Rowling, J.K. Biography

biography of Rowling, J.K.

Joanne Rowling
31 July 1965, Yate, Gloucestershire, England, UK
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Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's Cross Station in London. Her sister Diana is about 2 years younger than Joanne. In 1971, Peter Rowling moved his family to the nearby village of Winterbourne (still in the Bristol vicinity). During the family's residence in Winterbourne, Jo and Di Rowling were friends with neighborhood children, Ian and Vikki Potter. In 1974, the Rowling family moved yet again, this time to Tutshill, near the Welsh border-town of Chepstow in the Forest of Dean and across the Severn River from the greater Bristol area. Rowling admits to having been a bit of a daydreamer as a child and began writing stories at the age of six. After leaving Exeter University, where she read French and Classics, she started work as a teacher but daydreamed about becoming a writer. One day, stuck on a delayed train for four hours between Manchester and London, she dreamed up a boy called "Harry Potter". That was in 1990. It took her six years to write the book. In the meantime, she went to teach in Portugal, married a Portuguese television journalist, had her daughter, Jessica, divorced her husband and returned to Britain when Jessica was just three months old. She went to live in Edinburgh to be near her sister, Di. Her sudden penury made her realize that it was "back-against-the-wall time" and she decided to finish her "Harry Potter" book. She sent the manuscript to two agents and one publisher, looking up likely prospects in the library. One of these agents that she picked at random based on the fact that she liked his name, Christopher Little, was immediately captivated by the manuscript and signed her on as his client within three days. During the 1995-1996 time-frame, while hoping to get the manuscript for "Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone" published, Rowling worked as a French teacher in Edinburgh. Several publishers turned down the manuscript before Bloomsbury agreed to purchase it in 1996.

-   'Jorge Arantes' (16 October 1992 - 30 November 1993) (divorced); 1 child

-   'Neil Murray' (26 December 2001 - present); 2 children

-   Graduated from Exeter University.

-   Is a former English teacher.

-   She writes all of her books in longhand, rather than with a computer.

-   Her book, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", was the top-selling book of 2000, with 7 million hardcovers sold.

-   When the first "Harry Potter" novel was published, the publisher asked her to use initials rather than her first name, because boys would be biased against a book written by a woman. Since she only had one given name, they then asked her to make up another initial; she took "K." from her favorite grandmother, Kathleen.

-   She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 'Queen Elizabeth II' (qv)'s Birthday Honors List for her services to literature and received it from one of her fans, 'Prince Charles' (qv), the Prince of Wales.

-   In 2002, she was sued for plagiarism in the District Court of the Southern District of New York by Pennsylvania-based author Nancy Stouffer, who claimed that J.K. Rowling had lifted ideas from her 1984 book "The Legend of Rah and Muggles", which includes a character called "Larry Potter". However, the case against J.K. Rowling was dismissed on 19 September 2002, when the judged ruled that Ms. Stouffer had lied to the court and doctored evidence to support her claims.

-   Is one of only two contemporary authors to have a novel spend more than a year on both the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists, the other author being 'Nicholas Sparks (I)' (qv).

-   As of November 2002, the year and month of the second "Harry Potter" movie (_Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv)) being released, her franchise of books have currently sold over 175,000,000 copies and printed in over 200 languages to become the biggest and fastest selling novels ever.

-   On 3 April 2003, she and Time Warner successfully sued Dutch publishing company Byblos in the Amsterdam High Court. This prevented Byblos from publishing Russian author Dmitry Yemets' novel "The Magic Double Bass", which features girl wizard "Tanya Grotter". It was deemed to plagiarize Rowling's novel "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and to infringe upon her copyright.

-   The fifth book in the Harry Potter series, entitled "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", was published on June 21 2003. It was approximately 896 pages long, containing 38 chapters and over 255,000 words, making it her longest "Harry Potter" book yet. The first U.S. printing was 8.5 million copies, an American publishing record.

-   In 2003 unauthorized Chinese-language "sequels" to the "Harry Potter" series appeared for sale in the People's Republic of China. These poorly-written books, by Chinese ghost writers, contain characters from the works of other authors, including Gandalf from 'J.R.R. Tolkien' (qv)'s "Lord of the Rings" and the title character from 'L. Frank Baum' (qv)'s "The Wizard of Oz". Rowling's lawyers successfully took legal action against the publishers, who were forced to pay damages.

