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J.K. ROWLING. Author of the Widely Famous “Harry Potter” Series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (originally Philosopher’s Stone, but changed for.

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2 Author of the Widely Famous “Harry Potter” Series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (originally Philosopher’s Stone, but changed for US publication) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

3 J.K. Rowling, On Harry Potter: “The idea that we could have a child who escapes from the confines of the adult world and goes somewhere where he has power, both literally and metaphorically, really appealed to me."

4 BIOGRAPHY: Name: Joanne Rowling “Jo” (The “K” honors her grandmother, Kathleen) **J.K.-biased boys** Born near Bristol, England (July 31, 1965) 1 sibling, Dianne “Di”, 23 months younger Creative child-loved to write and tell stories to Di (1 st story, age 6) Mom diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis when Jo was 15 Studied French at the University of Exeter (south coast of England)

5 Longest job was in London with Amnesty International, an organization that campaigns against human rights abuses all over the world In 1990, moves to Manchester with boyfriend During a train ride, the idea of Harry Potter “falls into (her) head.” December 1990, her mom dies: “changed both my world and Harry's forever” Moves to Portugal to “get away,” Job teaching English in a Language Institute: continues to work on novel Meets and marries a Portuguese man: Gives birth to daughter, Jessica, in 1993 Divorced and living with sister in Edinburgh by the end of 1994

6 Intentions to begin teaching again Reaches the “now or never point” and hurries to finish first book and attempt to become published Turned down by 9 publishers in 1 year Bloomsbury Publishing, August 1996 1998, Sorcerer’s Stone released in the US 1999, Releases Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban 2000, Goblet of Fire 2003, Order of the Phoenix (Gives birth to son, David) 2005, Half-Blood Prince (Gives birth to daughter, Mackenzie) Coming in 2007, the last HP installment!!!

7 RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS: Each HP title has been #1 on The New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists Hugo Award Bram Stoker Award Whitbread Award for Best Children's Book Half-Blood Prince set world record for a 1 st printing (10.3 million copies) Has sold over a QUARTER OF A BILLION books, in 61 languages and over 200 countries


9 CHARACTERIZATION: the means by which an author establishes credibility of character (personalities that populate literature) Multidimensional with varied strengths and weaknesses; Grow and change over time Rowling develops believable, “real” characters with problems and adventures Characters progress with age and maturity throughout the HP series Every character can potential be used to teach characterization: Hermonie, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Ginny, Neville, Draco Malfoy, He- Who-Must-Not-Be-Named….

10 Harry Potter “Harry just strolled into my head, fully formed.” (J.K. Rowling) Main character; Changes throughout the entire series due to events & age Sorcerer’s Stone: pg.27 (1 st realization of being different) Goblet of Fire: pg.18 (Shows changes & maturity after 3 years at Hogwarts) The Half-Blood Prince: pg.646 (Relationship, deals with hard issues, speaks down to Minister of Magic…changed tremendously from 1 st book!)

11 PLOT: the sequence of the story events Sets the plot in the 1 st book; Conflicts in each book that connect and move the plot forward (Engages readers into the life of HP and hooks them on the series!) Uses each book to represent a year at Hogwarts Sorcerer’s Stone: pg.57 (When Hagrid tells Harry he is a wizard & may attend Hogwarts) Prisoner of Azkaban: pg.432 (Alludes to the importance of Sirius in the next book) Order of the Phoenix: pg.851 (Suggests conflicts to come in the next book)

12 STYLE AND LANGUAGE: Rowling creates a “wizard world,” complete with the history and culture, words, charms, spells, inventions, a sport… Readers are engaged and interested in this world-They want to know more about wizards and the characters in this world Excellent site for teachers & kids: (Provides a glossary & pronunciation guide!) hor/

13 Sorcerer’s Stone: pg. 117 (Explanation of the Sorting Hat and the different houses at Hogwarts) Goblet of Fire: pg. 212 (Insight into curses, history & law) Chamber of Secrets: pg.115 (Definition of “mudblood”)

14 The Magnitude of Rowling: EDINBURG, SCOTLAND (2005) tuff/reading/index.asp tuff/reading/index.asp SENDING A SIGNED BOOK TO THE US tuff/video/index.htm tuff/video/index.htm

15 COOL STUFF: Excellent site for teachers and kids to use: Scholastic Kids r/author/ (Glossary, Pronunciation Guide, Games, Posters, Bookmarks, info. & more!!)

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