Fan Copies Entire Harry Potter Book by Hand
Uh oh. Sounds like something that could get you sued for copyright infringement! A girl in Moldova spent a month copying the latest Harry Potter book out by hand, now that's a serious fan.
Sandra Luchian, 15, from Moldova, borrowed a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from a friend and wrote down the story word for word. The book isn't available to buy in Moldova, and her family couldn't afford to get the book sent over from the UK. So Sandra filled five notebooks with Harry's latest wizard adventures so she could add the book to her collection.The Beeb -- Potter fan copies out whole book
I know this is random but I just heard this girl interviewed on The World (an NPR show). I've written to The World to request the girl's address so that I could send her a new copy of the book, plus perhaps the final Harry Potter book when it comes out. Hopefully they can provide it (although I do suspect they'll get a zillion such requests). I'll let you know what happens, hopefully they'll respond in two days or so.
***Update -- The World, which a BBC show on NPR, is going to forward the book to Ms. Luchian for me along with a note from me. Thanks to the Beeb for helping me to help her!
***Update 10/20/05 -- Sandra got the book and wrote me. Very cool! :)