-   She is a big fan of the rock band 'The Smiths' (qv) and in 2003, she appeared on the Channel Four documentary _The Importance of Being Morrissey (2002) (TV)_ (qv).

-   Is a huge fan of "Monty Python" and claims to put some of their humor into her books. Two apparent references to the "Monty Python" sketch "Crunchy Frog" can be found in her "Harry Potter" books: two of the sweets are a chocolate frog, and a cockroach cluster. "Monty Python" member 'John Cleese' (qv) appears in the films.

-   One of her favorite movies is _The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)_ (qv), which was written and directed by "Harry Potter" screenwriter 'Steve Kloves' (qv).

-   On July 7, 2004, she received an honorary degree from Edinburgh University, in recognition of the Potter books and her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

-   Character names in her books are often clues to their identities or secrets. For example, Professor Remus Lupin is a werewolf. According to myth, Romulus and Remus were the founders of Rome and were raised by wolves. His last name, Lupin, is derived from the Latin lupus, for wolf, and the English adjective lupine, meaning wolf-like. Lupin was converted into a werewolf by Fenrir Greyback, whose name is taken from Fenrir, the monstrous wolf son of Loki in Norse mythology. (His alias, Fenrisulfr, was the basis for Fenris Ulf, the American name for Maugrim in 'C.S. Lewis' (qv)'s "Chronciles of Narnia".) Sirius Black, who turns into a black dog, is named for the star Sirius, which can be found in the constellation Canis Major - the big dog.

-   Whilst at University she had little money so, for friends' birthdays, she wrote them personal little stories.

-   After spending six years writing the first installment of her "Harry Potter" novels, Rowling was rejected by 9 publishers before London's Bloomsbury Publishing signed her on.

-   The day she signed her contract for the first "Harry Potter" novel, the publishing representative told her she would not make any money selling children's books.

-   Originally wrote "Harry Potter" to pay off her gas bills while living in a tiny flat with her baby daughter.

-   Although she incorporates characteristics of people she knows into "Harry Potter" characters, she says that the character "Gilderoy Lockhart" is the only character she purposely based on someone she knew. She would not say who she based the character on, only that it was not her ex-husband, and that whoever it was is probably so ignorant and so narcissistic, that he is probably claiming either to be the basis for "Albus Dumbledore", or the real author of the "Harry Potter" books.

-   Claims her first audience for "Harry Potter" was her daughter, to whom she would read parts of the story that she wrote as a bedtime story.

-   Owns two properties in the Perthshire and Edinburgh areas of Scotland. In 2003, she hired a former SAS officer as her bodyguard to patrol her Perth home and protect her family.

-   Was almost barred from boarding a plane from the U.S. to the U.K. when airport security personnel demanded that her manuscript for her final book be screened or placed in her checked luggage. Rowling refused to give up the manuscript, which was bound with rubber bands.

-   December 21, 2006: Announced that the last "Harry Potter" book will be titled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

-   Finished writing the final book in the fantasy franchise three weeks ago - and marked the occasion by leaving graffiti in a Scottish hotel. Eagle-eyed guests at the five-star Balmoral Hotel spotted a line from the best-selling author scrawled in black pen on the back of a marble bust in a room Rowling occupied. She wrote, "J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in this room (652) on Jan 11th 2007."

-   Is an avid train buff.

-   Like her hero, she now lives in a castle.

-   Based Hermione on herself.

-   Is the first author billionaire, according to Forbes magazine, 2006.

-   Was #2 on the 'Celebrity Forbes List: Who Made Bank?' of 2006, making her the second richest woman behind 'Oprah Winfrey' (qv).

-   In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year to be $32 million.

-   Her hero is 'Robert F. Kennedy' (qv).

-   Ranked #14 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".

-   Ranked #9 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.

-   In the special double issue of Time magazine (Dec. 31, 2007), she was a runner-up at #3 as "Person of the Year" after political leaders 'Vladimir Putin' (qv) #1 and 'Al Gore (I)' (qv) #2.

