New Forest, England-JK Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter series, and her publisher, have settled a lawsuit brought by the estate of a deceased writer, which claims she stole the idea behind her books from his own story about a wizard.
The author's son and grandson were seeking $50 million dollars for what they claim are stolen portions of a book titled "Willy The Wizard", but have now agreed to settle out of court. According to the terms of the agreement Ms. Rowling will write a new book featuring both characters. In exchange the plaintiffs will receive a third of anticipated royalties from the new title.
The book, to be published in November, will feature Harry Potter as an upper classman at Hogwarts, and William as a diminutive first year student there. Reportedly Harry takes an unusually personal interest in his young mate, and his grades suffer as a result. Although Ms. Rowling has had a gay character in her books before, she insists that Harry Potter is not gay and that the story is one of normal adolescent experimentation. The title of the new book? "Harry Potter's Little Willy".