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About the Author: J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling. Many people have heard of her and if you can’t quite remember the name, I’ll remind you. She wrote some books called Harry Potter– a 7 book series about a boy who survived the curse of an evil wizard and had to deal with it the rest of his school career, which was at a wizard school, of course. She is a British writer still writing books to this day. Some of them besides Harry Potter include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tale’s of Beedle the Bard, The Casual Vacancy, and The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Rowling was born in England in July of 1965. She grew up in Chepstow, Gwent and later attended college at Exeter University where she graduated with a degree in French and Classics. After she graduated college, she worked at Amnesty International as a researcher.

She began to write Harry Potter during this job on a delayed train ride to London. Within the next five years, she outlined the books and started to write the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And that’s where her crazy journey began  to becoming an award winning author.

The first book was published in June 1997 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. She published the book under J.K. Rowling because her publisher didn’t believe young boys would want to read a book a woman wrote. The “K” stands for Kathleen, which was her grandmother’s name. It is not a part of the name she was born with.

Each book of the series achieved high places on charts for weeks at a time and broke several records.

Not only has she written many books, but she has won many awards for her writings. She has spoken at several universities worldwide and is involved in charity work. She is the founder of Lumos, a charity dedicated to disadvantaged children.

Rowling is happily married with 3 children and now lives in Edinburgh. She is now writing the screen play for a spin off movie of Harry Potter based off her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is also within the wizarding world. The trailer for the upcoming movie is below!

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