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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).
Rowling had been called out by Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry for publicly thanking somebody for raising money for her charity.
J.K. Rowling has received an apology from a Scottish MP after she was accused of “bullying” and “defend[ing] abusive misogynistic trolls” in the wake of a heated argument on Twitter.
The online spat between the ‘Harry Potter’ author and Natalie McGarry, the Scottish National Party member of parliament for Glasgow East, started when Rowling publicly tweeted a message of thanks to an account under the name of ‘Brian Spanner’ for raising money for her children’s charity Lumos.
This account had previously been connected with anti-Scottish nationalist comments and offensive remarks. McGarry believed that tweeting such a message was hypocritical, as Rowling has complained about sexist trolling in the past.
The actor has previously revealed that Rowling gave him one vital piece of information about Snape when he was cast in ‘Harry Potter’.
Jk Rowling has revealed part of what she told actor Alan Rickman about the character of Severus Snape, which helped him better understand his Harry Potter role. Rickman, who passed away last week aged 69, played Snape in all eight of the Harry Potter movies, ending with 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
JK Rowling has spoken about the ‘little piece of information’ she revealed to Alan Rickman about Severus Snape.
In a 2011 interview, Rickman said that he had a phone conversation with Rowling before taking the role, which helped him better understand Snape’s character and intentions. “Certainly, I did say I needed to talk to (Rowling) before I could get a handle on how to play it, and we did have a phone conversation,” Rickman said.
It's really not as bad as it sounds.
If you thought Jk Rowling was all super grown-up and wise and never, ever did anything wrong because she created the best set of books EVER... you'd be wrong. Well, at least half wrong. She's been known to get involved in a little vandalism, admitting to her fans via Twitter that the hotel where she completed the final Harry Potter book bears her stamp.
Not as innocent as she looks
Okay, so it wasn't a hugely serious act of vandalism, but there is a bust of Hermes in one of the rooms at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh that has the words 'JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (652) on 11th January 2007' written on it. Rowling confessed her naughtiness, warning people not to copy her, in a Twitter post celebrating the 9 year anniversary of the occasion.
Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni will play the adult Hermione in the new stage show.
When Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as the adult Hermione in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there were objections from some sections of the internet who believed the character should be played by a white actress. But following in the footsteps of Harry Potter author Jk Rowling, actress Emma Watson has now publicly shared her support for Dumezweni.
Emma Watson has tweeted her support for actress Noma Dumezweni.
Watson starred as Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter films, beginning in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She last played Hermione in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Hoorah for diversity!
Black Hermione Granger has literally broken the internet. For some reason, fans are strongly divided over the choice of casting Noma Dumezweni in the role of the older witch in Jk Rowling's upcoming stage play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. We agree with the author that the diversity should be celebrated, just as it has been every other time a black actor has been cast in a traditionally white role.
And it's not just theatre where ethnic fluidity has become commonplace; cinema is also catching up with the progression, despite many areas of Hollywood still tending to 'whitewash' their casting. Who cares if initial character descriptions don't match up with the modern interpretations? Adapting classic stories for today's audience is the best way to keep them relevent after all. Here's just a few examples of when black actors have nailed 'white' characters:
Continue reading: Black Hermione Joins The List Of Awesome Race-Bending Roles
Rowling has come out in support of Noma Dumezweni in the role of Hermione Granger, saying that the original books never specified anything to do with race.
Following the uproar in some corners of the internet over the casting Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in a London theatrical production of a Harry Potter story, the universe’s author J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the move.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will debut at the Palace Theatre in London in July 2016, and sees Harry, Hermione and Ron working at the Ministry of Magic as adults in a story written by Rowling and fleshed out by Jack Thorne. Dumezweni, 45, has a huge amount of West End experience, including a Laurence Olivier Award, but some fans were upset at the casting of a black woman as Hermione.
J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Supports Casting Of 'Black Hermione'
Because to some people, the colour of Hermione's skin matters for some reason.
The main cast of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' has now been announced, and as much as it's upped the excitement, the choice for Hermione Granger has caused some confusion among fans. Swaziland-born, Olivier-award winning Noma Dumezweni is named to play an older version of the clever witch.
Jk Rowling approves of black Hermione
Alongside Dumezweni, whose previous credits include 'Doctor Who' and 'Little Miss Jocelyn', 'The Cursed Child' will also star Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley. Parker has starred in West End's 'The History Boys' while Thornley is known for starring alongside Tom Hardy in 'London Road'.
