Why a yacht docked in Halifax is getting extra attention

The Samsara, which is docked near Bishop's Landing, is reportedly owned by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. (Stephanie Tsicos/CTV News)

Yachts along the Halifax Waterfront often garner attention, but one currently docked has people doing a double take.

The Samsara, which is docked near Bishop's Landing, is reportedly owned by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

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People were stopping by Sunday to get a look at the yacht and see if anybody was on board. Crew members could be seen at times.

According to the website ' SuperYachtFan ', the Samsara was sold to Rowling in 2023 and is valued at $150 million US.

CTV News has reached out to Rowling's PR team for more information.

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J.K. Rowling Is Selling Her $20 Million Yacht (With Interiors By...Johnny Depp)

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The mega best-selling Harry Potter series didn't just make J.K. Rowling famous—it made her rich enough to afford her very own luxury yacht. Although Rowling's yacht doesn't really resemble the giant pirate ship that brought the Durmstrang students to Hogwarts ahead of the Tri-Wizard Cup, it was previously owned by Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp , which is...close enough. Rowling bought the vessel , which Depp had named Amphitrite as an homage to then-wife Amber Heard, about a year ago for £22 million ($29 million) but is reportedly selling it at a loss with an asking price of €17.8 million ($20 million).

The yacht, which can accommodate up to ten people, has some pretty eye-dropping features, including a plush master bedroom suite with a king size bed, a formal dining room on the deck, and a cozy salon with ten large windows perfect for watching the sun set over the ocean . There's also top-of-the-line tech equipment and audio-visual equipment in case you feel like having a daylong Potter movie marathon. The bottom line: This boat is way nicer than the ones that Hogwarts first-years take to get across the lake. And how was there not a character named Amphitrite in Hufflepuff House?

This isn't the first time that Rowling has parted with some of her assets. In 2012, she sold the eight-bedroom Victorian mansion in Edinburgh where she had written the last four Potter books, for $3.6 million. Although Rowling's net worth was once estimated to be worth $1 billion, she has given away so much of her money to charity that she dropped off of the Forbes "world billionaires" list the same year that she sold her home. Her favorite causes are kid-related, most notably her own organization, Lumos (named for the Potterverse "let there be light" spell ), whose goal is to take poor and disabled children out of institutions and reunite or place them with families.

So far, no bidders have stepped forward to buy the yacht. But think about it—wouldn't a yacht be such a great place for a Quidditch match? Or a Yule Ball? Sadly, the decor was designed by Depp, and Rowling didn't change it, so there aren't any talking paintings, nearly-headless ghosts, or Rooms of Requirement on board. You can probably bring your own butterbeer, though...

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J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp Owned the Same Yacht—Who Has It Now?

J.K. Rowling dished out around $27 million in 2015 for the yacht Johnny Depp had sold just a few months prior. Who owns the yacht now?

Jennifer Farrington - Author

Apr. 28 2022, Published 4:40 a.m. ET

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp used to have a yacht transport him and his guests back and forth between the Bahamas and his private island , Little Hall’s Pond Cay. The Vajoliroja , which was purchased by Depp for $8 million and allegedly renamed Amphitrite , later sold in 2015 to an American businessman. It was then acquired by the Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling .

Here’s how much Rowling paid for the yacht previously owned by Depp and some of the features it had while in her possession.

Rowling paid about $27 million for the yacht once owned by Depp

When it comes to money, Rowling clearly has plenty to spend. The billionaire author reportedly dished out around $27 million in 2015 for the yacht Depp had sold just a few months prior. About two years after purchasing the 156-foot-long watercraft, Rowling put it on the market for $19.2 million and allowed it to be chartered for about $130,000 per week, not including additional expenses, reports Variety .

Although the whereabouts of the yacht previously owned by Depp and Rowling is unknown, there is some speculation that it was listed for sale and purchased with the help of Curtis Stokes at Curtis Stokes & Associates. Simply put, Rowling no longer owns the luxury yacht.

A look inside the million-dollar yacht once owned by Depp and Rowling

While we can’t say for sure what the multimillion dollar yacht looks like today, we do know some of the features it had while in Rowling’s possession. The boat, which sits three decks high and accommodates 10 guests, featured the following, according to Variety :

  • “A bohemian-luxe main deck salon with rich wood paneling.”
  • Windows decorated with “swagged and tasseled drapery.”
  • “A state-of-the-art entertainment system.”
  • Four guest staterooms.
  • On-board Wi-Fi.
  • Recreational equipment, including “kayaks, snorkeling gear, windsurfing and wakeboards, and two tenders for water skiing and jaunts ashore.”
  • “Teak-trimmed glass doors.”

