J. K. Rowling

Published on
Full Name J. K. Rowling
Age 55 Years Old
Nick Name J. K. Rowling
Gender Female
Famous As Writer
Birth Date July 31st, 1965
Birth Place Yate, Gloucestershire, England

View All

Joanne Rowling shortly named as J. K. Rowling is an author, film producer, television producer, screenwriter as well as a philanthropist who is famous for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. Moreover, she has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies becoming the best-selling book series in history. The books are the basis of a popular film series, over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts. She also writes crime fiction under the name Robert Galbraith. She has supported multiple charities, including Comic Relief, One Parent Families, and Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, as well as launching her own charity, Lumos. J.K. Rowling is facing widespread criticism from the transgender community and other activists after tweeting support for a researcher who lost her job for stating that people cannot change their biological sex. On Thursday morning, Rowling tweeted a response that said: “Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill.” The “Harry Potter” author is otherwise known for her liberal political views and many on Twitter labeled her a TERF (Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist). Among those criticizing her was the Human Rights Campaign, which tweeted: “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. CC: JK Rowling.” 

J.K. Rowling With The Character Of Harry Potter

Source: @jkrowling01

Famous For

  • For having authored the famous Harry Potter book series, which has gone on to sell more than 400 million copies.
  • Being named the "Most Influential Woman in Britain" by leading magazine editors in October 2010. 

Where was J. K. Rowling born?

J. K. Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 as Joanne Rowling to her parents, James and Anne Rowling in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She holds English nationality and her ethnicity is White. As of 2019, she celebrated her 54th birthday with her parents and friends. About her education, she attended St Michael's Primary School before enrolling herself at the Wyedean School and College. She then admitted herself to the University of Exeter for BA in French and Classics. She started writing when she was only five. Her first ever written story was ‘Rabbit’. She then graduated in the year 1986 and moved to London and took up the job of a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International. She also penned a short essay titled, ‘What was the Name of that Nymph Again? or Greek and Roman Studies Recalled’ that was published in the University of Exeter's journal Pegasus. She is Christian by religion. 

How J.K. Rowling started her Career (Beginning-Present)?

J. K. Rowling-Harry Potter's Collection

Source: @amazon.com

  • J. K. Rowling conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. 
  • After that, she went on to dream a little more, thus forming the caricature of the bespectacled boy Harry Potter and his antics.
  • She then started penning 'Philosopher's Stone', the first of the Harry Potter series.
  • An advertisement in The Guardian led her to move to Porto, Portugal, to teach English as a foreign language.
  • During the day, she assimilated thoughts and penned the first three chapters of her book.
  • Facing personal turmoil, she moved to Scotland in 1993 to live near her sister Dianne.
  • In the year 1995, she completed her manuscript of the legendary book, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. 
  • After facing rejection from about 12 publishers, editor, she finally got a green signal from Barry Cunningham of Bloomsbury.
  • To support herself financially, she took up a teacher training course at the Moray House School of Education, at Edinburgh University. 
  • One thousand copies of the first edition of the book were printed, of which 500 were distributed to libraries.
  • She received an £8,000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing.
  • Moreover, she also gained money by selling the rights of publishing the book in the US to Scholastic Inc.
  • She then came out with the sequel of the book in the year 1998, titled, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.
  • The book was very well received and captivated the mind of the audience who kept craving for more.
  • The wait wasn’t a very long one as she published the third book of the series, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ in the year 1999. 
  • By the summer of 2000, the three of the seven-book series had already done a business of $480 million, with over 35 million copies in print in 35 languages.
  • Warner Bros signed a deal with her to come up with film adaptation of the same.
  • On 8th July 2000, she released her fourth book, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. 
  • The book crashed all the previous records and set new milestones in the literary world of fiction which sold as many copies on the first day as ‘Prisoners of Azkaban’ sold in its first year.
  • In the year 2001, the film version of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was released. 
  • The film was greatly received at the box office, earning $90.3 million in its first weekend itself. 
  • In the year 2003, she came with her fifth novel of the series, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, while the sixth book titled, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ came in the year 2005. 
  • In the year 2004, ‘Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban’ was released while in the year 2005 came ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’.
  • The final book of the series came on 21st July 2007, titled, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ which became the fastest-selling book of all time, with 11 million copies sold on its first day of release in the UK and the US. 
  • The film version of the ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ was released in 2007.
  • The last book of the series was adapted in two installments. While the first part was released in November 2010, the second and final part hit the theatres in 2011.
  • In April 2012, Little, Brown, and Company announced that the book was titled The Casual Vacancy and would be released on 27 September 2012.
  • On 3rd December 2012, it was announced that the BBC would be adapting The Casual Vacancy into a television drama miniseries. 
  • In the year 2012, she came up with a website Pottermore, which included some previously undisclosed information on characters, places, and objects in the Harry Potter universe. 
  • She even started working on the encyclopedia of Harry Potter penning various unpublished notes and materials.
  • In the year 2013, she came up with yet another adult book, ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. 
  • As of now, she is supposedly working on two types of novels - one aimed for children while the other for adults. 
  • She is a supporter of the Shannon Trust, which runs the Toe by Toe Reading Plan and the Shannon Reading Plan in prisons across Britain, helping and giving tutoring to prisoners who cannot read.
  • In December 2019, she faced harsh criticism following her support for Maya Forstater, a researcher who was criticized by a British court for having views about transgender people that are "not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
  • Talking about her awards, she is the proud recipient of the National Book Awards, British Book Awards, Hugo Award, British Book of the Year award, Locus Awar, Bram Stoker award, Hans Christian Anderson Literature award and many more. 

Who is the Husband of J. K. Rowling?

J. K. Rowling is a married woman. She tied the knot with a Portuguese journalist, Jorge Arantes on 16th October 1992. They were blessed with a baby girl. But the two did not stay long together and separated on 17th November 1993. She filed for divorce in August 1994. She got married for the second time to Neil Michael Murray, an anesthetic in 2001 and the duo was blessed with a son David Gordon Rowling Murray and daughter Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray. As of today, the duo is living a happy life without any disturbances. 

What is the Net Worth of J. K. Rowling?

The estimated net worth of this famous author who is best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series is under $1 Billion as of May 2019. The Sunday Times estimated her net worth at GBP 750 million ($953 million). Ten years after the final Harry Potter book and six years after the final film, Rowling was the highest-paid novelist in the world, and Forbes ranked her as the third highest-paid celebrity, earning an estimated $95 million that year. Her major source of income is from her books. Moreover, she also earns from television career. Overall, she is satisfied with her earnings. She has made a huge amount of wealth over the years. She earned it all by herself and she deserves all of it. 

How tall is J. K. Rowling?

J. K. Rowling is a very beautiful woman with a charming personality. She has a tall height of 165 m or five feet four inches with a balanced body weight of 54 Kg. Her body build is slim. Her other body measurements such as waist size, bra size, shoe size and more are still to get revealed yet and will be added once we get details about it. She has sexy eyes and irresistible looks. She’s got perfectly sculpted bodily shape and beautiful pair of long legs. She has a great sense of style. She always keeps herself groomed. She wears clothes that are age-appropriate and bring out the best in her. She has an attractive body that every lady wishes to have.