J K Rowling moves to dismiss plagiarism charge

J K Rowling moves to dismiss plagiarism charge

<p>The battle between Harry Potter and Willy the Wizard moved to the High Court yesterday, where JK Rowling and her publisher Bloomsbury began their first moves to strike out a lawsuit brought by the trustees of the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs, which claims that themes from Jacobs&rsquo; 1987 book <em>The Adventures of Willy the Wizard</em> are replicated in <em>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire</em>, published 13 years later.<br /><br />The allegations that Rowling copied ideas from an unknown author in writing the fourth Harry Potter book were described in the High Court as &ldquo;fanciful&rdquo; and &ldquo;absurd&rdquo;, reports the FT. </p><p>John Baldwin QC, representing Rowling, told the High Court that the copyright infringement claim should be dismissed before it went to trial. Rowling &ldquo;did not copy the claimants work and there are no grounds for thinking otherwise&rdquo;, he said. &ldquo;We do not hold back &ndash; we say the allegations are a disgrace ... and should never have been made,&rdquo; he told Mr Justice Kitchin.<br /></p>