1. INTRODUCTION An American lady took Rowling to court over the use of a single word Muggles that she claimed had been stolen from her. Keep that in mind while you peruse this document. Unless you read Travels with Li Po of course, most of these similarities will be lost on you, but not all of them. Nor do I expect you to wade through all that is here offered. If you just read the similarities between any two characters plus the two pages on style of writing you will have done more than I dare expect. The scholars among you, hopefully armed with a copy of ...Li Po, can soldier on to the longer version that has the lot... in finer print. I have kept the fundamental comparisons between the two main characters Muldoon and Potter until last until you are familiar with how the procedure works with Li Po and Dumbledore, Bartholomew and Hagrid etc. Briefly, my book for children, written in 1990 and read by many people, is about a boy who is orphaned and stranded in another world that resembles his own, but in a hyper-real sort of way. Owen Muldoon is his name, formerly called by me Sam Muldoon until I got wise and decided to define him more clearly, to sageguard his identity, if you will. Changing his name to Owen Muldoon signified for all that his mission is a spiritual one. His quest is Enlightenment - that holy quest known in the Middle Ages and long before known as The Philosophers Stone. My heros initials thus became OM, signifying the Indian mantric chant as well as a tribute of sorts to Krishnamurti who supplied some of the insights in the story. My thanks to M. Travers, my good friend, who introduced me to his writings. The word is not the thing, is one of the master ideas of the text. Ergo, my story was designed to appeal to adults as well as kids. Owen is confronted with a monstrous world and left to his own resources. Thats how it is for kids in reality. However, my heros resources are greater than he know; for Owen is a boy who is really a sorcerer and is being trained into this realisation by an old alchemist called Li Po who has taken the form of a Puffin, a talking Puffin, let it be noted. Owen, in fact, has been chosen. He is The Chosen One, rescued by Master Magician Li Po with a view to training him into his new sense of Self. The boy doesnt know he is a sorcerer and that is the key to him. Unfortunately, the book never made it to print for reasons I have hazarded in the preface. You may rightly wonder why I have taken so long to bring this matter to the publics attention. Well, from 1994 until 2006, I was engaged with the Bogside Artists in building The Peoples Gallery our famous suite of twelve large-scale murals for the Bogside area of our hometown, Derry. Last year 2008, we published the book ourselves. What happened after that you can find on the ROWLING link. We stand by every word of that. We contacted The Guardian, New Stateman, Irish Times, and The Irish Examiner to name but a few. Most backed off for reasons they didnt bother to explain to us. So too did the Guardian. The Irish Examiner was frightened off by Rowlings legal hounds, the notorious Schillings, as was the Derry News. The Guardian didnt tell us why they dropped the story but we suspect Schillings, present or in absentia, had something to do with it. The rest didnt even bother to reply. Ah, what champions of truth the free press is! Money and dread rule the press, even from a distance.
2. NOTHING COMES OUT OF NOWHERE By William Kelly Dedicated to my mother and father. THE NUMEROUS SIMILARITIES between the book for children called Travels with Li Po and the Harry Potter series. Subject: Travels with Li Po Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:13:15 +0000 The Goldsmith Press Ltd. Newbridge, Co. Kildare This is to say that Mr. William Kelly submitted some chapters of his book, Travels with Li Po, in the early 90s. As we are mainly a Poetry Press, we were unable to publish the book -- but were impressed by its quality. Viv Abbott, MA, MPhil.,
3. SIMILARITIES OF CONTENT Travels With LiPo Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone STRUCTURE STRUCTURE 1. Main Themes - existential abandonment. A boy who is a 1. Main Themes - existential abandonment. A boy who is a sorcerer and doesn't know it but must be trained into sorcerer (wizard) and doesn't know it but must be the realisation. The human condition and the search for trained into the realisation. The human condition and Enlightenment ie, The Philosophers Stone and the search for Enlightenment ie, The Philosophers its immortal gifts. Stone and its immortal gifts. 2. Magical empowerment through self-knowledge. 2. Magical empowerment through self-knowledge. 3. Relationships. Everybody is related to somebody else and 3. Relationships. Everybody is related to somebody else and these relationships mediate their lives and, in many cases, these relationships mediate their lives and, in many determine them. cases, determine them. 4. Sub-theme - low self-esteem. 4. Sub-theme - low self-esteem. 5. Sub-theme - living by ones intelligence 5. Sub-theme - living by ones intelligence. 6. Sub-theme - time. 6. Sub-theme - time. 7. Sub-theme - Decisions that shape personal destiny and 7. Sub-theme - Decisions that shape personal destiny and individual responsibility for them. individual responsibility for them. 8. Sub-theme - madness, dreams and free will. 8. Sub-theme - madness, dreams and free will. NB: These themes were established to be amplified later NB: These themes were also amplified throughout the series. throughout the series.
4. Page 1 EXPLANATION: The origins of the style are fully explained in the complete version of this document. SIMILARITIES OF STYLE P67: Yes, you know, BELIEFS! P202: HAVE YOU GONE MAD? Ron bellowed. P30: Li Po could THINK! (use of caps for specific emphasis) P196: SO WHAT? Harry shouted. .There wont be any Hogwarts to get expelled from! (use of caps for specific emphasis) P78: The entrance to the Virtue Agency lay atop of a steep flight of marble steps. The huge glass door was flanked by lofty statues in the Greek style and there P63: A tinkling bell rang somewhere in the depths of the shop as they stepped were a brace of bronze lions on their plinths. As soon as he entered the spacious inside. It was a tiny place, empty except for a single spindly chair which Hagrid foyer his eyes met a pretty little girl seated at a desk big enough for a game of sat on to wait. Harry felt strangely as though he had entered a very strict library; ping-pong. She was evidently the receptionist and a busy one at that, for she had he swallowed a lot of new questions which had just occurred to him and looked no less than six phones all around her. So acute was Owen's shyness that he instead at the thousands of narrow boxes piled neatly right up to the ceiling. For hesitated before approaching her and instead pretended to read the notice board some reason, the back of his neck prickled. The very dust and silence in here that stretched right across the far wall. He adjusted what was left of his clothes seemed to tingle with some secret magic. and tried to ignore the chaffed toes that poked through his trainers. P51: He closed his eyes and took a deep breath and then another until finally he P115: They pulled on their dressing-gowns, picked up their wands and crept regained his composure. Slowly, he began to descend. When he touched the across the tower room, down the spiral staircase and into the Gryffindor ground he fell down flat in the dust and lay there listening to his heart pounding common-room. A few embers were still glowing in the fireplace, turning all the aware that his fingers were still fluttering like blades of grass. He hauled himself armchairs into hunched black shadows. They had almost reached the portrait towards the gate and lent back against it letting out an enormous sigh of relief. Li hole when a voice spoke from the chair nearest them: I cant believe you are Po flew down and perched on his shoulder. going to do this, Harry. 'Can't...can't understand how that gate got locked...I was sure.... I locked it, said the bird. P17: Standing there at the r