Jk Rowling

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J.K. Rowling (born 31.7.1965)
J.K. Rowling is the British author responsible for the popular Harry Potter series. Although originally intended for children, the books have also been incredibly popular with adults across the world.

J.K. Rowling: Net Worth
J.K Rowling has a net worth of $1 billion (The Richest, 2014)

J.K. Rowling: Childhood & Early Career
J.K. Rowling was born to Peter and Anne Rowling in Gloucestershire. She has a younger sister, Dianne. As a child, Rowling attended St. Michael's Primary School in Winterbourne. It is claimed that her headmaster, Alfred Dunn, was the inspiration behind the Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore.
Rowling then attended Wyedean School and College. Her best friend at the time, Sean Harris, is said to be the person upon whom Ron Weasley is based.
She then went on to study French and Classics at the University of Exeter. When she had graduated, she moved to London and worked as a bilingual secretary and researcher for Amnesty International.
The idea for the Harry Potter series came to J.K. Rowling in 1990 when she was on a train from Manchester to London. By the time she reached her flat in Clapham Junction, she stared to write instantly. That same year, however, tragedy struck Rowling's life when her mother died. As a result, she began to include more detail about Harry losing his won mother in the book.
In 1992, Rowling was working as an English teacher in Portugal when she married Jorge Arantes, a Portugese TV journalist. They had one child together, Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes (b. July 1993). Rowling and Arantes separated in 1993 and shortly afterwards, Rowling moved to Edinburgh with her daughter.

J.K. Rowling: The Harry Potter books
The manuscript for Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone was completed in 1995. Rowling was taken on by Christopher Little Literary Agents who eventually secured her a £1500 advance from the Bloomsbury publishing house. In 1997, Rowling received a grant of £8000 from the Scottish Arts Council to allow her to pursue her career further. In the US, an auction was held inviting publishers to bid for the right to publish the book. Scholastic Inc. won the auction, for $105,000.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won a number of awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, as well as the British Book Award for Children's Book Of The Year.
The sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was published in July 1998. The third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban also won the Smarties Prize, as had its predecessor, making Rowling the first author to have won the award three years in a row. She lost out on the Book of the Year prize to Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf.
The fourth book in the Harry Potter series was named Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was published in July 2000 and became a record breaker in both the UK and the US.
Despite relatively short intervals between books until this point, the wait for the fifth Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, lasted around three years.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published in 2005 and again broke sales records, selling over 9 million copies in the first day of its release. The book won the Book of the Year award at the British Book Awards.
The final instalment of the Harry Potter series was entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was finished in January 2007 and published in July 2007. Again, the book broke previous records, to become the fastest selling book of all time, selling 11 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. Around the time that she was writing the last book, Rowling was filmed for an ITV series J.K. Rowling. A Year In The Life. In total, the Harry Potter series has been translated into 65 languages.

J.K. Rowling: The Harry Potter films
Warner Bros. bought the rights to the first two Harry Potter books in 1998 and went on to produce a film for each of the seven novels. The first two were released in 2001 and 2002 and were directed by Chris Columbus. The third, released in 2004, was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and the fourth was directed by Mike Newell, released in 2005. There was a wait until 2007 for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was directed by David Yates. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince was released in 2009 and once against directed by David Yates. The final book of the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows was adapted into two films. The first part was released in November 2010 and the second in July 2011.
The films were filmed in Britain, at Rowling's request and featured a largely British cast, which included Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid. Rowling had some creative control on the films, reviewing all the scripts and acting as a producer on the Deathly Hallows films.

J.K. Rowling: Post-Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling released The Casual Vacancy in 2012. It was Rowling's first published book after the Harry Potter series. The Casual Vacancy was a departure for Rowling being more of a dark comedy in nature as opposed to the fantasy style of Harry Potter and was aimed at adults. It was later announced that a BBC drama adaptation would be aired in 2014.
Rowling went on to release The Cuckoo's Calling under the alias 'Robert Galbraith'. Rowling's stated that 'It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name'. Rowling's has expressed that she intends to continue the series and release each one under the name 'Robert Galbraith'.

J.K. Rowling: Personal Life
J.K. Rowling owns Killiechassie House on the River Tay in Scotland and her personal fortune earned her the 144th position in the Sunday Times Rich List, detailing the richest people in Britain.
In 2001, Rowling married Neil Murray, an anaesthetist. They have one son together, David Gordon Rowling Murray (b. 2003) and a daughter, Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray (b. 2005).
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Best Decision Ever: Hagrid J. K. Rowling Is Building Hagrid's Hut In Her Back Yard

19th October 2014 -

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It’s probably pretty cool to be J. K. Rowling overall, but the best part has got to be the replica Hogwarts in your (her) back garden. Now, the Harry Potter author is expanding with a...

