1:42 a.m. J.K. Did quite well !!! …

It was 14 years ago this month that British author J.K. Rowling first foisted Harry Potter … And Hermione and Ron , wizards and wands , Voldemort and Hogwarts , Dumbledore and Gryffindor , et al — upon the world …

Seven staggeringly successful fantasy novels and $15 billion worth of Harry Potter book , movie and merchandise sales later and , well , J.K. Rowling is one bloody rich person …

Her coffers are about to swell all the more , as the last of the eight movies ‘ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ‘ opens in theatres this coming Friday …

Harry’s $6.4 billion in worldwide box office exceeds the respective collective hauls of even James Bond , Star Wars and Lord of the Rings …

By the numbers:

BOOKS SOLD: 450 million worldwide

NUMBER OF LANGUAGES THE BOOKS HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO: 67

NUMBER OF U.K. PUBLISHERS THAT TURNED DOWN FIRST BOOK: 8

SIZE OF PRESS RUN FOR FIRST BOOK: 500

AMERICAN RIGHTS FEE AFTER FIRST BOOK WAS A HIT IN THE U.K.: $105,000

SIZE OF PRESS RUN FOR LAST BOOK: 10.8 million

SHORTEST BOOK: 223 pages (Philosopher’s Stone)

LONGEST BOOK: 766 pages (Order of the Phoenix)

ALL SEVEN BOOKS COMBINED: 3,407 pages

COMBINED MOVIE BOX OFFICE: $6.4 billion worldwide

SHORTEST MOVIE: 2 hours, 20 minutes (Order of the Phoenix)

LONGEST MOVIE: 2 hours, 41 minutes (Chamber of Secrets)

ALL EIGHT MOVIES COMBINED: 19 hours, 42 minutes

AMOUNT DANIEL RADCLIFFE EARNED FOR PLAYING HARRY POTTER IN FIRST FILM: $500,000

AMOUNT DANIEL RADCLIFFE EARNED FOR PLAYING HARRY POTTER IN LAST FILM: $20 million

TOTAL VALUE OF THE ENTIRE HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE: $15 billion …

*MORBNOTE ; Not bad for the writings of a single parent needing to find a way to deal with the situation … ‘ To keep herself sane ‘ … Much like Out Of My Hands for me …

I applaud her success …

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