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umm she did have a horrible life. You may want to check out a book on jk rowling bio!

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J. K. Rowling is a publishing phenomenon, a one-woman industry and the second richest woman in the United Kingdom after the queen. Not bad for a single mom who was once on welfare. The British author of novels for young people caused an overnight sensation with her first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which sold out of its first edition quickly and has been reprinted many times. Even before publication, publishers in the United States were vying for rights to the book, with top bidding going to Scholastic, which paid $100,000, the most ever for a first novel by a children's book author. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone rose to the top of the children's best-seller lists in 1998, and was optioned by Warner Bros. for a movie. Its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, went to the top of the adult best-seller lists in England shortly after its 1998 release, and consumer demand in the United States for the book brokered a new era in Internet sales of books internationally, fueling concern over publishing rights. Her subsequent titles in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkahan, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, added new legions of fans to the Rowling fan club, with young readers around the world lining up at bookstores dressed in Harry's glasses, eagerly awaiting each new title. Translated into a multitude of languages around the world, the Harry Potter books prove the theory of globalization better than most exports. The Chinese publishing house, People's Literature, which once issued the poems of Chairman Mao, even published a boxed set of the first three Harry Potter titles in a print run of 600,000, the largest fiction printing since the communists came to power in China in 1949. The release of the Warner Bros. movie in late 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, breached the last strongholds of benighted people in the world who had never heard of Harry Potter. A box office hit, the movie secured the fame of both Rowling and her youthful protagonist in the minds of people around the world. With its three-day opening weekend, the movie broke all previous records, earning a whopping $90 million in the United States. "Rowling's books have bridged political and cultural chasms," wrote Paul Gray in Time magazine, "they have altered publishing industries; they have even spurred censorship moves by some religious fundamentalists." By the release of the sixth Harry Potter Book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in 2004, more than 100 million copies of the books were in print.

Rowling plans to continue her Harry Potter saga for seven books, spinning a magical blend of wit and fantasy--a surreal melange of "the dark juvenile novels of Roald Dahl and C. S. Lewis," according to Carla Power, writing on the Harry Potter phenomenon in Newsweek. Rowling is good copy*mdash;a busy mom who wrote much of her first Harry Potter adventure while sitting in coffeehouses as her little daughter napped beside her, she presents a Cinderella story every bit as fanciful as the one she concocted in her book. Rowling herself, winner of numerous awards and now employed full-time in her life's ambition as a writer, has managed to keep a semblance of private life, changing her old one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh for a Scottish estate and various apartments, and marrying the day after Christmas in 2001. With an estimated annual income of over $40 million, she is no longer worried about lining up for unemployment checks.

Born near Bristol, England, Rowling grew up with a younger sister and a distinct inclination toward story-telling. Rabbits played a large part in her early tales, for Rowling and her sister wanted a rabbit very badly. Her first story, at age five or six, involved a rabbit dubbed, quite logically, Rabbit, who got the measles and visited his friend, a giant bee named Miss Bee. As Rowling commented, "Ever since Rabbit and Miss Bee, I have wanted to be a writer, though I rarely told anyone so. I was afraid they'd tell me I didn't have a hope."

Two moves took the Rowling family eventually to the town of Tutshill near Chepstow in the Forest of Dean along the border of England and Wales. This brought a long-time country-living dream to fruition for Rowling's parents, both Londoners, and the nine-year-old Rowling learned to love the countryside in this new abode. She and her sister could wander unsupervised amid the fields and play along the River Wye. "The only fly in the ointment was the fact that I hated my new school," Rowling once noted. It was an old-fashioned school with roll-top desks and a teacher who frightened Rowling.

From Tutshill Primary, Rowling went to Wyedean Comprehensive School. "I was quiet, freckly, short-sighted and rubbish at sports," she commented of these years. Rowling confided to Roxanne Feldman in an interview in School Library Journal that the character of Harry's friend Hermione is loosely based on herself at age eleven. English was her favorite subject and she created serial stories for her friends at lunchtime, tales involving heroic deeds. Contact lenses soon sorted out any feelings of inferiority in the young Rowling; writing became more of a compulsion and less of a hobby in her teenage years. Attending Exeter University, Rowling studied French, something she later found to be a big mistake. Her parents had advised her that bilingualism would lead to a successful career as a secretary. "Unfortunately I am one of the most disorganized people in the world," she related, which obviously posed a significant problem to a budding secretary.

While working at Amnesty International, Rowling discovered one thing to like about life as a secretary: she could use the computer to type up her own stories during quiet times. At age twenty-six, Rowling gave up her office job to teach English in Portugal. It was there that she began yet another story that might become a book, about a boy who is sent off to wizard school. All during the time she spent in Portugal, Rowling took notes on this story and added bits and pieces to the life of her protagonist, Harry Potter. In Portugal she also met the man who became her husband, had a daughter, and got divorced.

