Harry Potter website earns J.K. Rowling £4.5million adding to the best-selling author’s estimated £650million fortune

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  • J.K Rowling’s Pottermore website provides information about the boy wizard
  • Accounts filed by the website showed sales jumped from £15m to £40 million 
  • The company recently released digital edition of Harry Potter: A History of Magic

It is 20 years since Harry Potter first cast his spell over a mesmerised world.

But J. K. Rowling’s creation remains as popular as ever, to judge by the extraordinary success of her Pottermore website, where you can find all you need to know, and more, about the boy wizard.

The site yielded a royalty payment of £4.8 million for the year, to add to Ms Rowling’s estimated £650 million fortune.

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter website earned the author some £4.5 million last year

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter website earned the author some £4.5 million last year

In the 20 years since Harry Potter first hit the shelves, it has earned Ms Rowling £650million

In the 20 years since Harry Potter first hit the shelves, it has earned Ms Rowling £650million

Financial accounts filed by Pottermore show that in the 12 months to March 31, 2017, sales leapt from £15 million to £40 million, thanks mainly to the popularity of the ebook version of the script for the acclaimed stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, and the electronic version of the screenplay for the spin-off feature film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne.

After royalties and other expenses, the company made a pre-tax profit of £3.5 million compared to a £4.9 million loss the previous year.

Commercial director Tom Greene said: ‘It is now an efficient, cash-generative publishing operation producing content that delights millions of fans.’

Pottermore recently released digital editions of the Harry Potter: A History Of Magic book.

Ms Rowling has given large chunks of her fortune to charity.

 

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