J.K. Rowling's Rough Rise to Riches

Danielle Nobbe



Joanne Rowling, more commonly known as J.K. Rowling was born to Anne and Peter Rowling in Yate, England. She took a fondness to writing as a child and wrote her first book at age six, it was about a rabbit with Measles.

J.K. attended St. Micheal's Primary school and graduated from Wydean College. She later moved onto Exeter University and got a degree in Classics and French. Moving around the world she started with being a researcher in London, then to Portugal where she was a teacher for foreign language, which was just English.



J.K. Rowling's career did not start off smooth. Shortly after getting her idea for the Harry Potter Series and planning it out, her mother died, she divorced her husband, and was now a single mom on welfare. Falling into depression from her mother's death she lost all motivation to continue writing. With financial problems taking their toll on her and her daughter, J.K. knew she had to do something. Pulling herself together J.K. went through twelve rejections and was finally accepted on her thirteenth try. The big break was from Bloomsbury publishing, who at the time was also not well known. If it weren't for a positive outlook along with determination J.K. Rowling may never have finished Harry Potter Rowling explains, "I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized and I still had a daughter that I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”


  • Half Blood Prince sold 6.9 million copies opening day, largest book release in US

  • Deathly Hallows most preorders in US

  • Thirteenth wealthiest woman in Britain, even wealthier than the Queen

  • Entire Harry Potter Series were turned into box-office hits

  • CO founded Charity for kids without homes called Lumos

J.K. Rowling: This is Lumos

Other Things to Know

  • Her pen name J.K. came from her first name, Joanne, and the “K” was from her Grandmother, Kathleen. She was encouraged to use a pen name so it would appeal more to teenage boys.

  • Wrote a book in 2013 under a different pen name, Robert Galbraith, so people would judge it honestly. It sold decently and then word got out it was her and sales skyrocketed

  • Currently married to her husband, Neil Murray, they have had two children togther. Rowling has a total of two daughters and one son.

  • If you wanted to devulge deeper into the wizarding world of Harry Potter you can visit the link below, which is an interactive website that takes you farther into the books.



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