Harry Potter fans can now fly around and explore the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before.J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore has launched a free, 360-degree digital experience beginning letting visitors explore the famous wizarding school and its grounds, including the Quidditch pitch and the Forbidden Forest. In the Hogwarts Experience (at pottermore.com/hogwarts), the iconic castle and its grounds are populated with 100 different "hotspots," which are clickable points that expand to provide details about the magic and mystery of the...
J.K. Rowling became one of the most successful writers in history with her blockbuster “Harry Potter” books, which have sold an estimated 450 million copies worldwide and inspired a multibillion-dollar film franchise. Magically casting a spell over readers young and old with the adventures of her unforgettable boy wizard, Rowling created a universe that’s become a cultural touchstone for millions of avid fans.
While Rowling retired Potter with the final chapter of the seven-part series in 2007, the Potter universe continues to expand, thanks to the 2016 release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first installment of a spinoff trilogy, along with Universal Studios theme park attractions, a blockbuster theater run on London’s West End and countless merchandising tie-ins. The franchise’s staggering success has helped Rowling earn a fortune estimated at close to $1 billion.
Born Joanne Rowling in Gloucestershire, England, the author was a struggling single mother when her first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” was published in 1997. An overnight sensation in the U.K., the book and its blockbuster sequels turned Rowling into a global phenomenon, shattering sales records around the world. The first film adaptation appeared in 2001, and the franchise has gone on to gross nearly $8 billion worldwide.