Although China has notoriously been a haven for businesses copying American brands and merchandise, the same has happened for Harry Potter books in China’s domestic market, reports The New York Times. The Chinese market has been plagued by Harry Potter fakes that come in many forms.
One type of forgery utilized the same title as an upcoming Potter book and peddlers began selling it several days prior to the official book’s release date. Other forgeries have used the text from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” swapping out the original character names with those from the Harry Potter universe and re-titling it "Harry Potter and the Leopard Walk-Up-To Dragon." Unlicensed translations and reproductions, of both Harry Potter and other popular books, are also rampant in China.