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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).
The award-winning play could open in New York as early as 2018.
The producers of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child are in talks to bring the West End play to Broadway.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling
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Swinton herself is an ex-boarding school pupil.
Tilda Swinton has hit out at the Harry Potter films for “romanticising” boarding schools, which she says are “cruel”.
In an interview with The Scots Magazine the actress, who attended the West Heath Girls' School, said she believes children do not benefit from being separated from their parents at a young age.
Tilda Swinton thinks Harry Potter romanticises boarding schools
Look away if you haven't seen the first movie...
It's true that the debut of Jk Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' was exciting, but ultimately we are left with so many questions about the next four films. Luckily, we've gleaned enough information from Rowling, David Yates and others about just where the series might be going.
The four friends of 'Fantastic Beasts' are set to re-unite
1. We'll meet a young Dumbledore - Director David Yates recently revealed that he was on the search for an actor to play a 45 to 64-year-old Dumbledore for the upcoming sequels. We knew from clips in the first 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' that he's a big part of Newt's life given that he was one of the only teachers to stand by him when he was expelled, and we know from the books that he was the closest anyone has ever gotten to Grindelwald.
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It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been busy. Not only has she shepherded her two-part sequel play to the West End, but she has also written the screenplay for this spin-off prequel, which is set some 70 years before Harry was born. The American setting puts a fresh slant on her elaborately imagined wizarding world, and the film has enough lively humour to keep things entertaining, but the movie itself is thin and derivative, never quite engaging the audience with its magic.
In this alternate reality, 1926 America has forbidden all magical creatures out of fear of terrorist attacks taking place around the world. Then an expert in these beasts, the cheeky nerd Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York with a suitcase full of them. He's on some sort of mission, which is immediately interrupted by three escaped critters, drawing in hapless wannabe baker Jacob (Dan Fogler) and witch detective Tina (Katherine Waterston). Joined by Tina's breathy sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), this rag-tag team is trying to recapture Newt's escaped creatures when they run afoul of aggressive wizard enforcer Graves (Colin Farrell), who's working for American's magical President (Carmen Ejogo). But there's something more seriously nefarious going on in the city.
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When will 'Fantastic Beasts 2' be set?
Jk Rowling has taken it upon herself to quash the latest rumours that have emerged about the sequel to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. Unfortunately, it doesn't give much away about the story, but we do at least know that the next story doesn't immediately follow the first.
JK Rowling clears up 'Fantastic Beasts' rumours
The rumour was that the sequel would begin just days or weeks after the first film ended, but now author and screenwriter Rowling has insisted that this isn't the case. Though she doesn't say what time period the second movie is set in either.
Depp, who was accused of domestic abuse during his divorce from Amber Heard earlier this year, has a brief cameo in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'.
53 year old Depp, who faced domestic abuse allegations in his acrimonious divorce from Amber Heard earlier this year, makes a cameo appearance as the wicked dark wizard Grindelwald in the film, which is released next week and has a more prominent role in the planned sequel.
JK Rowling has defended Depp's inclusion in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'
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J. K. Rowling attending the World Premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them', held at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, United States - Thursday 10th November 2016
J.K. Rowling attends the World Premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them', held at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, United States - Friday 11th November 2016
The Hogwarts professor will appear in the next film.
It's been largely speculated that Albus Dumbledore would make an appearance in the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' film series, given how he is mentioned as Newt Scamander's teacher in the trailer, and now those rumours have been confirmed. So who will play him?
'Fantastic Beasts' sequel to re-introduce Albus Dumbledore
Unfortunately, it won't be Michael Gambon reprising his role as the wise old Hogwarts headmaster from the 'Harry Potter' films; director David Yates and screenwriter Jk Rowling are currently on the look-out for an actor to take on the part for 'Fantastic Beasts 2'.
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Depp is due to take on an as-yet-unspecified role in the sequel to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' in 2018.
With just under a month to go until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits cinemas, there’s been a huge casting announcement made about the scheduled sequel, with Johnny Depp set to take a role.
According to a report by Deadline on Tuesday (November 1st), Depp will be joining the Warner Bros. production alongside established cast members Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitz and Katherine Waterston when the sequel hits cinemas in 2018.
Johnny Depp is to take on a role in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel
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The show hits HBO in the US and BBC One in the UK next year.
Fans of J.K. Rowling in the US and Canada can sleep well knowing that the upcoming Cormoran Strike mini-series will air on HBO as well as BBC One. The novel series, written under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith, continues the 'Harry Potter' author's run of onscreen adaptations.
Jk Rowling's 'Cormoran Strike' series coming to HBO
The speculation has been confirmed; the television adaptation to J.K. Rowling's latest novel series is coming to HBO, following in the footsteps of her 2012 book 'The Casual Vacancy' which aired as a limited series in the States in April 2015.
Speaking at an event trailing the release of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' next month, Rowling said there were scripts for as many as FOUR sequels in the works.
Speaking at Cineworld’s Empire Imax in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday evening (October 13th), alongside the movie’s lead star Eddie Redmayne and director David Yates, the author admitted that she and Warner Bros. had always planned for at least one follow-up to Fantastic Beasts…
JK Rowling has revealed plans for as many as four more 'Fantastic Beasts' movies
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Date of birth
31st July, 1965
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