She is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series, which has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. , Rowling is a member of both English PEN and Scottish PEN. Rowling shelved the story and decided to publish it for children as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press Newswires. "All about Harry Potter from quidditch to the future of the Sorting Hat". , Rowling is a supporter of the Shannon Trust, which runs the Toe by Toe Reading Plan and the Shannon Reading Plan in prisons across Britain, helping and giving tutoring to prisoners who cannot read. , In 1982, Rowling took the entrance exams for Oxford University but was not accepted and earned a BA in French and Classics at the University of Exeter. From an early age Joanne wanted to be a writer. "Gordon Brown – The 2009 Time 100". , In October 1998, Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the first two novels for a seven-figure sum. In 2003, Rowling took part in a campaign to establish a national standard of care for MS sufferers. Rowling was born in 1965.  David Yates directed, and Michael Goldenberg wrote the screenplay, having taken over the position from Steve Kloves. Philosopher's Stone came out in 1997, when she was 32.  The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband, and relative poverty until the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997. Rowling J.K. (contributor) (31 October 2019) A Love Letter to Europe. ", Due to her residency in Scotland, Rowling was eligible to vote in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, during the run up to which she campaigned for the "No" vote.  Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) asked her if Harry died at any point in the series; Rowling answered him by saying, "You have a death scene", thereby not explicitly answering the question. All I know is: I remain disappointed in J.K. Rowling, but no longer surprised. An oak chair that JK Rowling used while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series has sold for $394,000 (£278,000).. Since then, Rowling has written several books for adult readers: The Casual Vacancy (2012) and—under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—the crime fiction Cormoran Strike series.  Aged nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. She wrote a book named Harry Potter. , Rowling has said that her teenage years were unhappy.  Rowling's youngest child, daughter Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray, to whom she dedicated Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was born on 23 January 2005.  In its first three weeks of release, The Casual Vacancy sold over 1 million copies worldwide. How did JK Rowling come up with her character's... Did JK Rowling write the Fantastic Beasts... Did JK Rowling wrote Crimes of Grindelwald? , Rowling has contributed money and support for research and treatment of multiple sclerosis, from which her mother suffered before her death in 1990.  Biographers have suggested that Rowling suffered domestic abuse during her marriage, which Rowling later confirmed; Arantes stated in an article for The Sun in June 2020 that he had slapped her and did not regret it.  In 1990, she was on a four-hour delayed train trip from Manchester to London when the idea "came fully formed" into her mind for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry. The £10.8 million they have raised outside the UK have been channelled into a newly created International Fund for Children and Young People in Crisis. As one journalist noted, "Harry's Uncle Vernon is a grotesque philistine of violent tendencies and remarkably little brain.  Rankin later retracted the story, claiming it was a joke, but the rumour persisted, with a report in 2012 in The Guardian speculating that Rowling's next book would be a crime novel. I have colour-coded spreadsheets so I can keep a track of where I am going. The fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was directed by Mike Newell, and released on 18 November 2005. , Harry Potter is now a global brand worth an estimated US$15 billion, and the last four Harry Potter books have consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.  After 18 months in Porto, she met Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes in a bar, and found that they shared an interest in Jane Austen. Warner Bros. Pictures mentions J. K. Rowling as producer. All rights reserved.  In October 2007, she stated that her future work was unlikely to be in the fantasy genre. , Rowling, once a single parent, is now president of the charity Gingerbread (originally One Parent Families), having become their first Ambassador in 2000. 2020: Spanish health workers on the front line against, This page was last edited on 26 January 2021, at 18:08.  The novel, a detective story in which private investigator Cormoran Strike unravels the supposed suicide of a supermodel, sold 1,500 copies in hardback (although the matter was not resolved as of 21 July 2013[update]; later reports stated that this number is the number of copies that were printed for the first run, while the sales total was closer to 500) and received acclaim from other crime writers and critics—a Publishers Weekly review called the book a "stellar debut", while the Library Journal's mystery section pronounced the novel "the debut of the month". The title was changed to …  Her eldest daughter, Jessica, was baptised there. , The Harry Potter books have also gained recognition for sparking an interest in reading among the young at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books for computers, television and video games, although it is reported that despite the huge uptake of the books, adolescent reading has continued to decline. , In June 2016, Rowling campaigned for the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union in the run up to the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, stating on her website that, "I'm the mongrel product of this European continent and I'm an internationalist. J.K. Rowling blew fans' minds when she revealed the true origin of her bestselling " Harry Potter " book series. , In 2004, Forbes named Rowling as the first person to become a US-dollar billionaire by writing books, the second-richest female entertainer and the 1,062nd richest person in the world.  The injunction drew fire from civil liberties and free speech campaigners and sparked debates over the "right to read". , In 2007, during the Edinburgh Book Festival, author Ian Rankin claimed that his wife spotted Rowling "scribbling away" at a detective novel in a café. J K Rowling is publishing a new story called The Ickabog, which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic..  