Harry Potter movie makes trouble

Harry Potter fans worldwide are eager for this week's opening of the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But the hype that accompanies each book and movie in the series is a headache to a Maryland man named Harry E. Potter. (Maryland has or recently had at least three Harry Potters, 16 Hermiones, 3 Siriuses, 13 men named Snape and 15 women named Narcissa.) The Baltimore Sun's Mary McCauley explains it all in a story; here's an excerpt:

It isn't enough of a coincidence that he shares a name with the most famous literary character on the planet. He would have to have a scar on his forehead, starting between his eyes and snaking up his forehead in a line - just like the boy wizard created by J.K. Rowling.

"Oh my lordy Hannah," says the real-life Harry E. Potter, 76, of Leonardtown. "You have no idea what it is like to have this name. Just 15 minutes ago, I got a phone call from some girls who were about 13 or 14, and who giggled a lot. And you cannot be rude to them, you know that? You cannot be rude.

"That J.K. Rowling owes me something. I'm not sure what, but she owes me." Photobucket

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