“Happiness can be found,

even in the darkest of times,

if only one remembers,

to turn on the light.” – JK Rowling

JK Rowling 1965-

JK Rowling 1965 –

For this weeks Writers Corner, I have chosen a female writer. JK Rowling’s books need no introduction (if they do, where have you been?), and her Harry Potter series about a young wizard, written for children and enjoyed by adults and children alike, are regarded as one of the most successful series of books, ever.

Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in 1995, children have been captivated by wizard prodigy Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as they bravely fight Potter’s enemy, Voldemort. The stories are mainly set in and  around Hogwarts School of Wizardry, run by the formidable headmaster Dumbledore and a series of now iconic characters – who could forget Rubeus Hagrid or Professor Snape?

Since the success of the Potter books, Rowling has started a new series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, all of which will be movies (one already out, starring the wonderful Eddie Redmayne), and are the ‘adult versions’ (I think!) of the Harry Potter books. The Beasts series moves across to New York and is set around the early part of the 20th century.

Did you know?

  • Born in Gloucestershire, England, Rowling worked for Amnesty International before first conceiving the Harry Potter books.
  • Her ideas for the plot lines and stories came whilst travelling on a Manchester to London train journey (the train was delayed for 4 hours, plenty of time then, to write those books!).
  • She was in relative poverty during the pre-Potter success, and says that apart from being actually homeless, was “as poor as one could be in Britain at that time”
  • There are seven books in the series but the last book, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, has been turned into two movies, making for eight movies altogether.
  • She also writes adult books, under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Successful in themselves, notable titles are The Cuckoos’s Calling (2013) and The Silkworm (2014).
  • The platform at King’s Cross, which was Platform 9 3/4 in the books, was inspirational to her, as it was where her parents first met.
  • She wrote many of the books from a couple of cafes dotted around Edinburgh, and on an old typewriter. One of the cafes, The Elephant House, is a popular tourist destination.
  • The last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows, is the fastest selling book of all time – 11 million across UK and US in one day.
  • She is the second richest female entertainer in the world.

Have a lovely week, fellow bloggers! 🙂

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