I think this is disgusting. I can say nothing else, without descending into insults and abuse and &*$@!!pottymouth, and hells bells, I feel insulting and abusive and &*$@!!pottymouth.
The above examples are disgraceful.
In 1997, after we first read HP Book One, my daughter wrote a school story which extensively borrowed concepts from HP. She was nine.
I praised the story to the skies, and then explained why some things in it were not really hers to pass as her own (there is some excuse for a nine year old having a story with things like "butterbeer" in because she lacks the knowledge that there is no such thing as butterbeer outside the J K Rowling Potterverse) and gently touched on the concept of plagiarism. Which like most nine year olds she took with interest.
Young children do that sort of thing - they often copy stories even verbatim, but out of a sort of love than anything else. But of course few of them publish their stuff and pass it off as their own work. And they are children and will learn soon enough.
But, these people are adults, and at least one of them is by her own insistence an expert on the law of intellectual property, which should incorporate a thorough knowledge of plagiarism and its definitions. And yet, we see above what (in the face of her avowal that she knows about these things) that she either has not got a clue, or worse is blatantly demonstrating that she thinks rules (legal and moral) do not apply to her or anyone else she considers part of her coterie.
Here's the bit I found funny, quite outwith any plagiarism accusations:
He perched in the window seat at the front of the Lemur, so far away from the bustle that it was not agreeable to be dragged back suddenly by a shout from Lucius as he entered the room. Never did Draco find anything so difficult as to keeping himself from losing his temper when he was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. "It makes me feel as if someone had hit me," he had said once. "And as if I want to hit back. I have to remember things quickly to keep from saying something ill-tempered." The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage, but around Lucius, it had to be done.
Where the eff did she get this totally OOC version of Draco Malfoy? Has she even read the bloody canon, because it sure doesn't look like it from this total fragment of canon rape?
*sigh* and all this even before the first caffeine hit of the day.
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