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Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born July 31, 1965 in Yate, near Bristol, England to Rolls Royce engineer Peter and Anne Rowling. Her childhood was spent in the Bristol area where she was raised with her younger sister, Diana. Her early history is peppered with names of people and places that later appeared in her writing: her parents met on a train as it left King's Cross Station; childhood friends Ian and Vikki Potter; the nearby town of Dursley. Joanne began writing stories at age six. Her dream of becoming a writer stayed with her although she began her career as a teacher upon graduating from Exeter. She dreamed up the Harry Potter stories in 1990; it took six years to write the first book. Meanwhile, she taught in Portugal where she met and married, had a baby girl, Jessica, divorced, and returned to Great Britain where she finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She was quickly signed by literary agent Christopher Little; however, several (presumably very rueful) publishers turned down the book before it was purchased by Bloomsbury in 1996. Joanne married Neil Murray in December 2001. The couple has one child, David, and is expecting another in early 2005. Joanne was awarded the O.B.E. in 2001; the prestigious award was presented by one of her fans, Charles, Prince of Wales.


News Articles about J.K. Rowling


People 9/21/15 To Be Clear, J.K. Rowling Does Not Condone Children Sleeping Under Stairs Like Harry Potter

TV Guide 9/12/15 J.K. Rowling Says We've Been Pronouncing Voldemort Wrong This Whole Time

Entertainment Weekly 7/31/15 50 things we love about J.K. Rowling for her 50th birthday

Entertainment Weekly 7/31/15 J.K. Rowling uncovers details about her French roots on Who Do You Think You Are?

Zap2It 7/11/15 JK Rowling smacks down Serena Williams Twitter troll

Access Hollywood 6/29/15 Harry Potter Coming Back For London Stage Play

Zap2It 5/21/15 J.K. Rowling gently scolds 'Harry Potter's' Matthew Lewis over sexy photo shoot

Entertainment Weekly 5/11/15 J.K. Rowling just named Moaning Myrtle 'Elizabeth Warren,' but it's not what you think

Zap2It 5/3/15 J.K. Rowling is 'really sorry' about that whole killing off Fred Weasley thing

TV Guide 3/29/15 Watch the Trailer for J.K. Rowling's Very Grown-Up HBO Miniseries The Casual Vacancy

Entertainment Weekly 3/25/15 J.K. Rowling politely responds fan who 'can't see' Dumbledore as gay

USA Today 2/9/15 J.K. Rowling reveals the fate of Fluffy and other 'Potter' loose ends

Zap2It 2/2/15 Watch J.K Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' trailer: Death rocks a small town

Time 1/13/15 See These Weird New Images of Your Favorite Harry Potter Characters

Time 12/22/14 J.K. Rowling Finally Gives Harry Potter Fans What They Want

Hollywood Reporter 12/16/14 J.K. Rowling Confirms Jewish Character in 'Harry Potter'

People 12/12/14 Learn More About Professor Snape's Past in a New (and Very, Very Short) Harry Potter Story

TV Guide 12/6/14 J.K. Rowling Releasing New Harry Potter Stories for the Holidays

TV Guide 10/31/14 J.K. Rowling Reveals Secrets About Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge in New Essay

E!Online 10/24/14 Pottermore! J.K. Rowling to Publish a New Story About One of Harry Potter's Biggest Enemies on Halloween

Entertainment Weekly 10/17/14 J.K. Rowling plans to build a 'Hagrid hut' on her Scottish estate

People 10/7/14 J.K. Rowling Teases Fans with Cryptic Tweets

NY Daily News 9/8/14 J.K. Rowling responds to fanís gripe about gay Dumbledore with curt tweet

E!Online 8/18/14 J.K. Rowling Unveils New Harry Potter Story and Song by Little-Known Sorceress Celestina Warbeck

US Magazine 8/6/14 J.K. Rowling Sends Letter as Dumbledore to Teen Cassidy Stay Who Lost Entire Family in Tragic Shooting

E!Online 7/8/14 J.K. Rowling Publishes New Harry Potter Story


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