J. K. Rowling

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Rowling, J. K.

(Joanne Kathleen Rowling) (rōl`ibreve;ing), 1965–, English author known for her popular children's books. While unemployed she completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1996), the first in a series that vividly chronicles the coming-of-age adventures and perils of a young wizard and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1998, film 2001), it attracted a huge international readership. It was soon followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998, film 2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999, film 2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000, film 2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003, film 2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005, film 2009), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007, filmed in two parts 2010 and 2011), making Rowling one of the world's most successful and wealthiest authors. Her books, which appeal to both young and adult audiences, have been widely credited with reviving the practice of reading in many children. She also wrote the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), a movie set earlier in the same world of magic, and for its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018). In 2012 Rowling published her first novel for an adult audience, The Casual Vacancy, a black comedy that reveals the conflicts beneath the surface of life in a contemporary English village. It was followed by four mysteries, The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), Career of Evil (2015), and Lethal White (2018), featuring the detective Cormoran Strike and his sidekick Robin Ellacott and published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


See biographies by S. Smith (2001), W. Compson (2003), C. A. Kirk (2003), C. C. Lovett (2003), and C. A. Sexton (2005); studies by J. Granger (2002), G. L. Anatol, ed. (2003), E. Heilman, ed. (2003), J. Houghton (2003), G. Wiener, ed. (2003), D. Baggett and S. E. Klein, ed. (2004), G. W. Beahm (2004), and M. Lackey, ed. (2006).

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He said: "Jo Rowling and David Yates were incredibly generous in making sure there is a long journey for this man to go on before he becomes the Dumbledore that we all know and love.
The ending of this story was quite popular and beautifully judged by Jo Rowling and David Yates, so it's not a cause for sadness; it's a cause for celebration that it was rounded off so well," he added.
With Jo Rowling, the Harry Potter books were the bestselling books, so the recognition accorded to children's books really changed," Simon observes.
The "Potter" team received a special achievement kudo, with producer David Heyman leading the thanks: "To Jo Rowling, and to the fans, for giving the Harry Potter family an unbelievable and unforgettable, special decade."
"But Jo Rowling's such an intelligent person, she knows.
Melissa Anelli, from Staten Island, New York, is in an excellent position to describe the whole Harry Potter phenomenon from its beginnings when Jo Rowling dreamed up her first plot while travelling in the train in England.
"He is both inspired and inspiring and is a passionate fan of the remarkable world and characters Jo Rowling has created.
"Jo Rowling calling any Harry Potter character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality," Melissa Anelli, Webmaster of the fan site http://www.the-leakycauldron.org, told the Associated Press.
"If Jo Rowling hasn't finished books six and seven within the next two years, the kids we've got at the moment will be too old to play the parts and they may not even want to.
Alfonso said: 'Jo Rowling asked me not to be too literal with my interpretation but to be faithful to the spirit of the books.
'I'm deeply bitter that I don't get to see this merry bunch again on the third one and I hope that I'm back for the fourth and also the fifth, 'The only clue I have is that I keep reading these interviews with Jo Rowling where she says that it's been very painful for her writing book five because she's had to kill off characters that she loves.