Back in England, she decided to settle in Edinburgh and set about raising her daughter as a single mother. Accepting a job as a French teacher, she set herself a goal: to finish her novel before her teaching job began. This was no easy task with an active toddler in hand. Rowling confined her writing to her daughter's nap time, much of it spent in coffeehouses where the understanding management allowed her space for her papers. In her interview with Feldman, Rowling commented that she had no idea what sort of reception the book would get, if she was even able to get it published. "I knew how difficult it would be just to get a book published. I was a completely unknown writer. I certainly could never have expected what's happened. It's been a real shock." She was able to send off her typed manuscript to two publishers before beginning her teaching post, but it was not until several months later that the happy news arrived that her long-time intimate, Harry Potter, would appear between the covers of a book in England. And then a few months later, the American rights were bought for a stupendous price and Rowling said good-bye to teaching.

"Think Luke Skywalker," opined an Associated Press writer in a profile of the suddenly successful author which appeared in Hoosier Times. "Then add a broom, a bunch of oddball buddies like the Goonies, and an athletic contest where wizards great and small desperately try to fix the outcome." This is only a rough approximation of the world to which Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in England) introduces the reader.

Harry Potter, an orphan, has led a miserable life with the Dursley family, his maternal aunt and uncle. Ever since Harry arrived unannounced at their doorstep, the Dursleys have been put out, as has their vile son, Dudley. Harry has taken up residence in a broom closet under the stairs, bullied at school and mistreated by the Dursleys. Small, skinny, and bespectacled, Harry is an unlikely hero. The only thing physically interesting about Harry is the lightning-shaped scar on his forehead.

"Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair and bright green eyes," Rowling wrote in the novel. "He wore round glasses held together with a lot of Scotch tape because of all the times Dudley had punched him in the nose." That quote goes a long way to demonstrating not only Rowling's tongue-in-cheek humor, but also her sensitivity in portraying the difficulties of being a child.

When Harry turns eleven, he receives a letter. Of course the Dursleys keep it from him, but finally another letter gets through to Harry telling him that he has been admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is the first that Harry has known about his parents being wizards, or that they were killed by the evil sorcerer, Voldemort, or that he himself is something of a legend in wizard circles for having survived Voldemort's attack, which, by the way, left the scar on his forehead. Before he knows what is happening, he is swept off by the giant Hagrid, keeper of the keys at the school, on a flying motorcycle. Thus begins what Rayma Turton in Magpies called "a ripping yarn" and a "school story with a twist." Instead of boring math and geography, Harry takes lessons in the History of Magic and in Charms, or Defenses against the Dark Arts. He becomes something of a star at the school athletic contest, quidditch, an aerial sort of soccer match played on broomsticks. He forms friendships with Ron and Hermione and encounters students not quite so pleasant, such as the sly Draco Malfoy. He investigates the secrets of the forbidden third floor at Hogwarts, battles evil in the form of professor Snape whom Harry fears means to steal the sorcerer's stone which promises eternal life, and discovers the secret behind his scar. In short, Harry learns to be his own person.

"The language is witty, the plotting tight, the imagination soars," Turton commented. "It's fun." A writer for the Associated Press observed that "Rowling has an unerring sense of what it means to be eleven, and her arresting, brick-by-brick construction of Harry's world has turned a rather traditional plot into a delight." Hogwarts is a composite of the typical English public school (which is actually private in America), yet turned on its head. Harry is lodged in Gryffindor house, rivals of another house, Slytherin; his school supplies include a message-bearing owl and a magic wand. "The light-hearted caper travels through the territory owned by the late Roald Dahl," observed a reviewer for Horn Book, who concluded that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a "charming and readable romp with a most sympathetic hero and filled with delightful magic details." A Booklist commentator called the book "brilliantly imagined and written," while a critic for Publishers Weekly noted that there "is enchantment, suspense and danger galore." A classic tale of good versus evil, as well as a coming-of-age novel with a unique flavor, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is not simply a novel about magic and wizardry. As Michael Winerip commented in the New York Times Book Review, "The magic in the book is not the real magic of the book." For Winerip, and countless other readers, it is the "human scale" of the novel that makes it work. "Throughout most of the book, the characters are impressively three-dimensional," Winerip noted, concluding that Rowling "had wizardry inside," achieving "something quite special" with her first novel.

