Who’s J.K. Rowling?

J.K. RowlingFor most Harry Potter Fans, maybe, J.K. Rowling was their queen. Well personally, I adore her innate talent when it comes to “Story-Telling.” I don’t know but, what does the world would look like without a “J.K.” born? Maybe, a world without J.K. is a world where children still hated books! This possibility was ‘outcasted’ for she made little children read books, not only kids but also those kids-at-heart was able to read the books.

With her wide and wild imagination, she created the world of Harry Potter whom, everyone is so familiar about. This super woman was of a genius in a way that she made all people go obsessed and crazy for over 14 years from the year she published the book and it was filmed up to present (and I guess up to future).

Her timeless books was really an inspiration for all the people who really wanted to create a different world out of their imaginations. Well, me myself admits that NO ONE CAN BEAT THE QUEEN! I guess some tales nowadys was inspired by J.K.’s works especially the creatures she build up.

These works-of-art was really not easy to build up. She herself even made scribbles, scratches and drafts just to finish the work and feed the fantasies of her dear readers.

Yeah, we know who J.K. was, an author. But do we really know where she cam from? Or who she really was? Below was her short life history…

J.K. Rowling and Her Children


J.K. (Joan Kathleen) Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.

Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each books and began writing the first novel.

Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter Jessica in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was eventually completed.

Jo married Dr. Neil Murray in 2001, and a brother for Jessica, David, was born in 2003. A sister, Mackenzie, followed in 2005. (END)

J.K. was a really an amazing and nationalistic woman because from the time her books were planned to be filmed by Warner Bros., she insisted that she’ll only agree if the characters will be of a British, and so, the management agreed. And top of all, unlike any other book authors whose work were filmed into silver-screen, J.K. became active in giving what does the film should look like assuring that the film will suit the book perfectly that’s why, we saw the results was amazing and brilliant.

The only reason why J.K. chose this name to be published instead of her real name is that, she has this fear that maybe, people will not buy her books because there’s this thought that women are not that good in writing or any other reason relating to gender inequality.

Here’s the list awards she earned from the Harry Potter Books:

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1997 Gold Medal 9-11 years

FCBG Children’s Book Award 1997 Overall winner and Longer Novel Category Birmingham

Cable Children’s Book Award 1997

Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year 1998 Carnegie Medal 1998 (Shortlist)

British Book Awards 1997 Children’s Book of the Year

Sheffield Children’s Book Award 1998

Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal 9-11 years

Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book Award 1999 FCBG Children’s Book Award 1998 Overall winner and Longer Novel Category

British Book Awards 1998 Children’s Book of the Year

North East Book Award 1999

North East Scotland Book Award 1998

The Booksellers Association / The Bookseller Author of the Year 1998

Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1999 Gold Medal 9-11 years

Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year 1999 British Book Awards 1999 Author of the Year

The Booksellers Association / The Bookseller Author of the Year 1998

FCBG Children’s Book Award 1999 / Longer Novel Category

Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Scottish Arts Council Book Award 2001

Children’s Book Award in 9-11 category 2001 Winner of the Hugo Award

Whitaker’s Platinum Book Award 2001.

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

WH Smith People’s Choice Book Awards, Fiction category, 2003

British Book Awards Book of the Year (shortlist) 2003.

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

Winner of the British Book Awards, WH Smith Book of the Year 2006

Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books (best book for readers aged 8-12 years) 2006.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Booksellers Association Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize (shortlist) 2008.

Carnegie Medal 2008 (longlist)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Galaxy Children’s Book of the Year (shortlist)

Other Awards

Galaxy British Book Awards – The Book People

Outstanding Achievement Award 2008

Edinburgh Award 2008

South Bank Show Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award 2008

France’s Legion of Honour 2009 awarded to J.K. Rowling

Hans Christian Andersen Literature prize 2010

J.K. Rowling Pictures from harrypotter.bloomsbury.com and j.k.rowling official site, History from j.k.rowling official site, awards list from harrypotter.bloomsbury.com


About The Castle Hogwarts

An AB Psychology student who loves Harry Potter books and movies

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