No magic in suit over Harry Potter

Shazam: a federal court in New York has made a copyright infringment suit involving the boy wizard disappear, ruling on Jan. 6 ruled that Harry Potter had not plagiarized protected expressions by Willy the Wizard.

The case: Allen v. Scholastic Inc., decided in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin. Paul Gregory Allen, the trustee of the estate of Adrian Jacobs, had brought the copyright infringement lawsuit against Scholastic Inc. over its 2000 U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Allen asserted in the suit that Goblet of Fire plagiarized protected expressions from Jacobs’ The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land, a work published in Britain in 1987. Defendants moved to dismiss, and the court, after reading both kids’ books, found that no reasonable jury could find the two tomes substantially similar and granted the motion in its entirety.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land