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Heidi Is German?

Liar!

Holy mountain goat Batman, Heidi could be German! Hmm, seems Swiss author Johanna Spyri may have nicked her storyline from a German book entitled  ‘Adelaide, the Girl from the Alps’ written 50 years earlier. As the echoes of plagiarism reverberate throughout the alps, Peter Buettner is defending his claim by saying he “never wanted to take Heidi away from the Swiss.”  Geez mister, wars have been started over less! Oh boy, it doesn’t really help that Heidi is a shortened version of Adelaide nor that the storyline is virtually identical. Poor old grandfather would be turning in his grave.

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I Had A Dream

OK, here’s the thing prominent Filipino businessman,  plagiarizing  speeches from well known people is going to get you in trouble. Manuel Pangilian  quit his academic post after giving a graduation speech to students using quotes from President Obama, Oprah and even JK Rowling “I have been told last night that portions of my graduation remarks – in particular my address to the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences – had been borrowed from certain other graduation speeches. Awkward!

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Harry Potter And The Lawsuit of Hell

Willy the Wizard could have made millions!

Willy the Wizard could have made millions!

Holy Hogwart Express Batman, Harry Potter was suppose to be “Willy the Wizard”! It seems JK Rowlings will once again have some explaining to do after an author’s estate is launching a billion dollar copyright infringement against the publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc . Hmm, it seems English writer Adrian Jacobs penned a book in 1987 called The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land and it bares a striking similarity to Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Oh boy, Jacobs and Rowlings  also happened to have shared the same agent. Awkward. OK, before we jump to any conclusions lets go through the Harry vs Willy list. Both books are about a boy wizard who must compete in a contest (check). Both characters must work out the aim of the contest (check). Both get clues from helpers in a bathroom in order to rescue human hostages imprisoned by weird half animal half human creatures (check). Wizards using trains as transport (check).

You’re screwed! Kidding people, kidding….this is what Ms Rowlings has to say “I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry. The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author’s estate in 2004 – I have certainly never read the book.”

Despite the late author Adrian Jacobs having died penniless, the estate is continuing to battle it out in the High Court of England. Hmm, I wonder how many people are going to hunt down the Willy the Wizard book which was ultimately published by Bachman and Turner in 1987. Geez why bother, it’ll be pretty much the same as  Harry Potter from all accounts anyways!

Psst Check out the Willy Wizard website and see what ya think! psst #2 thanks Rick for letting us know.

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