J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling

Born

7/31/1965, Yate, Gloucestershire, UK

Birth Name

Joanne Rowling

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Kennilworthy Whisp, Newt Scamander
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Biography

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Joanne Rowling, best knows as J.K. Rowling, is a British author. She attended St. Michael's Primary School. As a child, she enjoyed writing fantasy stories, which she often read to her sister Dianne. After finishing primary school, she attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College. In 1990,…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • J.K. Rowling is allergic to cats and much prefers dogs.

    • Has pledged a major contribution of $A3.61 million as a reward for the safe return of British girl, Madeleine McCann, who has been missing in Portugal since May 12, 2007.

    • She claims her first audience for Harry Potter was her daughter, to whom she would read parts of the story that she wrote as a bedtime story.

    • She originally wrote Harry Potter to pay off her gas bills while living in a tiny flat with her then, baby daughter.

    • The day she signed her contract for the first Harry Potter novel, the publishing representative told her she would not make any money selling children's books.

    • One of her favorite movies is The Fabulous Baker Boys, which was written and directed by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves.

    • She is a huge fan of Monty Python and claims she uses some of their humour in her Harry Potter books. The two obvious references to the Monty Python sketch, Crunchy Frog, include chocolate frog and cockroach cluster sweets. Monty Python member John Cleese appears in the films.

    • J.K. writes all her books by hand.

    • In June 2000, J.K. was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to literature and received it from one of her fans, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

    • When J.K. quit smoking, she took up chewing gum and playing Mindsweeper on her computer obsessively. On her official website, she states that she has beaten the expert level, which is the highest level in Mindsweeper with a semi-large board and 99 mines to avoid.

    • J.K. was born on July 31st, 1965. She gave Harry Potter the same day and month for his birthday but a different year.

    • When J.K. was a was child, she was considered the bright one while her sister, Diana, was considered the pretty one.

    • J.K. says that once the Harry Potter series is over, she might start writing a new series or maybe just a sole book as she loves to write, despite knowing it will be difficult to top Harry Potter.

    • She has written three books to supplement the Harry Potter series; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

    • J.K.'s last name, Rowling, is pronounced like the word 'rolling' and gets very annoyed when people pronounce it as 'Rawling.'

    • Before the publication of the first Harry Potter novel, J.K.'s publisher asked her to use the first two initials of her name rather than her full first name so boys wouldn't be biased against a book written a woman. Since she only had one given name, J.K. took 'K' from her favorite grandmother, Kathleen, and used it as her second initial.

    • Rowling has said that Halloween is one of her favorite holidays, and she usually throws a big party on the day.

    • Her biggest regret is that her mother never saw her Harry Potter books because she started writing them six months before her mum died of multiple sclerosis.

    • The character of Gilderoy Lockhart was based on an actual person Rowling knew, but she won't name names.

    • J.K.'s favorite author is Roddy Doyle.

    • Part of the manuscript of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

    • In 2003, unauthorized Chinese-language 'sequels' to the Harry Potter series appeared for sale in the People's Republic of China. These poorly written books contain characters from the works of other authors, including Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and the title character from L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. Ms. Rowling's lawyers announced they would take legal action against the publishers.

    • On April 3, 2003, J. K. Rowling and Time Warner successfully sued Dutch publishing company Byblos in the Amsterdam High Court. This prevents Byblos publishing Russian author Dmitry Yemets' novel The Magic Double Bass which features a girl wizard, Tanya Grotter. It was deemed to plagiarize Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and to infringe her copyright.

    • As of November 2002, J.K.'s franchise of books have sold over 175,000,000 copies and has been printed in over 200 languages to become the biggest and fastest selling novels ever.

    • J.K. is one of only two contemporary authors to have a novel spend more than a year on both the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists (the other author being Nicholas Sparks).

    • In 2002, J.K. Rowling was sued for plagiarism in the District Court of the Southern District of New York by Pennsylvania-based author Nancy Stouffer who claimed that J.K. Rowling had lifted ideas from her 1984 book The Legend of Rah and Muggles, which includes a character called Larry Potter. However the case against J.K. Rowling was dismissed on September 19, 2002, when the judged ruled that Ms. Stouffer had lied to the court and doctored evidence to support her claims.

    • Her book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was the top-selling book of 2000, with 7 million hardcovers sold.

    • J.K.'s oldest daughter, Jessica, was born on July 27, 1993, her son, David, was born on March 23, 2003, and her youngest daughter, Mackenzie Jean Rowling, was born on January 23, 2005.

