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The Harry Potter Money Train Keeps on Rolling

For booksellers weeping at the thought that the Harry Potter publishing bonanza was going to end after so many productive or non-productive years in which booksellers had to cut prices on copies of Harry Potter to below cost in order to draw shoppers in while bleeding green from their own veins (capitalist Vulcan style) can now be overjoyed that there’s more Harry Potter coming their way as J.K. Rowling plans to do her own version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lost Tales or Simmarillion or some such thing. Granted J.R.R. Tolkien was the creator of a grandiose and truly epic fantasy world and J.K. Rowling had thrown together some bits of fantasy lifted from other authors and rode the marketing machine to bestsellerdom, but once you’ve begun imitating the man for profit, you might as well keep going all the way.

Of course once the encyclopedia is out and selling, though in somewhat diminished fashion, J.K. Rowling will no doubt figure out some new book related ways to cash in on Harry Potter. With an amusement park and films still on the way, there’s always room for a Harry Potter sketchbook, perhaps a collection of abridged Harry Potter tales for toddlers and the younger tweens and perhaps a next generation of students and their tales, something J.K. Rowling had already effectively set up with the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Either way this is only one more step in the endless cash bonanza for everyone involved.

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