The Twisted Economics of Harry Potter

The young wizard brings both profit and pain to his business partners

Call it the curse of Hogwarts. It turns out that—at least for some in the wizarding world—it's tough to make money out of magic. Harry Potter has fans clamoring in excitement as the seventh and last book in J.K. Rowling's hit series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, lands worldwide on July 21. With the fifth movie due out in weeks and the recent announcement of an Orlando theme-park attraction that could cost half a billion dollars, Pottermania is at an all-time high.

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