- NAME: J.K. Rowling
- OCCUPATION: Author
- BIRTH DATE: July 31, 1965 (Age: 48)
- EDUCATION: St Michael's Primary School in Winterbourne, Wyedean School and College, University of Exeter
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Yate, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Joanne Rowling
- AKA: Jo Rowling
- AKA: J.K. Rowling
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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J.K. Rowling is the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, one of the most popular book and film franchises in history.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint all had very minimal acting experience before the Harry Potter films. Yet as soon as she saw them J.K. Rowling knew they would be perfect for the roles.
Director Christopher Columbus and Producer David Heyman faced a daunting challenge with the first Harry Potter film but it was one they both were eager to take on.
A short biography of J.K. Rowling whose "Harry Potter" books have become the bestselling book series in history.
They were virtually unknown when they were cast in the first Harry Potter movie, but Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have since become worldwide stars. Today, all the Potter kids are grown, and enjoying successful careers.
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Later that year, Rowling announced a new film venture with Warner Bros. This new film series will be based on Rowling's hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. According to Entertainment Weekly, Rowling explained in a statement that the movies draw from "the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years," but "is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series,
but an extension of the wizarding world."
Rowling is also reportedly working on a new Harry Potter-related book. On her website, she announced that she will write "an encyclopedia of Harry's world" and the royalties from this volume will be donated to charity.
On December 26, 2001, J.K. Rowling married anesthetist Dr. Neil Murray at the couple's home in Scotland. They have two children together, David (b.2003) and Mackenzie (b. 2005). Rowling has one child, Jessica (b. 1993), from her previous marriage.
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