Touché, Warner Brothers, I had the name
of Tom Riddle before you did, and you aren't taking it away!
In fact though I'm rather pleased that J.K. Rowling
decided to use my name in her book and I like my character in the movie
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
I read somewhere that she found my name on a
tombstone. That was, of course, and without a shadow of a doubt in my
mind, my great, great, great uncle, Tom Riddle I. By chance, Ms Rowling
will be happy to learn, there is a strong resemblance between my own
self and the Tom Riddle described in the Harry Potter books and on the
screen. I can confidently say that my great, great, great uncle, rest
his soul, would be pleased as well.
So, go ahead, Warner Brothers, you have my permission
to continue marketing my good name. I won't sue. But could you kindly
give the Tom Riddle character a bigger part in the next Harry Potter
In September of 2003, about
a year after I wrote the above, the BBC, out of Bush House in London,
England, telephoned me to ask how I felt about losing my name to Warner
If you want to hear what I said, which takes
about 90 seconds, and you have a MP3 player on your computer you can
half a megabyte.
If you have Windows
Media Player 7 or higher, you can try
weighs in at 173 kilobytes.
In my next interview I'll be sure to say something
about the future of digital media or something equally profound. Until
then I'll remain just another copyrighted name.