J.K. Rowling's Biography: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Molly Margeson

Molly has taught SAT preparatory material and courses for the past two years and has a master's degree in English with a focus in creative writing.

Most people know J.K. Rowling as the author of the ''Harry Potter'' series. While most know all there is to know about the wizarding world, not as much is known about the author and her persistence to get her book published.

J.K. Rowling's History

J.K. Rowling
JK Rowling

Joanne Rowling, or more famously known as J.K. Rowling, was born in Yates, England in 1965. Her father, Peter, was an aircraft engineer (a very difficult job that involves designing airplanes) and her mother, Anne, was a science technician, but J.K. didn't want to work in the sciences or be an engineer. She had dreams of becoming an author, a dream she would eventually see come true.

Growing up, Rowling had a tough life at home. Her mother was sick for a long time and J.K. didn't get along well with her father. This drove J.K. to read more books and write her own stories which she would read to her little sister, Dianne. Rowling attended Exeter University in 1982 where her teachers felt she was a good student in her English and literature classes, but not amazing. (Surprising to hear about the author of the Harry Potter books!).

After college she moved to Peru to teach English, had her daughter, and eventually she moved back to London to be near her sister. It is rumored that on a train ride to Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling started to write Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on a napkin. While it's true she started writing her novel on this train ride, whether or not it was on a napkin has still yet to be discovered.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

A lot of publishing companies didn't want to publish Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which made Rowling no stranger to the word 'no'. But that didn't stop the persistent author. She eventually sold her book to a publishing company called Bloomsbury. She may not have realized this at the time, but Harry Potter would go on to become one of the most famous book series in today's time!

After she wrote and published the first Harry Potter book people wanted to keep reading about the wizarding world! She would go on to publish Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and to finish it all off Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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