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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.
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).
As always with ‘Harry Potter’ this one might bring tears to your eyes.
A Harry Potter fan has a sad but very plausible theory about one of the book series’ most confusing aspects, why was Harry’s Hogwarts class size so small? The theory, posted by Tumblr user marauders4evr is definitely very believable based on what we know about the wizarding world, but it might also bring a tear to your eye.
A fan has a depressing theory as to why Harry’s Hogwarts class was so small.
For those who don’t know, Jk Rowling once stated that there were around 1,000 students at Hogwarts during Harry’s time. Now here comes the math. We also know there were seven years, which means there should be about 143 students per year.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is against banning controversial U.S. politician Donald Trump from the U.K.
After Donald, 69, made proposed banning Muslims from the U.S., outraged Brits began a pettion calling on U.K. government ministers to ban him from their country.
And in January (16) British Members of Parliament even debated banning the U.S. presidential hopeful from entering the U.K after the petition received more than 500,000 signatures.
However, despite not agreeing with the billionaire turned politician's ideas or rhetoric, the 50-year-old novelist believes he should be allowed into her homeland as banning him would give others licence to ban advocates of causes she supports.
Continue reading: J.k. Rowling: 'Don't Ban Donald Trump From Britain'
The ‘Harry Potter’ author has said that Trump’s freedom to speak protects her “freedom to call him a bigot”.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has made her views on US presidential candidate Donald Trump very clear; she doesn't agree with the things he says, but she respect his right to say them. Speaking at Pen America’s annual literary gala in New York, Rowling described Trump as ‘offensive and bigoted’ but that does not mean she supports the petition to ban him from the UK.
JK Rowling has defended Donald Trump’s right to come to the UK.
"I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there," the author said, referencing the petition launched last year which called for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.
She's just the best.
Jk Rowling proves everyday why she's such an important figure for Harry Potter fans, and yesterday (May 11th 2016) was no different. She took some time to oblige a fan's request to help design a HP themed tattoo in order to help her heal from her emotional wounds.
JK Rowling proves to be the best... again
If anyone knows about depression and its effects on the human spirit, it's the inventor of the Dementors; JK Rowling. For those who don't know, Dementors a soul-sucking cloaked beasts that feed on the joy of human beings and render them void of all hope and happiness. But there is a spell to combat it; Harry becomes quite adept at the Patronus Charm which is the ultimate shield against the creatures.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Makes Fan's Tattoo Dream Come True
The author apologised for the death of the much loved character, as fans marked the anniversary of the fictional battle.
Harry Potter fans are today marking the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2nd 1998. To mark the anniversary, author Jk Rowling has apologised to readers on Twitter, for the death of much-loved character Remus Lupin, who was killed by a Death Eater during the battle.
JK Rowling has apologised for the death of Remus Lupin.
‘Once again, it's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin,’ Rowling tweeted. ‘In the interest of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix.’
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling dined with America's leader in London on Saturday (23Apr16).
The writer was among guests who met President Barack Obama at the U.S. ambassador's London residence over the weekend.
Her spokeswoman has confirmed Rowling enjoyed a private meeting with Obama. British leader David Cameron was also a guest at the dinner party.
It's not the first time Rowling has met Obama - she once attended a banquet thrown by the President and his wife Michelle when America's first couple visited Britain in 2011.
Rowling's latest Robert Galbraith novel, 'Career of Evil', is included in the 18-strong longlist for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
Robert Galbraith, the crime writing pseudonym for ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling, has been selected for the longlist of nominees for Crime Novel of the Year for the first time.
‘Career of Evil’, the third novel that Rowling has published under the male nom de plume, was announced as one of the 18 nominees for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, against both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the genre.
J.K. Rowling has been nominated for a crime writing award under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith
The two characters will be part of Rowling’s upcoming play which is set 19 years after the events of the final Harry Potter book, 'The Deathly Hallows'.
Jk Rowling has confirmed that two more familiar faces will feature in upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Draco Malfoy and Ginny Weasley. The highly anticipated play, which opens in London in July, follows the characters 19 years after the events of The Deathly Hallows.
The annual list shows the most charitable Britons and was once again topped by the Sainsbury family.
Sir Elton John and Jk Rowling are officially Britain’s most charitable celebrities, according to the Sunday Times’ Giving List. The music icon and the author both gave away a hefty amount of their fortune to charities over the past year to top the list, which also included One Direction and David Beckham.
Elton John has topped the list of Britain’s most charitable celebrities.
The Sunday Times reports that John gave an estimated £26.8m to charity last year, mainly to his Aids foundations in the UK and the US. The singer established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 and it is said to have raised over $200m so far to support HIV/AIDS programs around the world.
Continue reading: Elton John And JK Rowling Top List Of Charitable Celebrities
The new trailer gives us another glimpse of the upcoming prequel.
Eddie Redmayne gives us a better look at his character Newt Scamander in the new trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', where we learn of his expulsion from Hogwarts and discover some of the secrets of his mysterious briefcase.
Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts
As you no doubt already know, 'Fantastic Beasts' is a spin-off tale from Jk Rowling's Harry Potter series and based on her book of the same name which is also a textbook used by Harry and his friends in their first year at Hogwarts, listing the various magical creatures of the wizarding world and the amount of risk they pose if encountered. Following his stint on the last four Harry Potter movies, David Yates returns as director, while this also marks Rowling's screenwriting debut. It's the first in a trilogy which will continue in 2018 and 2020.
Jk Rowling background details to the series' characters and locations
Date of birth
31st July, 1965
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