Joanne Rowling

British author and philanthopist

Net worth: $1 billion

J.K. Rowling rose from being a single mother living on welfare to a billionaire thanks to her fantasy series, Harry Potter. In 2020, Forbes named Rowling the second highest-paid author in the world. She now supports a large number of philanthropic causes.

Birthdate: July 31, 1965

Birthplace: Yate, Gloucestershire, England

Education: Graduated from the University of Exeter in 1987

Spouses: Jorge Arantes (1992–1993), David Murray (2001-present)

Kids: 3 (1 child with Arantes and 2 with Murray)

Residence: London, England, and Edinburgh and Aberfeldy, Scotland

What is J.K. Rowling’s net worth?

Although spending $19 million on a yacht sounds frivolous, it didn’t lighten Rowling’s wallet much. After watching her sales from the Harry Potter series grow, Rowling reportedly began earning about $50 million to $100 million a year, according to Celebrity Net Worth . Today, her net worth is estimated to be $1 billion, though the media outlet says the author denies being a billionaire.

Not only has the Harry Potter series generated significant sales (and profit for Rowling), but it gave rise to other money-making opportunities, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, merchandise, and major motion pictures.

While a great deal of Rowling’s net worth can be attributed to the money she makes off of book royalties , she also made money from “movie advances, movie rights, merchandise, and more,” allowing her to spend freely on yachts and make large charitable donations.

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J. K. Rowling is selling Johnny Depp’s former yacht for £15m

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The Harry Potter author bought the 156-foot yacht in January after she chartered it for a family holiday. The Amphirite was previously owned by Johnny Depp before he sold it to an American shipping magnet.

J. K. Rowling buys Johnny Depp's yacht

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Children’s author, J. K. Rowling is reportedly selling her yacht, less than a year after buying it.

The Amphirite is being sold through the agents, Curtis Stokes & Associates, for €17.8 million, around £15 million.

The Harry Potter creator bought the Turquoise motor yacht in January 2016 for £22 million.

Described as a “modern motor yacht with classic styling”, the 156-foot Amphirite was previously owned by Johnny Depp, who extensively refitted the vessel in 2009.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor spent £5 million adding a ship-wide entertainment system, renovating the cabins and buying water toys, including skis and wakeboards, for the superyacht.

He later sold it to an American shipping magnate in 2015.

J. K. Rowling decided to buy the yacht, previously called Anatolia and Vajoliroja, after she and her family chartered the vessel for a holiday.

The yacht brokerage website lists the Amphitrite as being moored in Corfu, Greece.

The yacht’s layout includes a master stateroom on the main deck, five total staterooms and extensive exterior dining, entertaining and relaxation spaces.

The master stateroom is located forward on the main deck and has a centreline king size berth. There is also an ensuite bathroom.

The port forward guest stateroom offers a queen size berth and ensuite head with enclosed shower.

In the salon, there are two separate seating areas with sofas. It also boasts 10 large windows on each side.

Curtis Stokes & Associates state the Amphirite is a “popular charter yacht”.

A week’s charter costs £100,000.

J. K. Rowling, author of one of the most beloved children’s book series in modern memory, has reportedly bought a yacht owned by Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp.

Rowling chartered the yacht, called Amphitrite, which Depp listed for holiday lets when not onboard. It appears the author may continue Depp’s practice of chartering the vessel, which is currently listed on multiple sites at £72,000 per week.

Depp changed the yacht’s name in 2015 – formerly Vajoliroja, a pun on the pirate flag the Jolly Roger that also blended Johnny Depp’s first name and those of his ex-wife Vanessa Paradis and their two children Lily-Rose and Jack – to Amphitrite after the sea goddess and wife of Poseidon in Greek myth as a gift to his new wife Amber Heard. He later sold the yacht to an American shipping magnate.

The actor spent £5m renovating the three-deck yacht in 2009, adding a ship-wide entertainment system, filling the five cabins with plush fabrics and bringing water toys including skis, wakeboards, windsurf kit, kayaks and snorkel gear.

