Judge Dismisses Harry Potter Plagiarism Lawsuit


J.K. Rowling can breathe a little easier now that the case of Willy the Wizard versus Harry Potter has been dismissed. A judge has ruled 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 estate of late writer Adrian Jacobs, creator of Willy the Wizard, had sued Rowling for plagiarism. They claimed the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was similar to a wizard competition in Jacob’s 1987 book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard: Livid Land. Rowling was also accused of borrowing the idea of wizards traveling on trains.

Scholastic, Rowling’s American publisher, has released the following statement:

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.

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  • Heidenkind

    I hadn’t heard of this one, but I think it’s funny she’d be accused of stealing the idea that wizards travel on trains. What about double-decker busses? Or broomsticks? Or chimney flues?