‘JK Rowling dumps her literary agent of 16 years’



London: Harry Potter's creator JK Rowling has dumped her literary agent of 16 years, who's said to have single-handedly turned her famous novels into a multi-million -pound industry, a media report said.

The 45-year-old British author has "terminated her association" with 69-year-old Christopher Little who spotted the potential of Rowling's first manuscript, 'The Sunday Telegraph' reported.

And, to add insult to his injury, Rowling, who has an estimated fortune of 530 million pounds, has joined one of Little's business partners, Neil Blair, at a new agency that he has set up, The Blair Partnership, the report said.

Little is, however, considering legal action against Rowling's decision, it said.

"Christopher Little has worked closely with JK Rowling since the very beginning 16 years ago. He greatly admires her and her extraordinary talent and is proud to have played his role throughout this journey.

"However, he is disappointed and surprised to have heard the premature news about the proposed new arrangements. There is no comment as to the prospect of legal action," a spokesman for Little was quoted as saying.

But, Rowling, who has sold more than 450 million copies of her books about the child wizard, has declined to explain her decision.

Little, who is now worth millions, reportedly struck a deal under his usual terms when he first signed up Rowling -- 15 per cent of gross earnings for the British market and 20 per cent for merchandising rights, for film, for the American market and for translation deals.

PTI