-   To date (Summer 2011), she is the best-selling author in the history of literature. She is the first author to become a billionaire from writing books.

-   It should not be surprising that 'Stephen King (I)' (qv) is one of her biggest fans. Not only are they both best-selling authors of supernatural stories, they were also both schoolteachers before becoming successful writers.

-   The 2009 Sunday Times List estimated her net worth at $817 million.

-   Her Harry Potter books have appealed to both children and adults. To help attract both audiences, her British hardcover publisher actually releases each of the books with two different dust jackets. One features a realistic picture or photograph of an element of the story, designed to appeal to adults. The other features a comic-book like illustration of a scene from the story, designed to appeal to children.

-   Stephen King reviewed all of her books for the New York Times Review of Books.

-   (November 11, 2010) During the course of a brief interview in London's West End just prior to the premiere of _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)_ (qv), she revealed that, of all the film adaptations of her books, this was her all-time and personal favorite.

-   Director 'David Yates (II)' (qv) and writer 'Steve Kloves' (qv) have both worked on adaptations of her Harry Potter books; working together on _Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)_ (qv), _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)_ (qv), and _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)_ (qv). Their collaboration has been so fruitful that their next project together is _The Stand (????)_ (qv). This will be based on the novel by 'Stephen King (I)' (qv), who is one of Rowling's biggest American fans.

-   With earnings of £560m, Rowling ranked #148 of the 1,000 richest people in the UK's The Sunday Times "Rich List" annual magazine supplement (2012).

-   Mother Anne died of multiple sclerosis before ever having had the opportunity to enjoy the monumental success of daughter Joanne's Harry Potter books and movies. In honor of her memory and the circumstances of her death, Joanne contributed £10m to the "Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic" at Edinburgh University, Scotland.

-   Severus Snape is believed to have been based on John Lawrence Nettleship, a Chemistry teacher at Wyedean School in Gloucestershire. Rowling and her mother were both students of his.

-   Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a daughter Jessica Isabel Rowling-Arantes on July 27, 1993. Child's father is her 1st husband, Jorge Arantes.

-   Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a son David Gordon Rowling-Murray on March 24, 2003. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Neil Murray.

-   Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 39, a daughter Mackenzie Jean Rowling-Murray on January 23, 2005. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Neil Murray.

-   Book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (as Newt Scamander)

-   Book "Quidditch Through the Ages" (as Kennilworthy Whisp)

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

-   Novel "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

-   _Muggles and Magic: J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon._ George Beham: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2004. ISBN 1571744126

-   S. Ward. _Meet J. K. Rowling._ Powerkids Pr, 2004. ISBN 1404229213

-   Sean Smith. _J. K. Rowling A Biography._ Michael O'Mara Books, 1999. ISBN 1854798200

-   Marc Shapiro. _J.K. Rowlng: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter._ Griffin Trade, 2000.

-   [Asked by an interviewer about the next "Harry Potter" book]: Well, it will be a papery object with pages inside.

-   [Discussing her daughter, Jessica]: Kids at her school will sidle up to me and say, "Does Jessica know what happens in book 4? Does Jessica know the title of book 4?" And I keep saying, "No! There is no point kidnapping her, taking her around back of the bike shed, and torturing her for information."

-   Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most.

-   I had an American journalist say to me, "Is it true you wrote the whole of the first novel on napkins?" I was tempted to say, "On teabags, I used to save them."

-   I gave my hero a talent I'd love to have. Who wouldn't want to fly?

-   The spells are made up. I have met people who assure me, very seriously, that they are trying to do them, and I can assure them, just as seriously, that they don't work.

-   [When asked what the title would be for book six]: It will be called 'Harry Potter and...' something. Catchy, don't you think? And I think I'll follow the same model for seven.

-   People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly, if I wanted to, I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen, but I don't know how many people would actually want to read about a 65 year old Harry still at Hogwarts playing bingo with Ron and Hermione.

-   [Family Circle, 4-1-06]: Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

-   [About being held up at an airport for refusing to be parted from the manuscript of her seventh "Harry Potter" book]: The heightened security restrictions on the airlines made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven. A large part of it is handwritten and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S. They let me take it on thankfully, bound up in elastic bands. I don't know what I would have done if they hadn't -- sailed home probably.

