If I mentioned the name “Harry Potter”, what springs to mind?
Perhaps a fantastic world filled with wizardry, magical beasts, and sinister forces? That’s all thanks to J. K. Rowling, the author of the world-renowned Harry Potter series. Her books redefined the fantasy genre.
Here is some background information on Mrs. Rowling. She was born in southern England, and worked as a researcher and secretary for a human rights organization. Interestingly, she got the idea for Harry Potter when her train was delayed at a railway station. She was on hard financial and emotional times when she finished the originally titled Philosopher’s Stone, which she wrote on a typewriter!
The book was accepted enthusiastically and soon published. It received numerous awards, and she proceeded to writing the next four books. The Goblet of Fire smashed book sales records in both the US and UK, selling over 300,000 books in a single day!
Through all of this, J. K. Rowling was dedicated to making the best possible books she could, toiling for many long hours, writing. Books 6 and 7 sold millions in less than a day.
So what did the new millionaire do with all of her money? Supported charities, of course! She has donated to several charities such as One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and many more. Mrs. Rowling also continues to donate the sale proceeds of two short stories, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, for charity. Fantastic Beasts is set to become a movie by the end of this year.
In 1998, Warner Bros. bought the rights to the Harry Potter series and made the famous film adaptations.
Mrs. Rowling also released a book titled The Casual Vacancy. The books were part of so many people’s childhoods, and gave rise to a dedicated fandom. So, J.K. Rowling is a living example of passion that paid off. Her amazing fantasy world rocketed her to fame, but she remains humble and kind. The true beauty of the Harry Potter universe is that it continues to expand and grow, even while it remains true to the genre and the fans.