J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling is facing a multimillion-pound lawsuit after being accused of stealing ideas for the Harry Potter books from another British author.

The estate of the late Adrian Jacobs, who died in 1997, has added Rowling as a defendant in a lawsuit against Bloomsbury Publishing PLC for allegedly replicating large parts of Mr Jacob's 1987 book, 'The Adventures of Willy the Wizard: No 1 Livid Land' in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', published 13 years later in July 2000. J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling is facing a multimillion-pound lawsuit after being accused of stealing ideas for the Harry Potter books from another British author.

The estate of the late Adrian Jacobs, who died in 1997, has added Rowling as a defendant in a lawsuit against Bloomsbury Publishing PLC for allegedly replicating large parts of Mr Jacob's 1987 book, 'The Adventures of Willy the Wizard: No 1 Livid Land' in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', published 13 years later in July 2000.

The lawsuit also claims that many other ideas from 'Willy the Wizard' were copied into the Harry Potter books including Mr Jacobs' concepts and themes such as wizard prisons, wizard hospitals and wizard colleges. The two authors also apparently shared an agent, Christopher Little, who manages the Harry Potter brand worldwide

Max Markson, the Sydney-based agency representing the trustee of Jacobs' estate, said Rowling was added to the lawsuit after it was learned that the statute of limitations to sue her had not run out as previously thought. He also estimates the lawsuit to be a "billion-dollar case".

The last four Harry Potter books, which included Goblet of Fire, each consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history and helped generate billions of dollars in film sales. Mr Jacobs' book, on the other hand, sold only 5,000 of his Willy the Wizard book.

J.K. Rowling, however, strongly denies the claims and issued this statement: "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 UK publisher Bloomsbury, are put in a position to have to defend ourselves. We will be applying to the court immediately for a ruling that the claim is without merit and should therefore be dismissed without delay."

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