(born 31 July 1965), better known as J. K. Rowling, is the British
author of the Harry Potter
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
, 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
" 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!
I don't believe in magic, either.
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.'
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.
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.
It would be one way to kill off the merchandising.
And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
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.