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Also Known As: Robert Galbraith, Joanne Kathleen Rowling Died:
Born: July 31, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chipping Sodbury, England, GB Profession: author, schoolteacher

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Prior to becoming perhaps the best-selling author of all time, J.K. Rowling struggled with all manner of life problems that would have sent most mere mortals spiraling into pits of despair, never to be heard from again. Rowling, on the other hand, channeled her misfortunes into self-determination, achieving her lifelong goal of being a successful writer, and along the way, creating one of the best known and beloved characters in contemporary literature. Her creation of Harry Potter - an angst-ridden boy who explores his powers as a budding magician while coping with the tragic loss of his parents and the frustrations of growing into an adult - would capture the imaginations of both children and adults. Little did Rowling know that when Potter magically appeared to her while on route to London via train that he would become such an international star, both in books and on the big screen, and would turn the once down-and-out writer into a multi-millionaire. Despite the immense popularity of her creation, Rowling tried - often futilely - to maintain her privacy. But Harry Potter took on a life of its own, thanks to the legions of fans who emptied bookshelves or crowded multiplexes whenever the next...

Prior to becoming perhaps the best-selling author of all time, J.K. Rowling struggled with all manner of life problems that would have sent most mere mortals spiraling into pits of despair, never to be heard from again. Rowling, on the other hand, channeled her misfortunes into self-determination, achieving her lifelong goal of being a successful writer, and along the way, creating one of the best known and beloved characters in contemporary literature. Her creation of Harry Potter - an angst-ridden boy who explores his powers as a budding magician while coping with the tragic loss of his parents and the frustrations of growing into an adult - would capture the imaginations of both children and adults. Little did Rowling know that when Potter magically appeared to her while on route to London via train that he would become such an international star, both in books and on the big screen, and would turn the once down-and-out writer into a multi-millionaire. Despite the immense popularity of her creation, Rowling tried - often futilely - to maintain her privacy. But Harry Potter took on a life of its own, thanks to the legions of fans who emptied bookshelves or crowded multiplexes whenever the next installment came to light, putting the reluctant author into the awkward position of being an international celebrity.

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Moved to London to work as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International
1990:
Developed the idea for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry
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Moved to Porto, Portugal to teach English as a foreign language
1994:
Was on public assistance for nine months in 1994; during time completed what became her breakthrough book <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</i> (retitled <i>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</i> for publication in the U.S.)
1996:
Signed with Bloomsbury publishing house
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Received an £8000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing
1997:
An auction was held in the U.S. for the rights to publish the novel, and was won by Scholastic Inc., who paid Rowling more than $100,000
1997:
Published <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</i> with an initial print run of only 1,000 copies
1998:
Published <i>Philosopher¿s Stone</i> in the U.S. under the title <i>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer¿s Stone</i>
1998:
Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the first two novels for a seven-figure sum; "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released in 2001 and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in 2002; both directed by Chris Columbus
1999:
Published <i>Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</i>, the third book in the Harry Potter series of books; film released in 2004 was directed by Alfonso Cuarón
2000:
Published <i>Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire</i>, the fourth book in the Harry Potter series; film released in 2005 and was directed by Mike Newell
2001:
Penned <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find</i>, a book written to benefit the British charity Comic Relief
2003:
Penned <i>Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix</i>, the fifth book in the Harry Potter series; film released in 2007 and directed by David Yates
2005:
Published <i>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince</i>, the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series
2007:
Released <i>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</i>, the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels
2010:
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" released; David Yates returned as director
2011:
Final film in Rowling's Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" released; Yates returned as director
2012:
Wrote her first post-Harry Potter novel, titled <i>The Casual Vacancy</i>
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Education

University of Exeter: -

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husband:
Jorge Arantes. Journalist. Met in Portugal; married on October 16, 1992; separated on November 17, 1993; divorced.
husband:
Neil Murray. Married on December 26, 2001.

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sister:
Diana Rowling. Younger.
daughter:
Jessica Arantes. Born in fall 1993.
son:
David Gordon Rowling Murray. Born March 23, 2003; father Neil Murray.

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