J.K. Rowling is a British author born in 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Rowling is popular for writing the Harry Potter book series. Over 400 million copies of the book series have been sold worldwide. The Harry Potter movie franchise based on the books became the most successful movie series of all time. Rowling has also wrote books such as The Silkworm, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and The Casual Vacancy. Her list of honors include multiple Nestle Smarties Book Prizes, a Locus Award, a Hugo Award, and Freedom of the City of London Award. Rowling has three children and is married to Neil Murray.
Under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling, in an interview with the BBC’s Radio 2 Book Club, reveals she is writing a new children’s book. No word was given on the genre of the book or whether it is in any way related to the Harry Potter series.
I will definitely write more novels as J. K. Rowling. Novels in the plural, I have so many ideas in my head. I have an idea for a children’s book. Actually I have written part of a childen’s book that I really love so I’m definitely going to finish that.
Rowling apologizes for the death of Fred Weasley, who was killed in The Battle of Hogwarts:
Today I would just like to say: I’m really sorry about Fred. *Bows head in acceptance of your reasonable ire*…I thought I might apologise for one death per anniversary. Fred was the worst for me, so I started with him.
In an interview by fellow crime author Val McDermid, the writer reveals her plan to write crime novels that will outnumber her Harry Potter books. She has already written two crime novels under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and is half-way through writing the third. The novels follow Cormoran Strike, a private detective and former military investigator in the Special Investigation Branch.
I love crime fiction. I’ve always loved it. I read a lot of it and I think, in many ways, that the Harry Potter books are whodunnits in disguise.
Seven years after completing the Harry Potter book series, Rowling posts an update on her characters to her website Pottermore. The update is written in the form of an article written by the journalist Rita Skeeter. In it, Harry has aged and is now sporting a mysterious cut on his cheek. He is married to Ginny Weasley who is now a journalist. Ron Weasley is still married to Hermione Granger – who is now the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Shortly after the story is posted, the site experiences multiple crashes as fans rush to read the new piece.
Rowling’s second Cormoran Strike detective novel, The Silkworm, is published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind. One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you’re talking about discrete stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.
Rowling’s first novel since the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It is a crime novel featuring a detective hero, Cormoran Strike.
When I was a child, I really wanted to be called Ella Galbraith, I’ve no idea why. The name had a fascination for me. I actually considered calling myself LA Galbraith for the Strike series, but for fairly obvious reasons decided that initials were a bad idea.
Rowling announces the creation of her Pottermore website, where fans can access exclusive content and discover more about the Harry Potter series and characters.
This site is just a fantastic way for all that fan creativity to continue. It’s been an amazing experience for me to be able to be creative in this medium that didn’t exist back in 1990 when I had the idea for the books. And it will be a wonderful way to introduce the digital generation to the books.
The final novel of the Harry Potter series is released in the U.S., UK and Canada. Potter continues to search and destroy items that will help to kill Lord Voldemort and prevent another return. He also learns the truth about his past and the history of several main characters. The novel ends the series with a final confrontation between Potter and Voldemort. In the U.K. it sells 8.3 million copies in the first day in the U.S., beating the previous book’s 6.9 copies. When asked by Meredith Vieira if she has had to say goodbye to Harry:
Yes and no. Because…it sounds too corny for words, but I feel as though I know what he’s doing now…so he’ll always be a presence in my life really.
The sixth installment is released in various countries and sells 6.9 million copies on its first day. In Potter’s sixth year at school, he stumbles upon a mysterious textbook annotated by a person named the Half-Blood Prince. Potter searches for the book’s owner as well as a memory that may aid in defeating the dark Lord Voldemort. He learns more of Voldemort’s past and works alongside his school’s headmaster, Dumbledore, to prepare for battle. Rowling:
A lot happens in the sixth book and a lot of questions are answered. I really have a sense that we are nearly there and it is time for answers, not more questions and clues, although obviously there are a few clues as I am not quite finished yet.
The third novel is released in the UK. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine investigate Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner who may have ties with the villian, Lord Voldemort. The book sells 68,000 copies in 3 days.
Out of the five books I’ve published, writing Azkaban was the easiest, and in some ways I think that shows.
Rowling releases the second novel in the series in the UK. In this novel, Harry is a student at Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All is well until students who are not from all-magical families come under attack by an unknown assailant. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine investigate the attacks and delve into the story behind the Chamber of Secrets.
I’ve only suffered writer’s block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn’t measure up, but I got through it!
Bloomsbury releasesHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling in the UK. The book is about a young orphan boy who learns that he’s a wizard, thus opening him up to an underground magical world. Along the way he becomes best friends with characters, Ron Weasley and Hermoine Grainger. He also learns of the threat to the “wizarding” world, Lord Voldemort, and his connection to the villain. The original print of 500 copies becomes popular in the U.K. Rowling speaks of the book’s creation:
In 1990, I was in Manchester looking for a flat, but I decided to take the train back to London and the idea for Harry Potter fell into my head during the journey. I had been writing since I was six, but I had never been as excited about an idea as I was for this book. Coincidentally, I didn’t have a pen and was too shy to ask anyone for one on the train, this gave me the full four hours on the train to think up all the ideas for the book. I began to write ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ that very evening.
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