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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 2 months ago

Would it be plagiarism if i write about a magic school?

There's nothing similar to Harry Potter. Both stories are 100% unsimilar

The only thing is the theme: Magic school

But J.K. Rowling already wrote a story about it... So no one can write about it or will be a copy, right? 

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  • 1 month ago

    Not plagiarism, but you might need to work hard to make sure that you imagine a unique world, with unique characters. HP wasn't the first magic school and it won't be the last. 

    Not sure if you are a fan of anime, but anime has TONS of magic school themes. The stories, magic systems, characters and overall plots are so different to the point where a person doesn't get bored. Bring something different to the table with your world and I doubt readers would think it's a knock-off.

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  • 2 months ago

    You need to read more. If you read more you would already know that there have been dozens of stories about 'magic schools', both before and after the Potter books.

    Think about it. Say I want to write a murder mystery set in an English village. But Agatha Christie wrote a dozen of those! Will I be accused of plagiarism?

    No, of course not. Hundreds of crime novels have been set in English villages by dozens of authors.

    Oh, then maybe it could be dangerous to write a love story between a dying girl and a delinquent boy? After all, someone's written one already! Yes, they have: thousands and thousands and thousands of them.

    The point is that there is only a limited number of stories to be told. It's not the story itself that gets you into trouble - it's HOW you write it. Write about your 'magic school' in your own way, using your own imagination to create your own characters, settings and events, and while of course people will compare it with the Potter books,  it won't be seen as 'plagiarism' unless you DON'T use your own ideas but copy JK Rowling's.

    So go away and read for a few months before you actually start your book. The more you read, the better your own writing is likely to be.

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  • Cogito
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    2 months ago

    No, but as your English is very poor it's never going to be published so there's no need to worry about that.

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  • Tom
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    only if you used HER names, places and characters and plots.----Otherwise you will be fine to invent your own story characters, rules and plot.

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  • 2 months ago

    There are several books and TV programs that have a Magic School as part of the theme.  It would depend on if your story followed the story line of the Harry Potter stories if yours could be considered plagiarism or not, if there would be a infrigment.

    Source(s): Published writer about 50 years
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  • 2 months ago

    I wrote a book set in a school for wizards. So far, only about three people have said it's too similar to Harry Potter - and two of them hadn't read it.

    Nobody can own an idea or concept for a story. If you use too many ideas from one story, people might mock you for having no shame and no imagination, but it's not illegal.

    (Plagiarism isn't the same thing as copyright infringement, by the way. Plagiarism is presenting other people's work as your own. Copyright infringement is making or distributing unauthorised copies of copyrighted works, or elements of those works that are protected by copyright. Copyright doesn't protect concepts, only the specific expressions of those concepts. J K Rowling doesn't own the concept of a magic school, or the concept of an orphan boy who discovers that he's a wizard, because nobody can own those. She does own Hogwarts and Harry Potter (the character, as well as the series).)

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  • humpty
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not at all. You just have to make your school different from Hogwarts.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The concept isn't under copyright.  There were books about magical schools written before the Harry Potter series, and there have been books about magical schools written after the Harry Potter series.  As long as you don't take specific elements from Harry Potter then you're fine.

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You can write about whatever you want so long as you don't appropriate anything that another author has copyrighted (or trademarked) - this would apply to characters and settings, and could in some instances extend to elements of the plot. The bigger issue is that attempting to write something original that's extremely similar to an existing work - especially one as well known as the one you mention, is obviously going to invite comparisons between yours and the original. (If you actually write the book and manage to publish it.) And let's face it, those comparisons are going to be unfavorable to your work. 

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  • 2 months ago

    You are allowed to write about another magic school.

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