J.K. Rowling

A Touch of Magic

 J.K. Rowling is the pen name of British author Joanne "Jo" Murray, best known for her Harry Potter fantasy book series.  Her Harry Potter books just might be magic considering they have taken her from welfare to multi-millionaire status.  After the birth of her daughter and separation from her husband, Rowling lived on welfare while taking a year-long study course that would allow be a Teacher in Scotland.

It was during this period that she began writing the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneIt was rejected by 12 publishers before Bloomsbury, a small publishing house took a chance on it in 1995. The publisher told Rowling to get a day job. However, Harry Potter had other plans.


The book quickly began receiving notice and awards including the prestigious British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year.  Published in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the book reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in August 1999.  The sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was published in July 1998.  Harry was on his way to becoming famous and he was taking his creator, Rowling, with him.

There are now seven books in the series.  The last one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in 2007.  Rowling says it is the end of the series. She does however intend to continue writing children’s books.


Today, Rowling’s books have been turned into six movies known around the world as Harry Potter and the… Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and the Half Blood Prince


The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is already in production as a two-part movie to be released separately in 2010 with the final release in 2011.  And as of November 2009, the film franchise is the highest grossing film franchise of all time, grossing $5.4 billion dollars. Guess she didn’t need that day job after all.



Tags: JK Rowling, Harry Potter, Bloomsbury, JoanneMurray British Book Award, New York Times, bestseller, childrens books

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