JK Rowling's Anagram Solved But Is She Working On Another Harry Potter Book?

8th October 2014 -

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When J.K. Rowling tweeted a series of cryptic clues on Monday (6th October), many Harry Potter fans were already throwing on their Gryffindor scarves and drawing a lightning bolt scar on their foreheads in anticipation...

Wait, Is JK Rowling Working On A New Harry Potter Novel?

8th October 2014 -

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JK Rowling has sent the Harry Potter world into a spin after posting a series of cryptic messages on Twitter, alluding to new projects and a mystery novel. Rowling is a regular Twitter user but...

JK Rowling Hits Back at Twitter Troll Over Gay Dumbledore

8th September 2014 -

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JK Rowling has offered a blunt, curt response to a Twitter user who tweeted his unhappiness about Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore being gay. The user @halfelven55ff apparently claimed he "stopped being a fan" once...

Who Is Celestina Warbeck, The Subject Of J.K Rowling's Latest Work?

28th August 2014 -

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Creator of one of the biggest literary and cinematic franchises of all time, JK Rowling, has recently revealed she has written a literary profile of Celestina Warbeck, a somewhat minor character who made several appearances...

JK Rowling Releases Short Piece About Minor Harry Potter Character

18th August 2014 -

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has penned a short story about one of the series’ very minor characters. Celestina Warbeck, who is referenced as “the singing sorceress” when her name is fleetingly mentioned throughout the...

As Amazon Appeals To Ebook Authors In Hachette Dispute, Bestselling Writers Take Out Ad Against The Online Bookseller

10th August 2014 -

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It’s no secret that times have been tough for both authors and traditional publishers since the advent of Amazon. Recently, the conflict has received renewed attention because of the lengthy court battle with publisher Hachette...

900 Authors Take Out Ad "To Stop Amazon Harming Livelihoods"

9th August 2014 -

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Over 900 authors including JK Rowling, James Patterson and Donna Tartt, have backed a full-page ad in the New York Times, calling on Amazon "to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it...

J.K. Rowling Sends 15 Year-old Shooting Survivor Letter Written By Dumbledore

7th August 2014 -

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J.K. Rowling proved why she is just a class act. The British author recently reached out to a 15 year-old girl who had been through a harrowing tragedy earlier this year, but turned to a...

Want To See The New 'Harry Potter' Book Covers?

5th August 2014 -

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What can get a bibliophile more excited than a pretty book cover? A brand new pretty book cover, especially when it belongs to a reprint of the Harry Potter series. After the original editions, the...

Is JK Rowling's Pottermore Update Hinting That More 'Harry Potter' Stories Are On The Way?

10th July 2014 -

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The buzz over J.K. Rowling’s latest Harry Potter offering is showing no signs of dying down. The 1,500 word story, published on the author’s Pottermore site, was a simple news style piece written in the...

5 Reasons Why A New Harry Potter Film Is Unlikely

10th July 2014 -

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J.K. Rowling really stirred up the cauldron of excitement when she published a new Harry Potter story on Tuesday (8th July) and caused fans to speculate over whether there would be a new film.J.K. Rowling's...

12 Things We Learnt From JK Rowling’s New Harry Potter Story

9th July 2014 -

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Seven years on from the final Harry Potter book, JK Rowling has treated fans to a brand new short story about everyone’s favourite wizard on her website, Pottermore. The 1,500 piece takes the form of...

Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Dog & 5 Other Celebrity Acts Of Kindness

9th July 2014 -

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Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.Dolly...

J.K. Rowling Reassures Daniel Radcliffe That There’ll Be No More Potter Films, Probably

9th July 2014 -

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J.K Rowling's Pottermore addition last week, introducing fans to thirty-something Harry Potter and chums, may have been met with clamorous excitement by fans but gave one actor a sinking feeling. Daniel Radcliffe, who made his...

Joanne Harris Warns Aspiring Authors J.K. Rowling's Success Is Rare

9th July 2014 -

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Joanne Harris, the author of such bestsellers as Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes, warned aspiring authors of the true nature and reality of becoming a writer. Which, she hastened to add, was quite unlike the...

