Famed As: Author of the Harry Potter Series
About: Joanne Rowling was born in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent. She attended Exeter University, where she received a French and Classics degree. Post-graduation, Rowling worked as researcher at Amnesty International in London and as an English teacher in Portugal. The first of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1997, under the pen name J.K. Rowling since the publisher did not think that a woman’s name would appeal to an audience of young boys. As the seriescontinued, the books broke numerous records and spent time at the tops of best sellers lists. The books have sold over 400 million copies world- wide and have been adapted into a movie series with Warner Bros. Rowling’s work also inspired The New York Times to create a separate Best Sellers list for children’s literature. Presently, Rowling is working on her first screen play, for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in collaboration with Warner Bros.
Quote: “But, I hope that the best is still to come.”