Joanne Rowling was born in Yate General Hospital near Bristol on July 31, 1965, and grew up in Gloucestershire and Chepstow, Gwent, in south-east Wales.
Her father, Peter, worked as an aircraft engineer at the Rolls-Royce factory in Bristol, while her mother, Anne, worked as a science technician in the Wyedean Comprehensive Chemistry department, which Jo also attended. Anne died in 1990, before the Harry Potter books were published, after been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while Jo was a teenager. Jo has a younger sister named Di.
Jo grew up in a house full of books. She has stated, “I lived for literature.” “I was your run-of-the-mill bookworm, complete with freckles and National Health glasses.”
Her childhood was mostly happy, however she recalls being mocked by her name, “Rowling” – she recalls being dubbed “Rowling pin” by her less than bright school friends. J.K. Rowling claims she has never warmed up to her own name, however she recalls a passion for the moniker Potter from a young age.
J.K. Rowling’s first school was St. Michael’s Winterbourne’s village school. Her family relocated to Tutshill when she was nine years old. During those years, she and her sister attended Wyedean Comprehensive School.
Several stories she adored as a youngster inspired her, including Elizabeth Goudge’s ‘Little White Horse,’ Paul Gallico’s ‘Manxmouse,’ and C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.’ Joanne’s English and foreign language skills were also influenced. She had excelled in both of them.
J.K.Rowling attended Gloucestershire’s St Michael’s Primary School before moving to Chepstow, South Wales, at the age of nine.
Rowling went to St Michael’s Primary School when she was younger. Her mother worked in the science department at Wyedean School and College, where she attended in high school. Rowling studied English, French, and German at A-level. Rowling attempted the entrance tests for Oxford University in 1982 but was unsuccessful. She then went on to the University of Exeter, where she graduated in 1986 with a BA in French and Classics. Rowling’s brief article Pegasus was published in the University of Exeter journal Pegasus in 1988.
When Rowling moved to Portugal for a career, she met her first husband, TV journalist Jorge Arantes. In 1992, the couple tied the knot. Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes was born to the couple in July 1993.
Despite her tumultuous marriage, the writer did everything she could to save her family. Rowling had to deal with envy, domestic violence, assault, and other issues on a regular basis. Sadly, she has accepted her husband’s beating and been kicked out of the house with her daughter. In 1993, Rowling returned to England. Her only source of income as a single mother is state benefits (£70) and the writer’s earnings. Despite her precarious financial condition, she continued to put in long hours.
The writer was afraid to create a fresh family because of her negative experience. She spent her time reading and caring for her daughter. After 8 years, Joanne wanted to remarry. Neil Michael Murray, her spouse, is also a writer and five years Rowling’s junior. In 2001, the couple tied the knot. In 2003, the couple welcomed their first child, son David, into the world. In 2005, the couple welcomed their second child, Mackenzie. With her children, the couple is currently living a happy life. Rowling credits her unending happiness to her caring spouse and adored children.
The artist’s beginnings are revealed. She started writing when she was six years old and hasn’t stopped since. The Rowlings family moved to Tutshil, Wales, in 1974, which surprised the 9-year-old girl. Rowling worked as a teacher as well. She became a secretary for “Amnesty International” in London after working as a researcher. Rowling fell in love for the first time at this age, and she and her partner relocated to Manchester.
She was a member of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s staff. While on a four-hour train travel from Manchester to London, the story of Harry Potter came to her. A little boy attending a wizardry school “came fully formed” the concept for a narrative into her imagination in 1990.
She, too, started writing as soon as she arrived at her Clapham Junction apartment. Anne Rowling, Rowling’s mother, died in December 1990 at the age of 10 following a ten-year fight with multiple sclerosis. Her writing was greatly influenced by her mother’s death.
Though she channelled her own feelings of grief by writing about Harry’s feelings of loss in greater detail in the first book, she also channelled her own feelings of loss by writing about Harry’s feelings of loss in the second book.
Rowling discussed her writing method in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s “The Museum of Curiosity” on December 23, 2019. She imagines herself walking through a forest towards a lake, she says. She sits beside the lake, waiting for an idea to emerge from its depths.
She then returns to her cottage, where she must polish the dream-like ideas until it is ready for publication. Writing, according to Rowling, is a two-step process that begins with obtaining inspiration from an unknown source and continues with working on the inspiration to make it a solid reality. She began by stating that she was hesitant to discuss her technique because it was tough to convey.
Her Famous Work: Harry Potter Fictional Character
J.K. Rowling, imagined the fictional character Harry Potter, a young wizard. His adolescent adventures were the topic of seven hugely popular novels (1997–2007), which were made into eight films (2001–11); a play and a book of the play
The Harry Potter series was a huge hit with both kids and adults all around the world. All of the books were best sellers, with distribution in over 200 countries and 60 languages. The event produced new terminology into the popular vernacular, such as a new definition for the term muggle, which refers to someone who lacks magical abilities.
The books were turned into a blockbuster series of eight films (the final book, which was 750 pages long, was split into two films) that were produced over a ten-year period and grossed over $7 billion worldwide. The book and film series created a massive amount of memorabilia, and a theme park based on the franchise opened in the United States in 2010.
Awards & Honors
J.K. Rowling has been honoured with numerous honours and accolades, including:
- 2017 Companion of Honour for contributions to literature and philanthropy
- The 2016 PEN America Literary Service Award
- The City of London was granted its freedom in 2012.
- Denmark’s 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award
- France, 2009, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur
- British Book Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
- South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2008
- James Joyce Award, University College Dublin, 2008
- The Edinburgh Award, 2008
- Commencement Day Speaker, Harvard University, USA, 2008
- Blue Peter Gold Badge, 2007
J.k Rowling Present Net WorthRowling earned $60 million between June 2019 and June 2020, according to Forbes’ list of the top earners in 2020, from a combination of book and Wizarding World sales. This is obviously a large sum of money, though not nearly as much as she made in 2017 ($95 million).
Despite her massive book sales, Forbes says that Rowling’s main source of Harry Potter income these days is Universal Studios’ Wizarding World. Her website Pottermore is also a big moneymaker, bringing in $19 million in revenue in 2016. In the meantime, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child grossed $2.3 million in a single week.
Just over a billion dollars, not quite a billion pounds. J. K. Rowling’s net worth was estimated to be £795 million, or slightly over $1 billion, according to the 2020 Sunday Times Rich List. To put it another way, she has more money than Gringotts Wizarding Bank can handle. Let’s hope she donates the majority of it to excellent causes that aid marginalised people.