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J.K. Rowling – Some Little Known Facts  

J.K Rowling


Okay, so this comeback post stands for all Harry Potter fans like me. I'm an ardent lover of that magical wizard. And so I guess is every second person in the world!!

But do any one of you know much about the unique and miraculous author, J.K Rowling?

So here's a chance for you to know more about her through this post. Read on friends....

J. K. stands for Joanne Kathleen. J. K. Rowling chose to use her initials for the book because her publisher feared that if readers knew she was female, the boy wizard, Harry Potter, would not gain as much fame as it deserved. Of course, everyone later learned this was hardly the case. And I wrote a post about it too. You can read it here, Female Writers Won't Appeal To The Masses!

The interesting thing is that the extraordinary story of the magical wizard was created quite normally, like every second struggling writer.....that too, on napkins!! Yea! She wrote the story of Harry Potter while travelling on train being a single mother then.

J.K Rowling was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Beleive it or not, the richest author in the world was an ordinary woman at a time. She completed her first book-length manuscript on an old manual typewriter while she was unemployed and living on state benefits.

It is known that about twelve publishing houses initially rejected her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A small publisher, Bloomsbury, in hope for some job, finally decided to give Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling a break, even giving the author a small advance.

But that small advance was quite a big turnaround for her, after the success of her books. In 2006, the author was named the second richest female entertainer in the world behind Oprah Winfrey. Her fortune is around over One Billion U.S. Dollars.

It is recorded, even in the Guinness Book of World Records that her sixth book of the Harry Potter series sold more copies in twenty-four hours than The Da Vinci Code sold in a year. Any guesses how many copies were sold, or how much money she earned every twenty-four hours?? My head turns just imagining so!

After that, as we all know, J. K. Rowling has assured the world that the seventh book in the Harry Potter series will also be the last. Many famous authors like Stephen King and John Irving have begged J. K. Rowling not to finish off the dear little boy wizard but unfortunately, for all of us alike, she has been sure footed about his destiny.

J. K. Rowling, a modest woman, even contributes a good deal of money and supports charitable causes. She has even suggested to publish an encyclopedia about the magical world of Harry Potter, and contribute all earnings from the publication to charity.

Was it not wonderful to know about this great personality? And if you know any additional information about her, please feel free to share it with me!



10 comments

  1. Shamelle  

    Title is well suited :-0) I didn't know most of these.


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  2. Angie Ledbetter  

    Interesting!

  3. Anonymous  

    J. K. Rowling didn't write her story on napkins. She said she likes to write on normal notebook paper. She said that was a rumor.

  4. Anonymous  

    Here is a little known fact - J.K. Rowling is a total phoney as are her ex-agent Little and his ex-partner Blair.

  5. Anonymous  

    Kathleen is actually not part of her given name. It was actually her grandmother's name.

    The publishers did ask her to not use her first name "Joanne" to appeal to male readers as well. So that is when she pulled the "K" from her grandmother's name.

  6. Anonymous  

    What you think you 'know' about Rowling is simply a lot of guff put together by her publisher, editor and PR teams. The truth as to how and where they got the story from will come out eventually and who really is behind the writing of it.

  7. Anonymous  

    She didn't have a pen 'she' tells us on her website and as an Amnesty worker and ex-teacher was too shy to ask for one during the four hour train delay. If you believe all that tosh you really do need help. Why do you suppose they had to make that all up?

  8. Anonymous  

    J.K ROWLING IS AMASING I LOVE HARRY POTTER GO J.K ROWLING :)

  9. Anonymous  

    These are all good facts I am doing a report on her and I think some of these would really help

  10. Silver Phoenix  

    Well, seeing as Rowling is meant to be from a humble background, the children in the Potter books speak incredibly upper class! Remind me of the Catherine Tate show 'posh mum'..... lol NO one but the upper class talk in that ridiculous way. A genuine, down to earth and working class woman would NOT write like a toff. Makes me so mad that everyone buys into this lie

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