J. K. Rowling

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Joanne Rowling, pen name J. K. Rowling is a British author mainly known as the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series.


On her birth certificate, she does not have a middle name despite her name of J. K. Rowling and used "J. K. Rowling" because her thought was that people wouldn't publish or read her book because she was female, therefore she changed her pen name to J. K. Rowling. She used "K" for her middle pen name for Kathleen from her grandmother.


Her life varies upon the three stages of her life (child, adult, present) from being of a great struggle to a great success; generally troubled at the beginning of her life to the time of achievement.

Early life

She was the eldest child in her family and grew up in a house in Church Cottage, Tutshill, England. She went to St Michael's Primary School for her elementary years. As her early life was "unhappy", she based Hermione as a character or herself.

Middle life

When she had the idea to create the book, several other dramatic tragic events occurred in her life time including her mother's death and divorce of her first husband. She had many careers as an adult in her life from teaching, researching, as a secretary, and more. During her years of divorce, as a single parent she had a child to take care of. Her failure she says gave her freedom to write her series. Her economic status has been classified as poor yet with basic necessities and had received welfare from the government.

Present life

She completed her first novel of the Harry Potter series in 1995. This book has received attention from the first person to read the book and has agreed to help her publish the book. She completed her efforts to publish her book when the Barry Cunningham publishing company agreed to publish her book. This company thought that they would receive little money from this book yet received more than what was thought for. She received more than €10,000 and in 1998 sold to Scholastic for more than $80,000. By this time, she received many rewards and her series slowly edged to the bestselling series with each new novel.


Educational Achievements

She has went to 5 different universities including Harvard university until 2008 and has received degrees of diplomacy from all universities.

Significant Book Awards

She has received 22+ significant book awards including book of the year titles, and more.


Harry Potter and the....

  • Philosopher's stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Half-blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows
  • Related works:
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Quidditch through the Early Ages
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child