According to yachting website MetaYachts.com, the 2001-built vessel was, “Inspired by the gentlemen’s yachts of the 1930s … [and] invokes the romance and glamour of a bygone era. It’s all there: The long overhangs, the clipper bow, the funnel, the counter stern, and … enough teak and mahogany to fill a Rothschild library.”

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A Closer Look at J.K. Rowling's Yacht Vajoliroja

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We’ve all seen J.K. Rowling’s rise to fame ever since the first Harry Potter book was published. The success of her career was a true rags-to-riches story, and J.K. Rowling deserves all the fringes of life for giving us one of the best literary series of all time. Now that she’s no longer a starving artist, J.K. Rowling makes sure she lives an excellent life; and one way she’s doing just that is by enjoying her yacht, the Vajoliroja. J.K. Rowling has enough money to buy whatever yacht she wants , and we’re going to take a look at why she picked this particular one to call her own.

Vajoliroja had another big time celebrity owner before it belonged to J.K. Rowling . The author bought the yacht from actor Johnny Depp. The yacht was a gift from Depp to his former partner Vanessa Paradis. Depp and his family, including his two children with Paradis—Lily-Rose and Jack—spent a great deal of time on the Vajoliroja. The couple named the yacht Vajoliroja as a play on the Jolly Roger pirate flag. It also combines the names of their family: “Va” for Vanessa, “Jo” for Johnny, “Li” for Lily-Rose, and “Ja” for Jack. It was a charming sentiment until Depp and Paradis went their separate ways. When Depp married Amber Heard in 2015, Vajoliroja’s name was changed to Amphitrite, Poseidon’s sea goddess wife in Greek mythology. Depp gave Amphitrite to his then new wife as a wedding present.

Vajoliroja’s price tag was £22 million, which is a small dent on J.K. Rowling’s billion-dollar net worth. For the novelist, it wasn’t about having the most lavish yacht at the marina. In fact, Rowling and her family spent one holiday on Depp’s boat and immediately fell in love with it. Rowling bought the yacht in 2016.

When Depp had Vajoliroja renovated in 2008, he didn’t hold back at all. The 156-foot superyacht featured 10 cabins. The crew took up five of those cabins, and the rest were left for the guests to enjoy. The yacht had three decks that scream bohemian, which is more of Depp’s style. There’s a subtle pirate theme that’s probably a nod to one of Depp’s most iconic movie roles—Captain Jack Sparrow. The yacht is filled with luscious fabrics and plush décor. There’s wood everywhere, which adds to the overall charm of the yacht. The seating areas are covered in attractive red velvet as well as plenty of the seating in the outdoor areas. There’s a covered dining area on one of the decks, which offers a stunning view of the waters when the yacht is at sea.

The yacht carries plenty of water activities to keep anyone entertained. There’s space available for waterskis, wakeboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and so much more. For those who prefer a different cup of tea, Vajoliroja is also outfitted with plenty of other entertainment opportunities. There’s a home cinema, satellite television, high speed Internet, video games, and so much more. There are also plenty of spaces for those who prefer to just lounge around, read all day, or even get some sun.

The yacht was originally built in Turkey by Turquoise, a luxury ship building yard. It’s made out of steel and aluminum and was designed with a 1930s theme. While the yacht is totally modern as it was built in 2001, it doesn’t feature all the sleek lines of contemporary ships. The mahogany wall panels prove just that, and the whole interior of the yacht projects a beautiful old-world feel. Where there’s no wall paneling, the walls are covered in intricate and rich-colored wallpaper. The heavy drapes are even tasseled, and the whole ship is dimly lit. Some call it romantic. Others call it historic. Still there are those that might feel magical in the yacht.

Vajoliroja may have vintage décor, but it doesn’t feel vintage when it comes to comfort. The master cabin is something worth experiencing. It features a large marble-accented bath that’s only second best when put next to the 180 degree ocean view. While the other guest cabins aren’t as fancy, they are still opulently decorated and extremely comfortable. The galley is well stocked and is the perfect place to make gourmet meals. The yacht can accommodate up to five cabin crewmembers at any given time. It has a cruising speed of 12 knots and has the capability of up to 2,500 nautical miles with its 28,000-liter fuel tank.

