Overcoming Obstacles: J.K. Rowling

Her Struggles and her Successes

Joanne Rowling

J.K. Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, England (UK).


She was often bullied; commonly being called "Rowling Pin." She studied at Saint Michael's Primary School in Gloucestershire and she moved to Chepstow, South Whales when she was nine.
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After she finished school, she went to study French at the University of Exeter.
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Early Jobs and Marrage

Her friend, Sean, was the first person to give her confidence. She also switched through many jobs, such as an English teacher. She later married Jorge Arantes on October 16, 1992.
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Early Career Struggles

She was dealing with poverty after she was kicked out of her home and left alone with her infant daughter, Jessica. Later on, she returned to the UK (United Kingdom). In the December of 1990, her mother died of Multiple Sclerosis. It was during this tragic time that depression started to set in the most.
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Overcoming Obstacles

Later on, she started to write the now famous "Harry Potter" books but was rejected by 12 publishers. One of her earlier job managers said,"She will never be able to write children's books." After finally being published by Scholastic in 1998, her first book rapidly sold. She later married Neil Murray on December 26, 2001.
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J.K. Rowling published nine popular "Harry Potter" and has sold over 450 million copies of these books.

Memorable Quotes

J.K. Rowling had many memorable quotes such as,"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities," and,"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to out friends."