Bloomsbury Publishing has denied plagiarism claims made against Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Wired PR News – Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury Publishing has denied claims made that the author of the series plagiarized substantial portions of one of her stories. As reported by Reuters, the allegations pertain to J.K. Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” published in 2000.
Bloomsbury released the statement Monday, “The allegations of plagiarism made today, Monday 15 June 2009, by the Estate of Adrian Jacobs are unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue… This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously.”
As noted in the report, Rowling has been accused of copying a significant portion of a book written in 1987 by Adrian Jacobs titled “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No 1 Livid Land.” Jacobs reportedly died in 1997, and a representative his estate reportedly made the claims initially in 2004.