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J.K.'s cousin Ben takes polygraph test tonight

by David Haber, Wizard News Wizard

J.K. Rowling's cousin Ben straps on the polygraph to prove that he's the real Harry Potter on the new TV show Lie Detector, tonight at 9PM on PAX TV in the US.

Although J.K. Rowling has officially denied it, her cousin Ben continues to insist he inspired her hit Harry Potter books. In a recent interview Ben said, "When I read the first Harry Potter book, my jaw dropped. It was uncanny, far more than a coincidence. I know Jo based Harry on me. I can see so much of the young me in his character.

On her official web site, J.K. Rowling has emphatically maintained there is no truth to her cousin's claim.

"Harry is a completely imaginary character," J.K. posted on her web site. "He is not based on any of the men I have met during my lifetime who wore glasses, or any of the boys who had a scar somewhere on their face, or any of my friends who went to boarding school."

More information:
• Lie Detector (PAX TV)

Published March 22, 2005

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