14 Biggest Harry Potter Scandals of All Time

Lawsuits, parodies, love affairs, full frontal nudity and more

2000: Crying Teenage Webmasters
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2000: Crying Teenage Webmasters

Prior to the 2001 film release of The Philosopher’s Stone (released as The Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), Warner Bros. began a crackdown on hundreds of Harry Potter fan sites, demanding webmasters relinquish their domain names due to intellectual property right infringement. One such letter was sent to 15-year-old Claire Field, who ran the Harry Potter Guide (harrypotterguide.co.uk), a site about as threatening as an AOL Hometown homepage. Field and her father contacted a British tabloid, which reported that Field was "in tears" over the debacle, and a media brouhaha followed. Warner Bros. soon completely reversed its position and announced it would tolerate any fan site that didn’t seek to pass itself off as official.