JK Rowling's Impressive Net Worth Revealed

John Phillips, Getty Images
John Phillips, Getty Images

Having written more than 10 Harry Potter novels and companion books—not to mention her works outside of the Wizarding World under the alias Robert Galbraith—one would assume that ​JK Rowling is worth a pretty penny. But even then, you probably underestimated just how much the acclaimed author is worth.

Using a Revealing Charm (and ​Celebrity Net Worth), we've discovered Rowling's true net worth, and after the books, the films, the Cursed Child play, and the never-ending merchandise, it comes in at $1 billion.

Just to put that in perspective: Stephen King is estimated to have a net worth of $400 million; Danielle Steel comes in at $385 million; and John Grisham is worth an estimated $350 million. Basically, Rowling is the richest author at the moment—and she wins by a landslide. She is also the first author in the world to hit the $1 billion mark.

And as any Potterhead would agree, it's well-deserved. Although Rowling had a tough life growing up, she used the negative aspects as inspiration for characters. After graduating from college, Rowling saw herself as a failure, later admitting she was depressed and ​contemplated suicide. She worked through a failed marriage, was a single mother, and was jobless ... until she wrote Harry Potter.

When Rowling finally became financially successful, she almost immediately gave back. In fact, she actually made her first $1 billion in 2004, but ​lost her billionaire status after donating a large sum to charity.

Jason Momoa is Glad Game of Thrones's Khal Drogo Only Lasted One Season

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Although Jason Momoa had a pretty minor role in the grand scheme of Westerosi things in Game of Thrones, fans of his character Khal Drogo will attest to him being an extremely important part of the series—particularly in how he helped to shape the character of Daenerys Targaryen. But the actor, who is currently starring in Aquaman, is happy his time on the series ended when it did.

Drogo met his untimely demise in Season 1, and Momoa has no regrets about it. “I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive,” Momoa told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way."

Momoa also commented on how popular a character Drogo still is, adding, “Even now, people just can’t stop ... they love Khal Drogo. It’s unbelievable. Like, one season. I don’t know any other character that’s done one season out of eight or nine that people just go [wild]. I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Even though Momoa hasn’t been on the show for years, he’s still a huge fan of the series. “It’s the greatest show on Earth,” he stated, sharing that he and his wife Lisa Bonet are devoted fans.

There's a Prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's Halloween-Themed

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Everyone knows that the Grinch didn't care much for Christmas, but how did he feel about Halloween? We just learned that he spent All Hallows' Eve terrorizing the fine citizens of Whoville, thanks to Insider, who spotted this lesser-known prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Titled Halloween is Grinch Night, the short animated movie ran as a television special in October 1977. Although it was designed to be a prequel to the classic Christmas special, Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was published in 1957.

The TV special opens with the Whos of Whoville cheerfully going about their business … until they catch a whiff of the "sour sweet wind," which tips them off that the Grinch is coming to town. The word "Halloween" is actually never spoken in the movie; it's replaced by the term "Grinch Night" throughout. Instead of a sleigh, the Grinch descends on the town with a wagon full of monsters pulled by Max. And instead of Cindy-Lou Who coming to the town's rescue, it's a little boy named Euchariah who intervenes.

In addition to the Halloween prequel, another TV special called The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat aired in 1982. Although both of these specials won Emmy Awards, their impact wasn't as long-lasting as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was adapted into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey in 2000, and again in 2018 with a 3D animated version called The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.

Check out the Halloween-themed prequel in the YouTube video below, or get all three specials on Amazon with the Dr. Seus’s's Holidays on the Loose ultimate edition DVD.

[h/t Insider]

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