros., nor has this movie been endorsed or authorized by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros... Harry Potter and his family were characters in the 1986 movie, Troll, which was independently created and distributed before J.K. Rowling’s first book."

TROLL spawned two sequels, entitled TROLL 2 and TROLL 3.



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