Plagiarism Lawsuit Against “Harry Potter” Publisher Dismissed

HollywoodNews.com: A federal judge has dismissed the plagiarism lawsuit filed against Scholastic Books, publisher of the Harry Potter novels, stating that “the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.”

The lawsuit, which was filed last year on behalf of the estate of Adrian Jacobs, alleged that parts of the best-seller “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” borrowed from Jacobs’ 1987 book, “The Adventures Of Willy The Wizard – No 1 Livid Land”. US federal judge Shira Sheindlin disagreed in a 49-page ruling, where she writes: “Indeed, a reading of the works unequivocally confirms that they are distinctly different in both substance and style, and ultimately engender very different visceral responses from their readers.

Scholastic released the following statement on their website:

Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible, the lawsuit brought against Scholastic by the estate of Adrian Jacobs. 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. Judge Scheindlin clearly agreed, stating: “…the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.” Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality of Harry Potter and the brilliant imagination of its author, J.K. Rowling.

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was released in 2000 and has sold over 66 million copies. The “Harry Potter” 7-volume series has sold over 400 million copies since the release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 1997.

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