The Amazing World of Harry Potter By Grace

J. K Rowling is the author and creator of the popular book series Harry Potter. As of now a multimillionaire she didn't start like that. So come along as I tell a story about a woman more brave than a Gryffindor, as smart as a Ravenclaw, kind as a Hufflepuff, and as fateful as a Slytherin.

The Houses at Hogwarts

Joanna Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, South Gloucestershire, England. She was the daughter of Peter James Rowling, an engineer working for Rolls-Royce. Her mother was Anna Rowling who had a deadly disease. She went to Exeter University after being rejected by Oxford. There she study French and classics then after that she went to Moray House Teacher Training College in Manchester and London. She did not however immediately seek work as a teacher she instead went to work as a secretary and as a research assistant for Amnesty International in London. While she traveled between Manchester and London by train she came up with the idea of the Harry Potter series.

Her mother died New Year's Eve morning in 1990 and her father remarried quickly after death of mother. In 1991, Joanna went to Portugal in order to teach English as a foreign language in Oporto. She worked afternoons and evening there so she spent her mornings writing the book. Joanna got married to Jorge Arantes on October 16, 1992 who was a television journalist. They had their first daughter on July 27, 1993 named Jessica. After some domestic violence Rowling divorced her husband Jorge and started living with her younger sister Dianna and her new husband in Edinburgh.

While there Joanna lived off welfare and the cost of childcare made it uneconomical for Joanna to work. Joanna found it difficult to write because of suffering from the emotional fallout of her failed marriage. She became depressed because of this she took long walks, while in returned put her daughter to sleep. Joanna worked in coffee shops to finish her first volume of her projected series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone in U.S.). In 1995, Joanna finished her first book in her Harry Potter series. The story was rejected many times before it was sold to a Barry Cunningham at Bloomsbury Books in 1997. It was published in U.S. in 1998 after Arthur Levine of Scholastic paid a record-breaking amount for the rights to publish the book.

It was the most ever paid for a unknown children's author in the work of fiction. The Sorcerer's Stone won almost every award for children's books in 1997 when it was published. When the book was published Bloomsbury wanted her initials to sound more like a male author. That is where the K in J. K. Rowling comes from sense Joanna wasn't born with a middle name she used her grandmother's name Kathleen. In 1998, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published a year after the first volume of the series. During the initial advance for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone the novel was very carefully marketed by its initial publisher.

Bloomsbury Publishing which gave away most of the first edition to schools, hoping to obtain word-of-mouth publicity which worked perfectly. The novel won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal and was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal. The Warner Bros. subsequently bought film rights to the first two volumes of the book series for "a seven figure sum". Before publishing the first book in the U.S. they change the title from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on the assumption that American children were more likely to be sympathetic to the idea of sorcery then to the concept of philosophy. When the third novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was published in 1999, the magnitude of the burgeoning phenomenon was fully revealed. The first three volumes shot to the top of the American best seller lists and the sale of further film rights ensured that J. K. Rowling rapidly became the highest-earning woman in Great Britain. In 2000, Joanna Rowling published her fourth book in the seven book series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Published in 2000

During the time of the next three volumes of the series, Joanna acquired three homes in London, Edinburgh, and one in the Scottish Highlands. Where Joanna imagines Hogwarts to be if it were real. On December 26, 2001, Joanna Rowling married a Dr. Neil Murray, a British anesthesiologist who resembles a grown up Harry Potter. During which time Joanna conceived a son who was born on March 23, 2003. He was named David Gordon Rowling Murray and because of the birth of their son Joanna's writing slowed down a bit, but was happy and content with life.

Fun Facts About Joanna Rowling

Harry's best mate in the book is Ron Weasley who is modeled after J. K Rowling's best friend growing up Sean Harris. Who had a Ford Anglia which inspired her to add it in the book "Chamber of Secrets" when Harry and Ron miss the train to Hogwarts. The first Harry Potter book was dedicated to her daughter, mother, and sister because Joanna was upset with her father during the time. After a serious fight with a boyfriend Joanna went to a hotel where she came up with the rules for the game, Quidditch. J. K. Rowling picked her agent because she liked his name, which was Christopher Little. Joanna obtain a grant of £8,000 from the Scottish Arts Council to continue work on the second volume of the series. After the first three volumes shot up, Joanna Rowling became the second-wealthiest person in Great Britain, after Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ. When Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in 2000, Rowling set up the Volant Charitable Trust in order to channel some of her wealth back into society. Joanna published 3 spin-off volumes from the books mentioned in Harry Potter, which are Quidditch Through The Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Joanna Rowling now lives in Scotland with her husband Dr. Neil Murray and her three children.

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