JK Rowling Biography

JK Rowling (Joanne Rowling) was born on 31st July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She is a novelist and screenwriter who is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.

JK Rowling full name

Her name is Joanne Rowling but her pen name is J. K. Rowling. Her pulisher asked that she use two initials rather than her full name anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman. She choose K for Kathleen from her paternal grandmother.

Where was JK Rowling Born

Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England.

JK Rowling Early Life – JK Rowling Life Story

She, her younger sister, Dianne and her parents lived in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, until Joanne was nine, when the family moved to Tutshill, near Chepstow. JK Rowling grew up surrounded by books as her mum and dad loved reading.

From an early age Joanne wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first book at the age of six – a story about a rabbit called Rabbit. Then when she was eleven she wrote a novel about seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them.

Joanne went to school at Wyedean Comprehensive School and then went on to study French and Classics at the University of Exeter. Her Classics studies would come in very handy later when she was thinking up all the spells in Harry Potter, some of which are based on Latin!

J.K. Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter while delayed on a train travelling from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990. Over the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the series. She wrote mostly in longhand and amassed a mountain of notes, many of which were on scraps of paper.

She arrived in Edinburgh in 1993 with three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in her suitcase. By now she had a baby daughter, Jessica, but she continued to write in every spare moment she could find. When Joanne had finished the manuscript, she sent the first three chapters to a number of literary agents, one of whom wrote back asking to see the rest of it.

After finishing the first book and whilst training as a teacher, Harry Potter was accepted for publication by Bloomsbury. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone quickly became a bestseller on publication in 1997. As the book was translated into other languages, Harry Potter started spreading round the globe – and J.K. Rowling was soon receiving thousands of letters from fans.

The Harry Potter books have since broken many records. In 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows became the fastest-selling book ever, selling 2.65 million in the first 24 hours in the UK. The Harry Potter series is now published in 80 languages, and over 500 million copies have been sold across the world. J.K. Rowling has also written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos); and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos).

In 2015 J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published under the title ‘Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination’ (in aid of Lumos and university financial aid at Harvard). In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world. J.K. Rowling has written a film script inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, with the film due for release in Autumn 2016. In addition to J.K Rowling’s collaboration on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, an original new story by J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, she is also making her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the wizarding world, due for release in November 2016.

J.K. Rowling has received many awards and honours, including an OBE for services to children’s literature, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

JK Rowling Age

Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England.

JK Rowling Harry Potter Books

  • 1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • 1998: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • 1999: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • 2000: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 2003: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 2005: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • 2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 2016: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

JK Rowling Books List

  • 1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • 2007: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 2012: The Casual Vacancy
  • 2001: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • 2013: The Cuckoo’s Calling
  • 2007: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • 2014: The Silkworm
  • 2000: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 1998: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • 1999: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • 2001: Quidditch Through the Ages
  • 2003: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 2015: Career of Evil
  • 2005: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • 2016: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
  • 2016: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
  • 2008: Harry Potter prequel
  • 2016: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
  • 2016: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
  • 2015: Livro – Coleção Harry Potter (7 Volumes).
  • 2017: Harry Potter – A History of Magic
  • 2015: Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  • 2017: Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery
  • 2001: 142 Escaleras, Las
  • 2001: El Libro de Las Mascaras

Last Harry Potter Book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It was released on 21 July, 2007

Harry Potter Book 8

Harry Porter and the Cursed Child is a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an
original new story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany.Harry Porter is an verworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must
struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both
father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

JK Rowling Movies

  • 2016: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • 2001: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 2018: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • 2009: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • 2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • 2002: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • 2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 2016: Severus Snape and the Marauders
  • 2010: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

JK Rowling Family

She, her younger sister, Dianne and her parents lived in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, until Joanne was nine, when the family moved to Tutshill, near Chepstow. JK Rowling grew up surrounded by books as her mum and dad loved reading.

JK Rowling Husband

On 16th October 1992 she married Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes. They separated on 17 November 1993. On 26th December 2001 she married Neil Murray a Scottish doctor.

JK Rowling Children – JK Rowling Kids

J. K. Rowling has three children, Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes born on 27th July 1993 from her first marriage to Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes. Her second child,David Gordon Rowling Murray was born on 24th March 2003. Her third child Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray was born on 23rd January 2005.

JK Rowling Photo

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

JK Rowling Contact

J.K. Rowling
C/O Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
50 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3DP
UK
For media enquiry, email J.K. Rowling’s PR team at info@jkrowlingpr.com.

JK Rowling Video

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