Entries in Harry Potter (4)


"Harry Potter" Tops Highest-Grossing Film Franchises

2011 Warner Bros. Ent./ Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.(NEW YORK) -- Harry Potter is the box office's highest grossing film franchise, according to Forbes.  But Lord of the Rings is a serious contender, with new films hitting screens.

The latest movie in the Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is out on Friday.  It is the first of three films to be drawn from J.R.R. Tolkien's book, The Hobbit.

"This past summer the wise (some might say greedy) men at Warner Bros. decided to split The Hobbit into three separate movies," wrote Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.  "The move left many scratching their heads.  The Hobbit is the slimmest of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels at only one-quarter the length of the other three books combined.  Can it work as three movies?"

They have a long way to go to beat the eight-film adaption of the seven-book Harry Potter series, which has earned $7.7 billion.  The Lord of the Rings films have earned $2.91 billion in ticket sales so far, ranking the series ninth among franchises.

Forbes used data from Box Office Mojo to compile its list of global box office hits, not adjusting for price inflation.

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"Harry Potter" e-Books Coming to Amazon Kindle

Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in March, J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter books were released as e-books. But digital book readers were only able to download them as e-pub books through the Pottermore website and then transfer them to their e-readers.

Now things are getting a bit easier for Kindle owners. Starting June 19, all seven Harry Potter books will be available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

There are some restrictions: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is only available to Amazon Prime members. Amazon Prime is a service that provides free shipping and discounts for $79 a year. The Lending Library allows Kindle owners to borrow books for free, rather than pay for each particular title. There are more than 145,000 e-books available now through the Lending Library, according to Amazon.

“Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the $79 cost of Prime or a Kindle,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library also has an innovative feature that’s of great benefit for popular titles like Harry Potter – unlimited supply of each title – you never get put on a waiting list.”

Bezos also stated that Amazon purchased an exclusive license to make the books available directly through Amazon’s digital store.

The books will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish on June 19.

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Harry Potter eBooks Now Available

Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Harry Potter books are finally available as eBooks.

All seven of J.K. Rowling's popular science fiction novels are now available as digital books and as audio books on the Pottermore website. While they aren’t available directly through Amazon’s Kindle or Sony’s Reader Store, the ePub format is compatible with most e-readers, tablets, and smartphones.

All books are priced at $7.99 (or £4.99), while the audio versions are $29.99.  The books are currently only available in English.

Rowling was one of the last holdouts against digital publishing; she announced last June that the Potter series would be available in October as eBooks. It took longer than she predicted.

Rowling is currently working on an adult novel. She hasn’t revealed much about the new book, including whether it will be available as an eBook.

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J.K. Rowling to Write New Book for Adults

Jon Furniss/WireImage(LONDON) -- J.K. Rowling, the author of the much-celebrated and best-selling Harry Potter book series, announced Thursday that she will return to writing, this time for adults.

Rowling, who’s massively popular Potter series has sold roughly 450 million copies worldwide, announced that she has reached an agreement with publisher Little, Brown and Company. The details of the agreement, including the name, release date and plot of the novel, were not announced.

The deal marks a change in publisher for Rowling, who had previously found success working with Bloomsbury in the U.K. and Scholastic in the United States.

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world,” Rowling said in a statement released by Little, Brown. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

Both Scholastic and Bloomsbury noted their relationships with Rowling remained strong and that they would continue to publish her children’s books, including the Potter series.

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