Trivia

Hard

In China An Unauthorized Harry Potter Sequel Was Revealed To Be A Rewrite Of?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The Hobbit
The Colour of Magic

Answer: The Hobbit

When it comes to unauthorized, bootleg, and downright fraudulent copies of popular media, it’s anything goes in China, where con artists and pirates alike are more than happy to feed the demands of local consumers hungry for popular movies, music, and books from around the world.

While this, more often than not, just leads to poorly translated titles on bootleg movies or the like, sometimes the results are so absurd as to be hilarious. In 2002, for example, the Chinese publisher Bashu Publishing House released an unauthorized sequel to the existing Harry Potter books (only four of the seven books had, as of then, been published). This wasn’t the publishing house releasing an actual J.K. Rowling-written book ahead of schedule, but something far, far, more ridiculous. The book, titled Harry Potter and Bao Zoulong, was, aside from the opening and closing parts, essentially just J.R.R. Tolkien’s famed work The Hobbit translated into Chinese and with all the major characters replaced with the major characters from the Harry Potter universe.

Although the book was quickly outed by both Chinese and international media as a fake, it was still briefly distributed around the world and e-book copies of it live on in infamy on the internet.

Trivia

Hard

Which Serial Killer Was Caught Via The Metadata In A Microsoft Word Document?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Foodstuffs Was Originally Dyed Before Sale?

Trivia

Hard

You Can Test The Ripeness Of Which Fruit With A Black Light?

Trivia

Hard

Prior To The Launch Of Google’s Email Service, Who Did Gmail.com Service?

Trivia

Hard

What Did Users Of The First Automatic Teller Machine Access The Machine With?

Trivia

Hard

Old Faithful, The Famous Yellowstone Geyser, Was Once Routinely Used For?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Text Message About?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Song Performed In Space?

Trivia

Hard

The Most Expensive Rare Coin Ever Sold Was?

Trivia

Easy

Heroin Was Originally Marketed As What?