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Conversations with J.K. Rowling

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,272 ratings  ·  100 reviews
The name J.K. Rowling is one that is on the lips of millions of readers worldwide, but before 1997 few people knew the brilliant woman behind the phenomenally successful Harry Potter books. And now, four books into the series, few yet know the real story of Ms. Rowling's childhood and career as a writer. This is the first and only true telling of Ms. Rowling's history beca ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 2001 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2000)
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Valentina Montana
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libricino di 85 pagine che ti incanta fino alla nausea.

La prima parte del libro è dedicata ad un'intervisa con J. K. Rowling, l'autrice della saga di Harry Potter che in quel periodo (nel 2000) aveva appena pubblicato il quarto volume: Harry Potter e il calice di fuoco.
L'autrice ci racconta della sua infanzia, carriera e inaspettato successo mondiale; ci spiega perché a salvare Harry dai suoi orribili zii durante il secondo volume della saga, è proprio una Ford Anglia turchese, e cosa (o me
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PurplyCookie
If you're a Harry Potter fan who knows a lot about J.K. Rowling, then you won't find much new in this slim, large-type book. But younger kids (and Muggle grownups hoping for some insight into the world of Harry Potter) will learn quite a bit about this phenomenally successful series and its unassuming author.

Divided into roughly three sections, "Conversations with J.K. Rowling" begins with some fairly general questions about the author's early childhood ("Tell us about your grandparents" is wher
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Amy
Feb 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I love Harry Potter, and since this is the only "official" J.K. Rowling biography, I headed for it first. I learned a few "behind the story" items that were interesting. The middle section is just a summary of the books, so if you've read them, just skip to the last few pages where they highlight media interviews. Since this only encompassed books 1-4, I would like to see something more now that she's finished writing all seven.
Joan
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice book meant for kids, published by Scholastic, capitalizing on the earlier HP craze. However, it had a nice informative interview with Rowling that I enjoyed a great deal. Verdict: Not tossing this book, yet at least! Now, on to find some book I don't want in this house!
Book Concierge
This is the ONLY authorized biography of J. K. Rowling. It’s basically divided into three parts. The first half of the book are questions posed to Rowling – the sorts of questions her legions of fans might want to ask. This covers her life from childhood to her unimagined success as a writer. The middle section deals with the books; only the first three had been published when this was written, though book # 4 was ready and is discussed (no spoilers). The last section revisits some of the interv ...more
Sarina
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love reading about J.K. Rowling and her life which led me to think that this book was for me. Nope, not really.

The questions were generic, like "Did you watch much television as a child?" or "Do you enjoy the book tours?" It was fun to read some of J.K. Rowling's favorite things when she was younger but other than that, it read like a Wikipedia page minus a good portion of the details. I certainly wouldn't go to this book to find details about Rowling's life. To add insult to injury, this boo
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Meli
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me compré este libro hoy en la Feria del libro porque 1º era relacionado a Harry Potter, 2º era una baratija y 3º me encanta comprar cosas relacionadas a Harry, sobre todo si son baratijas :P

Lo leí completo mientras volvía a casa, porque vivo asquerosamente lejos de la FIL (y porque el libro es re corto).

Es una entrevista que le hicieron a J.K. en el 2000 entre la salida de El prisionero de Azkaban y El cáliz de fuego y, aunque el libro es todo un curro (consiste en una entrevista muy corta a
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Reeny
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
The first third of the book was a conversation with JKR. It's interesting to see her thought process/what she says circa 2004/GoF. The middle section of the book was summaries of the first 4 HP books. Why????? Who is going to be interested enough in Harry Potter to pick up the author's biography that hasn't read the books??? The last bit was media sound bytes and quotes.

UPDATE: I legit forgot I had read this and I saw it ion my bookshelf recently and excitedly picked it up for a quick read. I g
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Kayrene Smither
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-bio
This is a sweet little book about J. K. Rowling. If you've read and loved the Harry Potter series, this book gives you a lot of insight and tidbits about how she came up with the story and characters. Really interesting, and thoroughly enjoyed!
Jennifer Datus
May 05, 2010 marked it as to-read
I will like to know more of J.K. Rowling and this book will help me do that.
Lorena Talluto
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho trovato questa breve lettura parecchio interessante. Un libro minuscolo con sole 94 pagine che mi hanno fatto scoprire tantissime cose di cui ero ancora all’oscuro sia su J. K Rowling sia su come sia nata l’idea della saga che tanto amiamo.
È molto datato devo dire, risale al 2000 infatti erano stati pubblicato solamente i primi 4 libri della saga ancora e a chiusura del libro è stato scritto che la Rowling stava scrivendo il 5 romanzo della saga.
Oltre a contenere un’intervista della scrittri
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McKenzie Richardson
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Good book, quick read.

Growing up, I was obsessed with Harry Potter (let's be real, I still am). I am sure I read this book a few times growing up, but I didn't remember much from it, so when I came across my old copy of it, I figured it was time for a re-read.

