WB Bans Use of “Harry”
Nov 27, 2002
From BBC News:
Children hoping to celebrate a Harry Potter day in the Northumberland town of Alnwick have been told they cannot use the young wizard’s name for the event… The mayor of Alnwick, Councillor Key Gray, said: “I think it is sad because the children will be disappointed
Paul Gee, council director of environment and regeneration, said Warner Brothers seemed reluctant to take the stance but they felt they had to protect their product. He said: “They felt if they said ‘yes’ to Alnwick, they couldn’t really say ‘no’ to anyone else.” Mr. Gee said the company had provided prizes for the event which will still take place on 6 December, renamed The Wizard’s Extravaganza.