Unless Rowling Is Pulling A Beyonce, Another HP Film Is (Thankfully) Off The Cards

9th July 2014 -

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Following J. K. Rowling’s announcement of a brand new Harry Potter short story, fans (who are now sane, rational adult humans, for the most part) went by-and-large crazy over the possibilities. Could there be a...

J.K. Rowling Releases 'Harry Potter' Short Story, Detailing Adult Lives Of Famous Trio

9th July 2014 -

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Harry Potter fans everywhere will be going ecstatic!The author of the teenage wizard book series, J.K. Rowling, has given a sneak peak into the adult lives of Hogwarts's favourite characters after the final isntalment ended.Rowling...

16 Years After Voldemort's Defeat, J.K. Rowling Reveals What Harry Potter Is Like Aged 34

8th July 2014 -

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J.K. Rowling has released a short 1500 word story on Pottermore detailing the lives of Harry Potter and the rest of the Hogwarts gang 16 years after they defeated Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters....

Hey Potter Fans: J. K. Rowling Reveals The Ultimate Fate Of The Trio In Short Story

8th July 2014 -

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Hey Potterheads, remember that fluffy epilogue at the end of Deathly Hallows? The-One-That-Shall-Not-Be-Mentioned in fan circles? Well, J. K. Rowling has added some new writing to the HP series and – you guessed it –...

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' To Be Filmed in The U.K

7th July 2014 -

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Like all 8 Harry Potter movies – the biggest British film franchise of all time – the upcoming spin-off, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, will be filmed in the U.K.JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts...

JK Rowling Donates a Cool Million to Scotland's Anti-Independence Campaign

11th June 2014 -

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JK Rowling is convinced - to the tune of £1 million - that Scotland should not seek independence for England. Her donation, the largest single gift to the anti-independence campaign Better Together, comes with a...

JK Rowling Goes After Phone-Hacking "D*cks" In Novel 'The Silkworm'

4th June 2014 -

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JK Rowling makes a less than subtle reference to the phone hacking scandal in her new crime thriller The Silkworm. Writing under her pen name Robert Galbraith, Rowling appears to draw upon her own experiences...

'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' - Now We Know WHEN To Find Them

14th May 2014 -

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J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter spin off ‘Fantastic Beasts’ has been granted a release date. It’ll hit cinemas in late November 2016 as the first in the trilogy rooted in the ‘Potterverse’ is unleashed.J.K Rowling's Potter...

JK Rowling's Harry Potter Spin-Off 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' Gets Release Date

14th May 2014 -

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Warner Bros. has issued the release date of the first film in the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy.'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' is slated to hit theatres on November 18th 2016.The film studio completed...

JK Rowling Eyes Tony Nominee to Helm 'Harry Potter' West End Play

9th May 2014 -

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JK Rowling is in negotiations with John Tiffany - nominated for a Tony award for his sensational revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway - to helm a stage play of Harry Potter. Tiffany has...

HBO/BBC Pick Up J.K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' For Miniseries

24th April 2014 -

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The BBC and HBO are involved in making a miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s first book for adults, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. In December 2012, the BBC announced that it would be adapting the book for...

The Potter Magic Won't Stop - J.K Rowling Penning Spin-Off Film Trilogy

31st March 2014 -

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It has been announced that J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, the 2001 wizard textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", will become a film trilogy as the now-legendary author teams up with Warner Bros....

JK Rowling's Harry Potter Spin-Off To Be Made Into Film Trilogy

31st March 2014 -

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JK Rowling's new Harry Potter spin-off, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' will be made into a film trilogy.The book, which was originally published in 2001 (between the fourth and fifth addition), was originally...

Ride Through The Wizarding World In Universal Orlando's New Harry Potter-Themed Attractions

16th March 2014 -

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Harry Potter fans are in no shortage of wizard-themed rides, attractions and parks already, but Universal Orlando Resort is offering one more impossible to miss experience as of this summer. The park will offer a...

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rae hazen

I understand the need to get away from writing a specific type of book, but there has to be a better way of doing it other than killing off Harry. After all the stuff he has been through and the accomplishments he has made, it seems that it is a cop out way to end the series.

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Just a request

hie rolingi am writing this comment to say that please dont kill harry potter in last part...not only me but others also want to say same thing as i am saying..as u r the best writer and hope to get chance to read ur further books esp. harry potter..with regardspragya

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Mills345

I think that all the books are the best that I've ever written. I disagree with all these people who are telling you how to write your books. Harry Potter is your creation. If Harry is to die at the end. Then he will most probably die a hero. Clearly we don't want him to, but everything has to happen for a reason. As I'm sure that is how you have planned all your books.

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