Sales of an illustrated Harry Potter book and the latest HP colouring books have boosted profits at the Children’s Division of publisher Bloomsbury, by a staggering 133%. You may recall, JK Rowling left her agent, Christopher Little, after the publication of Harry Potter book no 7 and decided that all her Robert Galbraith books and The Casual Vacancy would be published by Sphere. Harry Potter was a publishing sensation at the time with queues of wizards and Harry Potter lookalikes camped all night outside bookshops, waiting for them to open. Some books have come close, notably Game of Thrones and the books by Jacqueline Wilson, but nothing can match the power of Harry Potter.
Now, it looks like the boy wizard’s spell will continue as this year sees the publication of the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there will be fresh content in the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the film adaptation of the book, starring Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell, is set for release in November.