J K Rowling:
Joanne Rowling was born in July 1965 in a small town near Bristol in the UK. She is a true copy of the whole “Rags to Riches story”. Her teen years were terrible. She quotes: “I wasn’t particularly happy. I think it’s a dreadful time of life.” She had a difficult home life; her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father (as of 2012 she is no longer on speaking terms with him).
After studying hard in Paris and moving back to London, Joanne started working as a researcher for Amnesty International.
She married in 1992 to a Portuguese Jorge. They then went on to have their first child together.
From a very young age Joanne had always loved writing. It was in particular for her, a way of escaping her problems at home, with her father and her mother’s illness.
In 1990 J K. Rowling was on a four-hour-delayed train trip from Manchester to London. The idea of the story, started with a boy attending a school of wizardry. She says in an interview: “I really don’t know where the idea came from. It started with Harry, and then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head.”
In December of that year, Rowling’s mother died, after ten years struggling with illness. Rowling was writing Harry Potter at the moment her mother died. She had never told her mother about Harry Potter. Rowling said that the death heavily affected her writing. She introduced much more details about Harry’s loss in the first book, because she knew about how it felt.
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of who are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.
Since it all began:
After Harry Potter, Rowling is now a really famous author. You can ask every person in the world “Who is J k Rowling” and they’ll all answer “The author of Harry potter”. She has earned millions and is now one of the richest females in the United Kingdom, and the bestselling author of ALL time.
The actors in the Harry Potter movies, are now worldwide famous and have a lot of success.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry potter in the movies, has getting a lot of attention after the movies. He’s been in a lot of movies since and has progressed a lot. He is currently the wealthiest person under 30 years in the UK and he has been for the last 3 years.
Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, one of Harry’s best friends in the films. She has had heaps of success since the Harry Potter movies and currently works as an actress and as a model for popular brands, such as burberry.
Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, one of Harry’s best friends. He has like the other ones lot of success.
The hardcore Harry Potter fans, call themselves potterheads. The official fan site is pottermore.com, it’s a really big community for Harry potter fans. There a lot of things you can do on the website. You can play games, and chat with other potterheads, buy the books as e-books and podcast. There many small stories, fx. how Vernon and Petunia Durslev become boy- and girlfriend. http://www.pottermore.com/
You even have the opportunity to send fan mail to the Harry Potter actors, such as Daniel Radcliffe himself.
Harry Potter World:
The wizarding world of Harry Potter opened in Universal Studios (Orlando Florida) back in 2008.
The Harry Potter world is a re construction of Hogwarts and hogsmeade, which are central surroundings in the Harry Potter movies. You can try virtual 3D Potter rides, try the traditional Hogwarts dinner and even buy handmade wands and capes, just like from the movie.
So far it has been a huge success and has gained Universal Studios many more visitors. It has attracted Potter heads from all around the world.
The books became a HUGE success, and have thousands fans around the world. There are sold over 400 million copies of the books and they are translated into 69 different languages, including Chinese. The Harry Potter books and movies have been a huge success, for both the actors and the author and producer.
All in all the Harry Potter series have been one of the biggest successes in history, with these records:
– Fastest selling books of all time.
– Most amount of copies sold of all time.
– Biggest franchise ever. Has so far made a staggering $6.3 billion.
All in all the Harry Potter series are made for our generation. From when we were little, till right now and till further on in the future, Harry Potter will be the biggest Creation of all time. WE ARE THE HARRY POTTER GENERATION.