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Harry Potter author J.K. RowlingThe author of the Harry Potter book series, who recently penned her first adult novel - The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling has also made headlines in 2013 for a crime novel 'The Cukoo's Calling," written under a pen name that was quickly found to have been written by the famous author herself.

No doubt Rowling has enjoyed success after success with the mega-popular Harry Potter book series and subsequent movie versions that have enjoyed a cult following worldwide for almost a decade..

Her final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007 which was followed by the opening of the Harry Potter theme park which debuted with much fanfair in Orlando, Florida.

book cover for The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
Rowling's first move to adult
fiction, The Casual Vacancy, hit
bookstores in September 2012

Not resting on her laurels, the former single mom and now billionaire publishing phenomenon later announced in February 2012 that she would turn to adult fiction following one of the most successful childrens book series in publishing history.

Rowling's abrupt turn to mysteries and crime fiction is a welcome addition to adult bookshelves and, although it's still too early to tell, the probability of these books being translated into Hollywood movies (perhaps starring gown-up Harry Potter stars?) is an intriguing possibility.

Stay tuned...

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Conjuring Harry Potter

The rags-to-riches success story of J.K. Rowling began near Bristol, U.K. where she was born Joanne Rowling on July 31, 1965.

Rowling's college days were spent majoring in French at Exeter University in the UK.

Subsequent postgraduate work took place in Paris, then in London, where she worked for Amnesty International.

The idea for Harry Potter was first germinated during the Rowling's long train commute each day from her home in Manchester to Amnesty International's London office.

She kept working on the tale during a brief stint in Portual, where she taught English as a second language, and continued her writing through a failed first marriage to Portugese TV journalist, Jorge Arantes.

Suddenly cast in the role as a single mother, Rowling returned to the UK and survived on welfare benefts as she struggled to raise infant daughter, Jessica, in a mice-infested flat in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"I could not afford the luxury of writer's block," the author later recalled, "so I kept writing."

Almost Like Magic

Thinking that young boys would be put off by a woman storyteller, Rowling decided to go under the the pen name J.K., incorporating the K after her grandmother, Kathleen.

And the rest is Potter publishing history.

When the book, entitled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, hit the bookshelves in 1997 it won almost instant critical notice and garnered 8 international book awards and a cult following of children and adult readers. With millions captivated by the the fully-realized story of boy wizard Harry Potter and his adventures with friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, the book skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists around the world.

And Rowling - in an equally astonishing reversal of fortune - fast switched circumstances from welfare mom to one of the most recognized authors on the planet.

To date, equally popular subsequent titles include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) - all earning Rowling the distinction of being one of the world's richest women.

With profits from related movie and merchandising rights, the author has overtaken even Queen Elizabeth II on the world's lists of the most wealthy. Now a reported billionaire, Rowling currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband, Dr Neil Murray, and has three children.

All told, more than 250 million books in the Harry Potter series have been sold in some 61 translations in over 200 countries worldwide.

Book 6 in the series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, (HBP to rabid fans) predictablly broke sales records when it sold 7.9 million copies in the first 24 hours of being published on July 16, 2006, with pre-orders on already having climbed to more than one million. Confirming book 7 as the finale to Harry Potter, the author also admitted to somewhat enviable confusion over her future direction, adding... "The world is my oyster now. I can do whatever I want."

One of last of the Harry Potter films, based on Book 7 in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in a two-part series beginning in November 2010 starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson reprising their roles as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.

True to her word, the author is currently embarking on writing for a whole new generation of followers, now grown-up, in a series of novels aimed at adults.


J.K. Rowling Pictures, News & Biographies:

J.K. Rowling Official Site

J.K. Rowling - Wikipedia

Hello! Profiles - J.K. Rowling

The Leaky Cauldron - Harry Potter News & Updates


J.K. Rowling Quotes:

• Poverty is a lot like childbirth - you know it is going to hurt before it happens, but you'll never know how much until you experience it.

Always have a vivid imagination, for you never know when you might need it.

• It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

• Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

• It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

• Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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