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.
Net Worth: J.K Rowling has a net worth of $1 billion (The Richest, 2014) J.K.
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.
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.
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'.
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).
'Harry Potter' actor Matthew Lewis shows off his impressive physique in the June cover of Attitude.
Matthew Lewis, the 25-year-old actor best known for his role as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, has stripped down for the cover of Attitude magazine. Those who remember Lewis in the films should steel themselves for the incredible physical transformation he has undergone since the last film in 2011. During the past four years, Lewis has seriously bulked up and, in the series of pictures for the magazine, he is sporting some impressive muscles.
Matthew Lewis has stripped down for Attitude magazine.
Even Twitter trolls should know better than to mess with JK.
Jk Rowling has stood up to the Twitter trolls with one brilliant tweet, after suffering a torrent of vile abuse following the results of Thursday’s election. Rowling, who is a vocal Labour Party supporter, also donated £1million to the Scottish ‘No’ campaign last year ahead of the independence referendum.
Rowling was the victim of abuse on Twitter following the election result.
Rowling was targeted by supporters of Ukip and the Scottish National Party online, after Labour’s poor election performance which saw the party pretty much wiped out in Scotland by the SNP. The author was subjected to some heinous name calling by the trolls, with some also accusing her of being a traitor to Scotland.
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JK Rowling got into a Twitter dispute with a pro-independence supporter.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling told a Scottish nationalist to "get your facts straight" after they said they were "heartbroken" over the writer calling those who wanted independence "death eaters."
JK Rowling was the biggest financier backer of the "no" campaign
The Twitter user - going by the handle Oor Politics - said they were over the results of the referendum on independence but were unable to forgiven JK Rowling's literary reference. In the Harry Potter books, death eaters are "pure blood" supremicists who look down on "half bloods" and "muggles" - or humans. They are generally regarded as second class citizens.
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She's really sorry, Potterheads.
J. K. Rowling is talking about Harry Potter again. Normally, in this type of article, this part would be the spoiler warning, but, come on, guys, it’s been seven years since the books came out.
Jk Rowling is sorry.
So Rowling has been known to revise some of her writing choices post factum. Dumbledore is gay, but somehow this never made it into the books. Meanwhile Rowling has decided that she might actually be a Harmony shipper and sorta-kinda-said that Ron and Hermione shouldn’t have ended up together. This, of course, is her authorial right and we would never assume that it has anything whatsoever to do with keeping up her media profile. Wink.
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Could Oscar winner Eddie’s next big role be as Magizoologist Newt Scamander?
After taking home the Best Actor Award at this year’s Oscar ceremony, Eddie Redmayne is reportedly high on the list of Warner Bros' choices to star as Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Director David Yates has already signed onto the project, which is expected to hit cinemas in November of next year.
Redmayne won an Oscar earlier this year for Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything.
According to The Wrap, Redmayne is Warner Bros. choice to star as Newt Scamander in what will be a trilogy of films, with author Jk Rowling penning the script. The Wrap reports an insider close to the situation as saying it is unclear whether Redmayne has met with Yates to discuss the project, but the actor has yet to see a script.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking a role in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking the lead role in the much-anticipated film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The Harry Potter spin-off is due to start filming in London this summer, and the 32-year-old actor is the favourite to play the lead role of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander, according to The Sun.
Matt Smith has a number of projects set for release in 2015
Jk Rowling has penned the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her book, and the author's 'exciting' script has gone done well with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who told IGN it's 'filled with all the hallmarks of her incredible imagination.'
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JK Rowling offered the perfect response on Twitter.
Jk Rowling has responded to a Harry Potter fan who asked why Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay. Rowling, 49, revealed Dumbledore's sexuality in 2007, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
JK Rowling offered the perfect response to a young fan who questioned why Dumbledore was gay
In a tweet this week, fan Ana Kocovic asked: "Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way."
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'JK Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013' hit shelves on Thursday.
