JK Rowling receives £18MILLION payout from her Harry Potter publishing company

JK Rowling receives £18MILLION payout from her Harry Potter publishing company despite attempted boycott by trans activists

  • The Harry Potter author received a bumper payout last year, it has been revealed
  • Ms Rowling got an £18million dividend from her publishing company Pottermore
  • It comes despite an attempted boycott from trans rights activists over her views 

JK Rowling received £18million from her publishing company in one year, it has been revealed.

The Harry Potter author received the staggering sum in 2022 as a dividend for her shares in her company, Pottermore.

The 57-year-old has become the target of a boycott by trans rights activists over his stances on women’s rights and single sex spaces.

Despite this Pottermore, which is her digital publishing company, made a pre-tax profit of £5.7 million on a turnover of £37.8 million in the 12 months to March 2022.

JK Rowling, pictured here at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbeldore, received an £18million dividend from her company Pottermore last year

JK Rowling, pictured here at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbeldore, received an £18million dividend from her company Pottermore last year

Ms Rowling (pictured wearing a t-shirt with the message 'Nicola Sturgeon, destroyer of women's rights) has been targeted by trans rights activists over her views on gender

Ms Rowling (pictured wearing a t-shirt with the message ‘Nicola Sturgeon, destroyer of women’s rights) has been targeted by trans rights activists over her views on gender

In December the multi-millionaire author remarked that contrary to being ‘cancelled’ by her opponents, her book sales go up when they lash out at her.

In an interview for Letters from Suzanne, a Substack publication by writer and columnist Suzanne Moore, the author said: ‘The only time I’ve ever made reference to being cancelled, my book sales went up.

‘Why am I even laughing? I can’t believe I’m saying these words. But you have to mock them. I do not consider myself cancelled.’

The public backlash against the author’s views started in March 2018, when Ms Rowling was criticised for liking a tweet which referred to trans women as ‘men in dresses’.

Since then she has faced a barrage of abuse from activists branding her transphobic for her views.

Ms Rowling, who also writes the Cormoran Strike novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, spoke out about the controversial Gender Recognition Reform Bill which passed through the Scottish Parliament last month.

The bill, which was backed by Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP and the Scottish Labour Party, allows Scots to self-identify their legal gender.

It passed despite criticism from opponents over removing the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria when seeking a gender recognition certificate.

LEnding her support to people protesting against the bill, Rowling posted a picture of herself wearing a t-shirt with the message ‘Nicola Sturgeon, destroyer of women’s rights’

She tweeted: ‘I stand in solidarity with @ForWomenScot and all women protesting and speaking outside the Scottish parliament. #NoToSelfID’.

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