Rowling has supported multiple charities, including Comic Relief, One Parent Families, and Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, as well as launching her own charity, Lumos. One of Rowling's maternal great-grandfathers, Dugald Campbell, was a Scottish man from Lamlash. , Rowling has also commented on American politics, having discussed the 2008 United States presidential election in the Spanish-language newspaper El País in February 2008. And also a maximum of 500 million copies of these books all over the world. , Its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was published in July 1998 and again Rowling won the Smarties Prize. , The sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released on 16 July 2005. Joanne grew up surrounded by books as her mum and dad loved reading she says, I lived for books I was your basic common-or-garden bookworm, complete with freckles and National Health spectacles. , In 2015, following the referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland, Rowling joked that if Ireland legalised same-sex marriage, Dumbledore and Gandalf could get married there. ", Rowling was left in despair after her estranged husband arrived in Scotland, seeking both her and their daughter. 2001. JK Rowling reveals Harry Potter's true birthplace: Clapham Junction. In March 2020, J.K. Rowling and Wizarding World partners launched the Harry Potter At Home initiative to entertain children stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic with the first Harry Potter book read aloud by celebrities on video, and made available for free through audiobook and ebook streaming.  Rowling gave several interviews and made appearances to promote The Casual Vacancy, including at the London Southbank Centre, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Charlie Rose and the Lennoxlove Book Festival. Announces Expanded Creative Partnership with J.K. Rowling", "JK Rowling plans five Fantastic Beasts films", "J.K. Rowling And The Billion-Dollar Empire", "J.K. Rowling: Billionaire to millionaire", "Scottish homes market view 2008: Perthshire", "Rub shoulders with Brucie for £4.3m, or Tony for £7,250", "The 25 Authors Who've Made The Most Money in The Last Decade", "JK Rowling named world's highest-earning author by Forbes", "Worlds Highest-paid Authors 2019: J.K. 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In 2006, Half-Blood Prince received the Book of the Year prize at the British Book Awards.  The books are the basis of a popular film series, over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and was a producer on the final films. Each author hand annotated a first-edition copy of one of their books, in Rowling's case, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.  Rowling, along with Nelson Mandela, Al Gore, and Alan Greenspan, wrote an introduction to a collection of Gordon Brown's speeches, the proceeds of which were donated to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory. I was raised by a Francophile mother whose family was proud of their part-French heritage ... My values are not contained or proscribed by borders.  During this period, she was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. J.K. Rowling was 25 when she began writing Harry Potterand 32 when the first book was released.  Rowling was writing Harry Potter at the time and had never told her mother about it. , In 2015, Rowling stated on Galbraith's website that the third Cormoran Strike novel would include "an insane amount of planning, the most I have done for any book I have written so far.  She said that she was a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and stated that "When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman ... then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside", while stating that most trans people were vulnerable and deserved protection. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 21, 2020 The true birthplace of Harry Potter, the author said was the spot where she put pen to paper for the first time.  Warner Bros. filmed the final instalment of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in two segments, with part one being released on 19 November 2010 and part two being released on 15 July 2011. "The Single Mother's Manifesto". Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly open to returning to the Harry Potter franchise, but only if J.K. Rowling is not involved.. Daniel Radcliffe is arguably one of the most famous child actors in Hollywood history.  Her home life was complicated by her mother's diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and a strained relationship with her father, with whom she is not on speaking terms. In early 1998, an auction was held in the United States for the rights to publish the novel, and was won by Scholastic Inc., for US$105,000.  The judgement was overturned in David's favour in May 2008.  Rowling stated that she was "deeply saddened" by Kennedy's statement, but maintained that no award would encourage her to "forfeit the right to follow the dictates" of her conscience. She thought of Harry Potter in 1990 when she was 25. Create your account.  Rowling gave away the remaining six copies to those who have a close connection with the Harry Potter books. Since going on sale in March 2001, the books have raised £15.7 million for the fund. The Ickabog was first mooted as a "political fairytale" for children in a 2007 Time magazine interview. "Woman's Hour Takeover".  She was furthermore recognized as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCPE) in 2011 for services to Literature and Philanthropy.. Rowling, J. K. (5 June 2008). Joanne’s mother used to love her writing And really appreciates her writing and always listen to her daughter telling a story.  The 2020 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £795 million, ranking her as the 178th richest person in the UK.  On 23 February 2012, his agency, the Blair Partnership, announced on its website that Rowling was set to publish a new book targeted at adults. , Rowling has received honorary degrees from St Andrews University, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Exeter (which she attended), the University of Aberdeen, and Harvard University, where she spoke at the 2008 commencement ceremony. The Elephant House Cafe in Edin… Prior to October 2012, Rowling lived near the author Ian Rankin, who later said she was quiet and introspective, and that she seemed in her element with children. , In 2001, the UK anti-poverty fundraiser Comic Relief asked three best-selling British authors—cookery writer and TV presenter Delia Smith, Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding, and Rowling—to submit booklets related to their most famous works for publication.  