Scholastic Sued by Author's Estate for Similarities to Harry Potter Books...
Scholastic Inc. was sued by the estate of British author Adrian Jacobs over a claim that the companyâ€™s best-selling â€śHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fireâ€ť is â€śsubstantially similarâ€ť to his 1987 book.
The trustee for Jacobsâ€™s estate filed a copyright infringement lawsuit today in federal court in New York, calling for Scholastic to recall the â€śGobletâ€ť books and pay the estate all profit from it.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, and Jacobs were represented by the same literary agent, Christopher Little, who had copies of Jacobsâ€™s book â€śThe Adventures of Willy the Wizardâ€ť 13 years ago, before â€śGobletâ€ť was published, the estate said.
â€śThe central theme of each work -- a yearlong wizard contest -- unfolds as similar characters enact parallel plot points,â€ť according to the complaint.
Jacobsâ€™s book was published in the U.K. by Bachman &