London: A judge has refused to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit against Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
But Justice David Kitchin has ruled that while the claim by the estate of the late fantasy author Adrian Jacobs had a chance of success, he described it as being "improbable." He also issued an order demanding a cash security before any further hearings are held on the matter.
Jacobs` estate claims that ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ copied substantial parts of Jacobs` 1987 book, ‘The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No. 1 Livid Land.’
Rowling has called the claims unfounded and absurd, saying she only learned of the book in 2004.
Jacobs died in London in 1997.