Scholastic: Potter plagiarism suit ‘completely without merit’

Last week we reported that British author Adrian Jacobs was suing Scholastic, claiming that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is “substantially similar” to Jacobs’ 1987 book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard.

Today, Scholastic commented on the issue saying that the claim “is completely without merit.”

“Scholastic spokeswoman Kyle Good says the claim that Rowling’s agent, Christopher Little, was also an agent to ‘Adrian Jacobs is simply untrue’ and says the publisher extends its complete support to a statement made by Rowling earlier this year.”

In that statement Rowling said she never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation was made in 2004.