Hi kids! I’m sure you knew Harry Potter and his friends. I’m very sure you read and love the books. But do you know about J.K. Rowling, the woman brought Harry Potter to life?
J.K. Rowling was born Joanne Rowling in Yate, England on July 31, 1965. Her real name is Joanne Rowling. She has a younger sister named Diane, who she called Di. When she went to school, she studied hard, like the character Hermione from her books.
From an early age, J.K. Rowling decided to be a writer. She wrote her first book at the age of six. It was about a rabbit called Rabbit who is visited by his friends when he gets sick. Then when she was eleven she wrote a novel about seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them.
The idea for the Harry Potter books came to Rowling in 1990 when she was on a train from Manchester to London. Because of the delay of the train, she began thinking about a secret school of wizardry and had a young boy wizard as the main hero with his adventures. Over the next years, she planned out the seven books of the series.
Several major events in Rowling’s life impacted the story and characters she was writing about. For example, her mother died while she was writing, and this experience allowed her to transfer the sadness she felt to Harry and the loss of his parents in the story.
Like many first-time authors, J.K. Rowling struggled to get her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published. The book was rejected by many publishers. Finally, a small British publisher, Bloomsbury, saw the potential of the book because the chairman of the publishing house gave the first chapter to his then eight-year-old daughter, Alice, to read. Upon finishing, she immediately demanded the rest of the book. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was accepted for publication and quickly became a bestseller in 1997. The book was translated into other languages and stated spreading round the globe.
The Harry Potter books have broken many records. J.K. Rowling also has received many awards and honours. Here’s the list of published 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
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001)
- Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard 2008)
- Harry Potter prequel (2008)