J.K. Rowling Biography: Success Story of the ‘Harry Potter’ Author

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

In this success story, we are going to share J.K. Rowling biography, a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter book series. The books were translated into 73 different languages and sold more than 450 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history. Also, they have been the basis for a series of films, which is ranked as the second highest-grossing film series in history. The distinctive personality traits of J.K. Rowling are perseverance, leadership, effective communication.

Early Years

Joanne “Jo” Rowling, OBE FRSL, best known as J.K. Rowling, was born on June 31, 1965, in a small town of Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Her pen name, J.K., she incorporated from her grandmother’s name, Kathleen. Rowling does not have a middle name.

Her father, Peter James Rowling, was an engineer at a legendary British company Rolls-Royce and her mother, Anne Rowling (née Volant), was a half-French and half-Scottish science technician. Joanne’s parents were both Londoners. They met each other on a train while traveling from King’s Cross station to Arbroath in Scotland, both of them were eighteen years old. Her father was about to join the Royal Navy; her mother was off to join the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Anne was cold, and Peter offered her a half share in his coat. A year later, they got married. Soon, they left the Navy service and relocated to the suburb of Bristol, in the West of England.

In 1969, four years after the birth of Joanne, the family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne. Joanne was a small, rotund girl, wearing glasses. Always being a dreamer, she loved to narrate her incredible fairytale stories. Joanne wrote her first story when she was six years old. It was a fairy tale about a rabbit, called Rabbit, who had measles. His friends came to visit him with a giant bee, called Miss Bee. Joanne’s younger sister Dee was the first listener to her stories.

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J.K. Rowling in her childhood

The childhood of the future novelist cannot be called difficult. On the contrary, it was a quiet and happy childhood that she spent in surrounding of caring parents, favorite sister, and grandmother. Joanne enjoyed studying at St Michael’s Primary School and loved modeling clay pottery, painting and learning of the history of literature. However, her parents always wanted to buy their house in the UK, and when Joanne was nine years old, they moved to the village Tutshill, in the County of Forest of Dean.

At this time, Joanne Rowling took a fancy to literature thanks to her mother. Her mother gave all her time to the family, so she wanted to provide a good education to her daughters. Anne read many books to her daughters and by the years of five, Joanne could retell every single book almost by heart. Joanne attended St. Michael’s Primary School, founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More 200 years ago. At school, she realized that her favorite subject was the English language and reading. At the same time, Joanne encountered some problems because of her math teacher, Mrs. Morgan, hostility. She labeled the left side of the classroom as the side for the smartest kids in the class. Mrs. Morgan always requested Joanne to sit right side of the class. Joanne was very frustrated, as she knew she was an intelligent student. Later, Rowling has admitted that she modeled the character Severus Snape after Mrs. Morgan.

However, Rowling had several teachers who did encourage her to write. She had a couple of primary school teachers who, when reading out her work to the class, made Joanne feel very special. They did, and Rowling remember those teachers until now. “The pride I felt at my work read out to other students was a very big deal to me. You never forget the teachers who said to you, “You can do this”,” Joanne recalls.

Joanne was shy a child. Classmates remember herself as an unsociable and secretive girl, who lives in the world of fantasy and always writes something in her notebook.

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A young Joanne Rowling with her mother Anne and sister Dianne.

At the age of 15, her family moved again. Rowling missed her friends, but misfortunes never come alone. Around the same time, Joanne’s favorite granny died, her relationship with her father soured, and her mother became seriously ill with multiple sclerosis. Treatment did not give a positive result, so Anne Rowling’s condition was getting worse every year. For the young girl, mother’s illness was the biggest shock of her life.

