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Mong Kok’s ‘magic-themed’ Harry Potter café is being sued by Warner Bros

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Douglas Parkes

Hold on to your wands, it seems Warner Bros has finally caught word of 9¾ Café. The restaurant opened in 2017, clearly taking inspiration from Harry Potter – if the name doesn’t give the game away there’s also the luggage trolley half-submerged in a wall, music from the HP movies playing over the speakers and Butterbeer on the menu.

The venue claimed to be generally ‘magic-themed’, though its legality was suspect from the start, what with issues of copyright infringement. Now it seems Warner Bros is finally saying ‘expelliarmus’ to the Mong Kok venue. According to Inside Retail, the movie studio is seeking the removal of offending infringements and multiple injunctions as well as ‘an unspecified sum of damages’. 

Hong Kong has a number of themed eateries, but none has attracted controversy like 9¾ Café. The venue remains open for business for now but if you still haven’t checked it out and want to, you’d better head over soon.

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