UK publishing group Bloomsbury is reaping the revival of the Harry Potter franchise on the 20th anniversary of the wizard’s entry into British public life.
Bloomsbury said its quarterly revenues were up 19 per cent in the three months to March, compared to the same period last year, and 13 per cent when measured in constant currencies.
The Harry Potter series still ranks among the publisher’s best-selling books in the quarter, alongside Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and A Court of Wings by Sarah J Mass.
Despite publishing the last in the main Harry Potter series in 2007, the tale of the boy wizard has been revived through spins-off books such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child West End play.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the first Potter book, Bloomsbury will be publishing two new books in October in conjunction with a British Library exhibition.
They will be Harry Potter: A History of Magic – The Book of The Exhibition and Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic.
Last month, Bloomsbury announced that Richard Lambert – the former head of the CBI and editor of the Financial Times – would become its new chairman.