After graduating from Wyedean School in 1983, Joanne Rowling decided to enter Oxford University. She had successfully passed the entrance exams but was not accepted to one of the most prestigious British universities. However, she entered the University of Exeter located in Exeter, South West England, the United Kingdom on the faculty of philology, where she was intensely studying French. In fact, this idea belonged to her parents, who hoped that their daughter would be able to make a career of bilingual secretary in the future. Martin Sorrell, a French professor at Exeter, remembers Rowling as “a quietly competent student, with a denim jacket and dark hair, who, in academic terms, gave the appearance of doing what was necessary.” According to Joanne’s memories, she was doing little work, preferring to read Dickens and Tolkien and listen to “The Smiths.” In 1986, after a year of internships in Paris, Rowling graduated Exeter with a diploma of Bachelor of Arts in French and Classics. After that, Joanne moved to London and changed several jobs. Soon she worked as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International, but she knew that it did not fit her.

Beginning of the ‘Harry Potter’ History

In the summer of 1990, Rowling’s boyfriend relocated to Manchester. She spent a flat-hunting weekend with him. When returning to London by train an idea of Harry Potter suddenly came into her mind during that trip. Joanne could not tell why or what triggered it. However, she saw the whole story of the book and the wizard school apparently. The idea about a boy who did not know he was a wizard until he was invited to the wizard school.

On returning home, Joanne immediately sat down at her desk and began to write. One day, the apartment, where she had been living, was robbed. The thieves took away many memorable things left from her mother, but, fortunately, they did not steal the shoe box full of the outline of “Harry Potter.” Joanne knew that these sketches were her main jewel.

The story of Harry Potter saw the world six months later after her mother’s death. Joanne’s mother, Anne Rowling, died on December 30, 1990 at the age of 45. She had visited her six days before she passed away, but she could not realize the seriousness of her mother’s disease. When Joanne visited her mother, she looked terribly exhausted, but no one could even think of approaching tragedy. Rowling cannot forget that feeling of heaviness she experienced. The death of her mother sent Joanne into a depression.

Marriage, Divorce, and Returning Home

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In attempts to escape from despair, Rowling moved to Portugal, Porto, where she met her first husband Jorge Arantes.

Nine months after the death of her mother, in an attempt to escape from despair, Joanne decided to leave the country and start a new life in Portugal. She began to teach English as a foreign language. After staying for eighteen months in Porto, she met Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes, and on October 16, 1992, they got married. Soon, Jorge was called for the training assembly, and he was absent for a few months. While her husband was not at home, Joanne wrote the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. After returning home, Jorge Arantes could not find a job, and Joanne had to work almost to the birth of their daughter, Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes, who was born on July 27, 1993 in Portugal. After a few months after the birth of a daughter, Joanne’s husband beat her and drove her out of the house. In December 1993, Rowling and her infant daughter moved to Joanne’s sister in Edinburgh. Dianne Rowling was the only person in whom Joanne could confide her problems and always rely on her.

By the end of 1993, Rowling hit rock bottom and saw herself as a failure. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had collapsed, and she was unemployed. She was a lone parent living with her daughter and as poor as it was possible to be in Britain, without being homeless. Still, Rowling recalls those years not only as trouble but also as something valuable because she came back from Portugal with her daughter, Jessica.

During this period, Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. Her illness helped her to invent the characters known as Dementors, dark creatures, feeding upon human happiness, introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third novel in the Harry Potter series.

A few months later, Joanne decided to rent a small apartment in Edinburgh. Becoming a single mother, almost destitute, she was forced to live on state benefits. Joanne Rowling received 70 pounds per week, which she spent on cheap food and some clothes for Jessica. Rowling was very ashamed of her distressful situation.

In order not to stay at home, every single day Joanne went out for a walk with her daughter and wandered through the streets because it was the best way to make Jessica fall asleep. Then, sitting with a cup of coffee at Nicolson’s Cafe, owned by her brother-in-law, Roger Moore, or at the Elephant House, Joanne, continued to work on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Some said that Rowling was writing her book in local cafés to escape from her unheated flat, but later, she refuted those gossips.

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“The Elephant House” is one of the cafés in which JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel.

At that time, it seemed that band of misfortunes and poverty would never end. All of the problems that had fallen on her head knocked her out of the rut. Joanne could forget about everything only sitting at the writing desk. However, all those failures helped her to become stronger, or else Rowling would never know how to succeed.

