Potter's Hogwarts replica slapped legal notice of Rs 20 lakh

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Kolkata, Oct 11 (UNI) A Durga Puja pandal here, modelled on Harry Potter's Hogwarts Castle, is now fighting a legal suit of Rs 20 lakh slapped on them by a legal firm representing J K Rowling.

In the fictitious world of J K Rowling, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is also known as the Hogwarts Castle, which is the school of the eponymous hero Harry Potter, was likely to have been found in the 10th or the 11th century, before the Norman Conquest. The founders of Hogwarts were Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin.

The castle is set on top of a high mountain on the other side of the lake.

According to the descriptions given in the Harry Potter series, the castle has a huge oak door with a magnificent marble staircase and flagged stone floor in the entrance hall. The stone walls of the Castle's interior are lit with flaming torches and the Great Hall is lit by thousands of floating candles. On the staircase are talking and moving people in portraits hanging on the walls.

Delhi High Court has summoned representatives of the FD Block Puja committee in Salt Lake, on the eastern fringes of the city, and the decorators to appear before it tomorrow and answer questions related to a suit filed against them for creating a replica of the Hogwarts Castle.

The summons, which runs into 394 pages and mentions J K Rowling and others as the plaintiff, states that the puja committee can carry out the puja after paying Rs 20 lakh.

The summons reached the puja committee yesterday at 1300 hours through the Sealdah Court. Another summon reached them through the Bidhannagar South Police Station.

Durga Puja Committee president Robin Mukherjee said, ''Soumitra Roy Chowdhury of Delhi High Court will represent us tomorrow in Delhi. Two of us are flying to Delhi to be present during the case.

''We might plead ignorance as we were not aware of this provision of taking permission for this purpose. We are taking legal opinion,'' he added.

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