Trump has been compared to the ‘Harry Potter’ villain after his recent comments about Muslims.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has labeled presidential candidate Donald Trump worse than fictional villain Lord Voldemort. Rowling’s comments came after Trump’s campaign issued a statement calling on Muslims being banned from entering the US.
JK Rowling has said Donald Trump is worse than Voldemort.
Responding to a BBC article titled, ‘Why people are calling American businessman Donald Trump Voldemort,’ Rowling tweeted: ‘How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.’ The tweet has so far received over 59,000 retweets and 54,000 likes.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Brands Donald Trump 'Worse' Than Voldemort
She loves The Smiths like the world loves Harry Potter.
It doesn't matter whether or not you're the most famous author in the world, you are still going to fan-girl like a tweenie when you bump into your favourite singer. And Jk Rowling is no different. Once again, this awesome woman proves why she's just like every one of us - just with a bit more money and an actual liking for Morrissey.
Even JK Rowling has fangirl moments
She's always been down-to-earth, open and honest with her fans and the press about her humble beginnings as a writer and her most awkward habits, and now Rowling's gone one step further by revealing the entertaining story of her first encounter with The Smiths singer Morrissey while out shopping at Harvey Nichols.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Starstruck Over Meeting Morrissey In Harvey Nicks
Radcliffe admitted to being jealous of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne in the 'Harry Potter' universe - but why?
Radcliffe admitted to NME that he had a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the first on-set shots of Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month, and couldn’t believe that his English colleague had such a great outfit already.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts...'
Continue reading: Why Is Daniel Radcliffe Jealous Of Eddie Redmayne?
Filming has begun, and so has our excitement.
Exciting times ahead for Harry Potter fans; not only have we got J.K. Rowling's upcoming stage play 'The Cursed Child' to look forward to, but filming for spin-off flick 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is well underway and if the first images from the set are anything to go by, it's going to be epic.
Eddie Redmayne stars in this forthcoming magical adventure, which is set to be in cinemas in a year. Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be pleased to note that long-standing director David Yates is at the helm of 'Fantastic Beasts', alongside permanent producer David Heyman, and with Jk Rowling as the screenwriter.
The new novel features a young girl who dreams of dating the One Direction star.
One Direction’s Niall Horan makes a special appearance in Jk Rowling’s latest novel, as the imaginary boyfriend of a murdered young girl. Horan is mentioned in Career of Evil, the latest instalment of Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series, which the author publishes under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
Niall Horan is mentioned in JK Rowling’s new book, Career of Evil.
One Direction fans have been excitedly sharing screencaps of paragraphs from the book which mention the singer on Twitter. The paragraphs show Horan being name-dropped as character Hazel discusses her murdered friend Kelsey’s boyfriend, who is called Niall. However it appears Niall was actually imaginary and based on Kelsey’s obsession with the One Directioner.
Continue reading: One Direction's Niall Horan Makes Appearance In JK Rowling's New Book
The ‘Harry Potter’ author also revealed she often worries about dying before all her stories can be published.
Jk Rowling has revealed she’s begun working on her first children’s book since the Harry Potter franchise. In her first major interview in years the author opened up to BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo on his Drivetime show and also revealed she fears she’ll die before getting all her stories published.
JK Rowling has begun writing a new children’s book.
"I sometimes genuinely worry that I'll die before writing them all out. That's my mid-life crisis, that I'll leave this earth without having written them all,” Rowling said. "I have plans to write novels - in the plural - as JK Rowling again but I'm not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy enough.”
Continue reading: JK Rowling Reveals She's Started Writing A New Children's Book
J.K. Rowling has explained her decision not to endorse Palestine’s cultural and academic boycott of Israel.
J.K. Rowling does not believe Palestine’s cultural boycott of its neighbouring state Israel will “further peace”. Rowling was forced to further address these complex diplomatic relations after some of those in the pro-Palestinian camp used the Harry Potter characters she had created to make points about the boycott.
J.K. Rowling at the Empire State Building in New York, April 2015.
Because it's the must-see event of the summer of 2016.
Harry Potter fans everywhere will no doubt be trembling with excitement and trying to get last minute priority booking for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' next year, and now franchise creator Jk Rowling has created an even bigger buzz by revealing some more information regarding the play.
JK Rowling unveils more information about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
While we don't know the exact plot details yet, nor who will be cast in the production, we now know enough to keep us pondering until next year. So here's nine things that have already been revealed to us about this unique play:
Date of birth
31st July, 1965
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