Rowling’s full name is Joanne Kathleen Rowling, although she writes under the pen name Joanne Rowling. She was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, near Bristol, England. Rowling is the author of the famous and highly acclaimed Harry Potter series, which follows the adventures of a young wizard in training.
Upon graduating from Exeter’s university in 1986, Rowling went to work for Amnesty International in London; after that, she began writing the Harry Potter novels. She moved to Portugal in the early 1990s to teach English, but after a short marriage as well as the birth of her child, she returned to the United Kingdom and settled in the city of Edinburgh. She kept writing while on welfare and teaching French.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) was published under the name J.K. Rowling. [J.K.] (Joanne Rowling, with the middle name Kathleen) Her publisher suggested a gender-neutral pen name. An instant hit with both kids and adults, the book was a bestseller. At it, a lonely orphan learns he’s a wizard and enrolls in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a storyline filled with colorful descriptions and inventive characters. The book won several prizes, including the British Book Award. Those that followed were likewise bestsellers, with copies sold in over 200 countries and 60 languages. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the series’ last book, was out in 2007.
With the Harry Potter series, children’s passion for reading was rekindled. The novels were adapted into films in 2001–11, which became global hits. In addition to the main series, Rowling authored the companion novels Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (2001), Quidditch Through the Ages (2001), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008). The sales proceeds go to charity. After that, she co-wrote a narrative for the 2016 hit play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which won a record nine Olivier Awards, including best new play, for her work. In the play, Harry, the husband, and father, is still haunted by his past, as is his son Albus. An eighth Harry Potter tale was released as a book in 2016. Six Tony Awards, including best new show, followed two years later.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling debuted in adult literature with The Casual Vacancy (2012; T.V. miniseries 2015). He wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the alias Robert Galbraith, which was discovered in 2013. 2014 saw the publication of The Silkworm, the sequel to Cormoran Strike, a downtrodden war veteran investigator. The career of Evil (2015), Lethal White (2018), and Troubled Blood (2019). (2020). A TV series based on the novels debuted in 2017 in the U.K. and 2018. To promote her new children’s novel, The Ickabog, Rowling started serializing it for free online in May 2020. “Truth and misuse of power” were explored in the non-Harry Potter fairy tale, she said.
Awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001, J.K. Rowling is a writer and author of the Harry Potter series. A chevalier of the French Legion of Honour, she was honored in 2009 for her services.