JK Rowling is indisputably one of the most accomplished writers of our time. She had a difficult past as a single mother, but later she would lead a fascinating life after her widely acclaimed book – Harry Potter – became a standard work in Britain and beyond.
Before her fame and success, Rowling faced so many difficulties along the way. From her mother’s illness to the fact that she was forced out of the house by her first husband, to the difficulties Rowling struggled to make ends meet and become the best mother of her first daughter, to writing Harry Potter outside the comfort of her own home – the cult British writer really has been through a lot – her only assets at the time were her unbreakable spirit and her unfathomable passion for writing.
The success story and life of JK Rowling, in general, is truly inspiring. Her life tells many stories and has been a great source of inspiration for many people struggling in their various fields of interest.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how the journey of the veteran author to fame began.
JK Rowling Biography (Age)
JK Rowling, born as Joanne Rowling, is the daughter of Anne Volant Rowling, a half-Scottish and half-French scientific engineer, and Peter James Rowling, who worked as an engineer for Rolls-Royce. She was born on 31 June 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, and grew up with her younger sister Dianne Rowling.
Joanne attended St. Michael’s Primary School in Belfast where she first discovered that English was her favorite subject. She later went to Wyedean School in England to continue her education, which she completed in 1983.
Joanne Rowling received her college education at the University of Exeter in South West England, where she studied French. She initially applied for admission to Oxford University but was refused admission despite passing the entrance examination.
The British author completed her studies at Exeter in 1986, one year after completing her internship in Paris. She completed her studies with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Classics.
Joanne’s parents, Peter and Anne, met in 1964 and married the following year. They moved separately to different cities in Great Britain. At the age of 15, Rowling lost her grandmother, the relationship with her father deteriorated, and her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She finally died of this disease in 1990.
JK Rowling’s Family – Husband, Daughter, and Other Kids
JK Rowling met her first husband Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese television journalist, eighteen months after she moved to Porto, a city in Portugal. Nine months after her mother’s death, the British author decided to move from London to Portugal to start a new life.
After a brief courtship, Rowling and Arantes finally tied the knot in Portugal on 16 October 1992. Shortly after their marriage, her husband was called up for training and was absent for several months.
When Arantes finally returned home, he could not find work. During this time Rowling gave birth to her first daughter – Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes (born 27 July 1993). The couple’s marriage began to get into trouble a few months after Isabel’s arrival. In the end, Arantes beat his wife and daughter and threw them out of the house. A desperate rowdy had to fly to her sister’s house in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her little daughter in December 1993.
JK Rowling married her second husband, Dr. Neil Scott Murray, a Scottish anesthetist, on 26 December 2001 in a private wedding ceremony that took place at Rowling’s home in the county of Perthshire. Neil and the famous writer welcomed their first baby together on 24 March 2003. His name was David Gordon Rowling Murray. Their second child, a daughter called Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray, arrived on 23 January 2005.
Questions about JK Rowling’s faith was a topic that interested her fans and so many readers of her stories. According to the British author, she was born a Christian and has been a practicing Christian all her life. Her revelation follows the much-discussed question of whether religious backgrounds have influenced her books. She also boldly revealed that Christianity inspired Harry Potter, in particular, her latest novel “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.
JK Rowling, who also insists that Christianity is her main source of inspiration, is a member of the Church of Scotland, although she grew up as an Anglican.
Quick Facts About The Writer
1. Her pen name
Joanne Rowling was born without a middle name. She took the name Kathleen after her publisher insisted that she should do so. Kathleen is the name of her favorite grandmother.
Besides writing, the British author loves a whole range of other things. In her spare time, she listens to music, cooks, bakes, goes out with her children to have fun, and also writes songs. She has a song called: Blind Pig, which she wrote for the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Joanne’s favorite foods and colors are sushi and pink, while her favorite sports and drink are Quidditch and gin and tonic, in that order. She is most unpopular when she hears her husband snore, most unpopular when she eats tripe, and the quality she most admires in a person is bravery.
3. Harry Potter
After that several publishers refused to publish their first book. The London publisher Bloomsbury finally agreed to publish her book after a long time.
JK Rowling’s novel series – Harry Potter – has sold more than 450 million copies and can be read in 73 different languages. The book is also the best-selling book series in history, having earned the British novelist numerous awards, including the Order of the British Empire (OBE), which she received from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in 2001.
The Harry Potter series, which is estimated to be worth 15 billion dollars, has a total of 4,195 pages. She completed her first book after five years. The project also formed the basis for a number of films, with Harry Potter being the most popular of them.
The names of all Harry Potter films are Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010).
All materials related to Rowling’s Harry Potter are available on Pottermore.com. She launched the site on June 23, 2011, to enable readers to purchase e-books from the Harry Potter series and digital audiobooks.
4. At a young age, Rowling loved painting, modeling clay pots, and literature for learning.
5. During her school days, her maths teacher, Mrs. Morgan, was very hostile towards her.
6. The renowned author gave Harry Potter’s main character, Harry Potter, her birthday, July 31st.
7. Her mother, Anne, made her love literature. As a child, her mother used to read stories to her. In fact, by the age of five, Joanne was able to tell every single book her mother read to her almost from memory.
8. She wrote her first book entitled “Anne”: Rabbits at the age of six. Her younger sister Dianne was the first person to listen to her stories.
9. Joanne’s favorite author is an English novelist, Jane Austen, while her living favorite novelist is Roddy Doyle, an Irish playwright, screenwriter, and writer.
10. She once struggled with depression.
11. JK Rowling stopped talking to her father Peter Rowling in 2003.