Suit Claiming Copyright Infringement Against Bloomsbury Adds J. K. Rowling as Defendant; JKR “Saddened” by Claim

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Feb 17, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Bloomberg is reporting that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has been added as a defendant in a plagiarism lawsuit against UK Harry Potter book publisher Bloomsbury we first reported last summer. As readers will recall, the suit, filed by the estate of late children’s author Adrian Jacobs, claimed that “JK Rowling copied substantial parts of the work of the late Adrian Jacobs, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land, and that Bloomsbury in selling the books have infringed the Estate’s copyright.” Today, the estate included J. K. Rowling as a defendant in that suit, after, as the estate claims, “discovering legal cause of action against her within the last six years.”
J. K. Rowling has released the following statement through her spokesman:

“I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry. The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author’s estate in 2004; I have certainly never read the book. The claims that are made are not only unfounded but absurd and I am disappointed that I, and my U.K. publisher Bloomsbury, are put in a position to have to defend ourselves.”





112 Responses to Suit Claiming Copyright Infringement Against Bloomsbury Adds J. K. Rowling as Defendant; JKR “Saddened” by Claim

Avatar ImageeiVega says: So sad. Poor JK Rowling! It sucks that people try to attack her and get her money. Geez! What a waste of everyone's time.Avatar ImageElazar Malfoy says: She said it: ABSURD. Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: Poor Jo!!! I believe her she is she a remarkable person i would never believe itAvatar ImageKissa says: This is absurd. Poor Jo. :(Avatar Imagehoras1 says: I would like to say that every book in the english language. They all have words and sentences used by me . EXamples, Moby Dick, all of the sherlock homes mistorys. If I were her every person at blumbgerg would have a broken leg by the end of the day. Beceaut they did not send this nut to the Artic with a small baithing towel to keep him warn, Avatar Imagehpaddicted says: Ridiculous. why do people do this when clearly it is not true, they are just attacking her for cash. Show your support for Jo by voting HP http://tweeter.faxo.com/Harry_Potter_vs_TwilightAvatar Imagellamatiger says: i cant believe people would want money so much that they would stoop to this level. im sorry JKR that you have to deal with people like them..Avatar Imagekcat22 says: People will do anything for money. This is so stupid...Avatar Imageblue_dreamer says: Yawn. What would happen if he got no response? swings and roundabouts... Avatar Imagegoldish_red says: They know they won't win the case - but they also know that this is an efficient way to bring attention to their book ....Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: This is ridiculous. I went to my library website to find information about "Willy". Not there, and we live in one of the most populated counties in the US. So, I hit Amazon and find that this story is a 36 page children's book written in 1987. Really? The US standard editions of HP have 4175 pages and we are to believe that Ms. Rowling gleened all of this information from a 36 page children's book that she allegedly read as a young adult prior to the time that she actually had children of her own. Honestly?Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Nargles! That stupid book again! This is getting very old. <<Avatar Image9em says: I can't beleive this! What did she ever do to you? The crazy things people do! I havn't heard of any book like that! Avatar ImageTarana says: Sigh, very very deep sigh. After the great conclusion of the HP series, I expected that nobody would get it into their heads to sue Jo for plagiarism, anymore. I mean, something like this series, the storylines, the characters, the climax, nobody has ever thought up something like that before. Alright, there were things that weren't new, but they were details, some name coincedence, but mostly from mythology and folklore, with a twist. In other words, nice things with a wink to the reader who recognized them and to the others, a friendly encouragement to check them out. Sorry, back to the topic. I understand it sucks when you have written a book with certain elements and someone else has used some of the same things, and then gets very successful. But come on! This happens. Ideas are floating in the air, I suppose. Around the time, Jo started writing about Harry, I wrote a little story about a witch. Mine wasn't published though, and in quality it doesn't match up to even the least chapter in the HP series. Sorry. This is one every long post to say to the Estate of Mr Jacobs: CUT IT OUT ! Don't drain this kind and great writer's energy, and don't waste her precious family- and writing time! Mr Jacobs wrote maybe a nice book (I can't judge, because I haven't read it.) Be proud of him and his writing skills, and forget about the money that he didn't get and Jo did. She worked hard for it. Remember, she wrote 7 books with intricate plotlines. Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: This is ridiculous and JK will likely be exhonerated, but still she shouldn't have to go through this everytime someone decides to try and make some money off the Harry Potter franchise.Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: Blood suckers. This is really sad. How many people world wide have read the Harry Potter series, like a trillion. And no one has noticed that her book reads like someone elses but a few people who can gain from it. It's a joke and makes a mockery of the legal system that she even has to acknowledge the accusation.Avatar ImageTarana says: PS. hpaddicted: I voted for HP, but why does it keep saying "wait" on the vote-button now? I am flabbergasted that Twilight has taken the lead. I mean... (to quote the Doctor) What?! What?! I don't want to be too negative about Twilight, because I've only read the first few chapters, and skimmed the rest of the book, but (and this is very on-topic) has anyone read The Vampire Diaries? Yeah, that trilogy from 1991 where a girl falls in love with vampire who doesn't feed on humans... Oh, let's leave it. The author of the VD will be quite happy now (but also a bit miffed), I guess, because Twilight has made vampires popular again. Just to avoid any misunderstanding, btw, I believe that Stephenie Meyer has NOT plagiarized the VD. I love it when an author is successful when books are sold in their millions, no matter if I like it or not. Simply because I love books and I think everyone should read them :o) (but HP rules!!!) Alright, hobbyhorse back to its stable! 'nough said for one evening.Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: I feel so bad for Jo and Bloomsbury. I don't understand why some people insist on being ridiculous and making life difficult for others.Avatar ImageGoury says: Excuse me, how can you all say that the accusations are unfounded if you are probably not familiar with Mr Jacob's work? J. K.'s books are very dear to us all but I feel it is unfair to form judgments without any knowledge of the factsAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Go JK Rowling! You and Harry Potter are unique!Avatar Imagerosepug says: Riddikulus! And the lawsuit becomes instead a 'suit' of shaped of papers which fold into paper airplanes and fly off in all directions. It's hard to 'steal' something when you don't know it exists...Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: poor JK no one will bring her down though she will win i know itAvatar Imagejonamos says: Another case of stupidity on someones part. I just hope that those who are accusing JKR end up having to pay the legal fees of all involved for their timewasting, if not to JKR and Bloomsbury then to a reputable charity of JKR's choosing. Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: Oh my god, again? AGAIN?? Will these people never stop?? Why waste time and money on a case YOU KNOW you aren't going to win. If you're case failed the first time, what makes you think you'll win the second time? Leave JK Rowling alone!Avatar ImageMatea says: njah, some people just can't admit to themselves that Jo is THE BRAIN!Avatar Imageselene21 says: leave Jo alone!!!! we love you JoAvatar ImageLP Dantas says: *rollseyes* This is ridiculous. His case is basically "I wrote about wizard tournaments before you did!", which is not a case at all. I'm sure this will be dismissed before getting to court.Avatar ImageRinny says: it's so sad and frustrating. people get upset because they had a similar idea or tried to write a story with a similar basic prompt "a young boy wizard trying to figure out live at school!" or something, and then get upset because they didn't do well, but she did. i'm sorry you're upset jo did a better job than you. she did it better and she has had a lot of success, deservedly so. and it's so missing the point that there is soo much more to the book than "wizard coming of age story" that is such the surface of such a original, complex, beautiful story, that it's sad people would even begin to think you could make plagiarism claims.Avatar ImageBookNookKara says: ridiculous, people will do anything to ruin her and get money, fight fight fight Jo!Avatar Imagehrhgnl says: Another writer trying to grab attention by suing another author who's books have sold millions and are very popular. Avatar Imagehpaddicted says: @Tarana: You can only vote once every 20 mins (you used to be able to do it twice, once normally and once by signing in to twitter, but they've changed it so it is only once every 20mins). You make some good comments by the wayAvatar ImageAll Was Well says: What a pathetic excuse for a case...Like anyone's going to beat J.K. Rowling, right? It's not at all uncommon for tales of Magic to have a lot in common.Avatar ImageHarryPotter7777 says: Messed up, it is. JK Rowling would NEVER plagiarize. She's too good of a person to fall to such lowly standards.Avatar ImageFawkes1706 says: Riddikulus!Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: What an a...! Oh these people... Who could possibly believe that J.K.Rowling didn't write Harry on her own!? What is wrong with these people!?Avatar Imagehprocks2700 says: That's unfair, Percy Jackson copied off Harry Potter, I don't see a punishment for that.Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Why that's absurd!!!!! Of course Jo didn't plagiarize! It's just sad that someone as talented as her has to go through all of this messAvatar ImageScribbled says: As all of you have said, this is simply ridiculous.It's too bad that things like this keep happening. I think it's pretty obvious by now that Harry belongs to Jo, so it's just stupid that she and Bloomsbury have to waste their time and energy in fighting this thing. As Jo said, it's just absurd, and also pretty disappointing. Avatar ImageRhiannon7 says: Same song, second verse. The lawyers for the Jacobs estate must have major debts to be continuing this quixotic quest! To plagerize the song they are dreaming and impossible dream.Avatar Imagelpierich says: Tarana I think you said it. All books can look the same especially fantasy book were most of the mythology is based off the same things with a twist from the diff authors. I mean how many times do you think Tolkien could have sue someone, or romeo and juliet:; how many time can to lovers kill themselves.Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: Not cool! Not cool at all. Poor Jo, that is absoulutly ridiculous.Avatar Imagecghambright says: This is so STUPID!! Those idiots need to curl up and die already! It's not even their book!!! It's their grandfather's book and he didn't complain while he was alive. Plus the two stories are not similar at ALL!!!Avatar Imagedeatheater111 says: What the heck?! Jo is a WAY better writer then him! I read that he went bankrupt in 1991, so his family is probably trying to get more money for there filthy muggle hand to get on! Avatar Imagedeatheater111 says: I'M SOOO MAD NOW!!! HIS FAMILIES JUST MAD THAT HARRY POTTER IS GOING TO BE 8 MOVIES!!!!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: *A sigh and shake of a head* poor Jo, poor poor Jo....do people ever, EVER leave her alone? God, people, give her a break!!!!!! she has done a wonderful thing writing HP these past 10 years, and she shouldnt be attacked for it at every tunr!!!! its very frustrating, and probably especially for Jo. Well all i can say is "We are here for you Jo we support you thorugh and through!!! In short we've all got your back!"Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: Ugh, I just read the attached article and it said something about Jacob's family trying to get Bloomsbury to stop publishing GOF. WHAT. THE. ****!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Somebody please just....shut these people UP alread!Avatar ImageEeyore says: Here we go again. I remember when this came up last summer I went to some site that showed all the similarities. Even using my imagination, I thought they were totally reaching on this one. The stories really aren't anything alike beyond the idea of a boy wizard. And gee, can they really claim they thought of that first? They should take a good look and make sure that he isn't the own stealing ideas for his very small and unknown book. Enough, already, with accusing JKR of stealing someone else's material. The sad thing is that it will cost everyone a lot of time and money just to finally have it declared that HP is not a rip off of this tiny book. It must not have been in my kid's school library. In 1987 they were in elementary school and if the book was even remotely being read, it seems likely that one of them might have checked it out or one of their teachers might have read it to the class.Avatar Imagelurking_llama says: What a ridiculus claim. The estate of this author are clearly fuelled by greed and a jealousy of what a talented author can achieve. Contests, magic, travel and mystery are key components of many books of this genre. This family needs to see sense and cease their legal proceedings as they will lose not only money but what remains of their reputation.Avatar Imagelazykitty says: This just reaks of greed! Seriously, I feel bad for JK and Bloomsbury for having to deal with such petty, jealous, and greedy people!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: This is horribly ridiculous, why would J.K Rowling do that? Do they actually think that a dedicated writer like her would do such a thing?! Gosh this is annoying!Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: the worst part is when these authors try to make it sound like jo has been putting on this face of being a generous and talented author. "haha! she fooled us all!" it's like, stop. you are so obviously trying to get a buck, and even if you have managed to pretend to yourself that you somehow have a claim over the story of harry, well, i hate to break your plate, but this is the fantasy genre. lots of similar elements in these types of stories. the difference between jo's and the others is that she wrote them into an awesome series and it sold a katrillion books.Avatar ImageHermyG says: I get so tried of people suing JK Rowling & her publishers for plagiarism. Just because you have a wizard hospital, prison, school & she does too, does not mean that she copied you. You sir, did NOT create the wizard, nor his school, hospital or prison!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: this is so dumb! willy what??! i have never heard of this other book. im quite certain that jo is first of all, brilliant and thought up harry and his world all on her own and second, no one would have been able to create such a substantial and detailed seven book series off of one willy-whatever-book. so. i think that should clear this up.Avatar ImageGreen says: what an annoyance for JK having to defend herself again! I have read many fantasies and they all have similar things in them. that's what happens when you have use mythology, fantasy concepts and magic in a story. i'm sure if the Harry Potter series had been only mildly popular we'd never hear from these people. Avatar Imagezeitgeber says: ... Putting aside a host of other conundrums, how on earth can they claim that J.K. Rowling copied "substantial parts" of The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, when Willy the Wizard is only 36 pages long? Cutting out all of Harry Potter's many pros (excellent writing and characters), I want to see someone write a seven-book series off of that small a paperback, because that would be a logic problem large enough to send Spock into cardiac arrest. Avatar Imagehewy says: When will all this garbage come to a screaming halt? These people are just pure and simple gold-diggers. The only people who are going to be making money off this are the solicitors (lawyers).Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: Sorry to say, but the worthless parasites are always with us demanding a share of someone else's work.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: THIS IS SO PATHETIC! I'm thinking like 'what the heck?' JKR had the plots of the book already written in like 1995! This is actually very absurd! I think this pathetic guy, just wants to make money out of the Harry Potter franchise by suing the author! And, WHO THE HECK KNOWS ABOUT A BOOK CALLED 'The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land'?? Has anyone actually heard about that book before summer 09, when someone wanted to sue JKR because of it? Do they even sell that book is stores? I looked the book up on Amazon, and they had two costumers ratings and reviews. They rated it a 2 star. Plus, both their reviews put that 'the book will only be known as the book in which someone tried to sue JKR for' Whereas GoF, is rated a five star out of 4,410 reviews. THE BOOK IS 36 PAGES!!! GoF is 752 pages!!! GET SOME SENSE ADRIAN JACOB! Oh yeah sure! JKR wrote a 752 page book based on a 36 children's book! AMAZING! I said it before and I'm going to say it again, THIS IS SO PATHETIC! and GET A SENSE ADRIAN JACOB! Sheesh! I'm so so so mad! UGH!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Poor Jo! :( I hope all goes well.... all this legal stuff is never fun.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: ADRIAN JACOB IS SUCH A FREAK!Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: I feel so bad for them... Having to go through that. To me it seems obvious that she wrote everything herself, but I guess not everyone thinks so...Avatar Imageleigia says: These kinds of lawsuits will happen regardless, especially if the accuser is not as famous/rich compared to the accused. Unfortunately it's now JKR's turn. Hopefully everything will work, though the lawyers will probably be the only ones who profit from these kinds of lawsuits.Avatar Imagesakuranbo07 says: We believe in you Jo! We always will. Even a child can see that the claims against you are ridiculous!Avatar ImageTheGoldenSeeker says: Urg, I hate when people do this!!!!! Jo created something wonderful and simply beautiful and now others are jealous and want to do everything to mess things up! That's not fair, she doesn't deserve that!!!! :S I really hope that this is the last time they do this but I know that chances for this are very small... :(Avatar ImageScarStruck says: That is sincredibly BLUH!!!! It's sooooo stupid!! Poor Jo.We love you!Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: I agree with everyone else, people will do stupid things for money.Avatar ImageMikeMagpuyo says: Oh my God, people can be so CRUEL sometimes. And they even asked (in a Yahoo! article) if the movies and the theme park also breaches the law. HOW ABSURD. I am seething with anger right now. I dismiss the claim as a mere effect of jealousy and greed, but I will pray that Mrs Rowling passes through this unscathed. We will always stand by you, Jo.