Friday, June 19, 2009
The estate of late author Adrian Jacobs is suing the publisher of the Harry Potter series. The estate claims that substantial parts of Jacobs' published book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard is reproduced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Rowling says she never heard of Jacobs or Willy the Wizard prior to 2004, when the claim was first made.
See BBC, Potter plagiarism claims denied, June 17, 2009.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this issue to my attention.