Source: The Hindu
Author: Non stated
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s richest authors, is facing
a multi-million pound lawsuit for alleged plagiarism, a media report said.
According to The Times, Ms. Rowling has been accused of stealing ideas for her famous
‘Harry Potter’ series from the British author of a children’s book — the late Adrian
The estate of the late British author has alleged in the lawsuit that Ms. Rowling
replicated a substantial part of Jacob’s 1987 book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard:
No1 in Livid Land in her Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The lawsuit, moved in a London court last June, claims that Jacobs used concepts
and themes such as wizard prisons, wizard hospitals and wizard colleges years before
Ms. Rowling did.
Max Markson, who is representing Paul Allen, the Australian-based trustee of Jacobs’
estate, said Ms. Rowling was added to the lawsuit as a defendant after his client
learned that the statute of limitations to sue her had not run out. “I estimate it’s
a billion dollar case. When you think of all the money that’s involved, I would say
$ 1 billion is a conservative estimate,” Mr. Markson was quoted as saying.
The theme of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was identical to the theme of Willy
the Wizard, he said. “If your child reads Willy the Wizard he would say to you ‘that’s
just like Goblet of Fire’.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the fourth of seven of the stratospherically
successful books about the boy wizard which have become a global brand worth an estimated
seven billion pounds.
Ms. Rowling is yet to comment on the lawsuit.