JK Rowling Gets OK to Raze $1.6M Home ...so she can make the garden of her $3.3M house larger By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jun 9, 2011 12:18 PM CDT 6 comments Comments In this Feb. 3, 2009 file photo, British writer JK Rowling poses during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP Photo/Benoit Tessier, pool) (Newser) – So, this is how rich JK Rowling is: The Harry Potter author bought the $1.6 million house next door to her $3.3 million mansion … for the sole purpose of demolishing it … in order to make her garden bigger. Rowling, who the Telegraph notes is worth upward of $867 million, just received planning permission from council officials to tear down the house. To be fair, she’s also building a stone hut-style summer house on the property. Click for nine of the most ridiculous celebrity mansions ever.