J. K. Rowling
Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE
Order of the British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions...

 (born 31 July 1965), better known as J. K. Rowling, is the British
British people
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 author of the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...

fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies and been the basis for a popular series of films
Harry Potter (film series)
The Harry Potter film series is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by the British author J. K. Rowling...

, in which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment.
Rowling conceived the idea for the series on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990.

Rowling has led a "rags to riches
Rags to riches
Rags to Riches refers to any situation in which a person rises from poverty to wealth, or sometimes from obscurity to fame. This is a common archetype in literature and popular culture ....

" life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years.

The wizards represent all that the true 'muggle' most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!

Salon (31 March 1999)

I don't believe in magic, either.

As quoted in "Success of Harry Potter bowls author over" at CNN.com (21 October 1999)

I've never set out to teach anyone anything. It's been more of an expression of my views and feelings than sitting down and deciding 'What is today's message?' And I do think that, although I never, again, sat down consciously and thought about this, I do think judging, even for my own daughter, that children respond to that than to 'thought for the day.'

Interview by Lizo Mzimba (February 2003)

If you need to tell your readers something...there are only two characters that you can put it convincingly into their dialogue. One is Hermione, the other is Dumbledore. In both cases you accept, it's plausible that they have, well Dumbledore knows pretty much everything anyway, but that Hermione has read it somewhere. So, she's handy.

Interview by Lizo Mzimba (February 2003)

I've given you more than I've given anyone else which I probably shouldn't probably say on — on screen, or they'll kidnap and torture him, and we need him.

To screenwriter Steve Kloves, in an interview by Lizo Mzimba (February 2003)

It would be one way to kill off the merchandising.

On Newsnight, about the possibility of killing Harry in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, June 2003.

And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

Harvard University Commencement Address (June 2008)

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

Harvard University Commencement Address (June 2008)