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Plaigirism: Was J.K Rowlings Harry Potter a Stolen Idea?

Plaigirism: Was J.K Rowling's Harry Potter a Stolen Idea?

Recently J.K Rowling was accused of plagiarizing part of the
story in her popular epic, “Harry Potter.” After scowerig the web for
information on the supposed “plagiarized work” I found out the accusation is
coming from the fantasy novelist Adrian Jacobs’s in a 1987 book “The Adventures
of Willy the Wizard.”

It’s not that I disagree with the idea of plagiarizing being
bad. Of course, plagiarizing is a terrible thing; but what qualifies as plagiarizing?
It’s not like she copied any text, or slightly changed words in a part of his
text, and called it her own. If she did anything, she stole his idea without
giving him credit. But accusing her of even that is a stretch. How are you supposed
to know that you’re plagiarizing text if you’ve never heard of it before?
Someone may have had a similar idea before you; and you may have just not known
it. If you think about plagiarism like that, it’ll turn out that everything, in
one way or another, has been plagiarized. It’s ridiculous to think that two
people who’ve never interacted can’t have similar ideas on a subject.

Just look at how extensive the Harry Potter books are when
it comes to Wizards. She has basically written out every plausible idea behind
wizards living in the modern world. This makes it nearly impossible for someone
to write something new about wizards without it being “plagiarized,” according
to plagiarizing cases like this, at least. And how can it not be likely she has
written at least part of a story that is similar to something someone wrote
about wizards before.

Now, I doubt J.K Rowling did come up with every single idea
in her books alone. Not to say she has done anything wrong. But I think all
authors take inspiration from previous works—and I think that should be totally
acceptable. Authors should write a section in their novels that describe
previous authors, works, movies, or novels that they took inspiration from for
their book, to give those previous works credit.

Taking inspiration or even a
small amount of an idea from someone else shouldn’t be considered so “awful”
just moving on into modern literature; building on ideas of the past. Just like
scientists can’t get further without building onto previous scientific work;
how can we expect literature to get any further without building on? It’s not
like we scream “Theft!” when a scientist uses another scientists formula (as
long as credit is given); I think the same should be expected in writing.

The amount of damage this is already doing to J.K Rowlings
nearly spotless record is appalling, I’ve already read comments like this from
other websites:

“Wow, i looked up to her. what a jerk. i knew no one could
think of that on their own. she totally crushed my dreams.”

“After all the famous “Harry Potter” was stolen idea…? I
could not belive it…
Nowadays, anything can possible.”

“I have lost ALL respect for JK Rowling. I think of her as a
role model in literature.”

Even if she did steal some of her ideas, the respect for her
should not be lost. She spent countless hours writing some of the greatest
stories of our time. She created believable characters, plots; an entire new
world, out of nothing. I’m still a fan, and I think everyone else should be as
well; she hasn’t been proven guilty of anything anyways.

“Good writers borrow; great writers steal.”

Mini-relating fact: Did you know that a vast amount of Shakespeare’s ideas were “stolen”? It was accpetable and even encouraged in his time and age.

This is the statement from Bloomsbury (J.K Rowlings Publisher):

Rowling had never heard of Adrian Jacobs nor seen, read or heard of his
book Willy the Wizard until this claim was first made in 2004 – almost
seven years after the publication of the first book in the highly
publicised Harry Potter series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone and after the publication of the first five books in the Harry
Potter series. Willy the
Wizard is a very insubstantial booklet running to 36 pages which had
very limited distribution.  The central character of Willy the Wizard
is not a young wizard and the book does not revolve around a wizard
school.This claim was first made in 2004 by solicitors in
London acting on behalf of Adrian Jacobs’ son who was the
representative of his father’s estate and who lives in the United
States. The claim was unable to identify any text in the
Harry Potter books which was said to copy Willy the Wizard.  This claim
is without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

21 Reasons to Not Read Twilight

21 Reasons to Not Read "Twilight"


Originally created for class, this list is a service to mankind. Many people wonder whether they should read Twilight (to know what everyone is talking about, if nothing else). I represent the side that says you should not waste your time, and I intend to make sure that I don’t waste your time either. That means I will present my arguments in a comprehensive list.



Part One: Characters

1. The main character (Bella) is portrayed as perfect. She is always cooking for her dad, she has a martyr complex, and she ignores Stephanie Meyer’s own vampire rules, easily overcoming a need for human blood.

2. Bella has an unhealthy obsession. She insists on Edward’s perfection. She has no outside interests. When her love is thwarted, she engages in self-destructive activities and attempts suicide.

3. Bella encourages abuse. She says she doesn’t mind if Edward hurts her. She wants him to bite her (which will kill her).

4. Bella is a necrophiliac. (She’s in love with a dead person.)

5. Bella’s love interests are more plentiful (at least five) and thoughtful than realism dictates.

6. Edward (Bella’s vampire love interest) is a stalker. He follows her around and enjoys watching her sleep.

7. Edward is unreliable. The entire storyline revolves around his massive mood swings.

8. Edward attempts suicide.

9. Twilight vampires are beautiful, intelligent, athletic, fairly invincible, usually rich, and often have supernatural abilities.

10. Jacob (Bella’s shapeshifting love interest) is a pedophile. Failing with Bella, he hits on her daughter.

11. Jacob is homicidal. All throughout the books, he really wants to kill those pesky vampires.

12. Jacob forces a kiss on Bella. And her father approves.

Part Two: Writing

13. These character foibles lead to more angst than plot, especially in New Moon.

14. The books are way too long for so little action.

15. Purple prose dominates. I would quote, but I’m not certain of the legality. I will, however, mention that the worst descriptions relate to Edward’s appearance, especially his eyes.

16. Closely related to the purple prose are the unfortunate names. Try saying “Renesme Carlie Cullen” with a straight face.

17. The science is very unscientific. Can someone please explain to me how dead people can have babies? Or how humans magically get an extra chromosome upon becoming a shapeshifter or an extra two if transformed into a vampire? I suppose their fans are too young to care.

Part Three: The Culture

18. Their fans are definitely too young for the Twilight car commercials airing on television.

19. They are also too young for all the honeymoon/pregnancy portions of Breaking Dawn, not to mention all the fanservice in the movies.

20. Twilight fans are very frightening, especially when it comes to those shirtless scenes. They often completely define themselves by their status as part of Team Edward or Team Jacob. (Sorry, Team Jacob. Thanks for playing.)

Part Four: Final Impression

 21. These super-humans, together with their shapeshifting allies, gather to fight the villains. They all decide not to fight, leading to a great anti-climax.


Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: A Celebration of the First Edition (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Amazon Price: $10.42
List Price: $20.00
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Amazon Price: $5.99
List Price: $10.99
The Hobbit
Amazon Price: $5.92
List Price: $10.99
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)
Amazon Price: $4.50
List Price: $7.99
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel
Amazon Price: $3.65
List Price: $27.95
Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Amazon Price: $0.12
List Price: $6.95

Alternative Fantasy Literature


·         Chronicles of Narnia series – C.S. Lewis

·         Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

·         The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien


Young Adults

·         Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

·         Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

·         Redwall – Brian Jacques

·         Dragonsong – Anne McCaffrey

·         Icewind Dale trilogy – R.A. Salvatore



·         Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

·         Dracula – Bram Stoker

“Twilight” Books: Your Thoughts

After reading this hub, what is your attitude to the “Twilight” series of novels?

I’ve already read them and loved them.
I’ve already read them and hated them.
I’ve already read them and couldn’t care either way.
I’ve never read them but want to.
I’ve never read them and don’t want to.
I’ve never read them and don’t care either way.
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