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