5J.K.ROWLING BIOGRAPHYBorn in Chepstow, Gwent in 1965, J.K. Rowling's favorite subjects in school were English and languages. J.K. went to Exeter University, worked as a secretary and as a teacher, but then fell on hard times. She and her husband divorced shortly after the birth of their daughter and J.K. Rowling ended up unemployed and living in a tiny flat in Edinburgh with her only child.
6Of course, maybe it wasn't all bad because it was during this time that she wrote Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. The idea for the book came to J.K. Rowling while on a train ride.
8Bloomsbury Publishing bought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) in 1997 and it was an instant success.
9Since then there have been three more Harry tales - The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire and the massive Order of the Phoenix. J.K. Rowling has plans to write a book for each of the 7 years that Harry Potter is at Hogwarts
11She won the Prize “Príncipe de Asturias” in 2003. Because Rowling´s literary creation prompts young people to identify with essential human values such as the ability to discern between good and evil and to recognise how important cooperation and solidarity are in life´s problems.
12HARRY POTTERThe social transcendence of Rowling's literary creation lies in the fact that it has stimulated children from the entire world's ethnic groups and cultures to discover the joy of reading and to find in the fascinating adventures of Harry Potter a stimulus for their imagination and creativity.
17J.K. Rowling - Did U Know?· The Scottish Arts Council gave her a grant to finish the first book.· J.K. Rowling named Harry Potter after a childhood friend, Ian Potter.
18· She writes all of her books by hand. Ouch · She writes all of her books by hand. Ouch! She must have been pretty tired by the end of Order of the Phoenix.· When asked what mommies do, J.K. Rowling's daughter once replied, "Mommies write!"