First Attempts to Publish ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

In 1995, after five years of writing, Joanne Rowling finally finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Since writing the first book, she already knew how the whole story would end. Joanne remade the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for fifteen times!

From J.K. Rowling biography we found that she hid her magical world in cardboard boxes under the bed: on the back of the statements about social assistance, in notebooks or just on some sheets of paper. There were lists of all students of the school of magic with their level of skills and pedigree, as well as experiments with Latin terms and drawings. To facilitate the task for the future illustrators, the writer portrayed not only the main characters but also the magical transformations.

Having finished the last chapter of the book, Joanne told her sister about it, who died laughing when she heard the story. Dianne loved Harry Potter, and this inspired Joanne. However, to write a book – only a half of the battle. It was necessary to publish it. Rowling printed several chapters on the old typewriter, put them in a folder and sent to some literary agents.

After Joanne had sent her manuscript to literary agents, she was looking forward to their recalls. She received such replies as “It is too difficult for children,” “It is too long”, “Children would not be interested in it.” At this stage, Joanne was very disappointed and thought that life was meaningless. Nevertheless, her sister came to help and said “Rowlings never give up!” Soon, they sent some chapters to Christopher Little, the famous literary agent.

However, he was not interested in children’s literature, so he immediately sent the manuscript to the archive. The young employee of the agency was very curious about what lies in blockages and read some chapters of Harry Potter. She liked the plot so much that she decided to put the text on chief’s table once more. Having read the text, Little decided to promote the book. His company, Christopher Little Literary Agents, agreed to represent Rowling while searching for a publisher. The text was sent to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript.

It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J.K. Rowling Click To Tweet

In August 1996, when Joanne had already begun to despair, the book finally got a green light (and a £1,500 ($2,300) of advance) by Barry Cunningham, an editor from Bloomsbury, a publishing house in London. Christopher Little called Rowling and informed that publishing house Bloomsbury had made an offer. Joanne could not believe her ears! She was so happy, that she screamed, jumping in place. Jessica, who was drinking tea at that moment, was very scared of it.

Alice Newton, the eight-year-old daughter of Bloomsbury’s chairman, helped her father, Nigel Newton, to make a decision to publish Rowling’s book. He gave her the first chapter to review, and she immediately demanded the next one. Although Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book, Cunningham said that he advised Rowling to find a job since she had a little chance of making money in children’s books. Soon, Rowling got a job as a teacher of French. In 1997, Rowling received a £8,000 ($12,500) grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing.

Successful Publication of the First Book

In June 1997, Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with an initial print-run of 1,000 copies. 500 copies of the book were distributed to libraries. Today, such copies are estimated between £16,000 ($25,000) and £25,000 ($39,000). On the day of the presentation, Joanne had to read out the passages from her book to the visitors of the shop. Just a few people came to listen to the unknown writer. Nevertheless, she felt herself triumphal.

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The book cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published by Bloomsbury in June 1997.

When readers tasted the tale, the boom began. Five months later, the book won its first award, a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. In February, the novel, beyond comparison, won the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year. Soon, the novel took the Children’s Book Award. In early 1998, Scholastic Inc. during the auction that was held in the United States won the rights to publish the novel won for $105,000. According to Rowling’s word, she “nearly died” when she heard the news. In October 1998, Scholastic distributed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the US under the title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Rowling regrets this change and would have fought if she had been in a better position at that time.

After receiving money from the Scholastic sale, first thing Rowling bought was a new flat on 19 Hazelbank Terrace in a prestigious area of Edinburgh and moved there with her daughter. They also bought a rabbit, a cat, and a guinea pig, because Jessica wanted some pets for such a long time, but they could not afford them. Joanne was making up for lost time and pampered her daughter.

A Film Adaptation of the First Book

Magic, wizards, and fairy entourage – all this just was asking for the big screen. Not surprisingly, that a film adaptation was not long in coming. In October 1998, Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the first two novels for $1.5 million. However, there were specified the deductions from sales and close cooperation of Rowling in the preparation of the project.

