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Indian Court Allows 'Harry Potter' School Replica

An Indian court is allowing organizers of a Hindu festival to build a replica of the imaginary school depicted in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.

A judge ruled Friday that the community group in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata will not have to pay compensation to Rowling.

Festival organizers argued the celebrations are for the public interest and not for profit.

The Harry Potter author and her publishers wanted $50,000 from the group for building a castle that resembles the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter books. The structure was set to be displayed during the annual festival for the Hindu goddess of Durga that begins on October 17.

The court is permitting organizers to display the structure until October 26, when the festival ends.

Rowling's Harry Potter novels have enjoyed enormous commercial success. The last in the series was released in July.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.