J.K. Rowling did not simply write a novel; she created an entire magical universe into which readers could be submerged as they followed the young Harry Potter along his quest to defeat Lord Voldemort, the epitome of evil. As a result, the infamous Harry Potter became a global sensation, with books, movies, merchandise and even theme parks dedicated to our favourite wizarding world. Her ingenious ideas led J.K. Rowling to become the first author to reach the billionaire status.
The original Harry Potter series includes seven books and nine movies, excluding the three Fantastic Beasts films and other various spin-off shows. Here is all you need to know about your favourite author.
J.K. Rowling's profile
- Full name: Joanne Rowling
- Nickname: Jo
- Pseudo-name: Robert Galbraith
- Famous for: the creator of Harry Potter
- Gender: Female
- Place of birth: Yate, United Kingdom
- Date of birth: 31 July 1965
- Zodiac: Leo
- J.K. Rowling's age: 56 in 2021
- Current residence: Edinburgh, Scotland
- Nationality: British
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Sexuality: Straight
- husband: Neil Murray
- children: Jessica Isabel (1993), David Gordon (2003) and Mackenzie Jean (2005)
- Siblings: Dianne
- Eye colour: Blue
- Hair colour: Copper blonde
- School: University of Exeter
- Occupation: Author
- Net worth: $60 million in 2021
- J.K. Rowling's Instagram: @jkrowling_official
- Facebook: J.K. Rowling
- J.K. Rowling's Twitter: @jkrowling.com
- Website: jkrowling.com
J.K. Rowling's biography
J.K. Rowling's full name is Joanne Rowling, but she chose to be known by her initials because she felt that her books would be taken more seriously if it was not apparent that the author is a woman. Joanne chose the "K" to honour her grandmother, Kathleen, but it is not legally her second name.
J.K. Rowling's story began on 31 July 1965 in Gloucestershire, England, where she was born to a Rolls Royce aircraft engineer and a high school science technician. She first started to show an interest in writing at the tender age of six, when she composed her first narrative, titled "Rabbit."
What did J.K. Rowling do before Harry Potter?
This talented author graduated with a BA in French and Classics from the University of Exeter in 1986, and her first job was working with translations for Amnesty International. Joanne then immigrated to Portugal to teach English, where she met her first husband, journalist Jorge Arantes. In 1993, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter, Jessica, but sadly their marriage ended soon after.
The girls relocated back to England, where they moved in with Joanne's sister, Dianne, in Edinburgh. This single mother took her unemployment status as an opportunity to pour her heart out into the creation of the Harry Potter series, which would change her life forever.
Joanne was lucky enough to find love again in Dr Neil Murray, whom she wed on 26 December 2001. Rowling's family has since grown within their home in Scotland, with the addition of two more children, David and Mackenzie.
J.K. Rowling's books
The first book, The Philosopher's Stone, was released in 1997 after struggling to get the book published by 12 different companies. However, once it was out on the shelves, Harry Potter was almost an instant success, having since sold over 500 million editions worldwide.
As the storyline developed and the fan base grew exponentially, the wizarding world became the new obsession for children and adults alike. As a result, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire broke the record in 2004 for the fastest-selling book in a single day.
When our journey with Harry, Ron and Hermione ended with The Deathly Hallows, Joanne wrote crime-themed literature under the pseudo-name Robert Galbraith titled The Cormoran Strike series. She has also started writing children stories, and J.K. Rowling's new book, The Christmas Pig, was recently released on 12 October 2021.
J.K. Rowling's movies
The Harry Potter movies, derived from the same name books, generated over $7.7 billion. The story became so well-known that the poster did not even need a title for the last film. It just goes to show how phenomenal Harry Potter is. The movies feature an all British cast at Rowling's request, starring Danielle Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, along with Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith and the late Alan Rickman.
When discussing if she plans on taking the adventure further with the next wizarding generation, J.K. Rowling's quotes:
"I think pushing it on to Harry's grandchildren really would be quite a cynical move, and I'm not interested in doing that."
J.K. Rowling's speech
She earned an honorary degree from Harvard University, where she delivered an emotional commencement speech in 2008, which you can read in Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. Rowling's nonprofit children's foundation, Lumos, received revenue from the book.
What is J.K. Rowling worth?
J.K. Rowling is the world's second-highest-paid writer, just after James Patterson. She was also the first author ever to reach billionaire status. In 2004, following the release of "The Order of the Phoenix", Joanne had earned her billionaire status, and in 2020, her net worth was estimated at $60 million.
J.K. Rowling inspired generations of people to believe in magic and get excited about books; one could argue that she changed the world in her own way. Her exceptional talents have surpassed what most could not even dream of achieving, and the Harry Potter fandom continues to increase in popularity almost 30 years later. We are eternally grateful for Joanne's contribution to the imaginations of millions of people across the globe.
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