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).
Columbus, who directed the first three 'Harry Potter' movies, believes audiences would be interested in exploring what happened to them over the next 19 years before the movies' brief epilogue.
Director Chris Columbus has revealed that he would like to make a series of sequels to the Harry Potter movies. He’s “fascinated” by the plotlines and back stories of the main characters, such as Hermione Grainger, Ron Weasley and the boy wizard himself, and would like to explore what happened to them after the books finished.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 56 year old filmmaker who directed the first three official Harry Potter movies (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban) said he wants to fill in the 19 year gap between the final book and its epilogue. Columbus is “fascinated about what happened to them” and wants to tell their stories.
Chris Columbus has expressed an interest in theoretical 'Harry Potter' sequels
Continue reading: Chris Columbus Wants More 'Harry Potter' Movies
The 'Harry Potter' author has created more waves with her neighbours after gardening work caused traffic tailbacks on the roads outside her home.
J.K. Rowling has incurred the wrath of her neighbours once more, with the author being blamed for causing traffic “chaos” by having her garden hedges trimmed. With headline makers salivating with the prospect of innuendo, it refers to the front garden of her Edinburgh home.
The multi-millionaire 49 year old writer has hired a set of four-way temporary traffic lights while gardeners tend to the huge Leyland cypress bush at the front of her property, which prevents passers-by from glaring in, but the process is taking a long time and causing inconvenient tailbacks in all directions while it goes on.
J.K. Rowling has caused traffic "chaos" around her Edinburgh property because of garden maintenance
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JK Rowling has answered more of fan’s important 'Harry Potter' questions over twitter.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has once again indulged her fans over Twitter, answering some of their more pressing questions about the wizarding world and its inhabitants. The million selling author is known for keeping her fans happy through her social media accounts, where she frequently reveals info about Harry and his friends in response to fan-posted questions.
JK Rowling has answered more Harry Potter questions on Twitter.
When one fan told the author that she was having a ‘super intense debate’ with her friends about the cost of tuition at Hogwarts, Rowling responded by revealing there were no tuition fees at the school, adding, ‘The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!’
One lucky girl will land the role of a lifetime in the upcoming movie starring Eddie Redmayne.
An estimated 25,000 girls under the age of 12 have turned up a London’s ExCeL conference centre to audition for a role in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The mile long queue of girls are competing for one role in the upcoming movie which is set to begin shooting next month.
Eddie Redmayne is playing the lead role in Fantastic Beasts.
Producers are looking for a young actress aged between eight and 12, for the role of Modesty a key character in the film adaptation of Rowling’s story. In a character description sent out by studio Warner Bros, Modesty was said to posses the 'ability to see deep into people and understand them’. The character was also described as being ‘a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness’.
JK Rowling announced a new Harry Potter stage play.
Jk Rowling has announced that her Harry Potter stage play The Cursed Child will open in London's West End next year. The author said the show would tell the "untold part" of the boy wizard's story including the story of his murdered parents.
JK Rowling revealed details of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The prequel will run at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016 with tickets on sale this autumn. Rowling made the announcement on Friday to coincide with the 18th anniversary of when her debut book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was first published in the UK.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Announces 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' for 2016
Waterston will be playing Porpentina, a witch who teams up with Newt Scamander, in the movie due to be released in November 2016.
Katherine Waterston is the latest name to be cast in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The British-born American actress will be playing the prominent role of Porpentina, a witch, in J.K. Rowling’s first ever screenplay.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Harry Potter spin-off had found its female lead, less than a week after it was confirmed that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will be playing the lead role of Newt Scamander.
Katherine Waterston will be joining Eddie Redmayne in 'Fantastic Beasts'
Continue reading: Katherine Waterston Added To 'Fantastic Beasts' Cast
The Potter prequel is due to hit cinemas in 2016, and Rowling hosted an impromptu Twitter Q+A about the screenplay over the weekend.
American fans of ‘Harry Potter’ will be thrilled to know that J.K. Rowling has suggested the existence of a U.S. version of Hogwarts, and that we may get a look at it in the forthcoming prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The author was conducted a Q+A session on Twitter over the weekend (June 6th) and was asked by one fan asked whether the main protagonist – Newt Scamander – would be visiting a school in New York as part of the film’s plot and what its name would be.
J.K. Rowling revealed some details about the upcoming 'Fantastic Beasts' film
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Hints At 'American Hogwarts' In 'Fantastic Beasts' Film
JK Rowling hit back at the Westboro Baptist Church.
