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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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