Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has secured an injunction for publisher Bloomsbury and author JK Rowling, banning anyone from releasing information about the latest Harry Potter book ahead of its July launch.
Last week’s events are similar to those of 2003, when various tabloid newspapers were offered extracts of the fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by an unnamed man. However, on that occasion the injunction was against only that one anonymous person.
The firm has been acting for Bloomsbury and Rowling ahead of the publication of the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The injunction was granted after two men offered to sell a stolen copy of the book to The Sun. RPC media partner David Hooper is acting in the proceedings against the two men.
Hooper said last week’s injunction was “far-reaching” and was aimed at anyone who might obtain a copy of the new book and would prevent any person from releasing information about it before its official publication date.
Hooper instructed 8 New Square’s John Baldwin QC. It is not known who is representing the defendants.