& the Wonderful World of
By: Jody Jarrell
Born: July 31, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England as Joanne
Married to Jorge Arantes a Portuguese Journalist on October
16, 1992 & divorced 3 years later.
Re-Married Neil Murray on December 26, 2001 He is an
JK Rowling has 3 children, Jessica 16, David 3, & Mackenzie 1.
Currently she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland where she
continues to write the final installment of the Harry Potter
Began writing when she was 5 years old. Her first story was called
Attended Exeter University
At the age of 26, she moved to Portugal to be an English teacher.
It was at this time that she began working on a story about a wizard.
She moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to be close to her family and
raise her daughter. Here she continued to write the 1st Harry Potter
She wrote a grant to the Scottish Arts Council to help complete her
She sold Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone to Bloomsbury
Pub. for about $4,000.
After the completion of the first book, JK Rowling had to
get a job as a French teacher until Scholastic bought the
rights to Harry .
The title was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s
Scholastic paid $105,000 for the pub. rights.
JK quit her teaching job and was able to write full time. She
said “This moment is the happiest of my life”
Book one in U.S. has sold 6.1 million hardback
10.9 million paperback
17 million copies
British Book Award –Children’s Book of the Year
How it all Begins
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets sold in the U.S.
7.3 Million Hardbacks
7.5 Million Paperbacks
Total of 14.7 Million Copies
J.K. Rowling’s Books are
now published in over
35 different languages
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – U.S. Sales
7.6 Million Hardbacks
5.2 Million Paperbacks
Total 12.8 Million
By Summer of 2000, she earned over 400 Million dollars for her first three
After her third success, The New York Times created a best sellers list for
children’s books because JK Rowling’s books were dominating the top slots.
U.S. Sales for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hardcover 8.9 Million
Paperback 3.4 million
Total 12.8 Million Copies
This is the house that JK
Rowling grew up in.
She now owns 3 houses; two in
Edinburgh and one in London
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix U.S. Sales
Hardcover 5 million copies in the first 24 hours then averaging at
12.2 million copies
Paperback 1.5 Million
Total 13.7 million
JK Rowling got the idea for the
name “Potter” from her friends next
door growing up. She loved their
last name which was “Potter”
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince U.S. Sales
Hardback 6.9 million in the first 24 hours with a total of 13.5
Paperback 2 million
Total 15.2 Million Copies
Total U.S. Sales
Hardcover 55.6 Million
Paperback 30.5 Million
Total 86.1 Million Copies
J.K. Rowling is currently working on the seventh book which is the
last in the series.
She is currently worth an estimated 1 billion dollars
She was on the Forbes List of World’s Richest People
She is richer than the Queen of England who had 660 million in
Themes throughout the books:
Love , Family, Courage, Triumph
Good vs. Evil, and Hope.
Quote from the Author: “Probably the very best thing my earnings have given
me, though, is absence of worry. I have not forgotten what if feels like to worry
whether you’ll have enough money to pay the bills. Not to have to think about that
anymore is the biggest luxury in the world.
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