J.K Rowling The wizard Behind Harry Potter

J.k Rowling Life

"The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them" J.K Rowling, the wizard behind Harry Potter, once said. Her life was full of struggles, inspiring quotes,and inspiration for Harry Potter. J.K Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 at the Yate general hospital in England. Her full name is Joanne Rowling, but she adopted the middle initial K from her grandmother, Katherine. Her family is Anne and Peter Rowling, and her younger sister is Dianne Rowling. J.K was raised in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire till she was around 9 when she and her family moved to Tutshill, England. J.K Rowling always loved books. She loved reading them, writing them, making movies out of them, and acting them with her sister. She actually wrote her first book at the age six, she wrote her first novel at the age 11. She went to Wyedean school and college.When she went to Wyedean she had a teacher named Mrs. Morgan, who J.K despised because she use to put smart kids on the right side of the classroom, when the not so smart kids went on the left side. J.K actually lost one of her best friends due to Mrs. Morgan switching J.K to the right side when she switched the friend to the left side. Mrs. Morgan is actually the inspiration for Severus Snape. J.K left home at age 18 after being accepted into Exeter University, where she was a French and classic major. She graduated with a degree in classics and a BA in French and Classics. In conclusion J.K was growing up, she would have never guessed that she would grow up to become one of the five self-made female millionaires when she was only 35 years old.

Picture of J.K and Dianne (Left) Picture of J.K (Middle) Picture of baby J.K (Right)

J.K Rowling Struggles

J.K Rowling’s life was full of struggles and challenges, but that's what made her write Harry Potter. Her struggles first started in her teenage years. Her mom was battling multiple sclerosis, and she also had a strained relationship with her dad. In her teen years she was declined from Oxford, the school that her dad went to and her dream school. In 1990 her mom died of multiple sclerosis and J.K fell into depression. She has admitted that after her mom died that she was considering suicide, but stopped after she fell in love with Jorge Arantes. She then got married to Jorge and had her first kid, Jessica Rowling. After a year of marriage Jorge and J.K. got divorced and J.K. and Jessica went to Edinburgh, Scotland. When she was in Edinburgh, she got a job, but had a very small amount of money. Her and Jessica lived in a one story, one bedroom house. J.K once said in an interview that she used to fall asleep hungry, just so Jessica could have a full stomach. In 1995 she finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but sadly it was turned down by nearly eight publishers. She then sent it to Christopher Little who took it out of the junk pile and gave it to his daughter, who wanted a new book, and she told him that she wanted the rest of the book (She only had one chapter). Christopher then became her agent and that's when her life became a rags to riches story. She bought an apartment for her and Jessica. Over twelve companies, the Bloomsbury company bought half of the rights for $2,275.45. They told J.K to write a sequel, and another, and another. During the fourth book, Goblet of Fire, J.K started to see a guy named Neil Murray. He proposed and they had a private wedding inside their house. A year later she had her second kid named David, who she dedicated the fifth book Order of the Phoenix. The Order of the Phoenix came out in 2003 after three years of writer's block on Rowling. In 2004 she got pregnant with her last daughter Mackenzie, who Rowling dictated the sixth book, which came out in 2004, The Half-Blood Prince. A year later Mrs. Rowling came out with the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J.K. Rowling is no longer a billionaire due to her donating so much money to charity. In 2011, she gave away about 16% of her net worth, or $160 million dollars. J.K Rowling's life was full of struggles, challenges, and ups and downs, but she did not stop and let the little things bring her down.

J.K as a teenager (Left) J.K with husband Neil Murray (Middle) J.K in her mid 40's (Right)

J.K Rowling Awards and accomplishments

J.K Rowling has had more accomplishments and awards in her life. She won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award for her books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She has won the British Children’s Book of the year twice for her books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. J.K has won the, National Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. To her third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, she has won the, Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, and the Locus Award. In 2001 she won the, Hugo Award for Best Novel, for her fourth book in Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Goblet. The last award she won for her series was the. Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers, for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She also has the prestigious Legion d'honneur by French government and Order of the British Empire for her contribution to the literary world. She has recently lost her billionaire status for donating to so many causes, some which are Multiple Sclerosis Society, PEN, Dyslexia Action, Lumos,and XP Support Group. J.K Rowling is such an amazing person for donating so much money for organizations, and she has also won many awards for her works.

J.K Rowling after she won some of her awards.

Fun Facts

  • She filled five notebook pages with made up "Q" words before she came up with "Quidditch"
  • She first wrote Harry Potters initial idea on a napkin on a train to London
  • JK Rowling's parents met at King's Cross Station, where Harry takes the Hogwarts Express each year
  • Only one Harry Potter character is named after a real person - Natalie McDonald, who was a young Canadian girl who wrote to Rowling shortly before she died of cancer
  • In 2010, when J.K. Rowling turned 45 - the same age her mother was when she died of multiple sclerosis - Rowling donated 10 million dollars to the University of Edinburgh to found a clinic in her mother's name. The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic opened in January 2013.
  • However, she sued the people who leaked the information and won her case. She donated the damages she was awarded to charity.


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