US judge zaps Potter plagiarism suit


A US federal judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging the wildly successful Harry Potter books were plagiarized from a story from a little-known British author. The suit filed in New York against the publisher of the J.K. Rowling books had argued the stories were inspired by Adrian Jacobs’s.
“The Adventures of Willy the Wizard No 1 Livid Land,” published in 1987. Judge Shira Sheindlin wrote that there were major differences between the works, contrary to claims that Rowling had borrowed from Jacobs’s book for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
“Indeed, a reading of the works unequivocally confirms that they are distinctly different in both substance and style, and ultimately engender very different visceral responses from their readers,” the judge on Thursday said in a 49-page ruling.
“The contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.” Scholastic, the US publisher for the Potter series, said it was satisfied by the dismissal of the suit from the estate of Jacobs. Rowling has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from the Harry Potter books and films.