Harry Potter author JK Rowling has filed a $100m (£60m) lawsuit against the New York Daily News after the tabloid published details about the plot of her latest book.
The suit, filed by the author and US publisher Scholastic, claims the newspaper damaged Rowling’s intellectual property rights and harmed Scholastic’s $3m (£1.7m) worldwide marketing campaign.
The much-anticipated fifth Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – is set to be released on Saturday morning.
In an article published on Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported how it had obtained a copy of the book at a health food store in Brooklyn. It reveals that there are a whole raft of new characters in the book and that, as JK Rowling has promised, one important character does not survive the book.
The Daily News does caution readers to stop reading if they do not want to know any more and to go out and buy the book.