The courts dismissed a charge of plagiarism against J.K. Rowling by the estate of Adrian Jacobs after the estate failed to post a £1.5 million security bond. Jacobs’s executor, Paul Allen, first charged Rowling with plagiarizing Jacobs’s book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard in 2004. The court had ordered the estate to post a bond to cover 65% of the costs faced by Rowling and her publisher, Bloomsbury, in case the estate did not prevail. The estate’s inability to post the bond eventually ended the case.
The estate of author Adrian Jacobs is suing J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury for plagiarism, claiming that “substantial parts” of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were copied from Jacobs’s 1987 novel The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No 1 Livid Land. Bloomsbury has responded saying “The allegations of plagiarism made today, Monday 15 June 2009, by the Estate of Adrian Jacobs are unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue.” Jacobs died penniless in 1997 and his estate previously made the plagiarism claim in 2004. According to Bloomsbury, in 2004, “The claim was unable to identify any text in the Harry Potter books which was said to copy Willy the Wizard.”