Here’s a look at the life of JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series.
Birthday: July 31, 1965
Place of birth: Gloucestershire, England
Birth Name: Joanne Rowling
Father: Peter Rowling, aircraft factory manager
Mother: Anne (Volant) Rowling, laboratory technician
Marriages: Neil Murray (December 26, 2001 – present); Jorge Arantes (1992-1995, divorced)
Children: with Neil Murray: Mackenzie Jean and David Gordon; with Jorge Arantes: Jessica
Education: University of Exeter, BA in French and Classical, 1986; The Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh received postgraduate studies in modern languages from 1995-1996.
Born Joanne Rowling (pronounced rolling) said that her publishers wanted another initial, so she gave herself the middle name Kathleen after her paternal grandmother.
The Harry Potter films have been nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
1971 – Writes her first book, “Rabbit”, at the age of 6.
1987 – – Works as a human rights researcher for Amnesty International.
1990 – – Got the idea for Harry Potter on a train ride from Manchester to London.
1991-1993 – – Teaches English in Portugal.
1994 – On public support and life in Edinburgh, Scotland, she writes “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in coffee houses while her daughter takes a nap.
June 26, 1997 – “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” will be released in the UK. It will be released in the United States in September 1998.
Jul 2, 1998 – The second book in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets series will be published in the UK. It will be released in the United States on June 2, 1999.
July 8, 1999 – The third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is published in the UK. It will be released in the United States on September 8, 1999.
1999 – – Scholastic, the American publisher of the Harry Potter series, is being sued by Nancy Stouffer for trademark infringement. Stouffer claims elements from the Harry Potter series were taken from her 1984 book “The Legend of Rah and the Muggles”.
July 8, 2000 – – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the series, will be published simultaneously in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
March 2, 2001 – Awarded an Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles.
March 2001 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, two books appearing in the Harry Potter franchise, are published. The proceeds of more than £ 17 million will be donated to the Comic Relief charity.
November 2001 – – The first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, opens.
2002 – The 1999 lawsuit against Scholastic will be dismissed if the judge determines that Stouffer “defrauded” the court.
June 21, 2003 – – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the series, is published.
2004 – – Forbes estimates Rowling’s worth at $ 1 billion, making it the first ever billion dollar writer.
July 16, 2005 – The sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is published.
September 6, 2005 – – JK Rowling’s official portrait unveiled for the National Portrait Gallery of London.
July 21, 2007 – – The seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published and sold 8.3 million times in the US in the first 24 hours.
October 2007 – – Together with Warner Brothers, is suing RDR Books for copyright infringement related to the Harry Potter brand. RDR plans to publish an encyclopedia of the seven Harry Potter books. Rowling is planning her own book of the same kind with the proceeds for charity.
June 5, 2008 – – Provides the starting address at Harvard University and also receives an honorary degree.
September 8, 2008 – – Wins lawsuit against Steven Jan Vander Ark of RDR Books, author of a dictionary of the Harry Potter world. The verdict blocks publication and awards $ 6,750 in damages.
September 20, 2008 – – Announces she donated £ 1 million to the Labor Party.
January 16, 2009 – – Vander Ark’s rewritten and renamed book, The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials, is published. This book is intended to be a complete reference work for all seven Harry Potter novels.
February 2009 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy presents Rowling with the Legion of Honor.
June 2009 – – Rowling and her British publisher Bloomsbury are named in a lawsuit filed in London as relatives to the estate of the writer Adrian Jacobs, who died in 1997, alleging that Rowling plagiarized her fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and other material from Jacobs’ $ 2 in 1987 Book “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard”.
2010 – – Donates £ 10 million to a research clinic at the University of Edinburgh. The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is named after Rowling’s mother, who died of complications from multiple sclerosis in 1990.
June 18, 2010 – Grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando.
November 19, 2010 – The film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” opens in the UK and USA.
January 2011 – A federal judge in New York rejects the US plagiarism case filed by Jacobs’ relatives.
June 23, 2011 – Rowling has announced a new project on YouTube, Pottermore.com, which will be partly a digital interactive playground and partly an e-store where the entire Harry Potter series will be available as e-books for the first time.
July 15, 2011 – The final film in the series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” opens in the US and UK.
July 2011 – The UK plagiarism lawsuit filed by Jacobs’ relatives ends after applicants fail to pay the required security amount.
November 24, 2011 – Witness testimony prior to the Leveson investigation into journalistic standards in the UK. In her testimony, she discusses parts of her 33-page statement from November 2, in which she states that some members of the British journalistic community are engaging in: “… conduct that is illegal and that I consider to be unjustifiably intrusive.”
September 27, 2012 – A new book, The Casual Vacancy, her first adult novel, is published.
July 14, 2013 – In a statement to the media, Rowling reveals that “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” a crime novel by Robert Galbraith published in April 2013, was actually written by her.
March 8, 2016 – Rowling publishes a series of short stories on Pottermore.com entitled “Magic in North America”. The four-part series appears daily until March 11th.
July 30, 2016 – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens as a two-part play in London’s West End at the Palace Theater.
July 31, 2016 – The screenplay for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is published.
November 18, 2016 – Rowling’s debut screenplay “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in cinemas.
November 2018 – Rowling files a lawsuit in Scotland against Amanda Donaldson, her former assistant. Donaldson was fired in February for theft.
November 16, 2018 – “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, written by Rowling, opens in cinemas.
April 4, 2019 – The Justice of Scotland ruled that Donaldson Rowling must repay £ 18,734 for fraudulent misrepresentation due to lack of funds and memorabilia for lack of funds.
December 19, 2019 – Rowling tweets in support of Maya Forstater, a woman who lost her job after suggesting that transgender people cannot change the biological gender they were born with.
May 26, 2020 – Publishes a new serialized story online called “The Ickabog” to keep kids entertained during the coronavirus lockdown. It is their first children’s book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
June 10, 2020 – In an essay posted on her website, Rowling explains her views on gender identity after being criticized for her controversial tweets, which some found transphobic. In the 3,600 word play, Rowling writes why she joined the polarizing transdebate in the UK, revealing that she is “a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor” and has “concerns about same-sex spaces”.