Final Thoughts

It’s the perfect yacht to take on vacation, and Rowling spent some good time on it with her family. Vajoliroja or Amphitrite, however, is no longer Rowling’s yacht. The novelist put the yacht up for charter and for sale back in 2017. At the time, it was available to charter for $130,000 a week. It was also for sale with a pricetag of $19.2 million USD. It’s definitely the type of yacht that only the wealthy could afford. Rowling enjoyed the yacht for about 8 months before she put it up on the market. Of course, it could’ve been just the busy lifestyle that kept her away from the seas too much. Rowling is reported to still own the yacht to this day, but Vajoliroja is still available for charter. You’ll be able to stay out at sea for a good amount of time with this yacht. It’s truly the perfect getaway that’s charming and truly out of this world. Being on the yacht is an experience unto itself—one that can be quite unforgettable.

Garrett Parker

Written by  Garrett Parker

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It's nice to drift off to sleep while reading J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, but it's even nicer to get lulled to sleep by waves aboard J.K. Rowling's yacht. Only a year after purchasing it, the bestselling author listed her spectacular 156-foot modern motoryacht for $19.2 million . If the price of ownership is too steep, you can rent the boat to the tune of $130,000 per week before expenses. With five staterooms, outdoor dining, and plenty of relaxation and recreation space, the yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests. While it was only built in 2001, the boat's ornate interiors — dark woods, heavy velvets, and fancy moldings — reference an earlier time, one where Dumbledore himself would feel at home.

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A yacht, formerly owned by Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling, is anchored in Kingston, N.Y.

The Arriva , formerly owned by Johnny Depp and also Harry Potter author J. K Rowling is currently anchored in the Rondout Creek in Kingston, N.Y. The 156 ft yaht is just over 20 years old but has a classic look with wooden siding. Its home is in the Long Island sound but its owner has anchored in hte Rondout Creek in Kingston for a couple years to see the fall foliage along the Hudson River.Photo taken Friday, October 14, 2022. (Tania Barricklo/Daily Freeman)

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JK Rowling is putting her luxury yacht, decorated by its previous owner Johnny Depp, on sale. She is offering the chance to either rent the 56-foot-long boat for $130,000 a week, or buy it outright.

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Rowling reportedly paid £22million for the boat, having fallen in love with it after chartering it on holiday with her husband Neil Murray and their two children, David and Mackenzie. It was refitted in bohemian Art Deco style by Depp in 2009 at a reported cost of £5million.

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Yacht brokers' website Curtis Stokes & Associates is showcasing the photos of the Amphitrite's lavish interior, which features patterned wallpaper, crushed velvet seating, and plenty of mahogany.

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The luxury yacht has three decks and sleeps ten people in four bedrooms and a master suite, along with five crew cabins. Frills include kayaks, snorkeling gear, windsurfing equipment, wake boards, and two tenders.

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It seems everything author J.K. Rowling touches turns to gold. First, the chair she sat on while writing the first two Harry Potter books was auctioned off for charity, and now the famous creator of the wizarding world is selling her luxury yacht for $19.2 million. After purchasing it in either late 2015 or early 2017, Rowling is offering the chance to rent the 56-foot-long boat for $130,000 a week or even buy it outright, reports __ Variety . The vessel is special for another reason: It was once owned by Johnny Depp. The luxury yacht has three decks and fits ten people in four bedrooms and a master suite. (There are also five crew cabins.) Amenities onboard include kayaks, snorkeling gear, windsurfing equipment, wake boards, and two tenders. And if the weather isn't cooperating, wifi and video games are also available.

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Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling Owned the Same $20 Million Yacht

Yachts come to mind when thinking of the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. Celebrities and other wealthy individuals have bought and enjoyed yachts for years, and that trend continues. One celebrity yacht, the Amphitrite, was owned by two different celebrities before being sold again in 2017. 

Learn more about the previous owners of this superyacht, its features, and similar boats owned by other famous people. 

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What was once called the Vajoliroja , named by the owner Johnny Depp by blending his two children and his ex-wife’s names, became the Amphitrite before it was sold to a new owner in January 2016. According to The Drive, that new owner turned out to be the famed Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, who purchased the luxury ship from a businessman who then sold it to her for $28.9 million. 

The Drive also reports that Depp had spent around $7 million renovating his ship in 2008. According to PopSugar , Rowling took the boat for a family vacation and fell in love with it enough to be interested in purchasing it.  Amphitrite is a Greek sea goddess, and many speculate that Depp renamed the ship as a tribute to another ex-partner, Amber Heard. 

