J.K Rowling, or Joanne Rowling by her real name, is a British writer most famous for creating the magical world of Harry Potter. She added the “K” in her name, after a request from her publisher who thought that a woman’s name would not attract young male readers. As a result, she took the letter K from her paternal grandmother’s name, Kathleen. The Harry Potter books are the best sold book series worldwide, and the film series based on them are the highest grossing series! Millions of fans adore J.K Rowling and thank her for giving them a magical world, where they could escape. Maybe she wrote about a magical world because her world was in dire need of some magic.
About J.K Rowling
She was born in July, 1965 in England. She grew up in Chepstow, after having moved several times. She began writing stories from an early age, even though they were not very good. She would read them to her sister. She was a book-ish girl, so she spent most of her time doing homework and focusing on school.
Her teenage years weren’t really happy, as her mother was ill and her relationship with her father was strained. She continued to focus on her studies, attending Exeter University, where she studied French and Classics. J.K Rowling then moved to Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in 1992 and gave birth the following year to a daughter, Jessica. However, the marriage was short lived and Joanne and her daughter returned to Edinburgh. During this period of time, life for J.K Rowling was hard. She was living off social security and had a hard time being a single mother. After she gained success with Harry Potter, she became a billionaire. However, she no longer is one, as she donated large amounts of her money, saying it is her time to help those in need. She now has two daughters and is happily married.
Writing Harry Potter
The idea came while on a delayed train ride, and she sat there imagining the scrawny boy who had no idea he was a wizard. That evening, when arriving home, she began writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury, after being rejected by several other publishing houses. By then, J.K had already thought of the plot for her following books, so she began writing her way through her wondrous world. Writing the series took 17 years of her life, and death and loss are an important theme throughout the books, as are friendship, bravery, war and love.
The magical world of Harry Potter brought magic in J.K Rowling’s life, but most importantly it brought magic to every reader in this world. As J.K once said: “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
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