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

-   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. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you've lived so cautiously, that you might as well not have lived at all.

-   [At the premiere at the last Harry Potter movie (2011)] Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

-   _"Omnibus" (1967) {J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Me (#35.17)}_ (qv)

-   _J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (2007) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _The Magical World of Harry Potter: The Unauthorized Story of J.K. Rowling (2000) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves (2003) (V)_ (qv)

-   _JK Rowling: The Interview (2003) (TV)_ (qv)

-   (2004) Working on the last two books of her popular worldwide masterpiece, "Harry Potter".

-   (July 2004) Currently putting the finishing touches on "Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince", the sixth book in the series. It will get a worldwide release at midnight on July 16th, 2005.

-   (July 2004) Announced she is expecting 3rd child next year.

-   (2005) Her third child was born on January 23, 2005 in Edinburgh.

-   (July 2005) Wrote and released "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince", the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series.

-   (November 2005) Currently at work on the final installment of the "Harry Potter" series. It should be released sometime in 2007.

-   (December 2005) Working on a new book aimed at younger readers.

-   (May 2007) Preparing for the release of her latest and last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

-   (October 2010) Announced that she is "considering" writing another Harry Potter book.

-   "The Times" (UK), 20 June 2003, by: Ann Treneman, "J. K. Rowling: The Interview"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 28 November 2010, Vol. 132, Iss. 28, pg. E2, by: Alex Biese, "'Potter' Around the World"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 1 September 2010, Iss. 7453, pg. 3, by: Jonathan Brown, "In memory of her mother, Rowling's £10m for MS"

-   "The New York Times" (UK), 19 February 2010, Vol. 159, Iss. 54,956, pg. C5, by: Dave Itzkoff, "J.K. Rowling Denies Plagiarism Charge"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 10 April 2009, Iss. 7017, pg. 18 - 19, by: Andy McSmith, "Rowling quits multiple sclerosis charity over Anglo-Scottish feud"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 3 January 2009, Iss. 6934, pg. 15, by: Genevieve Roberts, "Rowling powerless to block 'Potter guide'"

-   "Asbury Park Press" (USA), 14 December 2008, Vol. 129, Iss. 300, pg. E4, by: Deepti Hajela, "A Gift for 'Harry Potter' Fans"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 9 December 2008, by: Jackie Burrell, "Pinole Muggle Journeys to Scotland For J.K. Rowling's Latest Book Release Party"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 5 December 2008, by: Deepti Hajela, "Rowling's 'Beedle' a Delightful Bauble for Harry Potter Fans"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 4 December 2008, Iss. 6908, pg. 11, by: Jerome Taylor, "Rowling's latest: reduced from £1.95m to £6.99"

-   "San Jose Mercury News" (USA), 4 December 2008, by: Jill Lawless, "Fans and Booksellers Eager for New JK Rowling Book"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 15 November 2008, Vol. 158, Iss. 54,495, pg. C2, by: Dave Itzkoff, "Appeal Is Filed in 'Potter Lexicon' Case"

-   "The Muskegon Chronicle" (USA), 14 November 2008, by: The Grand Rapids Press, "Muskegon Publisher Roger Rapoport to Appeal Ruling in Harry Potter Encyclopedia Case"

-   "The Scotsman" (UK), 24 September 2008, by: Emma Cowing, "Is it wise for JK to pop her head above the Hogwarts parapets?"

-   "Runcorn & Widnes Word" (UK), 20 September 2008, by: Press Association, "JK Rowling handed Edinburgh honour"

-   "The Bolton News" (UK), 20 September 2008, by: Press Association, "JK Rowling handed Edinburgh honour"

-   "The Argus" (UK), 19 September 2008, by: Press Association, "JK Rowling set for Edinburgh honour"

-   "Oxford Mail" (UK), 19 September 2008, by: Press Association, "JK Rowling set for Edinburgh honour"

-   "Detroit Free Press" (USA), 15 September 2008, by: Emlia Askari, "Harry Potter 'Lexicon' Case Not Over Yet"

