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J. K. Rowling

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    J.K. Rowling Biography
    Joanne Rowling (J.K Rowling) is a British author and screenwriter, best known for her internationally best-selling and award winning Harry Potter children's series of books. 

    J.K. Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 and spent her childhood in Gloucestershire and Gwent, south east Wales. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a writer, having written her first story about a rabbit called 'Rabbit" aged just six. At 11 years old she wrote her first novel about seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them. 

    After graduating from Exeter University, J.K. Rowling worked in a series of jobs in London and it was while she was sitting on a delayed train from Manchester to King's Cross London that she formed the idea for Harry Potter. She spent the next five years mapping out the seven books in the series. During this time she moved to Portugal where she married and had a daughter before returning to live in Edinburgh alone with her child. She retrained as a teacher but continued to work on the Harry Potter stories. Her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in June 1997. 

    J.K. Rowling Facts
    The 'K' stands for Kathleen, her paternal grandmother's name. Her publisher suggested she use this name as an obviously female author of Harry Potter might not appeal to young boys.
    J.K. Rowling has also written several crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Her stories featuring private detective Cormoran Strike has been made into a TV series by the BBC.

    Our favourite J.K Rowling Book Characters
    Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley - from the Harry Potter series

    Our favourite J.K Rowling Book Quotes
    “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” (Dumbledore, The Goblet of Fire)

    “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” (Luna Lovegood, The Order of the Phoenix)

    "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." (Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

    "Brilliant! It's Potions last thing on a Friday. Snape won't have the time to poison us all!" (Harry, The Prisoner of Azkaban)
    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Driv... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue fro... More

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    13th August 2015

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    When the Quidditch World Cup is disrupted by Voldemort's rampaging supporters alongside the resurrection of the terrifyi... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies,... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin... More

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    5th August 2002

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witc... More

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    1st November 2016

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

    J.K. Rowling invites you to explore a new era of the Wizarding World . . . When Magizoologist Newt Scamande... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivel... More

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    2nd August 2008

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard

    'You've never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?' said Ron incredulously. 'You're kidding, right?' (From Harry Potte... More

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    16th July 2005

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    'In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has re... More

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    26th February 2000

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    When Harry and his best friends go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped ma... More

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    1st November 2017

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated Edition

    This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout t... More

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    24th March 2001

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year ... More

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    4th July 2009

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    As featured in the first year set texts reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Fantastic Beasts and W... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that ... More

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    4th October 2016

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in... More

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    1st April 2016

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Hogwarts Library Book

    A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, an i... More

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    3rd October 2017

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay's... More

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    10th July 2004

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell yo... More

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    2nd January 1999

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    A remarkable sequel to the best-selling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his... More

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    13th August 2015

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter is furious that he has been abandoned at the Dursleys' house for the summer, for he suspects that Voldemort... More

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    1st June 2009

    Quidditch Through the Ages

    Did you know that : there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch M... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue fro... More

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    11th August 2016

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! New, repackaged audio editions of the classic and internationally bestselling,... More

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    23rd June 2006

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    "In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has re... More

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    1st October 2007

    Harry Potter Classic Hardback Boxed Set

    A fabulous opportunity to own all seven Harry Potter titles - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and... More

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    1st November 2010

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know th... More

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    1st November 2010

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to get back t... More

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    1st November 2010

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witc... More

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    13th August 2015

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived t... More

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    14th January 2016

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Latin): Harrius Potter et Camera Secretorum

    Essential reading for Latin learners the world over! The second book in J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series is av... More

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    13th August 2015

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Suspicion and fear blow through the wizarding world as news of the Dark Lord's attack on the Ministry of Magic spreads. ... More

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    1st September 2003

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    This new novel by J. K. Rowling continues the further adventures of boy wizard Harry and his friends. Harry is due to st... More

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    28th June 1999

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    This is the next title in the "Harry Potter" series. Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his third year at Hogwarts Schoo... More

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    2nd January 2007

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harrius Potter Et Camera Secretorum

    Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know th... More

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    1st October 2000

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year ... More

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    5th August 2002

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. There are spells to be... More

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    6th October 2003

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell yo... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry P... More

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    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in... More

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    1st November 2010

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    It is Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort's sinister forces amass and ... More

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    1st November 2010

    Harry Potter Audio Boxed Set

    This is J.K. Rowling's complete internationally bestselling "Harry Potter" series brilliantly brought to life by Stephen... More

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    7th November 2011

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    It is Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort's sinister forces amass and ... More

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    4th October 2016

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Deluxe Illustrated Slipcase Edition

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in... More

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    11th August 2016

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! New, repackaged audio editions of the classic and internationally bestselling,... More

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    12th January 2017

    Quidditch Through the Ages

    A perennial bestseller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library, Quidditc... More

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    3rd October 2017

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Deluxe Illustrated Slipcase Edition

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in... More

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    9th October 2014

    Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection Children's

    A beautiful boxed set containing all seven Harry Potter novels in paperback. These new editions of the classic and inter... More

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    7th November 2017

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Deluxe Illustrated Edition

    This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout t... More

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    8th July 1999

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's always a relief af... More

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    3rd October 2005

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year ... More

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    1st August 2005

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    'In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has re... More

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    1st August 2005

    Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

    In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has ret... More

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    7th May 2007

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    It is the summer holidays and soon Harry Potter will be starting his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wi... More

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    4th June 2007

    "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

    Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell yo... More

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    2nd July 1998

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know th... More

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    3rd May 2004

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    When Harry and his best friends go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped ma... More

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    3rd July 2006

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry can't wait to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after the summer holidays. But th... More

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    3rd July 2006

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter is about to enter his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and little does he know tha... More

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    1st October 2007

    Harry Potter Special Edition Boxed Set

    A fabulous opportunity to own all seven Harry Potter titles - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and... More

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    6th October 2008

    Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set

    This is a fabulous opportunity to finally own all seven Harry Potter titles - "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"... More

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    6th July 2009

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    'In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has re... More

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    1st November 2010

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year ... More

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    31st December 1998

    Harry Potter and the Chamber

    In one of the most hotly anticipated sequel in memory, J.K. Rowling takes up where she left off with Harry's second year... More

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    11th September 2001

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing ... More

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    24th May 2002

    An Interview with J.K.Rowling

    Have a one-to-one with the very best authors in contemporary children's fiction, as Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacquel... More

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    6th September 2018

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    `It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities' Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter can'... More

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