Harry Potter publisher blasts plagiarism claims over Goblet Of Fire

June 16th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 16 (ANI): Publisher of the Harry Potter books has blasted claims that author JK Rowling copied another writer while inking the fourth installment of the series.

Bloomsbury Publishing has thwarted allegations made by the estate of children’s writer Adrian Jacobs, who passed away in 1997, in a legal action over alleged copyright infringement.

The company said the plagiarism claims over Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, published in 2000, were “unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue”.

“This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously,” Sky News quoted them as saying in a statement.

Jacobs’ estate alleged Rowling copied “substantial parts” of The Adventures Of Willy The Wizard - No 1 Livid Land, which was penned in 1987.

It was claimed elements of the plot were copied, including a wizard competition while the idea of wizards travelling on trains was also borrowed.

But Bloomsbury said Rowling had never knew anything about Jacobs or his book until nearly seven years after the first Potter book was published.

The publisher said: “Willy the Wizard is a very insubstantial booklet running to 36 pages which had very limited distribution.

“The central character of Willy the Wizard is not a young wizard and the book does not revolve around a wizard school.” (ANI)

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