J.K. Rowling

Author, Schoolteacher
Prior to becoming perhaps the best-selling author of all time, J. K. Rowling struggled with all manner of life problems that would have sent most mere mortals spiraling into pits of despair, never to be heard from ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1965 in Chipping Sodbury, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (7)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

(from novel: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") (Source Material)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") (Source Material)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

(from novel: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") (Source Material)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

(from novel: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix") (Source Material)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

(from novel: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") (Source Material)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 (Movie)

(from novel: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") (Source Material)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

(from novel:"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") (Source Material)
Actor (4)

J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20: A Year In The Life...J.K. Rowling 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

J.K. Rowling and the Story of Harry Potter 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

The Casual Vacancy 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Prior to becoming perhaps the best-selling author of all time, J. K. Rowling struggled with all manner of life problems that would have sent most mere mortals spiraling into pits of despair, never to be heard from again. Rowling, on the other hand, channeled her misfortunes into self-determination, achieving her lifelong goal of being a successful writer, and along the way, creating one of the best known and beloved characters in contemporary literature. Her creation of Harry Potter - an angst-ridden boy who explores his powers as a budding magician while coping with the tragic loss of his parents and the frustrations of growing into an adult - would capture the imaginations of both children and adults. Little did Rowling know that when Potter magically appeared to her while on route to London via train that he would become such an international star, both in books and on the big screen, and would turn the once down-and-out writer into a multi-millionaire. Despite the immense popularity of her creation, Rowling tried - often futilely - to maintain her privacy. But Harry Potter took on a life of its own, thanks to the legions of fans who emptied bookshelves or crowded multiplexes whenever the next installment came to light, putting the reluctant author into the awkward position of being an international celebrity.

Relationships

Jorge Arantes

Husband
Met in Portugal Married Oct. 16, 1992 Divorced Nov. 30, 1993 after a fight in which Arantes threw Rowling out of the house

Jessica Arantes

Daughter
Born July 27, 1993; father, Jorge Arantes

Neil Murray

Husband
Married Dec. 26, 2001

Mackenzie Murray

Daughter
Born Jan. 23, 2005; father, Neil Murray

Peter Rowling

Father
Worked for Rolls-Royce Married Rowling's mother in 1964 at age 20

Diane Rowling

Sister
Born June 28, 1967

David Rowling Murray

Son
Born March 23, 2003; father, Neil Murray

Anne Volant

Mother
Part French, part Scottish Married Rowling's father in 1964 at age 20 Died in 1990 from complications from multiple sclerosis at age 45

EDUCATION

University of Exeter

did a year of study in Paris

Milestones

2012

Wrote her first post-Harry Potter novel, titled The Casual Vacancy

2011

Final film in Rowling's Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" released; Yates returned as director

2010

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" released; David Yates returned as director

2007

Released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels

2005

Published Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series

2003

Penned Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the Harry Potter series; film released in 2007 and directed by David Yates

2001

Penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find, a book written to benefit the British charity Comic Relief

2000

Published Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the Harry Potter series; film released in 2005 and was directed by Mike Newell

1999

Published Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series of books; film released in 2004 was directed by Alfonso Cuarón

1998

Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the first two novels for a seven-figure sum; "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released in 2001 and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in 2002; both directed by Chris Columbus

1998

Published Philosopher’s Stone in the U.S. under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

1997

An auction was held in the U.S. for the rights to publish the novel, and was won by Scholastic Inc., who paid Rowling more than $100,000

1997

Published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with an initial print run of only 1,000 copies

1996

Signed with Bloomsbury publishing house

1994

Was on public assistance for nine months in 1994; during time completed what became her breakthrough book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for publication in the U.S.)

1990

Developed the idea for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry

Moved to London to work as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International

Moved to Porto, Portugal to teach English as a foreign language

Received an £8000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing

Bonus Trivia

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Rowling, along with Nelson Mandela, Al Gore, and Alan Greenspan, wrote an introduction to a collection of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's speeches, of which the proceeds were donated to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory.

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Rowling contributed money and support for research and treatment of multiple sclerosis, from which her mother died in 1990.

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In June 2000, Queen Elizabeth II honoured Rowling by making her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

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In July 2006 Rowling received a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honorary degree from University of Aberdeen for her "significant contribution to many charitable causes" and "her many contributions to society".

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