Good book overall. I especially enjoyed the interview section in which Rowling talks about her life. From there, the book is just a lot of summary of the first four books. It is interesting re
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Myriam Codry
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit disappointed. I really expected to learn more about my favorite author. But nothing new here. Though it was nice getting some answers directly from JK, I kind of knew the answers to most questions already. Simply put, if you're a big HP fan like I am, you won't find much in this book that you didn't know already. If you're fairly new at this, I think this is a nice way to introduce the series and the spirit of the series. For muggles only ;)))
Anna
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I laughed when I found this in my childhood bedroom - I don’t even remember getting this book! It’s an interview and review with JK Rowling from the time when the 4th book had just been published and none of the movies had come out yet. It was wild to read a review from back when the movies hadn’t been filmed and the characters had yet to be cast! I wouldn’t buy it because it’s so outdated, but there are little bits of trivia I hadn’t known before in the interview, so that was pretty neat.
Britt Kramer
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking to find out a bit more about J.K. Rowling or a little bit about the making of Harry Potter this book is a really great quick read to give you some more information into her life and how Harry Potter came to be.
Tamara Zann
Good interview with insides into Rowling's life
Wilmer
2.5 . Hubiese sido un 3, pero la edición en español parece sacada de Google Traductor. Se pueden leer cosas como “La Hogwarts” y “Dobby, el geniecillo de la casa” WTF?? :S
Alessia
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Consigliato a chi vuole sapere qualcosa in più su questa fantastica attrice e sul mondo di Harry Potter che tanto amiamo.
Danni Springer Gaines
Definitely has some good insights about Rowling's life! Left me hungry for more though, I look forward to the day when she writes her own autobiography!
Elle Fiora
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Even thought it was a really short book, I really enjoyed it. Many of the facts in this book are very well known or easy to find online. However, if you are like me and you are a HUGE Harry Potter buff and you enjoy just reading a ton of fun little facts all assembled in a small book. I would suggest picking up this book.
Isabella Vega
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The book Conversations with J.K . Rowling is packed with information and even the small details are in this book. It talks you though her whole writing life and the life before that. J.K. Rowling was very influential and a big contribute to the world. I learned in the book that she contributed thousands of dollars to charities. I recommend this book to people who like harry potter.
A.D. Mercer
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.K. Rowling is without doubt one of, the most successful writers of all time. Of course this was not always the case, indeed her beginnings were pretty ordinary and, like most successful people, there are many biographies already written, or in the processes of being written. And yet considering Rowling’s books are aimed primarily at children, although now read by everyone, there are no biographies aim at children. There is where 'Telling Tales - An Interview with J.K. Rowling' is so good.

The
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Ang
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5

La entrevista está bien, pero los comentarios de la autora y la edición del libro son vergonzosos.
jazz-ee2
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
I took the opportunity of a couple of spare hours and a lovely sunny day to read this book at Ollerton Heath. It's interesting to read retrospectively, being based on an interview conducted in 2000 when Rowling had still only written and published the first 3 Harry Potter books, and just the first film. Having the knowledge that she has since gone on to be even more successful is a little like having information that the author doesn't have!

A simple book intended as an overview/for younger peopl
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Jennifer
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this - although it was only short and published just after the Goblet of Fire came out so isn't up to date, it's the only biography of JK Rowling available, and being a huge HP fan I had to read it.

I was disappointed to find that the actual conversation with Rowling only lasted half of the book (about 50 pages) and I didn't learn many new things. I was shocked and appalled to find mistakes in the book, when, during the synopsis of the books, the author say
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A. Moses Levitt
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: big-history, sophie
Sebuah buku yang MURAH, bukan dalam arti jelek, tapi harganya benar-benar MURAH, hanya Rp.5.000. Dan dengan GOCENG itu, saya bisa mengenal sedikit tentang siapa itu JK ROWLING--yang begitu saya gemari sejak tahun 2001, ketika seorang kawan WENSESLAUS POERWANTO, membeli secara acak sebuah buku tebal berjudul HARRY POTTER DAN KAMAR RAHASIA, padahal itu kan BUKU KEDUA... setelah itu mulailah kami BERTUALANG mencari BUKU-BUKU YANG LAIN.

*saya jadi teringat sekolah BERASRAMA saya yang begitu MIRIP HOG
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Ashlee
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
It was an okay book. Very short, and more of just reading one long interview. I'm not really sure if the interview was conducted by one person or multiple, but it was interesting to read some things. Of course some things I read in this book didn't match up with the "authorize biography" I read about her months ago. In that book it said she was coming back from a work conference when she got stuck on the train and came up with Harry, but in this book apparently she had just visited her boyfriend ...more
L12aliciacarrera
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: info-bios
This biography was meant to be read as if you were having a conversation with J.K. Rowling. Instead, it felt more like a very brief introduction to her. I was interested in finding more about the author that created Harry Potter, but I was disappointed when I didn't learn much more about her than what I already knew. There were very few facts that weren't already very well known about her. There was a total of 96 pages in this book, and the majority of it was a quick overview of the Harry Potter ...more
Jane
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
I did not read this when it came out in 2000 but came across it recently. It's interesting to read it after the series is over and after the movies were made. It was written around the time of the release of The Goblet of Fire.

It feels quite sanitized by Scholastic. For example,her answer to "Did your editor at Scholastic make many changes for the American edition? don't sound like her voice. I think J.K. Rowling knows American children could have handled all the original British vocabulary. Als
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