Another Lawsuit Alleges J.K. Rowling “Stole” Idea for Harry Potter
By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Once again, a publisher for the “Harry Potter” series is being sued for claims of copyright misappropriation by author J.K. Rowling. Last year, it was British publisher Bloomsbury; now it’s American publisher Scholastic.
The estate of Adrian Jacobs is claiming that J.K. Rowling copied certain details from “The Adventures Of Willy The Wizard – No 1 Livid Land” – written by Jacobs in 1987, when she wrote “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, which was released in 2000. The estate filed a claim last year in British court against Bloomsbury (with plans to later file suit against Rowling herself), stating that several key plot details were similar to the “Willy the Wizard”. Bloomsbury denied this claim, issuing this statement:
‘JK Rowling had never heard of Adrian Jacobs nor seen, read or heard of his book Willy the Wizard until this claim was first made in 2004 – almost seven years after the publication of the first book in the highly publicised Harry Potter series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and after the publication of the first five books in the Harry Potter series. Willy the Wizard is a very insubstantial booklet running to 36 pages which had very limited distribution. The central character of Willy the Wizard is not a young wizard and the book does not revolve around a wizard school. This claim was first made in 2004 by solicitors in London acting on behalf of Adrian Jacobs’ son who was the representative of his father’s estate and who lives in the United States. The claim was unable to identify any text in the Harry Potter books which was said to copy Willy the Wizard. This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously.
Several similar lawsuits have been brought over the past few years, all so far have been judged to be without merit and dismissed. Should this suit have a similar result, let’ hope this will mean the end to other frivolous suits in the future.
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