-   "The Orlando Sentinel" (USA), 9 September 2008, by: The Associated Press, "J.K. Rowling Wins 'Harry Potter' Copyright Ruling"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 9 September 2008, by: Vicki Walker, "J.K. Rowling Wins Suit Against Potter Web Site"

-   "Oldenburgische Volkszeitung" (Germany), 2 August 2008, Vol. 174, Iss. 180, pg. 35, Kinderseite, "Rowling schreibt"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 31 July 2008, by: Jill Lawless, "J.K. Rowling Fairy Tales To Be Sold for Charity"

-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 24 July 2008, by: Laura Clout, "JK Rowling tops Forbes list of world's billionaires"

-   "The Scotsman" (UK), 3 July 2008, by: David Robinson, "Rowling blow to plans to age-band books"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 12 June 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,339, pg. E2, by: Ben Sisario, "'Harry Potter' Prequel Goes for $61 a Word"

-   "Orlando Sentinel" (USA), 12 June 2008, by: Emily Ristow, "Harry Potter Prequel Auctioned to Aid Charities"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 10 June 2008, by: Emily Ristow, "Harry Potter Prequel Auctioned to Aid Charities"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 7 June 2008, by: Jay Lindsay, "At Harvard, Rowling Stresses Role of Imagination"

-   "The Boston Globe" (USA), 6 June 2008, by: Peter Schworm, "Author of Magical Tales Urges Harvard Grads to Imagine a Better World"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 30 May 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,326, pg. E5, by: Felicia R. Lee, "Harry Potter Prequel For Charity"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 29 May 2008, by: Raphael G. Satter, "Harry Potter Prequel to be Auctioned"

-   "Associated Press" (USA), 28 May 2008, by: Raphael G. Satter, "800-Word Harry Potter Prequel to be Auctioned"

-   "The Toronto Star" (Canada), 6 May 2008, by: Vit Wagner, "What's a Bestseller List With No Harry?"

-   "Newsweek" (USA), 20 April 2008, by: Larry Neumeister, "Harry Potter Case Illustrates Blurry Line in Copyright Law"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 20 April 2008, Iss. 947, pg. 52, by: Joan Smith, "J K Rowling and the quest for fair play"

-   "Financial Times" (UK), 19 April 2008, by: Christopher Caldwell, "Humility and Harry Potter"

-   "Contra Costa Times" (USA), 17 April 2008, by: David B. Caruso, "Rowling Implores NYC Judge to Block Publication of Guide"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 17 April 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,283, pg. B1 & B2, by: Anemona Hartocollis, "Trial Over Potter Lexicon Ends With an Olive Branch"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 16 April 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,282, pg. B1 & B5, by: Anemona Hartocollis, "Sued by Harry Potter's Creator, Lexicographer Sobs on Stand"

-   "St. Paul Pioneer Press" (USA), 15 April 2008, by: Associated Press, "J.K. Rowling: 'I Don't Want to Cry'"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 15 April 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,281, pg. B1 & B7, by: Anemona Hartocollis, "Rowling Testfies Against Lexicon Author"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 15 April 2008, by: Stephen Foley, "Potter Encyclopedia 'Is Theft'"

-   "Courier Post" (USA), 15 April 2008, by: Larry Neumeister, "Rowling: Potter Encyclopedia is 'Theft' of Author's Work"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 14 April 2008, Vol. 157, Iss. 54,280, pg. E1 & E4, by: Motoko Rich, "Rowling to Testify in Trial Over Potter Lexicon"

-   "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 14 April 2008, by: From the Associated Press, "Rowling to Testify in Lexicon Lawsuit"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 23 March 2008, by: Michael Connellan, "J K Rowling: 'I was Near to Suicide as a Struggling Mum'"

-   "Publishers Weekly" (USA), 6 March 2008, by: Shannon Maughan, "A Rowling Recap"

-   "The New York Observer" (USA), 17 January 2008, by: Leon Neyfakh, "J.K. Rowling To Speak at Harvard Commencement"

-   "Time" (UK), 31 December 2007, Vol. 170, Iss. 26/27, pg. 74 - 77, by: Gina Elliott & Laura Fitzpatrick (New York) Laura Blue (London), "Person of the Year (Runner-Up)"

