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Congrats, J.K.! Harry Potter Plagiarism Case Dismissed!

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harry potter plagiarism case dismissed

The drama is finally over!

Back in October, a judge had refused to dismiss a Harry Potter plagiarism lawsuit against J.K. Rowling by the estate of late author Adrian Jacobs.

Jacobs' estate claimed that Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire drew substantially from Jacob's 1987 book The Adventures of Willy The Wizard - No. 1 Livid Land.

Judge Shira Sheindlin has dismissed the lawsuit, on the grounds that the two books were "distinctly different in both substance and style."

More from Judge Shiendlin:

"The contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity."

Here's what spokesman Kyle Good from Scholastic (Harry Potter's U.S. publisher) had to say about it:

"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."

"Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality of Harry Potter."

Nice to hear that this was finally resolved! We're quite satisfied with the verdict.


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11 comments to “Congrats, J.K.! Harry Potter Plagiarism Case Dismissed!”

  1. 1

    Where's your plagiarism case?

  2. 2

    yes!!! she is genius she doesn't need other books to write her own, that plus all her layers it was a fact that she would win! :D

  3. 3

    I'm not surprised. Have you ever read that Willy the Wizard stuff? Some of the HP fansites read some excerpts of it, and it is absolute shit. You can't read it and and keep a straight face. I just can't believe the case lasted even this long.

  4. 4

    Harry Potter >>>>>>>>>>>>> Twillight

  5. 5

    JKR looks great! She definitely had work done.

  6. 6

    This was a BIG joke of a lawsuit anyway. I think we all knew what the end result would be when it was first reported in the news.

  7. 7

    J.K. is an effing genius.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: MRSMOMOA – Looks like he got a lot of publicity for his book. Maybe it wasn't all about winning in court.

  9. 9

    Re: finding_blue – I concur! JKR is a freaking genius. Love Harry Potter! and I feel that these lawsuits are so stupid, I mean come on, free speech and you can't happen to write a similar story. Even if for borrowed ideas, whooaaa like only one person in the whole world can write about magic or whatever. pfffft.

  10. 10

    Re: finding_blue – Amen to that!

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    Wow. Could it be that she bought a new face? Looking very, very good.