Not only did she invoke the wrath of teen wizards everywhere (or at least the ones who follow the news), but lawyer Kimberly Townley-Smith has now lost her license to practice in Ontario. Score one for Harry Potter!
Townley-Smith, as you may (or may not) recall, attempted to block the screening of Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire across Canada because one scene shows a fictional rock band called The Wyrd Sisters, a name belonging to a folk-rock outfit from Winnipeg. Nevermind that it’s also the name of a Terry Pratchett novel written in 1988, and they presumably aren’t paying him royalties. They also apparently aren’t the only Wyrd Sisters out there, either. On their website is a warning “Note— We do not have any videos on youtube… except for the solstice carole, those other wyrd sisters are not our band.” I’m guessing those other Wyrd Sisters don’t have $40-million, though—the sum they were seeking in damages from Warner Bros.
Not that they were very successful in extorting that money from the film studio, mind you. After losing their bid to block the film in ’05, the band was then ordered to pay Warner’s legal fees, a princely sum of $140K. And that’s when things got rather, erm, wyrd. As The Canadian Press reports, “Ms. Townley-Smith lost the case, setting off years of appeals in which she accused nine judges and more than a dozen lawyers in Ontario and Manitoba of conspiring against her.” She even pressed charges against Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Chris Martin, which obviously didn’t stick.
Nor was the Law Society of Upper Canada amused. In their decision, they wrote that Townley-Smith “made allegations of improper conduct, including criminality, against an ever-expanding group of individuals directly and indirectly involved in the … proceedings and subsequent related events,” ordering her to pay a further $30,000 penalty. And apparently she’s no longer on speaking terms with the band, either. Talk about losing a case!