JK Rowling gets lost in “Harry Potter” with this trans artist’s books

BOOKS – When the separation of the work from the artist is taken at face value. Laur Flom changed the legend books Harry Potter so that JK Rowling’s name does not appear there. This artist, who lives in Toronto, Canada, became known on TikTok for his personalized bindings of bestselling books.

Since the British author has repeatedly made comments that are considered transphobic, many readers refuse to continue to enrich him and do not appreciate seeing his name on their shelves. At the beginning of 2022, Laur Flom decided to remove JK Rowling from seven volumes of the bespectacled wizard.

Iel shared his progress on TikTok and quickly, he was asked if his books “de-Rowlingue” is sold. The artist, who specializes in printing and the art of bookbinding, decided to launch his site on “to offer an alternative to people who still want to take advantage Harry Potter without supporting JK Rowling”.

They buy second-hand books, then carefully remove the cover and the first page where the author’s name appears. Then it is necessary to glue some pages and then add the endpapers, which are original creations of the artist.

Goldsmith’s work

Laur Flom then used a book press to round the edge and redo the binding. The cover, reinforced and made to last, is glued on. For each volume, the artist draws a story element (a Hogwarts envelope, Hermione’s time turner, the goblet of fire…).

They process every order placed on their site by hand. Each revised book still costs 230 Canadian dollars, or about 160 euros. For a box with seven volumes, it will cost 1,600 Canadian dollars, or more than 1,100 euros.

For a lower price, the artist offers interested parties to send him their own prints to modify them. 10% of the price of each sale is donated to associations in support of transgender people in the United States and Canada.

In a TikTok video, Laur Flom acknowledges that prices are not “accessible” at all but justifying them by detailing the materials used and the number of hours worked. They say they are making less than the minimum hourly wage in Ontario on this project.

And copyrights?

Because Laur Flom does not print her own copy of the work, but only makes changes to a book that has already been printed and is offered for sale, her business does not violate copyright laws, she explained in a video .

A law professor confirmed his statements to the American media inside. He added that JK Rowling could claim that her name is trademarked, but that would be it “messy”. In his orders, the artist still added an envelope with torn pages mentioning the author, “more for fun than legal necessity”.

In 2023, Laur Flom aims to tackle another successful legend: twilight, by Stephanie Meyer. But this time, it’s purely creative bindings, and the author’s name will remain clearly visible.

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