J.K. Rowling

April 3, 2022

J.K. Rowling might be known as a world-famous author, but she hasn’t always been in the limelight. Born in 1965, the author-to-be was named Joanne Rowling by her parents, Anne and Peter Rowling. Since she doesn’t have a middle name, the author would soon adopt her grandmother’s name, Kathleen, to form the iconic J.K. Rowling signature.

After graduating from the University of Exeter in 1986, Rowling moved to Portugal in 1990, where she taught English. There she met Jorge Arantes, a journalist with whom Rowling had her first child in 1993.

After divorcing Jorge, Rowling moved to Edinburgh. There she lived near her younger sister and struggled to make ends meet — living on government assistance and training to teach in the public school system.

During this time of struggle, Rowling was working on the first Harry Potter book, which would prove to be a worthwhile endeavor. Completing the story and sending the first few chapters to various agents, one wrote back and asked to read the entire book.

Finally, in 1997, the first Harry Potter book was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Later, the book would be published in America by Scholastic. Interestingly, the story was produced under a different title at the publisher’s request.

From there, Rowling’s career as one of the best-selling authors of all time would reach even greater heights when Warner Bros. released the first film adaptation of Rowling’s work: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Now, Rowling has published seven Harry Potter books — resulting in eight film adaptations.Beyond the Harry Potter series, Rowling has written several crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, including the controversial 2020 novel Troubled Blood.

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