J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling, aka J.K. Rowling, went from rags to riches after coming up with the idea for the Harry Potter series on a train in 1990. Her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in June 1997. Ask any questions dealing with the author herself, but please place Harry Potter questions in their designated category.

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Where has J.K. Rowling travelled to?

She was born in England. She spent a year in Paris earning a degree in French and classics. She lived in Portugal for a time. She has been to New York City. She currently lives in Scotland.

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What are the names of J.K. Rowling's short stories?

J.K. Rowling wrote a book named The Tales of Beedle the Bard which is a collection of short stories. The book is mentioned in the final Harry Potter book.

The titles of those stories are:

  • The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • The Warlock's Hairy Heart
  • Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
  • The Tale of the Three Brothers
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What is the sexual orientation of J. K. Rowling?

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How many books has J.K. Rowling published?

J.K. Rowling has currently published thirteen books, one short story and various articles:

The Harry Potter series

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (26 June 1997)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 July 1998)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8 July 1999)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (21 June 2003)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (16 July 2005)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (21 July 2007)

The Cormoran Strike Series (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith)

  1. The Cuckoo's Calling (April 2013)
  2. The Silkworm (19th June 2014)

Other Books

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (2001)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (2001)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (2008)
  • The Casual Vacancy (2012)

Short Stories

  • Harry Potter prequel (July 2008)

Articles

  • Anelli, Melissa (2008). Foreword to Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon. Pocket Books.
  • Brown, Gordon (2006). Introduction to "Ending Child Poverty" in Moving Britain Forward. Selected Speeches 1997-2006. Bloomsbury.
  • McNeil, Gil and Sarah Brown, editors (2002). Foreword to the anthology Magic. Bloomsbury.
  • Rowling, J.K. (2008, June 5). "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination". Harvard Magazine.
  • Rowling, J.K. (2009, April 30). "Gordon Brown - The 2009 Time 100". Time Magazine.
  • Rowling, J.K. (2010, April 14). "The Single Mother's Manifesto". The Times.
  • Sussman, Peter Y., editor (2006, July 26). "The First It Girl: J.K. Rowling reviews Decca: the Letters of Jessica Mitford. The Daily Telegraph.
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What does J.K. Rowling mean by follow the owl?

On the website, she meant click on the owls. On the Youtube channel, I'm not sure. Either way, the website is up now.

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What is J.K. Rowling's official fan mail address?

You could send your letter to any of these two addresses:

J. K. Rowling

c/o Scholastic Inc.

555 Broadway

New York, NY 10012

or

J. K. Rowling

c/o Bloomsbury Publishing

38 Soho Square

London

W1V 5DF

UK

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What are J.K. Rowling's major accomplishments?

J.K. Rowling is best known writing the Harry Potter series.

The Harry Potter series is both the best selling book series and highest grossing film franchise. Its success has led to a theme park, studio tour and numerous awards.

Rowling is the UK's best selling author and the twelfth richest woman in the UK. Her work with charity and various political involvements led her to be named the most influential woman in Britain in 2010.

J.K. Rowling was the first female author to become a billionaire, a status she later lost after donating large sums of money to charity.

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What is J.K. Rowling's fan email address?

Unfortunately J.K Rowling does not have a fan mail e-mail account.

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What does J.K. Rowling's home look like?

She has several houses, her main one being a luxery nineteenth century estate house on the banks of the River Tay.

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How many books has J.K. Rowling written?

J. K. Rowling has written a total of 13 books:

Harry Potter

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Supplements to Harry Potter

- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

- Quidditch Through the Ages

- The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Cormoran Strike (Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith)

- The Cuckoo's Calling

- The Silkworm

Other Works

- The Casual Vacancy

She has also written various articles for magazines and newspapers.

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What remarkable things has J.K. Rowling done?

J.K. Rowling is the author of the best selling Harry Potter series.

She is the UK's best selling author and twelfth richest woman. Rowling was the first female author to become a billionaire, a status she lost after donating large sums of money to various charities.

Rowling is also the founder of Lumos, a charity that aims to prevent children from being institutionalised.

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Is J.K. Rowling a witch?

No. Dr. Rowling, O.B.E., does not claim to be a witch. One of her statements:

"Do I believe in magic?"

"Not the kind in my books ... Or maybe the Ministry of Magic's forcing me to say that."

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Will J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?

There will only be seven Harry Potter books. There has been some discussion that she might consider writing another informative book, like an encyclopaedia, about the Harry Potter universe for charity. However, this appears to have been put on hold in favour of Pottermore, a website where J.K. Rowling frequently reveals new information about the series.

In 2008, Rowling released a short prequel with the younger James Potter and Sirius Black.

In October 2010, J.K Rowling said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she wasn't over Harry Potter and could write two more books. However she didn't state that she would and the actors in the movie have stated that they wouldn't return for another one.

J.K. Rowling is now working on her Cormoran Strike series. She plans to write more than seven books in this series.

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How can you contact J K Rowling on email?

It's jrowling@scholastic.com. It's jrowling@scholastic.com.

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What is J.K. Rowling's net worth?

As of 2008, JK Rowling was listed as having a net worth of £560 million ($798 million).
The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Great Britain.

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How long did it take J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

J.K. Rowling started writing the first Harry Potter book in 1990 and completed it in 1995. It was first published in 1997.

