Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Harry Potter Spoofed in 'Stone Philosopher'

For MTPorri Gatter hits stores this week.
First came "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." Then, as if by magic, appeared a Russian version, "Tanya Grotter and Her Magic Double Bass."

Now, joining Tanya and Harry is another Russian version, "Porri Gatter and the Stone Philosopher," a parody of the bestselling J.K. Rowling books that will hit bookstores at the end of the week.

Belarussian authors Ivan Mytko and Andrei Zhvalevsky are behind the book, which turns Harry Potter from a child with magic powers who lives among ordinary humans to a child with no powers who lives among magicians and has to use technology to survive.

In the first chapter of the book, instead of using a wand as Harry Potter would to face off against archenemy Voldemort, Porri Gatter uses a more human mortar to ward off his archenemy, Mordevolt.

With Tanya Grotter publishers facing a lawsuit after being accused of plagiarism, it might seem foolish to publish the book.

"We're not scared, it's a good parody," said Alla Gladkova, the director of Vremya, which is publishing the Porri Gatter book. "We're giving them [Harry Potter] free promotion."

"We read Rowling with great pleasure," Mytko said in a telephone interview. But he said that there were lots of moments in the book ripe for parody.

Natalya Dolgova of Rosmen, the Russian publishers of Harry Potter, said she had read portions of the Porri Gatter book and had no plans to sue. "It's a parody," she said.

The initial print run for the book, which will be officially presented Wednesday, is 7,000. But the publishers are already planning another 50,000 copies, confident that Porri Gatter, even without magical powers, will be able to conjure up brisk sales.

The Tanya Grotter books have sold more than 100,000 copies in Russia, while the Harry Potter series has sold 1.2 million copies.

Lawyers for J.K. Rowling, the Russian publishers and Warner Bros. threatened court action against the publishers of Tanya Grotter if the book was not withdrawn by Nov. 10. Lawyers in London are currently considering their next move, Dolgova said.