Soon after, in 1997, Rowling received an £8,000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing.  In 2016, it was announced that the series would consist of five films.  In May 2007, Rowling pledged a donation reported as over £250,000 to a reward fund started by the tabloid News of the World for the safe return of a young British girl, Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal.  Some members of the cast of the Harry Potter film series criticised Rowling's views or spoke out in support of trans rights, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, and Katie Leung, as did Fantastic Beasts lead actor Eddie Redmayne and the fansites MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron.  She obtained an Order of Restraint, and Arantes returned to Portugal, with Rowling filing for divorce in August 1994.  Her mother's French paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the War Cross for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte during World War I. Rowling originally believed Volant had won the Legion of Honour during the war, as she said when she received it herself in 2009. What does Anne Bradstreet's poetry reveal about... What happens in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of... Who published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's... Comprehensive English: Overview & Practice, HiSET Language Arts - Writing: Prep and Practice, HiSET Language Arts - Reading: Prep and Practice, Library Science 101: Information Literacy, Common Core ELA - Literature Grades 11-12: Standards, Common Core ELA - Writing Grades 11-12: Standards, Common Core ELA - Speaking and Listening Grades 9-10: Standards, Common Core ELA - Speaking and Listening Grades 11-12: Standards, Common Core ELA - Language Grades 11-12: Standards, EPT: CSU English Language Arts Placement Exam, Biological and Biomedical Rowling's contribution was an 800-word Harry Potter prequel that concerns Harry's father, James Potter, and godfather, Sirius Black, and takes place three years before Harry was born. "Interview: J.K. Rowling". , In October 2015, Rowling announced via Pottermore that a two-part play she had co-authored with playwrights Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was the "eighth Harry Potter story" and that it would focus on the life of Harry Potter's youngest son Albus after the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.  Upon the enthusiastic response of Bryony Evens, a reader who had been asked to review the book's first three chapters, the Fulham-based Christopher Little Literary Agency agreed to represent Rowling in her quest for a publisher. The book was purchased for £1.95 million by online bookseller Amazon.com on 13 December 2007, becoming the most expensive modern book ever sold at auction. It isn't hate to speak the truth", "Here's What Was Wrong With J.K. Rowling's Transphobic Tweets", "J.K. 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Rowling reveals past abuse and defends right to speak on trans issues", "Mermaids writes open letter to JK Rowling following her anti-trans tweets", "J.K. Rowling wrote a controversial statement about transgender people in response to being called a 'TERF.' , The title of the seventh and final Harry Potter book was announced on 21 December 2006 as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. At the time of the 2011 sale, ... JK Rowling's Harry Potter 'inspiration' home for sale. Who is the divination teacher in Harry Potter? The absence of a visa when I cross the channel has symbolic value to me. Our story begins in 1964 when teenagers Peter James Rowling and Anne Volant met on the train from King's Cross. How old was JK Rowling when she wrote Harry Potter? , Rowling worked as a researcher and bilingual secretary in London for Amnesty International, then moved with her boyfriend to Manchester where she worked at the Chamber of Commerce. "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling said in a blog post that she was disclosing the information to give context to her controversial past comments about …  In February 2007, it was reported that Rowling wrote on a bust in her hotel room at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh that she had finished the seventh book in that room on 11 January 2007. , In December 2019, Rowling tweeted her support for Maya Forstater, a British woman who lost her employment tribunal case against her former employer, the Center for Global Development, after her contract was not renewed due to her comments about transgender people. The first film was released in November 2016 and is set roughly 70 years before the events of the main series.  Her mother's death heavily affected Rowling's writing, and she channelled her own feelings of loss by writing about Harry's grief in greater detail in the first book. In September 2008, on the eve of the Labour Party Conference, Rowling announced that she had donated £1 million to the Labour Party, and publicly endorsed Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown over Conservative challenger David Cameron, praising Labour's policies on child poverty.  Rowling later explained her position in greater detail, stating that although she opposed most of Benjamin Netanyahu's actions, she did not believe the cultural boycott would bring about the removal of Israel's leader or the improvement of the situation in Israel and Palestine. This hand-written spreadsheet from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix plots out everything from the month a chapter takes place to what is happening on or off screen in each subplot:.  As she had no middle name, she chose K (for Kathleen) as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother.  In April 2009, she announced that she was withdrawing her support for Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, citing her inability to resolve an ongoing feud between the organisation's northern and southern branches that had sapped morale and led to several resignations.  Director Steven Spielberg was approached to direct the first film, but dropped out. In January 2000, Prisoner of Azkaban won the inaugural Whitbread Children's Book of the Year award, though it lost the Book of the Year prize to Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf. The Harry Potter author said she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. She wrote her first book at the age of six a story about a rabbit called Rabbit.  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