J.K. Rowling

By Eric Xu, "From rags to riches"

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Background Info

J.K. Rowing is 50 in 2016, born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, United Kingdom. J.K. Rowling, the multimillionaire author of Harry Potter, believe it or not, has had a really hard life. She had to live through being indigent and an abusive husband. Her conflict was character vs. society.

Jorge Arantes

Jorge Arantes was J.K.'s first husband, but they got divorced. They were married from 1992–1995, from a very unfortunate situation. The two met in a bar called Meia Cava, J.K.'s eyes caught Jorge's immediate attention, soon they were dating. The dates quickly progressed to marriage, but their life didn't go as smoothly as planned. The two often got into arguments, and one day J.K. told her husband that she no longer loved him, Arantes angrily threw her out of his house. J.K. called the police and got her daughter back. J.K. continued to work on her beloved book while caring for her sweet daughter.

J.K. Rowling gives a speech

J. K. Rowling Benefits of Failure - Tribute from Arnar

Below is J.K.'s new husband, Dr. Michael Neil Murray.

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What I Learned From J.K.

From J.K.'s story and her quote, I learned that anyone can get themselves a better life as long as they work for it, and they believe they can.

A Favorite Quote From J.K.

"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better."

Works Cited

Fearon, Peter. "A Dark Flashback In ’Potter’ Author's Tall: Ex-Junkie Hubby Demanding Right To See Their Daughter." New York Post. NYP Holdings, 11 July 2000. Web. 22 Mar. 2016. <http://nypost.com/2000/07/11/a-dark-flashback-inpotter-authors-tall-ex-junkie-hubby-demanding-right-to-see-their-daughter/>.


"J.K.Rowling Biography." Biography Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016. <http://www.biographyonline.net/writers/j_k_rowling.html>.


Sexton, Colleen A. J.K. Rowling. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2008. Print.