J.K. Rowling Biography
A divorced single mother, who could not afford food for her daughter. After a few years, she made more assets than the British Queen. How she made this? Did she done it in any illegal ways?
She made this with his struggle, legally and respectfully.
I am talking about J. K. Rowling. The writer of our one of the favorite fiction book Harry Potter.
You will be surprised to know that,
Our favorite story Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishers. The 13th publisher published the book and thought “No one gonna buy this”.
But how the book Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling became successful? In this article, I tried to provide J.K Rowlings short biography that inspires us in hard times of our life.
J.K. Rowling was born in Yate, the United Kingdom on 31st July 1965. She loved writing a story from her childhood. She wrote her first book, Rabbit about a rabbit when she was just 6.
She often wrote a strange and weird story and her sister was the regular listener.
J.K. Rowling was fond of books. She liked a book so much named Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford and She almost finished all of the books of her.
Her first school was St Michael’s Primary School . She was the Head Girl at Wyedean School and College.
After a few years, She applied to admission at Oxford University and they rejected her. And J.K. Rowling’s rejection starts from here.
She graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA in French and Classics.
J.K. Rowling Invented Harry Potter
The idea for the Harry Potter series came in her mind when she was returning in a train from Manchester to London in 1990.
It was in 1990, J.K.Rowling first thought of the idea about Harry Potter. It was on a long train journey from Manchester to London when she began launching in her mind, the characters of the series. At the forefront, was a young boy, at that time not aware that he was a wizard. The train was delayed for over four hours, but she didn’t have a pen and was too shy to ask for one nothing.
After coming back to the home she just started writing the story immediately. She was very enthusiastic and excited about the ideas which were filling her mind.
But something bad was waiting for her. Her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and died during the writing. She was totally shocked and depressed.
Her own loss gave an added poignancy to the death of Harry Potter’s mother in her book. She says her favorite scene in the Philosopher’s Stone is, The Mirror of Erised, where Harry sees his parents in the mirror.
She never stopped writing. She had all of the disadvantages in life. You can say she had some extra disadvantages, but she never gave up.
After a few months of her mother’s death, she went to Portugal for a job. She kept doing the job as well as writing.
J.K. Rowling married a Portuguese journalist And she gave birth to a baby and named her Jessica. Because Jessica Mitford was her favorite writer.
But after a few years, happiness left Rowling. Married life rejected her. Her husband’s rude behave forced her to take a divorce.
Can you imagine how hard the circumstances were for her? She lost his mother, now she had to lose his husband.
She was so much upset with the pain of being divorced. She was suffering in depression again. Even she thought about suicide.
J.K. Rowling Published Harry Potter
After her divorce, she came back to Scotland with her baby Jessica. She applied for welfare benefits to get some money and survive with her baby. Welfare benefit is a commercial help for the poor and single parent in the UK.
Eventually, she completes the writing of Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone.
J.K. Rowling was going to publish the book and publishers were rejecting it consistently. The story was so much unique that no one took the risk to publish that. 12 publishers rejected to publish the book.
Finally, a publisher agreed to publish the book because of her daughter. The publisher’s daughter read the first part of Rowling’s book and she liked it so much. She started forcing her dad to give the full book.
And the publisher published the book only for her daughter to read. The book Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone was published on 26th June 1997.
Within a few days, The initial print was of only 1,000 / 500 which went to libraries. First editions worth up to £25,000 each. People started buying the book, especially the teenagers. Its sale was increasing day by day and the and it got children’s book of the year award.
After the book’s success in the United Kingdom, an American company agreed to pay £100,000 to publish in America
Gradually, people started loving the story and Warner Bros made 8 films with the 7 books of Harry Potter. All the actors of the film were British and it filmed in Britain for the request of J.K. Rowling.
The last novel of Harry Potter – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007 and it broke all the records.
It became the best selling book ever in the world. more than 11 Million copies were sold in the USA and UK in the day of publishing.
What Made J.K. Rowling Successful?
- Rejection from the college (17 years)
- Mother’s death (25 years)
- Divorce (28 years)
- 12 Publisher’s rejection
All the disadvantages made him more strong.
What stopped her writing? Nothing, after all, J.K. Rowling was so much consistent in story writing.
The love and believe to his work and never giving up mind made her one of the most successful novelists in the world.
According to Forbes (2017) her net worth now $650 million.
I loved 5 Quotes of J.K. Rowling
Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. – J.K Rowling
The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.J.K Rowling