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Wizards and muggles all over Hong Kong may soon lose our city's only Harry Potter-themed cafe if a copyright infringement lawsuit, heard this week in High Court, is successful. Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, the Hollywood giant behind the Harry Potter films, is accusing 9¾ Cafe
in Mong Kok of infringing its copyrights by using trademarked labels such as "Harry Potter", "quidditch", and "muggles".
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Platform 9¾ displayed at the cafe[/caption]
Aside from this, the studio also took issue with the cafe's display of iconic Harry Potter memorabilia and movie props such as the luggage trolley half-submerged in a wall, the Hogwarts coat of arms, and the Hogwarts Express train ticket for Platform 9¾. As a result, Warner Bros is demanding an unspecified sum of damages, a removal order, plus multiple injunctions from the small cafe which opened its doors in September 2017.
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A Felix Felicis
potion on offer at the cafe[/caption]
The cafe serves a Western menu with Harry Potter-related descriptors such as Professor McGonagall’s Magical Salad
, Polyjuice Potion
, and Muggle Drink
, and although there is a sign in the venue stating that “9¾ cafe is not related to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Harry Potter, or J.K. Rowling”, the Hollywood studio is determined to see its demise.
Now if only there was a spell strong enough to ward off Warner Bros...
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