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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 play has received five-star reviews from critics ahead of it’s official opening on Saturday (July 30th).
Critics have been dazzled by the magic of West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play, written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by Thorne, director John Tiffany, and author Jk Rowling officially opens at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, after beginning its previews back in June.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on a story by JK Rowling.
The play is presented in two parts and runs at over five hours in total. It follows Potter, now in his mid-30s, and his son Albus, who is just beginning at wizarding school Hogwarts. The play is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in Rowling’s best-selling series.
A study at the University of Pennsylvania has found Potter readers are less likely to be Trump voters.
The comparison between Donald Trump and Lord Voldemort has been made many times in the run up to the US election, but a new study has shown that Harry Potter fans are indeed less likely to vote Trump.
Donald Trump could be vanquished by Harry Potter readers.
The study by Professor Diana Mutz of the University of Pennsylvania found that the more Harry Potter books an American reads, the more their opinion of Trump lowers. “Reading Harry Potter books encourages more negative attitudes toward Trump,” Mutz wrote.
Ahead of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ JK Rowling has revealed the history of Ilvermorny, the ‘American Hogwarts’.
Jk Rowling has treated Harry Potter fans to a whole new story on her site Pottermore, introducing wizarding school Ilvermorny, the ‘American Hogwarts’. Ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is set in the US, Rowling explained the rich backstory behind the school, introducing us to its founder Isolt Sayre and its four houses.
Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Like Harry, Irish-born Isolt Sayre suffered the death of her parents at an early age. After their death she was forced to live with her aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt, an evil witch, who possessed a powerful wand.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About The 'American Hogwarts' Ilvermorny
The 'Harry Potter' author is very unhappy with the EU referendum result.
'Harry Potter' author Jk Rowling has been very vocal about the EU referendum debate, which is finally over after the Brexit campaign won with 51.3% of the vote, and now she's expressed her heartache over what she believes is a very poor decision indeed, having been strongly backing the Remain camp.
JK Rowling wants to magic the bad news of the EU referendum vote
Rowling was among those who voted for the UK to remain a part of the EU in a referendum that has seen the highest turnout at a UK vote since 1992 and the resignation of the British Prime Minister David Cameron. Her response as the results rolled in was expected. 'I don't think I've ever wanted magic more', she told her Twitter followers.
Rowling decried aspects of the Leave campaign, and urged her readers not to "retreat into selfish and insecure individualism".
‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling has decried aspects of the campaign to leave the European Union ahead of Britain’s long-awaited referendum on the subject later this week, describing some of the rhetoric as “uglier than any I can remember in my lifetime”.
Writing on her personal website on Monday (June 20th), the 50 year old Scottish author urged readers to reject the depiction of the E.U. peddled by the Leave campaign as a faceless, bureaucratic monolith. She was an opponent of the independence movement at last year’s Scottish referendum, and said the Leave campaign was “one of the most divisive and bitter political campaigns ever waged.”
J.K. Rowling said that parts of the campaign to leave the E.U. were "ugly"
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Labels Parts Of The Brexit Campaign As "Ugly"
She's not the only one in tears over this horrific situation.
Jk Rowling has paid tribute to one of the many people who died during the shooting at Orlando nightclub Pulse; a young man who worked at Universal Studios' Harry Potter theme park less than 10 miles away. He was one of the 50 people gunned dead during Pride revelry.
JK Rowling can't stop crying over shooting victim
Luis Vielma, who worked as a production assistant on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Orlando, was just one of the 50 partygoers at Pulse Nightclub who were killed where they stood in the early hours of Sunday morning (June 12th 2016). More than 100 people were shot overall, with just over half left injured, and many more left mentally scarred and grief-stricken for the rest of their lives. 'Harry Potter' author Rowling got emotional about one special soul in particular.
Radcliffe doesn't want his presence in a theatre audience to detract from the experience for 'Harry Potter' fans.
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he’s “not sure” whether he’ll ever see the new play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ – because he doesn’t want to “distract or take away” from the production by being seen in the audience.
The 26 year old, who of course made his name by starring in the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies, was asked the question that pretty much everybody’s going to badger him with for the rest of the year – will he be seeing J.K. Rowling’s new play? Probably not, he told E! News.
Daniel Radcliffe at the premiere of 'Now You See Me 2'
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe "Not Sure" If He'll Ever See 'Harry Potter' Play
The West End play begins previews tonight (June 7).
Jk Rowling has sent out a plea to fans to keep the plot of play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a secret. Previews of the production begin tonight at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, before it officially opens on June 30th.
The author was forced to deal with a whole load of prejudice with the heroine of her new play.
As 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opens for previews at London's Palace Theatre, Jk Rowling once again addresses the onslaught of racially-charged criticism she has endured for giving her blessing for a black actress to portray an older Hermione in the play, despite the fact that she was white in the movies.
JK Rowling tackles the racists once again
Such a progressive move was always going to be controversial; Rowling tried to counter the attacks after it was announced that Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni would be playing Hermione Granger-Weasley by simply reminding fans that her colour was never defined in the novels. 'Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione', she wrote on Twitter. However, now she's addressing the slew of arguments she's received since making the comment.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ follows Harry, now middled aged and his youngest son Albus.
With just days to go before the first previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begin, Jk Rowling has been speaking about what fans can expect from the much anticipated play. While the author still isn't giving much away about the plot, Rowling has described the production as ‘unlike anything people have seen before’.
JK Rowling has been speaking about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Speaking to The Observer Rowling said: “I think that, as a theatrical experience, as a play, it will be unlike anything people have seen before. And once people have had this theatrical experience, they will understand why this was the perfect medium for the story.”
Jk Rowling background details to the series' characters and locations
Date of birth
31st July, 1965
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