    • Before graduating from Exeter University, she didn't have much money, so for friend's birthdays, she wrote them personal little stories.

    • When writing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she cried when she killed off a character.

    • In the United States, J.K.'s first Harry Potter book was titled, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, while in the rest of the world, it is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."

    • Hermione, the female hero of the Harry Potter books, is based on Rowling herself.

    • She is richer than the Queen of England.

    • In 2003, J.K.'s fifth installment of her Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, became the fastest selling book ever with an average of 220 copies sold per minute in the first 24 hours.

  • Quotes

    • J.K. Rowling: (about the spells in her 'Harry Potter' books) The spells are made up. I have met people who assure me, very seriously, that they are trying to do them, and I can assure them, just as seriously, that they don't work.

    • J.K. Rowling: (about her daughter, Jessica) Kids at her school will sidle up to me and say, "Does Jessica know what happens in book 4? Does Jessica know the title of book 4?" And I keep saying, "No! There is no point kidnapping her, taking her around back of the bike shed, and torturing her for information."

    • J.K. Rowling: (when asked what the title would be for book six) It will be called Harry Potter and... something. Catchy, don't you think? And I think I'll follow the same model for seven.

    • J.K. Rowling: I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.

    • J.K. Rowling: (in reference to 'Harry Potter') I can do to him whatever I like. I'm allowed to torture him as much as I want. He's mine.

    • J.K. Rowling: I write nearly every day. Some days I write for ten or eleven hours. Other days I might only write for three hours. It really depends on how fast the ideas are coming.

    • J.K. Rowling: I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I'm sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers.

    • J.K. Rowling: I don't feel quite normal if I haven't written for a while. I doubt I will ever again write anything as popular as the Harry Potter books, but I can live with that thought quite easily. By the time I stop writing about Harry, I will have lived with him for 13 years, and I know it's going to feel like a bereavement. So I'll probably take some time off to grieve, and then on with the next book!

    • J.K. Rowling: (when asked about the next 'Harry Potter' book) Well, it will be a papery object with pages inside.

    • J.K. Rowling: We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

    • J.K. Rowling: People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly, if I wanted to, I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen, but I don't know how many people would actually want to read about a 65 year old Harry still at Hogwarts playing bingo with Ron and Hermione.

    • J.K. Rowling: (on the final 'Harry Potter' book, 'Deathly Hallows') While each of the previous Potter books has strong claims on my affections, Deathly Hallows is my favourite, and that is a wonderful way to finish the series. If it comes as any consolation, I think that there will be plenty to continue arguing about, even after Deathly Hallows come out. So do not despair.

    • J.K. Rowling: (after finishing the final 'Harry Potter' book) Even though I'm in mourning, I feel an incredible sense of achievement. I can hardly believe I have finally written the ending I've been planning for so many years. I have never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric.

    • J.K. Rowling: The heightened security restrictions on the airlines made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven. A large part of it is handwritten and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S. They let me take it on thankfully, bound up in elastic bands. I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't - sailed home probably.

    • J.K. Rowling: For years now, people have asked me whether I ever dream that I am 'in' Harry's world. The answer was 'no' until a few nights ago when I had an epic dream in which I was, simultaneously, Harry and the narrator.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Amazing author!

    10
    Rowling has to be one of the best authors of all time. I love her even more everytime I see an interview or hear about her interactions with fans. She keeps a cool head and knows how to laugh and have fun. I really enjoy her sense of humour as well which is evident in the Harry Potter series as well as in blogs on her website and interviews. Her writing style is fantastic! She always leaves the reader wanting more and I will admit that I could barely put down any of the Harry Potter books after I started reading it. The Harry Potter books are full of adventure, romance, and are practical as much as a book of magic can be. She makes everything seem so real - I remember one of my friends anxiously awaiting her letter when she was eleven because Rowling had made everything so vivid. I hope she keeps writing even if it isn't Harry Potter.moreless
  • The greatest author of all time

    10
    J.K. Rowling is an amazing author! She is so creative. Every time I read one of the Harry Potter books, I can't stop thinking about how difficult it must have been to come up with. The Harry Potter books are extremely addictive. When I wanted to reread the first Harry Potter book, I ended up reading all of them at least 2 times. It almost seems as if there is a spell on the books: once you read one of them, you can't imagine putting it down and reading something from another author. It's like all other books are meaningless and absurd. As far as rating the Harry Potter books, I would have to say the seventh one is my favorite, followed by the fourth, fifth, third, first, sixth, and second. If you haven't read her books yet, I strongly suggest you read them soon. You will be amazed how great they are.moreless
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