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J. K. Rowling
CH OBE FRSL FRCPE FRSE

Rowling at the White House, April 2010
Rowling at the White House, April 2010

Born

Joanne Rowling 31 July 1965 Yate, Gloucestershire, England

Pen name

  • J. K. Rowling
  • Robert Galbraith

Occupation

Novelist, philanthropist, film producer, television producer, screenwriter

Nationality

British

Education

University of Exeter

Period

1997–present

Genre

Fantasy, drama, young adult fiction, tragicomedy, crime fiction

Notable works

Harry Potterseries

Spouse

  • Jorge Arantes ( m.  1992; div.  1995)
  • Neil Murray ( m.  2001)

Children

3

Signature

Website

jkrowling .com

Joanne Rowling CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, FRSE, , writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film producer, television producer and screenwriter, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have won multiple awards, and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history. They have also been the basis for a film series, over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and was a producer on the final films in the series.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in 1997. There were six sequels, of which the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007. Since then, Rowling has written five books for adult readers: The Casual Vacancy and—under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—the crime fiction novels The Cuckoo's Calling , The Silkworm , Career of Evil , and Lethal White .

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Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. - J. K. Rowling

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

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The best of us must sometimes eat our words. - J. K. Rowling

The best of us must sometimes eat our words.

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I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had. - J. K. Rowling

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.

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The middle class is so funny, it's the class I know best, and it's the class where you find the most pretension, so that's what makes the middle classes so funny. - J. K. Rowling

The middle class is so funny, it's the class I know best, and it's the class where you find the most pretension, so that's what makes the middle classes so funny.

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No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn't sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours' writing. Nothing. - J. K. Rowling

No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn't sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours' writing. Nothing.

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Death is just life's next big adventure. - J. K. Rowling

Death is just life's next big adventure.

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To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. - J. K. Rowling

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

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Death obsesses me, yes it does. I can't really understand why it doesn't obsess everyone - I think it does really, I'm just a little more out about it. - J. K. Rowling

Death obsesses me, yes it does. I can't really understand why it doesn't obsess everyone - I think it does really, I'm just a little more out about it.

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It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. - J. K. Rowling

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

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I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity. - J. K. Rowling

I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.

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You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money, and I certainly had that experience. - J. K. Rowling

You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money, and I certainly had that experience.

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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. - J. K. Rowling

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

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Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. - J. K. Rowling

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.

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Failure means a stripping away of the inessential. - J. K. Rowling

Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.

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The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous. - J. K. Rowling

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous.

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I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen. - J. K. Rowling

I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.

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