Profile: J.K. Rowling

I can undoubtedly attribute my love for reading and writing to J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series, and her books are what sparked my desire to pursue an education in English language and literature. I wanted to shed some light on who she is as a person in order to not only educate myself, but hopefully you as well.

Joanna Rowling was born in Yate, England, on July 31st, 1965. Her writing name, J.K., is a result of the combination of her name with her grandmother’s name (Kathleen) as Rowling does not have a middle name.

In 1999 Rowling exploded onto the literary scene with the release the first three texts in her Harry Potter series claiming the highest spots on The New York Times Bestseller List. When she released the fourth text in the series in 2004, the book became and remains to be the fastest selling book in history.

Rowling moved to Portugal in 1990 to teach English and there married her husband Jorge Arantes, a journalist. The couple has a daughter, Jessica, though they eventually divorced and Rowling moved to Edinburgh with her daughter. In Edinburgh Rowling lived with her sister and wrote the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone whilst on a train travelling from Manchester to London. The text was rejected by multiple publishers though was eventually accepted and said acceptance was of tremendous importance to Rowling as she was struggling to support herself and her daughter.

Rowling’s Harry Potter series is arguably one of the most successful book collections in history, and to date she stands at Britain’s 13th wealthiest woman, earning more fortune than the Queen of England herself. She has written books outside of the context Harry Potter and has not yet blatantly stated that her writing career will be retired. Rowling’s books and the film adaptations of such books will remain prevalent in media for years to come, and she is a true example of a success story.



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