-   "The Sunday Times" (UK), 23 December 2007, by: Stephen Houston, "Rowling in Tears on Return to Harry's Lowly Birthplace"

-   "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 22 October 2007, by: The Associated Press, "Dumbledore Is Gay, J.K. Rowling Says"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 8 July 2007, by: John Walsh, "JK Rowling: Learning to Live With Fame, Fortune and Life Without Harry"

-   "The Times" (UK), 13 May 2006, by: Jack Malvern, "Rowling's Weighty Issue"

-   "The Sunday Times" (USA), 5 February 2006, by: Jack Grimston, "J K Rowling: My Fight to Save Caged Children"

-   "The Times" (UK), 16 August 2005, by: Shirley English, "J.K. Rowling's Scottish Roots"

-   "Time Magazine" (USA), 25 July 2005, Vol. 166, Iss. 4, pg. 60-65, by: Lev Grossman, "J.K. Rowling Hogwarts and All"

-   "Le Soir" (Belgium), 19 July 2005, Iss. 167, pg. 24, "J.K. Rowling rêve d'écrire sous pseudo"

-   "The Times" (UK), 23 June 2005, by: Anonymous, "Before She was Famous ... J K Rowling"

-   "Télépro" (Belgium), 30 December 2004, Iss. 2652, pg. 14, "Le 6e volume déjà best-seller"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 5 July 2004, Iss. 5527, pg. 20, by: John Lichfield, "Magic of Harry Potter escapes the frigid gaze of French philosophers"

-   "Reader's Digest" (Canada), February 2003, pg. 48D, by: Brian Bethune, "The Rowling Connection" (Maclean's)

-   "OK!" (UK), 31 July 2002, Iss. 326, pg. 130, "Author's stalker hell is finally over"

-   "Publishers Weekly" (USA), 30 October 2000, pg. 20, by: Leah Eichler, "J.K. Rowling Does Toronto"

-   "Publishers Weekly" (USA), 23 October 2000, pg. 20, by: Shannon Maughan, "Rowling Waves Wand for Charity"

-   "The Daily Express" (England, UK), 18 September 2000, pg. 11, by: Peter Florence, "Why we love serendipity"

-   "Maclean's" (Canada), 31 July 2000, pg. 45, "A royal tour"

-   "Retail Week" (UK), 28 July 2000, pg. 40

-   "Financial Mail" (South Africa), 28 July 2000, pg. FM Focus; 36, by: Mathew LaCroix, "A Riveted Reader"

-   "Maclean's" (Canada), 24 July 2000, pg. 45, "Wild about Harry"

-   "Newsweek" (USA), 17 July 2000, pg. 52, by: Malcolm Jones, "Why Harry's Hot"

-   "Business Week" (USA), 17 July 2000, Iss. 3690, pg. 24, by: Kerry Capell and Heidi Dawley, "Harry Potter and the Tower of Profits"

-   "The New York Times" (USA), 10 July 2000, pg. E1, by: Alan Cowell, "All Aboard the Potter Express"

-   "Newsweek" (USA), 10 July 2000, pg. 56, by: Malcolm Jones, "The Return of Harry Potter!"

-   "Nõk Lapja" (Hungary), 17 May 2000, Vol. 51, Iss. 20, pg. 36-37, by: Lilla Koronczay, "Ellopták Harryt?!"

-   "City Journal" (USA), Spring 2000, Vol. 10, Iss. 2, pg. 80-85, by: Stefan Kanfer, "Urbanities: "Good Literature Lives!""

-   "The Times Educational Supplement" (UK), 3 December 1999, Iss. 4353, pg. 12

-   "The Weekly Standard" (USA), 1 November 1999, pg. 29, by: J. Bottum, "Success Story; Why Harry Potter is the Ultimate Children's Tale"

-   "Newsweek" (USA), 1 November 1999, pg. 21, by: Paul O'Donnell, Seth Stevenson, Devin Gordon, and Victoria Scanlon Stefanakos, "Hurry, Harry!"

