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‘Harry Potter’ money machine to live on

Arizona Republic – “The release of the eighth and final installment in the “Harry Potter” film series on Thursday marks the beginning of the end of one of the most successful movie franchises. But metro Phoenix businesses expect to profit from the multibillion-dollar Potter merchandising machine far beyond the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” The ubiquitous Potter novels by J.K. Rowling have earned $1.17 billion for Scholastic, the books’ U.S. publisher, and spawned the Warner Bros.’ film franchise, which has already grossed $6.4 billion worldwide, according to Scholastic and Box Office Mojo.”

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