May 26, 2017

J.K. Rowling plagiarism lawsuit dismissed in U.S. courts


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Last October, a judge allowed a plagiarism lawsuit levied against “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling to proceed in court. But that case will only go so far.

This morning, Judge Shira Sheindlin dismissed the case in U.S. courts, writing, “The contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.”

She was referring to comparisons made between Rowling’s fourth “Potter” story, “The Goblet of Fire,” and British author Adrian Jacobs’ book “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard.” At the time, PR reps for Jacobs’ estate said it would be a “billion-dollar case,” according to The Guardian. Now it won’t be a case at all.

“The court’s swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd,” said a spokesperson for Rowling’s American publisher, Scholastic.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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