Less than a year after purchasing the yacht , Rowling listed it for $19.2 million, almost $8 million less than she paid just months before. PopSugar also noted that the ship could have been rented for $130,000 per week instead of purchasing it outright. 

The Amphitrite’s specs and features

According to Variety, the Amphitrite is a 156-foot Motoryacht that features five bedrooms, a home cinema, a salon, a state-of-the-art entertainment system , three decks, and plenty of outdoor seating space. The yacht was built in 2001, but it features plenty of unique and old-fashioned decor that makes it appear like it’s from a different era. Boat International reports that the yacht was designed by Tanju Kalaycioglu and was inspired by the 1930s. 

28,000-liter fuel tanks power the yacht, and it can cruise at a speed of 12.5 knots. It has an estimated range of around 3,200 nautical miles. Plus, the yacht comes fitted with quantum zero-speed stabilizers for a smoother ride. 

Other celebrity yachts

Depp and Rowling aren’t the only two celebrities that have delved into the world of yacht ownership. One of the most celebrity yachts, Venus , was purchased by the late Steve Jobs, but it wasn’t unveiled until a year after his death. It’s now owned and used by his family, and it is registered to George Town, Cayman Islands. Venus  is a 256-foot yacht that was first launched in 2012, according to Boat International . 

Bill Gates also owns a yacht, the Sinot Aqua, and it’s completely hydrogen-powered . Hydrogen is cooled to -423 °F when it is in its liquid state, where it can be used to propel the ship. The only byproduct from this process is water, making it a zero-emission process. It has an estimated worth of $644 million. 

Another yacht unlike any other is the Astoria, owned by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. This old-fashioned yacht was built in 1911 and had enough space to accommodate a 90-piece orchestra on its deck. When Gilmour purchased the yacht in 1986, he converted it to a recording studio, where the final three Pink Floyd albums were recorded. Boat International reports that these days, it sits anchored on the River Thames in Greater London.

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JK Rowling is Selling Her Classic Yacht

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Famous writer JK Rowling is selling her classic yacht named Amphitrite.

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The classic 47.6-meter Amphitrite owned by JK Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter series has been put for sale. The asking price is 17,800,000 euro.

The classic boat with impressive looks was built originally in Turkey by Proteksan Turquoise. She was named Anatolia and splashed away in 2001. The superyacht was built in Edwardian style, with exterior design by Taka Yachts.

The boat can accommodate ten guests in five cabins and need a crew of nine to operate.

Power is supplied by a pair of CAT diesel engines, each delivering 480 hp. She can cruise at a speed of 12 knots.

Anatolia was acquired in 2006 by actor Johnny Depp and in 2008 she was completely refitted. The refit included plush velvets and dim lighting. The name was changed to Vajoliroja and the yacht was available to charter. Johnny Depp allegedly spent $7 million for the refit.

After the ship changed owners a few more times and another name change, it was bought by writer JK Rowling in January 2016. Now the classic Amphitrite yacht is for sale.

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J.K. Rowling is one of the wealthiest authors in the world, and it’s no surprise that she owns a luxury yacht. But what yacht does she own?

J.K. Rowling, the author behind the wizarding world of Harry Potter, is no stranger to luxury. While her mainstay remains storytelling, her net worth has afforded her the opportunity to own one of the maritime pinnacles of luxury: a yacht. Rowling’s yacht was called the Amphitrite, a 56-meter motor vessel equipped with a multitude of high-end amenities. Even though Rowling sold the yacht in 2016, the Amphitrite continues to bear her signature.

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History of the Amphitrite

The Amphitrite has a storied provenance before its Rowling-era fame. Crafted by Turquoise Yachts in Turkey, this 56-meter masterpiece was launched in 2009. The yacht was originally owned by actor Johnny Depp and bore the name Vajoliroja—a portmanteau of the names of his then-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Lily-Rose and Jack.

Depp owned the yacht until 2015, when Rowling took ownership for a reported sum of $27 million. She renamed the vessel Amphitrite. Interestingly, Rowling parted ways with the Amphitrite in 2016, selling it for $19.2 million. Today, it sails under the flag of a U.S. businessman and goes by the name Arriva.

