Harry Potter Plagiarism Suit Thrown Out
J.K. Rowling has been found innocent in a case that accused the British writer of stealing someone else’s idea when writing “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
A U.S. judge dismissed a plagiarism case filed by the estate of late author Adrian Jacobs, whose book “Willy the Wizard” was allegedly plagiarized by Rowling in writing “Goblet of Fire,” the fourth of the seven “Harry Potter” books. Judge Shira Scheindlin said in throwing out the case that “the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.”
Jacobs’ estate had claimed in the suit that the plot of “Goblet of Fire” was partly copied from “Willy the Wizard.” The suit also accused Rowling of copying the concept of wizards traveling on trains from Jacobs’ book. “Harry Potter” U.S. publisher Scholastic Corp said the decision supports the company’s belief that the suit was without basis. “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,” the company said in a statement according to an Associated Press report.