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Harry Potter plagiarism case is thrown out

19th July 2011

A plagiarism case against J. K. Rowling alleging that she lifted elements of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from another book has finally ended, seven years after it was launched.

The estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs had claimed that Rowling based a significant proportion of the fourth Harry Potter novel on his book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, resulting in a lengthy and convoluted plagiarism case.

The case encountered many problems due to Jacobs' estate struggling to meet legal costs, with the Court of Appeal most recently ordering the estate to make a GBP 1.5 million payment as security for 65 per cent of the costs faced by Rowling and her publisher Bloomsbury by last Friday (July 19th).

However, this target was not met and the case was subsequently dismissed, bringing to an end the legal wrangling which Bloomsbury's solicitor, David Hooper, described as 'ludicrous' and 'an absolute scandal'.

Rowling had professed her innocence throughout, claiming the ideas in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were entirely her own.

'An enormous amount of time has been wasted having to defend against this claim, when it was quite obvious to us from the outset that it had no chance of success. We are glad that the substantive action is now at an end,' said Rowling's solicitor, Gideon Benaim.

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