Even as enthusiastic reviews were pouring in from America, Rowling's second installment of the Harry Potter saga was publi

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published in England. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets takes up where the first novel stops. Harry returns to second term at Hogwarts in a flying car, and deals with old and new characters alike. One of these newcomers is Nearly Headless Nick, a poor creature upon whom an executioner made a messy cut; another is a ghost who inhabits the girls' bathrooms, Moaning Myrtle. Valerie Bierman, writing in Carousel, noted that "this plot is brilliantly scary with horrible happenings, mysterious petrifyings and a terrifying conclusion." A reviewer in Publishers Weekly asserted that, if possible, the story is even more inventive than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Rowling's "ability to create such an engaging, imaginative, funny and, above all, heartpoundingly suspenseful yarn is nothing short of magical."

The third installment in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, begins when Harry is thirteen and starting his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. A notorious mass murderer who is a henchman of the evil Lord Voldemort has escaped from Azkaban Prison and comes looking for Harry. Despite the danger, Harry is quite preoccupied with an upcoming match of quidditch where he plays the most important position, that of the Seeker. Perhaps therein lies part of the secret to the success of the Potter books, opined Gregory Maguire in New York Times Book Review: "J. K. Rowling's fantasies celebrate a boy's relish in physical prowess as well as the more bookish values of moral and intellectual accomplishment." And even while the adventures are thrilling, a reviewer in Publishers Weekly felt that they appear to be laying the groundwork for even more breathless excitement. "The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban leapt to number one on the adult best-seller lists in England, prompting a feeding frenzy for them in America. But eager readers have reason for solace as well. Rowling has sketched out plots for seven Harry Potter novels in all, taking him through his years at Hogwarts, to age seventeen and graduation. Maguire conjectured: "Maybe by then J. K. Rowling will have achieved what people who love the best children's books have labored after: breaking the spell of adult condescension that brands as merely cute, insignificant, second rate the heartiest and best of children's literature."

Rowling's fame and wealth continued to grow with the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which fourteen-year-old Harry faces his biggest challenge to date, battling evil Lord Voldemort to make friendship triumphant over discord. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, Harry's name is picked out of the magic Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. All the usual Rowling trademarks are in this fourth book, which was so hyped that four million copies were sold even before its publication date. Overall, skeptical critics felt that the author delivered on all the hype. Rowling "is highly inventive, funny, a fine plotter, and a superb narrator," wrote Brian Bethune in a Maclean's review of the fourth novel. "With Goblet, " noted Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly, "the author gives her characters complex new dimensions--even exploring the chamber of secrets known as wizard puberty--without losing the whimsy that makes Potter fans long to ditch the Muggle world for a cottage in Hogsmeade." Robert Papinchak of People Weekly concluded, "Rowling squeezes in more than a few good laughs as she moves toward the electrifying final confrontation. . . . Absolutely enchanting--the best of the series."

In addition to the books, by 2001 the product merchandising of Harry Potter items accelerated as the release of the first in a series of full length Harry Potter feature films neared. The movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, quickly attained the popularity of the original novel. A film version of the second novel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets premiered in London on November 3, 2002. On September 11, 2003, as Rowling's Harry Potter books topped the American Library Association's list of most-challenged books for 2002, Prince Felipe of Asturias presented her with Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Prize "for having helped children of all races and cultures to discover the joy of reading." This honor carried with it a $56,000 prize and a sculpture by Joan Miro.

The Harry Potter books continued in succession, with a fifth release in the series appearing to nearly one million advance orders in 2003. Called Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the initial release of the U.S. hard cover edition sold five million copies in the first 24 hours, and a subsequent Scholastic edition sold two million copies in 2004. Overall, the number of Harry Potter books in print approached 100 million by the appearance of the sixth in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which saw publication in July 2004.

A Harry Potter web site launched on May 24, 2004, coincidental with the release of the film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, on June 4, 2004. The web site scored 17 million visitors in its first week. On June 5 Rowling won the Bram Stoker award for best work for young readers, for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. On July 12, 2004 she received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. That same month, the sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was scheduled for publication.

With all her works translated into thirty-five languages, and the subject of myriad articles, Web pages, and even book-length biographies, J. K. Rowling has indeed spawned a major book and film industry with her modest creation. "In one sense," Gray wrote, "the boy wizard has slipped beyond her control; he is out there, everywhere, and legions of people feel a sense of ownership. But in the most important way, Harry still belongs to her. His future is in her head, as is that of the entire fictional universe she has set in motion."

