Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Warner Brothers and Other Corporate Entities Seem to Have Trademarked Every Word and Name Popularized by J. K. Rowling in Her Harry Potter Series, Including Hogwarts

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Warner Brothers and Other Corporate Entities Seem to Have Trademarked Every Word and Name Popularized by J. K. Rowling in Her Harry Potter Series, Including Hogwarts

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Warner Brothers and other corporate entities seem to have trademarked every word and name popularized by J. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series, including Hogwarts. The trademark symbol has been used with that word in legal text and some advertising material for several years--particularly when it is associated with a school. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald (28 October 2001), Rowling said:

   Ideas come from all sorts of places and sometimes
   I don't realise where I got them from. A friend from London
   recently asked me if I remembered when we first
   saw Hogwarts. I had no idea what she was talking about
   until she recalled the day we went to Kew Gardens and
   saw those lilies that were called Hogwarts. I'd seen them
   seven years before and they'd bubbled around in my
   memory. When Hogwarts occurred to me as a name for
   the school, I had no idea where it came from.

The plant Rowling refers to may be the hogwort (Croton capitatus), which is native to most of the eastern United States.

Nevertheless, Thomas Wolfe--as has been pointed out elsewhere--used the word Hogwart (without the s) as the name of a school years before Rowling was born. In Wolfe's novel fragment "The Hills Beyond," published posthumously by Harper and Brothers in the story collection of the same name (1941), Theodore Joyner moves his new school to the top of a hill that has always been known as Hogwart Heights. …

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