Inside the Amphitrite

The Amphitrite could house up to 10 guests across its four guest cabins and a master suite. The vessel also offered a full staff complement, employing a crew of five to ensure the ultimate level of comfort and service. As for amenities, it boasted a gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and a selection of watersports equipment, making it the epitome of maritime indulgence.

Rowling’s Affair with the Amphitrite

During her tenure as the Amphitrite’s owner, Rowling did more than just vacation on it. The yacht served as a serene haven for her, friends, and family. In a 2015 interview, Rowling shared that she cherished the yacht as a “great place to relax and escape from the world.” The space, the amenities, and the opportunity for solitude contributed to her affinity for the yacht.

While it wasn’t used for any book launches or Harry Potter sequels, the Amphitrite was a sanctuary where Rowling could recharge her creative batteries. The yacht also played host to charity events, reflecting Rowling’s philanthropic inclinations.

Post-Sale and Chartering Ventures

Approximately two years after becoming the owner of the Amphitrite, J.K. Rowling chose to list the yacht for sale. The asking price was a cool $19.2 million. Beyond simply selling the yacht, Rowling took a unique approach by also making it available for charter. For those looking to taste the same level of luxury once enjoyed by the author, the yacht could be chartered for about $130,000 per week, not factoring in additional expenses such as fuel, food, and crew gratuities.

The Brokerage Mystery

While the yacht’s current whereabouts remain somewhat of a maritime enigma, there is some speculation worth noting. Industry murmurs suggest that the yacht was listed and eventually sold through Curtis Stokes at Curtis Stokes & Associates, a brokerage firm known for handling high-value yachts. While unconfirmed, if true, this would signify that the vessel had changed hands through a broker of noteworthy reputation.

Ownership Status

In clear terms, Rowling no longer owns the Amphitrite. Whether you refer to it by its original name, Vajoliroja, or its current moniker, Arriva, this floating indulgence is no longer part of Rowling’s portfolio. Though she had it for a brief period, during that time, the yacht served multiple purposes: a sanctuary for relaxation, a hub for social gatherings, and even a space for philanthropic activities. Even after its sale, the Amphitrite remains an intriguing footnote in Rowling’s expansive history of luxurious ownerships.

This added dimension to the Amphitrite’s journey post-Rowling adds another layer of complexity to the yacht’s already fascinating story. It’s a tangible example of how, even after the sale, luxury items like this continue to navigate through networks of affluence and opulence, always ready for the next chapter.

Environmental Considerations

While owning a yacht exudes a level of success and opulence, it’s worth acknowledging the environmental implications that come with such luxury. Yachts are known for their high fuel consumption and resultant greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, they can disturb marine ecosystems.

However, a conscious yacht owner can mitigate some of these impacts by utilizing cleaner fuels and adopting energy-efficient technologies. The larger point here is that yacht ownership comes with a certain level of responsibility to the planet.

Pursuitist Final Take

The Amphitrite—once the floating palace of J.K. Rowling—illustrates that when it comes to maritime luxury, few stones are left unturned. While Rowling only owned the luxury yacht for a year, she utilized it as a private retreat and a venue for philanthropic efforts. Though she has since parted ways with this sea-faring spectacle, the Amphitrite remains tethered to her name, encapsulating a brief but memorable chapter in her life of affluence. And while the allure of yachting is undeniable, it offers a moment to reflect on the environmental responsibilities that come with extreme luxury.

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The mega yacht reportedly owned by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling recently made a few stops at U.S. ports, causing local buzz along the way.

The writer’s yacht, a vessel called the Samsara, was first spotted earlier this month off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida , according to Fits News. It then docked in Savannah, Georgia, until June 8, before making its way up the coast to Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.  

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Mega yacht Samsara is moored in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, June 14, 2024. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital / Fox News)

It is unclear whether Rowling was onboard the super yacht during its travels to the Southern states. FOX Business has reached out to the author’s publicist for further details.

According to Superyachtfan.com, the Samara is 290 feet long and was built in 2015 by Oceanco. The vessel has seven cabins for holding up to 14 guests, along with another 13 cabins for housing up to 27 crew members.

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The luxury boat is worth an estimated $150 million and costs between $10 million and $15 million to operate annually, according to the site. 

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The 290-foot Samsara is reportedly owned by author J.K. Rowling, and has an estimated value of $150 million, with an annual running cost of $10 million to $15 million. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital / Fox News)

For those wishing to take it for a spin, the Samara is available for charter at YachtCharterFleet.com for around $1,179,000 per week. The site states that the yacht has a movie theater, swimming pool, elevator, beach club, gym and helicopter hangar.

