J. K. Rowling accepts her honorary degree CC Ken Schwarz

Quick facts:

Born: 31st July 1951, Gloucestershire, England

Educated: French and Classics, University of Exeter

Occupation: World-famous author, screenwriter, film and TV producer and philanthropist

Best known for: The Harry Potter series, first published 20 years ago this summer

Did you know...

  • J.K Rowling gave Harry Potter the same birthday as herself: the 31st July
  • Rowling embodies the ‘rags to riches’ fairytale, having gone from unemployed to multi-millionaire status within five short years
  • Rowling also writes under the pseudonym ‘Robert Galbraith’ and has published a number of novels including The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling
  • Rowling sent the manuscript for the first Harry Potter book to twelve publishers who all rejected it before it was picked up by Bloomsbury - we bet the others are all kicking themselves now!
  • Rowling’s parents met at Kings Cross station, a spot which is now famous for platform 9 ¾, where students get the train to Hogwarts
  • The Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies around the world making them the best selling book series in history


The Making of Harry Potter CC Karen Roe

Find the Harry Potter series in our catalogues...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997) by J. K. Rowling

Young Harry discovers that he is a wizard and makes his way to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry for the first time. Making new friends and a handful of enemies, Harry starts to unravel the mystery of his parent’s death.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) by J. K. Rowling

In their second year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione investigate the mysterious messages appearing about the Chamber of Secrets being opened. 

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) by J. K. Rowling

Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and is on the loose. When Ron’s rat, Scabbers starts acting strangely, and Harry is send a mystery broomstick, Harry, Ron and Hermione investigate.  

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) by J. K. Rowling

When Harry ends up competing in the Triwizard tournament in his fourth year at Hogwarts, there are huge challenges to overcome on land, sea and air.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) by J. K. Rowling

He Who Must Not Be Named has returned, Harry discovers the Order of the Phoenix is led by Dumbledor, and to top it all off there are O.W.L exams to pass in the fifth instalment of this best-selling series.  

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005) by J. K. Rowling

Voldemort is back and his power is being felt across the wizarding and muggle worlds. Harry and Dumbledore set out to bring Voldemort down by destroying his horcruxes. 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) by J. K. Rowling

Harry, Ron and Hermione have left school to fight Voldemort. Finding the horcruxes aren’t easy, and when things get tough, their friendships are put to the test. Will good vanquish evil? You’ll have to read the books to find out! 

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