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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).
JK Rowling is trending again, and the trans community needs support.
Whether you are on her side or not, it seems that Jk Rowling is a huge point of contention for people across the LGBTQ+ community for her repeated inflammatory statements on gender identity. Many have gone so far as to call her a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), but after she was labelled a "transphobic bigot" on the radio show The Last Word with Matt Cooper, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) have upheld a complaint that the comment was unfair.
JK Rowling at the 'Finding The Way Home' World Premiere / Photo Credit: Sonia Moskowitz/Zuma Press/PA Images
Naturally, the anti-Rowling community have reacted with anger that she can be seen as anything other than a "transphobic bigot", since her past comments have deeply hurt a huge majority of the trans community, especially in light of her Harry Potter books being such a big part of many people's lives and identity.
Rowling is launching legal action against Amanda Donaldson, whom she fired in April 2017, claiming she went on numerous spending splurges without her permission.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has launched a lawsuit against a former employee, whom she argues went on unauthorised spending sprees with her money totalling nearly £24,000.
The 53 year old writer claims that Amanda Donaldson broke strict working conditions and guidelines by using her money to buy cosmetics, jewellery and gifts.
Donaldson, 35 and from Coatbridge in Lanarkshire worked as a personal assistant for Rowling between February 2014 and April 2017, before being sacked for gross misconduct. She has denied the claims.
Amid threats of a fan boycott, Rowling last year defended Depp's casting as the villain Grindelwald in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel.
Johnny Depp has addressed the controversy surrounding his casting in the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald, saying he “felt bad” for J.K. Rowling as defended the decision to go with the actor in the light of domestic abuse allegations against the actor.
Back in December last year, the Harry Potter author Rowling – of whose book and film series the Fantastic Beasts movies are a spin-off – justified Depp’s inclusion in the films, despite the allegations of physical abuse made by his ex-wife Amber Heard during their bitter divorce proceedings in 2016.
“The film-makers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but [are] genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” the author had said ten months ago, adding that re-casting his part as the villain Grindelwald had “naturally” been considered.
Rowling deflected Twitter followers mad at her casting of Claudia Kim as Voldemort's assistant Nagini.
Jk Rowling has defended her decision to cast a Korean actor as Nagini in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them sequel, after the move was criticised by some fans.
The revelation that Nagini – the snake belonging to the evil Voldemort – would be featuring in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald came in a short promotional video released on Wednesday (September 26th). The video showed South Korean actress Claudia Kim transforming from a woman into a snake.
In Rowling’s original ‘Harry Potter’ books, Nagini is a submissive character that is the property of Voldemort, who drinks her milk for strength before he is restored fully to his body.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Defends Casting Korean Actor As Nagini
The teaser for 'Fantastic Beasts 2' is informative as it is thrilling.
It looks like Harry Potter fans will get to return to Hogwarts this Fall for 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'. The first official trailer is being feverishly picked apart for every little detail. There are new creatures, familiar names and a story that has long needed to be told. We literally cannot wait.
Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)
The teaser was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday (July 21st 2018) and it gives us a lot to chew over. David Yates is back in the director's chair and it's clearly another imaginative screenplay from universe creator J. K. Rowling.
The Brits visited the singer at her London show.
Some things in this world are so pure they deserve to be spoken about. Like fandoms colliding in the most awesome way when Taylor Swift snapped a selfie with British singer Adele and 'Harry Potter' author Jk Rowling. This turned out to be the best UK tour the singer has ever had.
Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium
The 28-year-old 'Look What You Made Me Do' hitmaker has been documenting her Reputation Stadium Tour on Instagram, this month kicking off the UK and Ireland leg. On June 8th she performed her first ever UK stadium show at Manchester's Etihad Stadium with a second set the following night, as well as two shows at Dublin's Croke Park on June 15th and 16th and at Wembley Stadium onJune 22nd and 23rd.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Meeting Adele And JK Rowling Is So Pure
The internet was outraged when she mistakenly advocated a TERF message.
It looks like Jk Rowling could do with taking a little more care when it comes to her social media use, because it seems an apparent slip of the thumb has incited a stream of angry comments when she liked a post that appeared to use transphobic language.
JK Rowling at the BAFTAs
The 'Harry Potter' author is very vocal about her liberal political ideas, and has been a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community and feminist movements. Which made the fact that she liked a Tweet referring to transgender women as 'men in dresses' all the more confusing.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Accidentally Hits 'Like' On Transphobic Tweet
What is Strike's next adventure with Robin?
Jk Rowling has got fans absolutely buzzing this week when she took to social media to tease her progress with her latest Cormoran Strike novel. It sounds like she's almost towards the end of the writing process of her fourth book in the series, but we certainly don't want to tempt fate.
JK Rowling at the BAFTAs
Currently, lovers of the crime series (written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith) are placated by the return of the mini-series adaptation on BBC One, but that will be over all too soon and we'll be back to checking in on how Rowling's doing with 'Lethal White'.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Teases 'Lethal White' Progress On Social Media
Don't expect a twisted romantic thriller between Dumbledore and the villain.
With the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel coming to theatres in less than a year, fans are excited that they'll finally get a glimpse into Dumbledore's past - more specifically, his rocky relationship with Grindelwald. However, if you're wanting a romantic LGBT edge to the new film, you'll be sorely disappointed.
David Yates at the BAFTA Awards
Director David Yates has explained that 'The Crimes of Grindelwald' will not be direct addressing the issue of Dumbledore being homosexual and formerly in love with the titular villain, but that isn't to say there won't be some mention of it eventually in the coming films.
Rowling took to her personal website to defend the decision to cast Depp in the forthcoming 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'.
Jk Rowling has stood by the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, following a concerted backlash from fans regarding the circumstances of Depp’s divorce from his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The 52 year old Harry Potter author took to her personal website to issue a statement about the matter on Thursday (December 7th). She said that the film’s producers had considered re-casting the role of villain Gellert Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, set to come out this time next year.
However, Rowling said that the circumstances surrounding Depp’s divorce from Amber Heard last summer – alleged to have included domestic violence – were private and ought to be respected.
J. K. Rowling seen at the UK Premiere of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them held at Cineworld Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 15th November 2016
J.K. Rowling seen at the UK Premiere of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them held at Cineworld Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 15th November 2016
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 - Thursday 10th November 2016
J.K. Rowling - J.K. Rowling to illuminate the Empire State Building to Mark the USA launch of her non-profit children's organization, Lumos. - NYC, New York, United States - Thursday 9th April 2015
Date of birth
31st July, 1965
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