Rowling labels upcoming book "wholesale theft'

NEW YORK - J.K. Rowling testified before a packed courtroom in a lawsuit to block publication of a Harry Potter lexicon, telling a judge that the book amounts to a ""wholesale theft' of nearly 20 years of her hard work.

""We all know I've made enough money. That's absolutely not why I'm here,' Rowling told the judge in U.S. District Court.

The British author sued Michigan-based RDR Books last year to stop publication of Steven Vander Ark's ""Harry Potter Lexicon,' claiming copyright infringement. Vander Ark runs the popular Harry Potter Lexicon Web site, and RDR wants to publish a print version of the site and charge $24.95.

Rowling claims the book is nothing more than a rearrangement of her own material and told the judge it copied so much of her work that it amounted to plagiarism.

""I think it's atrocious. I think it's sloppy. I think there's very little research,' she testified Monday. ""This book constitutes wholesale theft of 17 years of my hard work.'

She also said she has recently started work on her own encyclopedia but does not expect to complete it for two to three years because she wants to do it right.

RDR's lawyer, Anthony Falzone, has defended the lexicon as a reference guide, calling it a legitimate effort ""to organize and discuss the complicated and very elaborate world of Harry Potter.' The small publisher is not contesting that the lexicon infringes upon Rowling's copyright but argues that it is a fair use allowable by law for reference books.

In sometimes emotional testimony, Rowling recalled starting work on the first book in 1991 when she was 25 and so destitute that she sometimes had to choose between purchasing typewriter ribbon and food, raising a child on welfare as a single mother.

Rowling choked up when her lawyer, Dale Cendali, asked what Harry Potter meant to her.

""I really don't want to cry,' the mother of three said. Then she added, ""These characters continue to mean so much to me over a long period of time. The closest you could come is to say, "How do you feel about your children?' These books, they saved me.'

Blanchett gives birth to third son

SYDNEY, Australia - Cate Blanchett has given birth to her third son.

Blanchett, 38, delivered Ignatius Martin Upton in Sydney on Sunday, said Tim McKeough, media relations manager at the Sydney Theatre Company, where Blanchett and her playwright husband are co-artistic directors.

""All are well and very happy,' McKeough said Monday.