Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

JK Rowling: Harry Potter plagiarism claim ‘absurd’

JK Rowling has been accused of plagiarism

Author JK Rowling hit out at plagiarism claims against her Harry Potter series as “unfounded” and “absurd” yesterday.

The multi-millionaire writer was yesterday named in a lawsuit claiming she stole ideas for her tales about the teenage wizard from another British author.

Rowling was added as a defendant to an ongoing legal claim filed against publisher Bloomsbury for alleged copyright infringement by the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs. His representatives claim Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire copied parts of a Jacobs' book about Willy The Wizard.

Rowling said she had never read Jacobs’ book. She is applying to the court to have the case dismissed for being without merit. She said: “I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry.”

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