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What are facts about J.K. Rowling?

She wrote the Harry Potter books.

Her birthday is on the 31 of July

She used to be an English teacher

She has 3 children (see Related Question below the answer area)

Harry Potter idea came to her on a train ride to Manchester

She's sold over 1 billion books worldwide

She has a little sister named Di.

She based Hermione Granger on herself

She's British

She hand writes her books

She's good at keeping secrets

She's a great role model

She wrote her first book when she was six but the book didn't get published.

Her first book was about a rabbit called Rabbit

One of her favorite movies was "The fabulous baker boys"

She likes the rock band "The Smiths"

To date (2008), is the best-selling author in the history of literature and the first to become a billionaire from writing books. She is the first author billionaire.

Her hero is Robert F. Kennedy

On the first day the last HP book sold over 8 million copies.

She now lives in a castle

She first wrote "Harry Potter" to pay her gas bills

She helps run a charity.

She wrote "The Tales of Beedle the Bard"

She likes writing.

She likes reading

She likes relaxing

She was awarded O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000.

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 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 writes in a cafe or at home.

She graduated from Exeter University.

Is an avid train buff.

She met Barack Obama

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.

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.

She finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in a hotel room.

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.

Shares the same birthday with Michael Klesic, Wesley Snipes, Ben Chaplin, Barry Van Dyke, Emilia Fox and Loren Dean.

She Is a huge fan of "Monty Python".

She likes comedy books.

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.

She has blonde hair.

As of November 2002, the year and month of the second "Harry Potter" movie (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) 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.

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

She received an honorary degree from Edinburgh University in recognition of the Potter books and her outstanding contribution to children's literature. [7 July 2004]

She appeared on the Channel Four documentary The Importance of Being Morrissey (2002) (TV).

She wrote her first book when she was 5 or 6!It was about a rabbit.

J. K. Rowling (born 1965), the British author of 'Harry Potter' series

Well, I think her last name's Rowling. But I'm not 100% sure. It might also be Smith. Or Graham. Or Happydungryson. One of them.

1. J K stands for Joanne Kathleen, although she has no middle name. The Kathleen is part of her pen name.

2. She went from living on welfare to becoming a multi-millionaire in five years.

3. She is ranked as the 12th richest woman in Britian.

4. Her favorite musical group is The Smiths.

5. Her idea for Harry Potter fully formed while on a delayed train trip in 1990.

6. The idea of the Dementors in the Harry Potter series came from her illness of clinical depression.

7. She was born on 31 July 1965.

8. She is married to Neil Michael Murray.

9. She has stated in an interview that her hero is Robert F. Kennedy

10. She was teaching English in Portugal when she met her first husband Jorge Arantes.

11. Paul wants to marry her.

12. she has three children, two girls and one boy

13. her first book (Harry Potter and the Socerrer's Stone or how ever you spell it) was published and improved in 1998

Well, it is amazing but J.K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was actually quite poor before she wrote the Harry Potter and became extremely rich. She wrote Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in a cafe, which had heating that her apartment lacked, and was rejected by many publishers before beginning one of the most popular series ever. She actually thought of Harry Potter on a train, apparently the characters 'just walked into her head' By the time she arrived at Kings Cross Station, she was thinking a lot about the idea.

In my opinion J.K. Rowling has written the best series I have ever read. If you haven't read them I would highly suggest you do!

She and Harry Potter share the same birthday: July 31st. Interesting, right?

she has a daughter named Jessica and she was born in 1993

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What are J K Rowling's hobbies?

Reading, Writing and relaxing

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What Personal Qualities or Attributes does JK Rowling have?

She is a philanthropist and was the first woman to make one billion writing books.

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Is J.K. Rowling an atheist?

No, J.K. Rowling is a member of the Church of Scotland. However, she stated on an episode of the Today Show that her books, particularly her seventh, did come into conflict with her beliefs and caused her some consternation.

As I recall, she was concerned with openly discussing her faith because it would have made the plot more obvious (book seven can be seen as a Christian allegory) not because the book was in "conflict" with her beliefs - she has always made it clear that the books are fantasy and she doesn't believe in magic - she doesn't believe the books are true.

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How many books has JK Rowling sold worldwide?

I'm pretty sure it has been over 7 million books a day.

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How old was Harry Potter when his parents were killed?

one year old

Harry would have been 15 months old. He was born July 31st, 1980. His parents were killed October 31st, 1981.

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What does jk mean in a text?

in text talk jk has two meanings but they really just mean the same:

  1. jokes
  2. just kidding
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What was J.K. Rowling's parents occupations?

j.k rowlings mom works as a maid and her dad works as a carpenter

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What was Joanne Rowling's education?

Actually, her real name is Joanne Murray. She wrote under the pseudonym J.K because her publisher thought that the target audience (young boys) would be reluctant to read a book written by a woman. She legally has no middle name so she adopted the K. (for Kathleen) from her paternal grandmother.

Her parents to wanted her to become a secretary so she attended the University of Exeter beginning at age 18 (1983) and studied French. As part of her French program, she lived in Paris for a year. After college, she stayed in London and worked at several jobs, including at Amnesty International.

Most of The Sorcerer's Stone was written in cafes on napkins!

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