Produced in Yate, England, on July 31, 1965, J.K. Rowling came from modest economical means before composing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a children’s fantasy novel. The work was an international success and Rowling composed six more novels in the show, which sold in the countless millions and was accommodated into a blockbuster movie franchise. In the year 2012, Rowling released the non-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy.
She embraced her pen name, J.K., including her grandma’s name, Kathleen, for the latter initial (Rowling doesn’t have a middle name).
As a single mother dwelling in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling became an international literary sensation in 1999, when the first three episodes of her Harry Potter children’s book show took on the top three positions of The New York Times bestseller list after reaching similar success in her native United Kingdom.
A graduate of Exeter University, Rowling moved to Portugal in 1990 to educate English. The couple’s daughter, Jessica, was created in 1993. Following several rejections, she eventually sold the novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the word “Philosopher” was altered to “Sorcerer” for its publication in America), for the equivalent of about $4,000. The publication, and its subseqent show, chronicled the life of Harry Potter, a young magician, and his motley group of cohorts in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In July 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire found a first printing of 5.3 million copies and advance arrangements of over 1.8 million. Following a deferred release date, the fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, reach bookstores in June 2003.
Rowling, currently Britain’s 13th most affluent girl—more affluent than even the Queen—doesn’t intend to write any more novels in the show, but hasn’t completely ruled out the chance.
A movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, directed by Chris Columbus, was launched in November 2001. It ended the year as the top-grossing film of 2001. The 2nd and third movies in the show opened in November 2002 and June 2004 respectively, each have similar record breaking box office success. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, directed by Mike Newell, was launched in 2005. In 2009, the movie version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is scheduled to hit theatres on July 17. The film is likely to gross several million in the box office. The Potter movies are scheduled to come to a conclusion in 2011.
Although J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is completed, the writer continues to work on more written works.
Rowling’s first novel directed at grownups, The Casual Vacancy, was printed in September 2012. The novel, a dark comedy of a local election in the little English town of Pagford, got mixed reviews. A book review in The New York Times called the novel “unsatisfactory” and “boring.” A review in The Telegraph, nevertheless, gave the book three out of five stars, saying the novel is “Rowling on bodkin-sharp comic strip kind in the first pages … Jane Austen herself would respect the manner [Rowling] shows the news of Barry’s passing spreading like a virus round Pagford.”
In 2013, Rowling broke into a fresh writing style: crime fiction. But this new work included a mystery all its own. She released the mystery novel Cuckoo Calling that April below the pen name Robert Galbraith. In its first month or two of release, the novel had small sales and got favorable reviews. Sales for the work skyrocketed in July when its writer’s identity was found. Based on Bloomberg News report, Rowling said that “I ‘d expected to keep this secret just a little more, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It’s been amazing to release without hype or anticipation, and pure joy to get comments under another name.”
After that year, Rowling declared a fresh movie venture with Warner Bros. This new film series will likely be based on Rowling’s hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Based on Entertainment Weekly, Rowling described in a statement the films draw from “the global community of witches and magicians where I was so happy for 17 years,” but “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter collection, however an expansion of the wizarding world.”
Rowling is also apparently focusing on a fresh Harry Potter-related publication. On her site, she declared that she is going to compose “an encyclopedia of Harry’s world” as well as the royalties from this volume will probably be given to charity.
In 2014, Rowling published a short story about grown up Harry Potter and a Hogwarts school reunion on her web site Pottermore.
On December 26, 2001, J.K. Rowling wed anesthetist Dr. Neil Murray at the couple’s residence in Scotland. They got two kids together, David (b.2003) and Mackenzie (b. 2005). Rowling has one kid, Jessica (b. 1993), from her previous marriage.