Lawsuit to prevent Canadian release of Potter film dismissed

A lawsuit from an obscure Winnipeg folk group, which attempted to prevent the Canadian release of the latest Harry Potter movie, was thrown out of Ontario court on Friday.

The Wyrd Sisters claimed that the film would create confusion between their group and the fictional band in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and would ruin their careers.

The group sought $40 million in damages from Warner Bros.

Ontario Superior Court justice Colin Campbell ruled against the group.

"I am not satisfied that the fact of three musicians appearing in the film will operate as a deception to the public such as to affect the goodwill that the plaintiffs may have in the term, 'The Wyrd Sister,'" Campbell said. "Neither am I satisfied that the six-second inclusion of the scene in question will cause irreparable harm."

In the film, a band comprised of Jarvis Cocker of Pulp and Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead perform at the Hogwarts Yule Ball. The group is called the Weird Sisters in the novel, but are but left unnamed in the film.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will hit theatres on Nov. 18.

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