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  JK 'didn't steal Muggles' says court
Updated 19 September 2002, 07.49
JK Rowling signing a book for a boy in New York
A court has said JK Rowling did not steal ideas from another author for her Harry Potter books.

  Click here to find out JK's reaction plus book 5 goss!

Nancy Stouffer had claimed Muggles was a word she'd thought up for mythical characters in her book The Legend of Rah and the Muggles in the 1980s.

And she said she wrote a colouring book called Larry Potter and His Best Friend Lilly.

JK 'thrilled'

Harry Potter books
She tried to say some of JK's writing had been copied from her and went to court.

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But a New York court threw out all the claims. It said Stouffer had lied and changed evidence to make her claims stronger.

She was fined 30,000 and even had to pay some of the money it cost JK to defend herself.

JK's agent Christopher Little said: "Ms Rowling is thrilled."

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