Initially, Steven Spielberg was considered for the role of the film director. However, on reflection, he has refused. Spielberg wanted to do a cartoon while Rowling and Warner Bros. had a different vision. Also, Spielberg was scared off the absence of creative motivation. In any case, the project would have furious commercial success, irrespective of the efforts of the director.

Rowling wanted to see Terry Gilliam as the film director. He is superb, but his views do not often coincide with the vision of a mass audience while the project had to be a mass one. In the end, Warner Bros. decided to focus on Chris Columbus. He loved to work with children, and family movies were not new for him since the days of Home Alone.

Columbus expected Liam Aiken for the role of Harry Potter, but Rowling insisted that only British actors should act in the film. Therefore, out of thousands of applicants for the role of the main characters, there were selected Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. The premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film took place on November 16, 2001.

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint – The main cast of the Harry Potter film series.

Spielberg was right that the film adaptation was doomed to succeed. A solid budget of $125 million has paid off many times but did not reach literally cents to the prestigious mark of one billion dollars.

The ‘Harry Potter’ Book Series

The sequel to the first book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was published in July 1998 and once more Joanne won the Smarties Book Prize. In December 1999, the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, won the Smarties Book Prize again, making Rowling the first person to win the award three times. One year later, the British writer could win this award four times in a row, but she withdrew Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from contention to let other books a fair chance. In January 2000, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban won the inaugural Whitbread Children’s Book of the year award. However, it lost the Book of the Year prize to Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf.

The first time, when Rowling realized her popularity happened during the second tour across the USA. She was very impressed by the crowd of people, who came to see their idol. It was amazing and scary at the same moment because she did not expect that. During the last tour, though, sometimes several hundred people came, but there was not such a stir.

When Rowling joined the club of millionaires, the headlines such as “A single pauper mother gets six-digit fees!” adorned almost all the newspapers. Inconspicuous to anyone and previously unknown woman turned into a subject of journalists’ special interest, who endlessly were prying into the details of her personal life. In the memory of those days, she created an image of an impudent writer in the next book of Harry Potter.

I really don't believe in magic. – J.K. Rowling Click To Tweet

The fourth book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released simultaneously in the United Kingdom and the United Stated on July 08, 2000, and broke sales records in both countries. 372,775 copies of the book were sold in its first day in the UK, which is pretty close to the number of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban sold during its first year. In the US, there were sold a stunning number of three million copies in its first 48 hours, smashing all the records. According to Rowling’s memories, she had a crisis while writing the fourth novel and had to rewrite one chapter thirteen times to fix a problem with the plot. Later, the 2000 British Book Awards named Rowling the Author of the Year.

A wait of three years occurred between the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the fifth Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This gap led the press to speculate that Rowling had developed writer’s block. Joanne denied those rumors. Writing the book for Joanne was a chore, that it could have been shorter. She ran out of energy and time as she tried to finish it.

The sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, saw the world on July 16, 2005. The book also broke all sales records, selling nine million copies in its first 24 hours of the release. Later, Rowling noted that the first chapter of the sixth book, which describes the conversation between the Minister of Magic and the British Prime Minister, had to be the first chapter of the “Philosopher’s Stone”, then the “Chamber of Secrets”, and then the “Prisoner of Azkaban.” In 2006, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince received the Book of the Year prize at the British Book Awards.

The subsequent Harry Potter publications

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the name of the seventh and Harry Potter book. This news was announced at the end of December 2006. On January 11, 2007, J.K. Rowling finished the seventh book in her hotel room at The Balmoral in Edinburgh. On July 21, 2007, Rowling released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The novel broke the record of its predecessor as the fastest-selling book of all-time. On the first day, there were sold 11 million copies in the United Kingdom and the United States. The last chapter of the book Rowling had written in the 1990s.

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J. K. Rowling signs a copy of her book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in New Orleans, USA on October 18, 2007.

While working on her final book, Rowling starred in the documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, which was broadcasted on ITV in the UK on December 30, 2007. Rowling visited her old apartment in Edinburgh, where she finished her first Harry Potter book. She was moved to tears and mentioned that it was the place where she completely turned her life.

