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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 'Harry Potter' author was one of many to shut down the 'prayer and lobby' group Christian Voice after it claimed Daley's homosexuality was to blame for his Olympic diving defeat.
Jk Rowling has defended British diver Tom Daley from an Olympically ignorant tweet sent by a British Christian organisation, which ludicrously claimed that Daley’s diving had gotten worse since he came out as gay.
On Saturday (August 20th), after 22 year Daley failed to qualify for the 10-metre platform final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a UK-based prayer and lobby group named Christian Voice posted a homophobic explanation as to Daley’s disappointing performance.
JK Rowling leapt to Daley's defence
Online book retailers are listing three new eBooks by JK Rowling as arriving in September.
After the success of West End play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and the forthcoming release of film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Potter fans already have plenty to keep them going. But it looks as if there’s even more excitement to come, as three new titles by author Jk Rowling have appeared for pre-order on sites including Amazon.
Are three new Harry Potter eBooks coming in September?
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide have all appeared for pre-order on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple's US iBook store.
Continue reading: Are Three New 'Harry Potter' Books Coming Our Way Next Month?
Richard Carter, the owner of Mystical Moments in Huddersfield, claims he was misquoted after JK Rowling attacks him on Twitter.
Early last week, a story broke in The Independent in which Richard Carter, the owner of Mystical Moments that supplies handmade wands among other things, was quoted as saying: “Harry Potter is for children”, and that “if I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, no matter how much they were offering.”
JK Rowling has intervened in the wand-shop dispute
You might want to check if your copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' contains the valuable typo.
A rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it goes to auction in November at Bonhams. The book contains a small, barely noticeable typo and only 500 copies containing the error were published in 1997.
Does your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone contain a valuable typo?
Page 53 of the book lists the supplies Harry needs to begin his first term at Hogwarts. But what Rowling, her editors and the book’s proof reader didn't notice at the time was, the phrase '1 wand’ appears twice on the list.
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter' Book With Small Typo Goes Up For Auction At £20,000
The deal is reported to be worth a much as $250 million and is the largest movie acquisition in the company’s history.
NBCUniversal has acquired the rights to air the Harry Potter movies in the US, as well as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts series from owners Warner Bros. The television rights were previously held by Disney in a seven-year deal, but NBC will take them over from July 2018.
NBCUniversal will be airing the Fantastic Beasts movies from 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal, although exact terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, it's speculated that it could be valued as high as $250 million, making it one of the largest for a movie franchise and the biggest acquisition in NBC Universal's history.
Continue reading: NBC Buys Rights To Air 'Harry Potter' And 'Fantastic Beasts' Movies
'Mystical Moments' say their wands are reserved for real witches and wizards only.
A magic shop selling wands and accessories to real life witches and wizards has banned Harry Potter fans from buying their products because they are not suitable for muggles. Mystical Moments in Huddersfield has had witches and wizards from all over the country looking for wands since opening in April, but its owner says he refuses to sell any to Potter fans.
A magic shop has banned Harry Potter fans from purchasing wands.
Speaking to The Sun, wand maker Richard Carter said: “Jk Rowling has obviously done her research but Harry Potter is for children. It has done nothing for business. You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about. You would be amazed.
Continue reading: Magic Shop Bans Harry Potter's Muggle Fans From Buying Wands
Some women are just built for Twitter.
Occasionally, we'll be browsing the web and come across something so perpetually ridiculous that it beggars belief. That's just happened to us recently, and in the world of science no less. A new study on the female orgasm has arisen suggesting that it serves no evolutionary purpose whatsoever. But Jk Rowling is having none of this rubbish.
JK Rowling responds sarcastically to scientists
An article appeared in the New York Times exploring the many facets of female sexual pleasure. To put it simply, scientists are trying to work out what the point is, and are theorizing that it's to do with reproduction in mammals 150 million years ago 'as a way to release eggs to be fertilized after sex'. While human females these days ovulate once a month, our pre-historic ancestors may have done so after mating like rabbits and camels do.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Smoothly Retaliates To Misguided 'Female Orgasm' Article
The new book, containing the actual script of 'The Cursed Child' play and out in hardback form, has sold nearly 700,000 copies in three days.
Although Jk Rowling has already declared that it will be the final chapter in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, she might be tempted to think twice after reports of sales of the newly-released ‘The Cursed Child’ set to make it the biggest-selling book of the decade.
The special rehearsal edition of the book form of the script, featuring stage directions used by the cast, went on sale for £20 in hardback on Sunday (July 31st), and it’s been absolutely flying off the shelves around Britain, with more than 680,000 copies sold in the first few days, according to Nielsen BookScan.
JK Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' script, released in book form on July 31st, looks set to be the biggest-selling book of the decade
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Book Set To Break Sales Records
We won't let go of our hopes and dreams.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is dominating theatre news this summer, and now those who didn't manage to get a ticket for parts 1 and 2 of the play have probably got their copy of the script book which they pre-ordered months ago. But Jk Rowling says that's it now. No more Potter parables.
JK Rowling says 'no more'
The author insisted at the play's premiere in London on Saturday (July 30th 2016) that she will not write anymore about Harry Potter and his family. 'He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done', she told Reuters at the event. 'This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.'
The author says the play will be the last story to focus on Harry’s generation.
Jk Rowling has revealed that West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the last story to focus on Harry and his generation of wizards. Speaking at the play’s gala opening in London, the author said she feels Harry’s story is now "complete" and it’s time to focus on the new generation.
JK Rowling has said Harry Potter’s story is now “done.”
"He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done," she told reporters at the opening. "This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realised so beautifully. But, no, Harry is done now.”
Continue reading: Jk Rowling: "Harry Potter's Story Is Complete With 'The Cursed Child'"
Jk Rowling background details to the series' characters and locations
Date of birth
31st July, 1965
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So Sarkozy calls the burkini a 'provocation.' Whether women cover or uncover their bodies, seems we're always, always 'asking for it.'
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@HelenMilburn Thankfully. An environment in which the Keith Vaz may be lost at any moment is not an environment I would wish on children.
@HelenMilburn Stop, Helen, please. Think of the children.
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When you spend all day creeping past a big dead spider on the floor in case it's only pretending, then realise it's the stalk off a tomato.
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@AlannaBennett I'd forgotten i called him Gary until I saw that pic just now!
Dean Thomas was called Gary in the first draft of Philosopher's Stone. I renamed him after a boy I knew! https://t.co/Aq8A6GZGvf
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@JamilahLemieux Good luck with whatever you're doing next!
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