‘Harry Potter’ Writer JK Rowling Sued For Plagiarism
June 17, 2009
The family of Adrian Jacobs has filed a civil suit in London, in a claim that was originally brought up in 2004.
At the time Jacob’s attorneys claimed that ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ was plagiarized from his book, ‘The Adventures Of Willy The Wizard No 1: Livid Land’.
The book was published through a small company after being rejected in the mid 1980′s by the same publishers that gave Rowling her start.
It is Jacob’s son and grandson who are now seeking $50 million dollars for what they claim are stolen portions of Willy The Wizard.
Among the claims of plagiarism are a boy wizard who competes in a contest, a wizard prison existing, two hostages taken by someone having to be rescued from a bathroom (such as in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and a wizard train.
“Willy the Wizard is a very insubstantial booklet running to 36 pages which had very limited distribution,” a statement released by a spokesperson for Bloomsbury was quoted in The Daily Mail.
“The central character of Willy the Wizard is not a young wizard and the book does not revolve around a wizard school. This claim was first made in 2004 by solicitors in London acting on behalf of Adrian Jacobs’ son who was the representative of his father’s estate and who lives in the United States.
“The claim was unable to identify any text in the Harry Potter books which was said to copy Willy the Wizard. This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously.”
This is the second lawsuit for plagiarism faced by JK Rowling, after an American writer in 2002 claimed that she stole the idea for her books from ‘The Legend of Rah and the Muggles’.
In that case, writer Nancy Stouffer was found to have altered evidence to further her case, and was ordered to pay a fine of $30,000, as well as a portion of Rowling’s court costs.