In the interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rowling paid homage to her mother for the success of the book series: “If she hadn’t died, I don’t think it’s too strong to say that there wouldn’t be Harry Potter. The books are what they are because she died.” Today, Harry Potter is the global brand, estimated to be worth $15 billion. The last four books of Harry Potter consistently set records as the best-selling books in history. The series, totaling 4,195 pages, have been translated, in whole or in part, into 73 languages. It was also recognized that the Harry Potter books have caused an interest among young people at a time when children were believed to have abandoned the books in favor of computers and television.

In October 2015, J.K. Rowling announced the ‘eighth Harry Potter book series’ called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that she co-authored together with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The two-part story focuses on the life of Harry Potter’s youngest son Albus Severus Potter. It begins nineteen years later after the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book’s cover

J.K. Rowling had to experience many difficulties on her way to the cherished dream, but the ability to bring it started to end led the writer to the highest peak of the literary society.

The ‘Harry Potter’ Film Series

J.K. Rowling had gained some creative control in the films to make them more attractive and to ensure that the scripts did not contradict the future fantasy series.

Warner Bros. took considerable notice of Rowling’s desires and thoughts when drafting her contract. However, Joanne had some principal stipulations. One of them was that the films had to be shot in Britain with an all-British cast, which has been adhered to. Rowling also requested Coca-Cola to donate $18 million to the American charity Reading is Fundamental.

The world invented by J.K. Rowling has been recreated for the filming of movies. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was modeled on the computer, but the interior scenes were played out in real-world scenery, in six different parts of Britain. If to look at the pictures of a medieval monastery in Lacock that is in the area of Bristol, it is easy to recognize Hogwarts’ interiors.

I think you're working and learning until you die. – J.K. Rowling Click To Tweet

London is also present in the first film. A vacant building in the Victorian Leadenhall Market was transformed into a fabulous pub “The Leaky Cauldron.” However, this pub was moved to another London area under the railway bridge on Stoney Street in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Rowling was reviewing all the scripts and acting as a producer on the final two-part installment, “Deathly Hallows”. Steve Kloves scripted the first four, sixth and seventh films and Rowling assisted him in the writing process. During filming, she also revealed Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) certain secrets about their characters before she revealed them in the books. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) asked Rowling if Harry died at any point in the series, and she answered: “You have a death scene,” thereby not explicitly answering the question.

The timeline of Harry Potter film series:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (release date: November 16, 2001; directed by: Chris Columbus);
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (release date: November 15, 2002; directed by: Chris Columbus);
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  (release date: June 04, 2004; directed by: Alfonso Cuarón);
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (release date: November 18, 2005; directed by: Mike Newell);
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (release date: July 11, 2007; directed by: David Yates);
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (release date: July 15, 2009; directed by: David Yates);
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (release date of the part one: November 19, 2010; release date of the part two: July 05, 2011; directed by: David Yates).

Pottermore

There is one unpleasant trend in the world right now: people read books less, and Joanne went online to support and develop her creativity.

On June 23, 2011, Rowling announced that all materials related to Harry Potter would be available on Pottermore.com.

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JK Rowling at Pottermore offices

Pottermore is the place where fans can share, participate in, and rediscover the stories. That is also the exclusive place to purchase digital audiobooks and e-books of the Harry Potter series.

J.K. Rowling collaborated with Sony to develop the site. The website is focused on the unknown parts of Harry Potter series and re-telling the story in an interactive way. The site features Rowling’s thoughts and several pages of some unpublished texts. It is open to everyone since April 14, 2012.

The Casual Vacancy and Other Fiction Books

In July 2011, Rowling parted with her literary agent, Christopher Little, and moved to a new agency, founded by one of his employees, Neil Blair. On February 23, 2012, the Blair Partnership announced on its website that J. K. Rowling was about to publish a new book aimed at adults, and it would be quite different from Harry Potter. In April 2012, Little, Brown and Company, a famous American publisher, announced the book entitled The Casual Vacancy. It was planned to be released on September 27, 2012. To promote the book, Rowling gave several interviews and visited the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the London Southbank Centre, The Charlie Rose Show, and the Lennoxlove Book Festival. The new book sold over 1 million copies worldwide in its first three weeks of the release. On December 03, 2012, it was announced that The Casual Vacancy would become a BBC TV and HBO miniseries. It started to air on February 15, 2014.

