Fifty points to Gryffindor!
Author J.K. Rowling, the magical mind behind "Harry Potter," turned 50 years old Friday and her reign as literary queen is stronger than ever.
Rowling had an estimated net worth of more than $1 billion in 2014, according to the Sunday Times' UK Rich List—a combination of the writer's impressive book sales and, in no small part, to the success of the "Harry Potter" films.
The entire franchise was estimated to be worth more than $24 billion in 2014, according to IMDB and Scholastic Children's Books. But it is set to skyrocket with the addition of a trilogy of new films based on her book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a companion to the "Harry Potter" series, and a play titled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" set to open at London's Palace Theatre next summer.
The eight films produced by Warner Bros. Studios have grossed more than $7.7 billion in worldwide box offices, according to Box Office Mojo.
Similarly, the books have grossed more than $7.7 billion and will only grow as publisher Bloomsbury prints editions with new cover designs and full-color illustrations.