J K Rowling Photo: Paul Grover
Harry Potter author J K Rowling dumps the man who conjured up her millionsJ K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, has 'terminated her association' with Christopher Little, who has been her literary agent for 16 years.By Richard Eden
Christopher Little is, however, considering legal action this weekend, having been dumped by the world's most successful author after 16 years.
The 69-year-old son of a First World War fighter pilot tells Mandrake that he is "disappointed and surprised" to be informed that Rowling has "terminated her association" with his eponymous literary agency.
To add insult to injury, Rowling, who has an estimated fortune of £530 million, has joined one of Little's business partners, Neil Blair, at a new agency that he has set up, The Blair Partnership.
Rowling's defection sheds new light on her much-publicised announcement last month that she would launch a website, Pottermore, in October. She had worked closely with Blair, a lawyer, on the site while he was still with Little. It is expected to earn her many more millions through the sale of ebooks and online games.
"I knew that in 1998 I was generating more material than would ever appear in the books," she said at the launch. Little says he was taken aback by Rowling's desertion.