J.K. Rowling Biography
Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the creator of the magical world of Harry Potter, a series of immensly popular children’s novels.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the creator of the magical, mystical world of Harry Potter, a series of children’s novels. She was born in Chepstow, Gwent, England and has one daughter, Jessica.
The seven-book HARRY POTTER series is about a boy in England who discovers he is really a very famous wizard. The novels retell Harry Potter's adventures of conquering courses on magic while battling evil forces at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling was asked by her publishers to use her initials on the book cover to appeal to more young male readers as well as female readers. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in June 1997. It won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal 9-11 years, the Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year, the FCBG Children's Book Award -overall winner, the Birmingham Cable Children's Book Award, the British Book Awards' Children's Book of the Year and the Sheffield Children's Book Award. In 1999, the second novel in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 9-11 years, the Sheffield Children's Book Award, the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards' Children's Book of the Year, the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award, the FCBG Children's Book Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone” is the title of the third book in the series.
The release of the fourth book in the seven-book HARRY POTTER series was in July of 2000. So many children waited for this release that advance copy orders hit all time records. Many of those orders were placed through internet shopping sites. Prior to the release, Rowling declined any and all interviews. When asked why, she stated that she didn’t want the media to spoil the plot of the new book. She wanted children to be able to find out the storyline for themselves.
J.K. Rowling received an honorary doctorate in the spring of 2000 at St. Andrews, Scotland for helping millions of children discover the joy of reading. She was also named an Officer of the Order of British Empire in early 2000. Rowling remains constantly surprised and pleased at the popularity of her writing. She is thrilled to be able to interest so many children in the joys of reading. Her refreshing style and intriguing plots are gaining more and more momentum among young readers.