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Warner Bros. makes Harry Potter Cafe disappear

Warner Bros Entertainment has sued a Harry Potter-themed cafe in Hong Kong for copyright infringement.

The Hollywood film studio accused the “9 3/4 Cafe” in Hong Kong of infringing its copyright to its original artistic works and demanded damages.

Warner Bros was not amused about the cafe’s use of registered trademarks such “Harry Potter”, “quidditch” and “muggles”.

The California-based company also took issue with the cafe displaying iconic elements seen in the movie franchise, like the luggage trolley half-submerged in a wall, the Gryffindor coat of arms and the Hogwarts Express train ticket for Platform 9 3/4.

Photos posted on the cafe’s Facebook page showed its warmly lit interiors decorated with broomsticks, magic wands and movie merchandise.

There is a big chance the cafe will disappear during the course of the lawsuit. Like magic.

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