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Samsara also has an array of toys for guests to choose from, including Jet Skis, a Flyboard, a Kite Surfer, a seabob, wakeboards, kayaks and WindSurfers.

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J.K. Rowling arrives for the U.K. premiere of the film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in London on Nov. 13, 2018. (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Rowling is the world’s wealthiest author , with an estimated net worth of around $1 billion, according to a recent report by The Sun. However, she was famously booted from the Forbes billionaire list in 2012 after her charitable giving led to her net worth falling below that mark.

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Copies of J.K. Rowling’s latest book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” on display at a bookstore in New York on Aug. 3, 2016. (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Rowling began writing the “Harry Potter” book series in the 1990s as a struggling single mother. Since then, she has sold more than 600 million copies globally, and the eight films based on the series have raked in more than $7.7 billion, according to IMBD.

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Threatened to Kill Harry Potter Author JK Rowling: He Is Not Going to Jail

A man has now appeared in court after threatening J.K. Rowling, or in other words, Harry Potter's 'mother'.

According to the Scottish Daily Express, a 31-year-old man named Glenn Mullen uploaded audio clips in which he threatened to kill Ms. Rowling.

The man, who currently lives in Manchester in Great Britain, had uploaded audio clips in Gaelic, where he uttered several threatening words.

He was quoted as saying things such as he would kill J.K. Rowling with a big hammer in one of the audio clips.

Solved in 2023

The crime was solved already in January 2023.

He was found by an online magazine shortly after he posted the clips on Twitter.

He was charged with sending threatening messages.

J.K. Rowling's statements were read aloud in court, and they revealed that Ms. Rowling believed the threats appeared calculated and made her look over her shoulder.

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The judge sentenced Glenn Mullen to two eight-week prison sentences.

Besides that, he was suspended for two years.

The two sentences were to be served concurrently.

Mullen was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order.

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    The mega yacht reportedly owned by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling recently made a few stops at U.S. ports, causing local buzz along the way. The writer's yacht, a vessel called the Samsara, was first spotted earlier this month off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida, according to Fits News.

  23. Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling Owned the Same $20 Million Yacht

    JK Rowling lists her luxury yacht for $20M | CNBC International. Watch on. According to Variety, the Amphitrite is a 156-foot Motoryacht that features five bedrooms, a home cinema, a salon, a state-of-the-art entertainment system, three decks, and plenty of outdoor seating space. The yacht was built in 2001, but it features plenty of unique and ...

  24. JK Rowling is Selling Her Classic Yacht

    Famous writer JK Rowling is selling her classic yacht named Amphitrite. The classic 47.6-meter Amphitrite owned by JK Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter series has been put for sale. The asking price is 17,800,000 euro. The classic boat with impressive looks was built originally in Turkey by Proteksan Turquoise.

  25. What Yacht does J.K. Rowling Own?

    Rowling's yacht was called the Amphitrite, a 56-meter motor vessel equipped with a multitude of high-end amenities. Even though Rowling sold the yacht in 2016, the Amphitrite continues to bear her signature. Also did J.K. Rowling buy Johnny Depp's yacht? Get all the details! History of the Amphitrite. The Amphitrite has a storied provenance ...

  26. Harry Potter author JK Rowling's yacht pays a visits to US southern

    The mega yacht reportedly owned by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling recently made a few stops at U.S. ports, causing local buzz along the way.. The writer's yacht, a vessel called the Samsara, was first spotted earlier this month off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida, according to Fits News.It then docked in Savannah, Georgia, until June 8, before making its way up the coast to ...

  27. J.K. Rowling's luxury yacht is up for sale at $19.2 million

    Rowling is selling her luxury yacht for $19.2 million; but is the price is too steep, she is also offering the chance to rent the boat for $130,000 a week before expenses. The 156-foot-long 1930s style yacht was built by Istanbul-based Turquoise Yachts in 2001 and christened Vajoliroja by the original owner, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp.

  28. Threatened to Kill Harry Potter Author JK Rowling: He Is Not Going to Jail

    A man has now appeared in court after threatening J.K. Rowling, or in other words, Harry Potter's 'mother'. According to the Scottish Daily Express, a 31-year-old man named Glenn Mullen uploaded ...