J. K. Rowling

(redirected from Joanne Rowling)

Rowling, J. K.

(Joanne Kathleen Rowling) (rōl`ibreve;ing), 1965–, English author known for her popular children's books, b. Chipping Sodbury, grad. Exeter Univ. (1986). While unemployed she completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1996), the first in a series of vivid tales chronicling 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. The rest of the series (and films based on them) soon followed—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 at an earlier time in the same world of magic. 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 three mysteries, The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), and Career of Evil (2015) each 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).

References in periodicals archive ?
Success of Harry Potter has made Joanne Rowling richer than the Queen'
Although multi-millionairess Joanne Rowling has never spoken about a family rift, her father, who now lives in Chepstow, was conspicuous by his absence from her life for many years.
And Joanne Rowling, best-selling author of the fabulously successful Harry Potter books, becomes an OBE, just as another volume of the boy wizard's adventures is poised to hit the bookshops.
Joanne Rowling was a single mother struggling to make ends meet when she penned her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was published in 1997.
With a pounds 280million fortune, Joanne Rowling, 37, is the ninth richest woman in Britain and ranked 122nd in the overall Rich List.
Harry Potter author Joanne Rowling yesterday returned to her former university to collect an honorary degree watched by her proud father and stepmother.
Halfway through, Joanne Rowling realised she had a serious fault with the plot and, at one point, doubted she would finish it.
WHEN Joanne Rowling awakes in the stylishly decorated bedroom of her Edinburgh mansion on the longest day of summer, she will be pounds 30million richer than when she went to bed the previous night.
Joanne Rowling was, it seems, an early example of the Laura Spence syndrome - rejected by Oxford because she came from a comprehensive - but the heartening verdict is that Oxford may have flattened her creative flair.
Of all the wizards in this book, none casts a spell as strong as Joanne Rowling.
Joanne Rowling - better known as JK Rowling - was an unemployed single mum three years ago.
3: Joanne Rowling, 34, children's author - pounds 14.