Money spin­ner

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HARRY Pot­ter And The Philoso­pher’s Stone, the first book in the se­ries by J. K. Rowl­ing, was pub­lished in Bri­tain in 1997. It had an ini­tial print run of 1,000 copies. It has been re-edited and trans­lated. > Since then, more than 400 mil­lion copies have been sold world­wide. The books have been trans­lated into 69 lan­guages, in­clud­ing Latin, and sold in 200 territories, Rowl­ing’s lit­er­ary agents say. There are seven nov­els and three spin-off books. > Rowl­ing is worth about US$1bil (RM3.12bil), ac­cord­ing to the re­cently pub­lished Shang­hai-based Hu­run rich list. > The three main stars of the films are also mil­lion­aires. Ac­cord­ing to The Sun­day Times Rich List, Daniel Rad­cliffe (Harry) has US$68mil (RM212mil), Emma Wat­son (Hermione) US$35mil (RM109) and Ru­pert Grint (Ron) has US$32mil (RM100mil). > The first six films took US$5.4bil (RM16­bil) at the box of­fice world­wide, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources. The very first, re­leased in 2001, was the biggest gross­ing, tak­ing al­most one bil­lion dol­lars on its own. > Harry Pot­ter has been turned into com­puter games – Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows is one of 17 games in­tro­duced on the new Xbox 360 mo­tion-sens­ing con­troller Kinect re­cently – and fans can also buy mer­chan­dise from mugs to cal­en­dars, stamps to soft toys. > The first theme park based on the se­ries, The Wizard­ing Worlds Of Harry Pot­ter, opened in June 2010 in Or­lando, Florida, where fans can tour Hog­warts cas­tle, fly with Harry, ride on a dragon and eat ex­plod­ing sweets. – AFP

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