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Rowling with her new book The Casual Vacancy aimed at adults

The Harry Potter novels brought Rowling numerous awards and incredible success. In 2001, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales awarded Joanne Rowling with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her exceptional contribution to children’s literature.

However, Joanne not only pleases the kids with her books. In April 2013, she admitted authorship of a crime fiction, The Cuckoo’s Calling, which was published under a pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. According to Rowling, she enjoyed working on behalf of a fictional author. It relieves the pressure on the writer that she was experiencing because of the need to meet the readers’ expectations and fit her quality level. Also, Rowling noted that the absence of her original name on the cover allowed her to get an objective feedback in regards to her book.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, the purported début novel of Robert Galbraith, whom the publisher described as “a former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry.” It is a detective story in which a private detective Cormoran Strike unravels the supposed suicide of a supermodel. The action takes place in London. According to the author, she was inspired by the classical detective story of Phyllis Dorothy James and Ruth Rendell. It should be noted that the novel has taken positive reviews from recognized masters of the genre, and now several film companies are fighting for the rights to film this work.

Personal and Family Life

On December 26, 2001, Rowling married Dr. Neil Scott Murray (born June 30, 1971), a Scottish anesthetist. The private wedding ceremony was held at Rowling’s home, Killiechassie House, near Aberfeldy, in the county of Perthshire. Soon, a happy couple had a son, David Gordon Rowling Murray, who was born on March 24, 2003. Joanne even stopped writing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to care for David in his early infancy.

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Joanne Rowling with her husband Dr. Neil Murray at the Galaxy British Book Awards on April 9, 2008 in London, England.

Rowling is also a good friend of Sarah Brown, the wife of the former Prime-Minister Gordon Brown. They met while collaborating on a charitable project. Their friendship is proved by the fact when Rowling was one of the first to visit Sarah in the hospital when she gave birth to her son Fraser in 2003. Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray, the youngest Joanne’s child, was born on January 23, 2005. After finishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling dedicated the novel to her little daughter.

However, even after the wedding Joanne kept be afraid of interference in her life of her first husband, Jorge Arantes. And, it happened in one terrible moment. After treatment of drug addition, Arantes gave a boastful interview about how he “turned out of the house his intolerable wife with her screaming baby.” However, the interview did not become a front-pager.

Soon after that, Arantes was very sorry for his words. In an interview with the British reporters, he was tearfully apologizing Joanne. In one sunny morning, Rowling read the interview of her ex-husband’s confession and sighed with relief. On this day, the first time in her life, Joanne went to a jewelry store and chose a ring with aquamarine that fitted the color of her eyes. This ring will always remind her that no one will never humiliate her.

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve. – J.K. Rowling Click To Tweet

In her spare time, Rowling takes her kids out to have fun. As a creative person, she likes to draw and listen to music. Most of all, she loves cooking and baking. Rowling’s favorite color is pink, favorite food is sushi, the least favorite food is tripe, the favorite sound is the sea, and her husband snoring. The least favorite sound is her husband snoring when she wants to go to sleep. Her favorite sport is Quidditch, a quality she most admires in a person is bravery.

Joanne is still very sentimental, and money has not frozen her feelings. For example, she cannot kill her hero in her books without crying.

Joanne Rowling is a charming woman who had a long way to go to the success. There were many difficulties on her way, but they could not break her spirit and will. It is a perfect example of how important it is to carry through because every random idea may prepare a runaway success. We hope you have enjoyed exploring J.K. Rowling biography and success story of the Harry Potter book series, and it has inspired you to new discoveries.

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  • Garwood Beach

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  • Garwood Beach

    So beautiful and inspiring biography. I couldn’t tear my eyes from this story! Thank you guys for such a hard work.

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