Wednesday, June 17, 2009
J. K. Rowling's publisher is defending her against the accusation that her fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, plagiarizes a novel by Adrien Jacobs, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, published in 1997. Mr. Jacobs' representatives first approaches Ms. Rowling's publishers about resemblances between the two books in 2004. Mr. Jacobs himself died in 1997. The estate is suing for 500 million pounds.