J.K. Rowling, in full Joanne Kathleen Rowling, pen name of Joanne Rowling, (born July 31, 1965, Yate, near Bristol, England), British author, creator of the popular and critically acclaimed Harry Potter series, about a young sorcerer in training. After graduating from the University of Exeter in 1986, Rowling began working for Amnesty International in London, where she started to write the Harry Potter adventures. In the early 1990s she traveled to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language, but, after a brief marriage and the birth of her daughter, she returned to the United Kingdom, settling in Edinburgh. Living on public assistance between stints as a French teacher, she continued to write.

Quick Info
Nickname Jo Rowling
Profession Author, philanthropist, film producer, television producer, screenwriter
Date Of Birth 31 July 1965
Birth Place Yate, Gloucestershire, England

Early Life & Family

Joanne Rowling was born on 31 July 1965 at Cottage Hospital in Yate, Gloucestershire. Her parents Anne (née Volant) and Peter ("Pete") James Rowling had met the previous year on a train, sharing a trip from King's Cross station, London, to their naval postings at Arbroath, Scotland. Anne was a Wren and Pete was with the Royal Navy. They came from middle-class backgrounds; Pete was the son of a machine-tool setter who later opened a grocery shop. They left the navy life and sought a country home to raise the baby they were expecting, and married on 14 March 1965 when both were 19. The Rowlings settled in Yate, where Pete started work as an assembly-line production worker at the Bristol Siddeley factory. Pete's company became part of Rolls-Royce, and he worked his way into management as a chartered engineer. Anne later worked as a science technician. Neither Anne nor Pete attended university.

Spouse Jorge Arantes ​ ​(m. 1992; div. 1995),​ Neil Murray ​(m. 2001)
Parents Anne (née Volant) and Peter ("Pete")

Hobbies & Interests

The Harry Potter franchise is the highest-selling book series of all time, the third-highest-grossing film series of all time, and has a total estimated value of $USD 25-billion ($AUD 36.7-billion), making it one of the highest-grossing franchises, period. None of these superlatives would be possible without Harry Potter’s brilliant creator, JK Rowling. In this article, we explore her biography and report some of the latest news about her life.

Favourtie Character Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
Favorite 'Harry Potter' Book Prisoner of Azkaban
Favorite Hobbies Cooking and Baking
Favourite Colour Pink
Favourite child Lily Luna Potter
Favorite Author Jane Austen
Favorite Hogwarts House Hufflepuff

Education & Career

Rowling's secondary school was Wyedean School and College, a state school she began attending at the age of eleven and where she was bullied. Rowling was inspired by her favourite teacher, Lucy Shepherd, who taught the importance of structure and precision in writing. Smith writes that Rowling "craved to play heavy electric guitar", and describes her as "intelligent yet shy". Her teacher Dale Neuschwander was impressed by her imagination. When she was a young teenager, Rowling's great-aunt gave her Hons and Rebels, the autobiography of the civil rights activist Jessica Mitford. Mitford became Rowling's heroine, and she read all her books.

School Wyedean School
College University of Exeter Moray House

Personal Life

Five months after arriving in Porto, Rowling met the Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes in a bar and found that they shared an interest in Jane Austen. By mid-1992, they were planning a trip to London to introduce Arantes to Rowling's family, when she had a miscarriage. The relationship was troubled, but they married on 16 October 1992. Their daughter Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes (named after Jessica Mitford) was born on 27 July 1993 in Portugal. By this time, Rowling had finished the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – almost as they were eventually published – and had drafted the rest of the novel.

Spouse Jorge Arantes ​ ​(m. 1992; div. 1995)​, Neil Murray ​(m. 2001)
Children 3

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