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Harry Potter plagiarism case goes to trial

25th May 2011

A trial date has been set for the case against J. K. Rowling relating to her alleged plagiarism of the Adrian Jacobs book Willy the Wizard in her Harry Potter series.

The estate of the late Jacobs has paid the required GBP 50,000 to continue the appeal and the case will now be heard in full at the Court of Appeal in July this year, with a trial set for February 2011.

Rowling is alleged to have plagiarised elements of Jacobs' book in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, after Rowling's agent Christopher Little had supposedly passed a copy of Willy the Wizard onto the author.

Paul Allen, acting on behalf of Jacobs' estate, commented: 'We welcome the opportunity to prove our case at trial next February and expose the inconsistencies in the account of how J. K. Rowling came to write the Harry Potter books.'

However, the allegations are being thoroughly denied by Rowling and her representatives, with a case in the US relating to the same book already being thrown out of court in January this year.

At the time, Rowling's US publisher Scholastic stated: 'The court's swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit.'

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