Tag: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Publisher Hands out Meaty Dividend After Bumper Profits

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc on Wednesday reported a 40 percent jump in annual profit and raised its final dividend payout by about a quarter, buoyed by a reading boom which stayed even after the pandemic lockdowns. The London-listed publisher, best known for picking up J.K. Rowling’s Potter series in 1997 after its rejection by a dozen…


Trigger Warnings Take Our Wits Away

Commentary “The protesters falsely claimed that vaccines do not work.” So stated the reporter on last night’s TV news. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m homing in on that little weasel word “falsely.” Without it, the sentence would have read well enough—the protesters made a claim, which might be right or wrong. But to seed…


Philly’s Franklin Institute Will Host the World Debut of ‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’

By Stephan Salisbury From The Philadelphia Inquirer Harry Potter, as they say in showbiz, has got legs. Next year is the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the seven-book phenomenon, a coming-of-sage franchise which is now estimated to be worth in excess of $25 billion. More than 500 million copies of…


Cancel Culture Goes Down Rabbit Hole of Absurdity

Commentary The woke and cancel culture is plumbing new depths of absurdity and injustice every week. By my casual count the New York Times, for years the most prestigious and constant media defender of liberal American values, has conducted four professional lynchings in its own ranks. Donald McNeil, Andrew Mills, James Bennet, and Allison Roman…