Harry Potter fans are set to discover some fascinating secrets about the franchise, thanks to a new book titled Jk Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013. Compiled by Philip Errington, the book chronicles all of Rowling’s writing during the 16 year period, as well as giving fans some priceless insider details.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling
For example, Errington reveals that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was very nearly titled 'Harry Potter and the Death Eaters', 'Harry Potter and the Fire Goblet' or 'Harry Potter and the Three Champions'.
Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear star in this intense book to TV adaptation.
The BBC adaptation of Jk Rowling's first grown-up novel 'The Casual Vacancy' aired on Sunday night (February 15th 2015) following much anticipation from fans of the book, and it certainly wasn't a disappointment.
Rory Kinnear plays friendly neighbour Barry Fairbrother in 'The Casual Vacancy'
Starring Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear as political rivals, the first episode of the 3-part BBC miniseries saw a mixture of respectful adherence to the novel coupled with some artistic nuances that turned up the suspense tenfold. Screenwriter Sarah Phelps ('Great Expectations', 'The Crimson Field') was seamless in her translation from book to small-screen and director Jonny Campbell ('Alien Autopsy', 'Phoenix Nights') will no doubt draw in a lot more recognition with this nail-biting series.
JK Rowling has been speaking about the diversity of Hogwarts on twitter, as Pottermore counts down the 12 days of Christmas.
Jk Rowling has been delighting loyal Harry Potter fans recently with new stories everyday as the author counts down the 12 days of Christmas on her site, Pottermore. However it seems Rowling has also been using what free time she has to answer fan questions on twitter about the diversity of Hogwarts, the famous school of wizardry.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling
It all started when one fan tweeted the 49 year old author, “my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. I’m a Jew so I assume she said it to be the only magical 1 in the family. Thoughts?”, to which she replied, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”
As one of the 12 Christmas surprises Rowling is releasing on the Pottermore website this month, the British author unveiled who she regrets killing, and it is very surprising!
Many 'Harry Potter' fans would think that the death of Professor Dumbledore in 'The Half Blood Prince' would have been one of the hardest decisions for J.K. Rowling to make, but the British author recently revealed that the character she regrets killing off was so minor that he did not appear in any of the eight film adaptations.
J.K. Rowling revealed which character she regretted killing off
As one of the 12 Christmas surprises Rowling is releasing on the Pottermore website this month, the famed novelist admitted she still feels "guilty" over the kidnapping and subsequent death of Florean Fortescue, the owner of the Diagon Alley ice cream parlor.
JK Rowling's acclaimed crime novels will be adapted for the BBC.
Jk Rowling's detective novels - written under the pen name Robert Galbraith - are set to be adapted for the small screen at the BBC. The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm will form the basis of the series, which is being made in collaboration with the Harry Potter author.
JK Rowling will help adapt her crime novels for the BBC, with The Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm forming the base
The BBC said it was a "coup" to secure the rights to the books, which feature the private detective Cormoran Strike. It is yet to be announced who will play the down-on-his-luck private investigator, who is described as having "few clients [and] a large debt. He also lost his leg in the Afghan war."
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The two crime novels featuring the private investigator Cormoran Strike are to be turned into a BBC crime drama series.
The BBC has announced that the two crime novels written under a pseudonym of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are to be turned into a crime drama series.
‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ and ‘The Silkworm’ will form the creative bedrock of the series, and will be made with the assistance of Rowling herself. The 49 year old author wrote the books under the name Robert Galbraith, the first coming in April 2013 and the second in June this year.
J.K. Rowling's 'Robert Galbraith' novels are set to be turned into a BBC crime drama series
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The British author will unveil a new Harry Potter-based "surprise" every day for twelve days, starting on December 12th and finishing on December 23rd.
Christmas may have just got even more exciting if you are a fan of the famous boy wizard 'Harry Potter' as J.K. Rowling is set to release twelve new Harry Potter-based stories in the run-up to the Holiday season.
Rowling will reveal 12 Harry Potter-based surprises in the run-up to Christmas
On Friday (Dec 5th), it was announced via the famous character's official fan site Pottermore.com that the British author will unveil a new "surprise" every day at 1.00pm GMT, starting on December 12th all the way until December 23rd.
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