JK Rowling pocketed £1,560-a-word for first Harry Potter novel earning £120m

Superstar author JK Rowling pocketed a mega £1,560-a-word for her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The 55-year-old, who has a ­fortune of around £800million, hit the big time with the novel, the first in a series of seven books based on the wizard.

Now a study has revealed that the book – which has 76,944 words – earned £1,560-per-word, a massive £120m.

It is the highest for any living author, according to researchers training and qualification provider The Knowledge Academy.

A spokesman for the group said: “We analysed the best-­selling books across the world by living authors.

“We found that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the highest-earning book, landing JK Rowling a whopping £1,560-a-word.”

Second on the list was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which has sold 65m copies since being published in 1988.

It also holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book in history by a living author, with it being covered in 80 different languages.

The tale, which has just over 45,000 words, earned around £1,300-a-word.

JK’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets landed third spot at £890-a-word, while ­Dan Brown’s popular mystery thriller The Da Vinci Code trailed behind in fourth place at £535-a-word.

Rowling bravely opened up earlier this year about being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse.

The writer spoke frankly about her personal experience in a long blog post, saying that she and other survivors are "slurred as bigots" when they argue for the need of single sex public spaces such as toilets and changing rooms.

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Rowling had previously faced online fury about mocking a headline which referred to “people who menstruate”.

The multi millionaire wrote: "I’m sure there used to be a word for those people.

"Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

People argued the point that not only women who are born women menstruate.

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