The author of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling, has defended her recent tweet to the controversial Westboro Baptist Church over the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland. Rowling had initially taken to the micro-blogging site to celebrate the historic vote though soon found herself in a war of words.
Jk Rowling had something to say to the Westboro Baptist Church
Elated by the vote, Rowling posted: "Sitting here watching the Irish make history. Extraordinary and wonderful."
Continue reading: Message to Westboro Baptist Church: Don't' Mess with JK Rowling
The Westboro Baptist Church are the latest twitter trolls to think they can take on the mighty JK Rowling.
We’ve definitely been here before, but for some reason twitter trolls just can’t leave ‘Harry Potter’ author and all round amazing woman Jk Rowling alone. You’d think these idiots would have learnt their lesson by now. But sadly they haven't, so step forward JK’s latest twitter time wasters, the always friendly Westboro Baptist Church.
JK Rowling is the Queen of twitter FACT.
In case you haven’t been paying much attention to world events over the last few days let us remind you that on Saturday, Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. This was, of course, cause for celebration, not just in Ireland but around the world and Rowling was quick to share her joy over the news.
Continue reading: JK Rowling, Queen Of Twitter, Takes On Westboro Baptist Church
'Harry Potter' actor Matthew Lewis shows off his impressive physique in the June cover of Attitude.
Matthew Lewis, the 25-year-old actor best known for his role as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, has stripped down for the cover of Attitude magazine. Those who remember Lewis in the films should steel themselves for the incredible physical transformation he has undergone since the last film in 2011. During the past four years, Lewis has seriously bulked up and, in the series of pictures for the magazine, he is sporting some impressive muscles.
Matthew Lewis has stripped down for Attitude magazine.
Even Twitter trolls should know better than to mess with JK.
Jk Rowling has stood up to the Twitter trolls with one brilliant tweet, after suffering a torrent of vile abuse following the results of Thursday’s election. Rowling, who is a vocal Labour Party supporter, also donated £1million to the Scottish ‘No’ campaign last year ahead of the independence referendum.
Rowling was the victim of abuse on Twitter following the election result.
Rowling was targeted by supporters of Ukip and the Scottish National Party online, after Labour’s poor election performance which saw the party pretty much wiped out in Scotland by the SNP. The author was subjected to some heinous name calling by the trolls, with some also accusing her of being a traitor to Scotland.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Just Took On The Twitter Trolls In Epic Fashion
JK Rowling got into a Twitter dispute with a pro-independence supporter.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling told a Scottish nationalist to "get your facts straight" after they said they were "heartbroken" over the writer calling those who wanted independence "death eaters."
JK Rowling was the biggest financier backer of the "no" campaign
The Twitter user - going by the handle Oor Politics - said they were over the results of the referendum on independence but were unable to forgiven JK Rowling's literary reference. In the Harry Potter books, death eaters are "pure blood" supremicists who look down on "half bloods" and "muggles" - or humans. They are generally regarded as second class citizens.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Goes on the Attack over Scottish Independence
She's really sorry, Potterheads.
J. K. Rowling is talking about Harry Potter again. Normally, in this type of article, this part would be the spoiler warning, but, come on, guys, it’s been seven years since the books came out.
Jk Rowling is sorry.
So Rowling has been known to revise some of her writing choices post factum. Dumbledore is gay, but somehow this never made it into the books. Meanwhile Rowling has decided that she might actually be a Harmony shipper and sorta-kinda-said that Ron and Hermione shouldn’t have ended up together. This, of course, is her authorial right and we would never assume that it has anything whatsoever to do with keeping up her media profile. Wink.
Continue reading: Potterheads, J. K. Rowling Has Something To Say To You
Could Oscar winner Eddie’s next big role be as Magizoologist Newt Scamander?
After taking home the Best Actor Award at this year’s Oscar ceremony, Eddie Redmayne is reportedly high on the list of Warner Bros' choices to star as Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Director David Yates has already signed onto the project, which is expected to hit cinemas in November of next year.
Redmayne won an Oscar earlier this year for Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything.
According to The Wrap, Redmayne is Warner Bros. choice to star as Newt Scamander in what will be a trilogy of films, with author Jk Rowling penning the script. The Wrap reports an insider close to the situation as saying it is unclear whether Redmayne has met with Yates to discuss the project, but the actor has yet to see a script.
Date of birth
31st July, 1965