July 16, 2005: Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince sold 6.9 million copies in the United States in its first 24 hours of sale, making it the fastest selling novel in history. The previous record of 5 million was set two years ago with the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Source: New York Times, www.nytimes.com, July 18, 2005.
November 18, 2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a film based on Rowling's novel, opened November 18. The film was written by Steve Kloves, directed by Mike Newell, and released by Warner Brothers. Source: New York Times, www.nytimes.com, November 17, 2005.
February 2006: Rowling's fifth novel in the "Harry Potter" series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, has be optioned for film. It will be directed by David Yates and released by Warner Brothers. Source: CNN, www.cnn.com, February 2, 2006.
April 1, 2006: Rowling's Harry Potter series won the Best Book award at the Kids' Choice Awards. Source: USA Today, www.usatoday.com, April 2, 2006.
July 6, 2006: Rowling was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree by Aberdeen University in Scotland. Source: USA Today, www.usatoday.com, July 7, 2006. October 14, 2006: A movie adaption of Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, directed by Anand Tucker, is in production and opens in the United States on July 13, 2007. Source: Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com, February 15, 2007.
July 21, 2007: The seventh novel in Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books and available for sale on July 21, 2007. Source: Amazon, www.amazon.com, February 15, 2007.

Born 1966, in Chipping Sodbury, England; married, 1992, and divorced, 1993, (one child); married December 26, 2001 (two children). Education: Attended Exeter University. Addresses: Home--Edinburgh, Scotland. Agent--Christopher Little Literary Agency, 10 Eel Brook Studios, 125 Moore Park Road, London SW6 4PS, England.

Amnesty International, secretary; teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Portugal; French teacher, Edinburgh, Scotland. Writer, 1996--.

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Iviana (The Sign Painter) Mʘ‿ʘP (thesignpainter) Hey Jen! I got kicked out of my group.... And I know that you did too, Suki just told me. And I have absolutely no idea why because I know Lily didn't do it...

Iviana (The Sign Painter) Mʘ‿ʘP (thesignpainter) okay thanks. I have no idea what happened. btw, I'm not going to be able to come on Saturday. I have to play in this competition...

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awww. Well can you tell me what happened after I was gone?

Iviana (The Sign Painter) Mʘ‿ʘP (thesignpainter) What do you mean?

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well in the warriors group. I belive you came on and stuff happened when I was off!

Iviana (The Sign Painter) Mʘ‿ʘP (thesignpainter) Oh, well for one thing, I made a charrie named Rose who has a crush on Seamus and Harmony's jealous.

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ok i am going to put down an essay i wrote bout j.k. hope u guys like it

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J.K. Rowling
Joanne Kathleen Rowling had a wonderful but challenging life. She was born on July 31st 1965. She was born in chippin Sodbury, Glouceshine, England. Her parents were Ann and Peter Rowling. She had one sister, Di, she was 2 years younger than J.K.
In J.K.’s childhood she moved twice before she was an adult. At her home she had some friends next door. Their last name was Potter. She never forgot their names or faces. When she was nine years old the Rowlings moved again. J.K. attended grade school. She thought of herself as freckly, shy, and not athletic, but she was great at literature.
J.K. went to Exter University. Her parents convinced her to become a secretary, this is what they did. She was disorganized and found herself writing stories instead of taking notes, so she quit.
When she was twenty-six she moved to Portugal. J.K. taught English, she loved her job. In her free time she would write stories. One of her stories was about a Wizard.
J.K. married a journalist named Jorge Arantes. He also lived in Portugal. They had one daughter named Jessica Rowling Arantes. Shortly after the birth of Jessica they divorced. J.K. decided to move closer to her sister Di. J.K. became determined to finish the book about the wizard called “Harry Potter.” J.K. sometimes had to work on her book at a restaurant with Jessica.
J.K. got Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone published on June 7th 1997. In Bloomsbury UK, alone, she got four thousand dollars. By the year 2000 J.K. had earned four-hundred million dollars. The book was published in thirty-five different languages and thirty million copies were made.
In 2001 J.K. Rowling married again. This time she married Dr. Murry. In J.K.’s second wedding her eight year old daughter, Jessica, was a brides maid. They have not divorced.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published June. 1999. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was published Oct. 1999. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published July 2000. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix was published July 2003. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published July 2005. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published July 2007. These books were published in the English on the dates I stated they were published. These are all the books J.K. has published.
J.K. Rowling is still with Dr. Neil Murry. They have 1 daughter named Jessica and they are living happily together. From homeless mother to a bestselling author, she has inspired millions.

message 16: by cat, Herbology professor (new)

cat (catalleecat) | 467 comments Mod
goodnight Jen my dad makeing me go to bed night

message 17: by Jen , Headmisstress, Muggle Studies Professor (new)

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ok goodnight!

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Jessica | 881 comments thank you!

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ok no prob i had to write it for my class but i figured might as well not let all that work go to waste

♫Morgan♫ *composer but never composed* (morgan1123) umm doesn't she have 3 kids?

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