Was it wizardry that guided him? Or too much free time? Whatever it was, a determined French 16-year-old was accused of accomplishing a mystifying feat in translating all 759 pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows within days of its July 21 release and posting it online.
The problem: It was illegal, and now the teen has spent a night in jail this week and faces charges of intellectual property violation.
The alleged French teen translator, a high school student from Aix-en-Provence, likely had less sinister intentions. â€œHe just wanted to get the book online,â€ and did not appear to be seeking commercial gain, Aix Prosecutor Olivier Rothe said. The boy apparently compiled the entire translation himself, Rothe said.