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is tragic and yet simultaneously ridiculous that someone would have the audacity and the nerve to sue J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury under the contrived accusation of plagiarism when the plaintiff so obviously desires little else than to take some of the success she has acquired for his own. That, in my opinion, is even a more heinous form of plagiarism.Avatar ImageTCunnings says: UGH... it is so horrible that these people are doing this to JK. So just because some guy wrote a book about wizard and JK wrote about a wizard doesn't mean they are the same. Just because your book didn't become POPULAR and FAMOUS doesn't mean you have to attack somebody's that did. Thats life, GET OVER IT!Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Good grief not this guy again :x Well like JKR it seems no one has heard of this guy and, as has already been said a couple pages ago, it's a good way to draw attention to a book that no one's ever heard of. The things that were cited as allegedly being plagiarism were the things that appear in any *hero's journey* kind of book or movie. Gah ... Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: While I would be very sad if this had any truth, I seriously doubt that Bloomsbury would publish something without checking on copyrights. I think this is all because JKR is successful and famous...nothing more.Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: The thing that doesn't make sense is that it's not even the author who is suing....he passed away in 1997. It's his family. Apparently this author lost big in the stock market at one time....I wonder if that has anything to do with it.Avatar Imagemoglet says: I remember there was a link at one time in the past to pages of this work, it was totally childish and not detailed and as Moose_Starr said these are the kinds of things that turn up in the journey of many a hero. Perhaps the Finns and the other Nordic countries should sue Tolkien's family, I mean the myths and folklore of these countries was a strong influence on his stories of middle earth, but of course that would be ludicrous, and so is this ridiculous attempt at sueing Jo for plagiarism. There are common influences on us all, many stories will have similar themes and ideas, that's life, get over it you silly people.Avatar Imagegryffindor234 says: This is just really -- I don't know annoying?? Why do people do this???!!!!!!!!!! Seriously they should just keep to their own business and good for them if they're losing money...!!!!!!Avatar ImageFifi says: This is completely absurd and I will leave it at that!Avatar ImagePotions_TA says: This is absolutely ridiculous, there's no merit to this at all. Avatar Imagemoglet says: I've just been to find the willy the wizard website again, and having waded through several extracts which are mostly very badly written, sometimes with so many made up words strung together that there is very little sense in the whole thing. I'm quite surprised it ever managed to get published at all, it's awful, and they are trying to make it look connected to Harry Potter by using provocative titles on the links and as far as I'm concerned they are failing spectacularly, in fact I feel quite nauseous after reading this rubbish.Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: people are crazyAvatar Imagemadman1277 says: Ya she spent 17 years plagierising.... i cant stand people who are just looking for the cashAvatar Imagealicia00 says: WOW WHAT CAN I SAWAvatar Imagedk5972 says: this is ridiculous. Avatar Imagebettb says: Such a shame, such a waste of energy. We're all behind you, Jo.Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: I have just read about this on the yahoo website. Yeesh. This is the second time this Jacob estate has attempted to got for JK. I don't believe for a second JK did anything like this whatsoever. more than likely the other way around! I won't be purchasing any books by Adrian Jacobs! Jo has had to tolerate a lot of trash ever since Harry came out. Including those totally idiotic book burnings. Oh, honestly, some people are just insane. Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: a lot of jealousy exists against people who are successful, or become successful. give it a rest and just grow up. yeesh. Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: after doing some quick reasearch, only 5000 copies of his first book were published by him. it was not mentioned they sold. his second book was never published. his first book was published in 1987. lol, guess it couldn't have been the other way around. however, JK did not do such a thing. Avatar Imagesessionka says: It's absurd, and Jo will be fine!!! God Bless Her!!!Avatar ImageFresca says: Tarana really hit the nail on the head with her post! JKR's plot lines and a seven book series don't really compare to a children's story, especially one hardly anyone has ever heard of.Avatar Imagecghambright says: This WON'T go to court. It Shall be DISMISSED once the judge realizes how bogus it is. This book has nothing in common with the Harry Potter series and I mean NOTHING. Who gives a f**k if there's a wizarding school?? They're only attacking Harry Potter because it's a multi-BILLION dollar series and those stupid grandchildren who are suing are upset that they're grandfather (who actually wrote the book) didn't leave them enough money.Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: it is quite true...just another bid to make some money off of someone elses good fortune. on further research...Adrian Jacobs estate was bankrupt twice. His son Johnathan lives in America. Adrian was a lawyer. http://www.willythewizard.com/adrian-jacobs.html this estate is just reading into things that are plainly not there...the link above also lets you read extracts from this willy book. There is no way JK did what she is being accused of. Everyone who loves HP will see this too. JK has the support of all her fans as well. Avatar ImageHorcruxNoctus says: Insanity. People will do anything for money. :\Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: ok, in my eyes, people r copying her brilliant, perfect, incredible work and then accusing her of copying them. totally unfair. she shouldnt be put through this. shes a good person and there is NOTHING WRONG with her amazing, original workAvatar Imagejrivas1284 says: This is ridiculous JO. does not need to copy no one works she has proven that very well. shame on those who even doubt her. come on people. leave the best writer in whole world alone. Love you Jo.Avatar Imagehereward says: So sad that another author has come out of the woodwork wanting a piece of JKR's pie. I completely trust JKR when she says that she was unaware of this work. Good luck in the court case Jo, I hope you won't need it. Avatar ImageHermonie says: I can not believe this!! I mean she would never do that! I wouldn't be surprised if this was all for money!!! The nerve of these people! It is just so tiring that this happens to people and all the sudden the judge relizes there is no book !!! She would never,never,never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever do something like that!! This goes to show how power hungry people can be or how rude and slefish.Avatar Imagedawnw323 says: Uh oh! I see a lot of the same things being said over and over here in the comments! Better watch out or you might be accused of plagiarism! Geez, think about how long humans have been on the face of the earth. I'm sure that pretty much everything that comes out of our mouths has been said at some point in time by someone somewhere. Does that mean I have to put a permanent citation over my head telling everyone that I credit everything I say to the humans who came before me? Good Lord, these lawsuit happy people need to get a life!Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: you tell em joAvatar ImageCarinaPotter says: This is so, unbelievably ridiculous. I read somewhere that this so called "book" of Adrian Jacobs' is actually a packet! Anyway, JKR will definitely win the case, but this lawsuit against her wastes so much time and money. There is absolutely no point. The estate of Adrian Jacobs probably knows they are not going to win, but they also know that this case will give Mr. Jacobs' books much publicity. What kills me the most, though, is that it's not Mr. Jacobs that is suing; it's his estate! Adrian Jacobs has been dead for 13 years!!!!!! Avatar ImageJanitorOfAzkaban says: There are passages from the "book" here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/7264943/JK-Rowling-plagiarism-claim-key-passages.html This is tragic. It seems like it's not really a book but a brief summary of a book, that was probably barely published at all. Just a few random ideas thrown together. Obviously some lawyers are hunting through any old publications trying to find ones that are coincidentally related to Harry Potter in order to start a lawsuit. There have been many other books which have more in common with HP (still not much!) and for which no lawsuit has ever been attempted. So this is clearly going to fail (having already been rejected once in the UK courts).Avatar ImageTarana says: DobbyWinkyKreacher, great find that link! And very good of you other guys, who looked the book up on Amazon, etc. I hadn't thought of that. 36 pages? Sueing, Jo, because wizards go on a train and play chess in a 36 page book? Sigh! Don't worry, I'm not repeating my earlier rants (thanks for the compliments, btw). Carina Potter: I was just thinking it. This is not one author sueing another for stealing (or having accidentally the same) creative ideas, this is an estate, the heirs of an author, sueing so they can get more money. Apparently, poor Adrian did not leave them enough money, so now, in a way, they are defiling his name. Because everyone who hears it, will think of this unjust and silly law suit. Adrian must be cringing in the afterlife. And see, what this 'estate' made me do: here I am, ranting again! ;o) Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: Based on what theses stupid estate people think is plagerism, JKR should be able to sue the authors of Charlie Bone, Percy Jackson, and even The Mortal Instruments a bit. They all came out after HP. But she won't because she's not STUPID enough to think that they willingly copied her books just because of some superficial similarites. These estate people need a life.Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I went to the website for the extracts and found: 1. the story begins w/the boy at age 14- advancing into manhood/ HP started at age 11 - still a boy(a mental age diff) 2.willy is in college/ HP is in first year through 6th yr (7th yr he doesn't attend) 3. in their hosp they used only rest and acupuncture for cures -JKR used potions, and special spells/ and rest 4. their magical map told where you were to the authorities/ HP's Marauders' map helped to tell where the authorities were. 5. famous Willy made himself famous by using a spell to create headlines over Europe/ HP was already famous. 6. Wizards Castle was not a school and you were forbidden to use magic there. / In HP magic was used in classes (only not allowed in the halls). 7. internat'l wizards- wizards of different races came to the castle/ HP they came to the quidditch World cup - I think many books should show these type of scenes. It could make for a better more peaceful world. 8. Wizard chess- Willy had great chess players/Hp - they had moving/thinking chessmen. 9. they had a newspaper/HP had a newspaper - It's a normal thing to have. Many stories have newspapers. 10 Transportation- flying on a swan , train, touching a dagger and popping into a place./ Same for HP but diff methods and more exciting in explanation - flying on thestals, the train, and diff portkeys. 11.An unknown Headless Aristocrat comes off of a carriage w/two birds on his shoulder but no head/ HP - Nick is nearly headless and is someone you see often at Hogwarts. The overall atmosphere of HP is different from the atmosphere of Willy the wizard. JKR starts at an elementary level and addresses problems that they experience at various school ages. When she Writes you feel tht you are there because she describes your surroundings so well. She has a very funny sense of humor- I love her humor. she is a genius. I can't take away from his book because I haven't seen or read the actual book. We shouldn't beat him down his book though. Maybe if he knew what his family was doing he may not like it. People tried to say tht JKR copied Jill Murphy's books "The Worst witch" collections but she quickly dispelled the rumors to say tht her books were different from JKR. (I've read them all, they are interesting but not as indebt as JKR's books. They also have movies of them) I say to JKR to try not to worry about things like this and concentrate on your family, friends and fana. let the lawyers worry about how to handle the problems of people trying to sue. Set aside a time to discuss the prob to make sure you keep abreast of things and go back to life. After looking at the extracts from his book, I really don't think a judge would conclude HP is like his book. There are slight similarities but many books have that. May Allah bless you with peace of mind and cheerful times with your love ones. Sorry it's so long.Avatar ImageFGFG says: Gah. People are just wasting their time and Jo's time! I haven't read this book or ever heard of it in my entire life....but if it's really a 36 page book, then why even bother??? Jo did not create the HP series from a 36 page book! I feel for, Jo. :-(Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Oh no! Here we go again with the lawsuits!Avatar ImageZoom says: So obviosuly a publcity stunt for attention about the book. Please DO NOT buy this book, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 just so you can try to find any similarities/differences. It's what they want.Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Aww poor Jo! I can't believe this is happening again.. :(Avatar ImageAranel36 says: Why in the world has it taken them THIS long to file this complaint? I would hope a court would take that question into consideration. GoF was published TEN years ago.Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: good for you Jo!!!Avatar Imageenchantedsocks says: Some people really will stop at nothing... Remember the Nancy Stouffer case from 10 years ago. Her book is now out of print and HP continues to sell every day.Avatar ImageEeyore says: I remember looking at the web site for this author's books and it really isn't anything like Harry Potter. It's all kind of sci fi more than fantasy. Any similarities are in the mind of the man's son, who clearly wants some money for nothing that he did. Absurd is right!Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Those nasty, lying buggers!Avatar ImageLittle Light says: >=VAvatar Imageazna70 says: Money grabbers !!

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