-   "National Review" (USA), 11 October 1999, Vol. L, Iss. 19, by: Andrew Stuttaford, "It's Witchcraft"

-   "The Times Educational Supplement" (UK), 3 September 1999, by: Gillian MacDonald, "The art of the imagination; Edinburgh Book Festival"

-   "The Times Educational Supplement" (USA), 3 September 1999, by: Gillian MacDonald, "The art of the imagination; Edinburgh Book Festival"

-   "The Times Educational Supplement" (UK), 27 August 1999, by: Elaine Williams, "Soul survivor; Children's books "

-   "Newsweek" (USA), 23 August 1999, pg. 58, by: Malcolm Jones, "Magician for Millions"

-   "The Times Educational Supplement" (UK), 25 July 1999, Iss. 4330, pg. 9, by: Geraldine Brennan, "Wizard's second book award"

-   "The Times Educational Supplement" (UK), 16 July 1999, Iss. 4333, pg. 39, by: Geraldine Brennan, "Another wizard adventure; Books"

-   "Newsweek" (USA), 7 December 1998, pg. 77, by: Carla Power, "A Literary Sorceress"

-   "Book" (USA), May 2003

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  5. "Good Morning America" (1975) {(2012-09-26)}
  6. "Good Morning America" (1975) {(2012-09-27)}
  7. "The Charlie Rose Show" (1991) {(2012-10-19)}
  8. "The Daily Show" (1996) {J.K. Rowling (#18.9)}
  9. 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) (TV)
  10. Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story (2011) (TV)
  11. The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2011) (TV)
  12. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-07-08)}
  13. The Simpsons: Celebrity Friends (2010) (TV)
  14. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2010-11-12)}
  15. "No me la puc treure del cap" (2010) {Bon dia (#1.10)}
  16. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986) {(2010-10-01)}
  17. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009) (V)
  18. Forbes 20 Richest Women in Entertainment (2007) (TV)
  19. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (2007) (TV)
  20. Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out (2007) (TV)
  21. "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (2001) {(#12.15)}
  22. "Shownieuws" (2003) {(2007-10-16)}
  23. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2006-06-26)}
  24. Harry Potter at the Castle: Magic at Midnight (2005) (TV)
  25. "Phénomania" (2005) {Harry Potter: Explication d'un succès}
  26. Creating the Vision (2004) (V)
  27. "Unsere Besten" (2003) {Das große Lesen (#1.2)}
  28. Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003) (TV)
  29. Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves (2003) (V)
  30. JK Rowling: The Interview (2003) (TV)
  31. "The Simpsons" (1989) {The Regina Monologues (#15.4)}
  32. The Importance of Being Morrissey (2002) (TV)
  33. "Biography" (1987) {Harry Potter and Me}
  34. Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter (2001) (TV)
  35. "Omnibus" (1967) {J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Me (#35.17)}
  36. The Beatles Revolution (2000) (TV)
  37. The Magical World of Harry Potter: The Unauthorized Story of J.K. Rowling (2000) (TV)
  38. "LeseZeichen" (1999) {(2000-01-09)}
  39. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(2000-10-18)}
  40. "Today" (1952) {(2000-10-20)}
  41. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(1999-06-21)}
  42. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(1999-10-14)}
  43. "Blue Peter" (1958) {(1997-03-03)}


  1. "The Casual Vacancy" (2014) (novel)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) (novel "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") <2,1,1>
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011) (VG) (characters and universe)
  4. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (2011) (VG) (characters and universe)
  5. A Very Potter Sequel (2010) (characters) (uncredited)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) (novel "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") <2,1,1>
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010) (VG) (characters and universe)
  8. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (2010) (creator)
  9. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (2010) (VG) (characters and universe)
  10. A Very Potter Musical (2009) (characters) (uncredited)
  11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) (novel) <2,1,1>
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) (VG) (characters and universe)
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (novel) <2,1,1>
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) (VG) (characters and universe)
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (novel) <2,1,1>
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (VG) (characters and universe)
  17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (novel) <1,1,1>
  18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (VG) (characters and universe)
  19. Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (2003) (VG) (characters and universe)
  20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (novel) <1,1,1>
  21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (VG) (characters and universe)
  22. Lego Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (VG) (characters)
  23. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (novel) <1,1,1>
  24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (VG) (characters and universe)
  25. Lego Creator: Harry Potter (2001) (VG) (novel)