After years of hearing rumors of its development, JK Rowling has announced that she’s finally working on a comprehensive “Harry Potter Encyclopedia.”
“For a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now,” said Rowling in the FAQ section of the site. “Some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.”
This is big news for the charities that Rowling frequently supports (a generous quality that recently knocked her out of the billionaire’s club). A 2008 release of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, a companion book to the Potter universe, brought in millions for her Children’s High Level Group — a charity that works to help children suffering in institutions.
Rowling knows that this release will likely draw even greater sales – something alluded to during a 2008 suit against another effort to produce a Harry Potter “Lexicon.”
“Warner Bros and Rowling argue that the publication of the Lexicon infringes Rowling’s copyright and that she has openly and repeatedly expressed her interest in publishing an encyclopedia covering all seven of the Harry Potter books, whose profits would go to charity,” the suit said.
The judge eventually sided with Rowling. And now some of her favorite charities – like One Parent Families, Book Aid International, Dyslexia Action, and Heifer International – stand to benefit big.
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