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Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, pottermore.com is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.
J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold more than 450 million copies, been translated into 80 languages and made into eight blockbuster films.
She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos).
In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company and digital publisher Pottermore was launched, a place where fans can enjoy the latest news from across the wizarding world, features and original writing by J.K. Rowling.
Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and have been adapted for TV as a major BBC detective drama, Strike, produced by Brontë Film and Television.
J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of Lumos and university-wide financial aid at Harvard.
In 2016, J.K. Rowling collaborated with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which is now running at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End and opens on Broadway in early 2018.
Also in 2016, J.K. Rowling made her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A prequel to the Harry Potter series, this new adventure of Magizoologist Newt Scamander marked the start of a five-film series to be written by the author. The second film in the series will be released in November 2018.
The script books of both the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two and the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were published in 2016.
As well as receiving an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling has received many awards and honours, including France’s Légion d’Honneur and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Founding Partner, The Blair Partnership
Neil Blair is the Chairman of the Board and a Director of Pottermore as well as the Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership, a London-based literary agency and business management company that represents several leading authors including J.K. Rowling. Blair is active in a number of charities including Lumos, J.K. Rowling's charity, which works towards the deinstitutionalisation of children in Eastern Europe.
Jemma Hill joined Pottermore and The Blair Partnership in 2016. Jemma is responsible for financial reporting, planning and commercial support. Prior to Pottermore, she worked in key finance and operational roles at The Walt Disney Company EMEA in Media Distribution and Franchise. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and is a member of the ICAEW.
Verity is an experienced eCommerce executive with deep experience merchandising, selling and marketing entertainment content and consumer products. She is responsible for overseeing Pottermore’s growing eCommerce business. Previously, Verity worked at Amazon and its subsidiary, The Book Depository; Snapfish; and Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand.
Director of Strategy & Operations
Tom is the Commercial Director at Pottermore and is responsible for running the Pottermore publishing business which sells eBooks and Digital Audiobooks throughout the world. Tom also works on the broader commercial strategy throughout the Wizarding World. Previously, he was a consultant with the strategy consulting firm The Parthenon Group. He is also the inventor of Market Meltdown, a board game based on the financial crisis.