J. K. Rowling

Writer. Author of the Harry Potter Series
Born Jul 31, 1965
Age 49
Hometown Yate
Net Worth $955 Million
Genres Tragicomedy + Chi...
Nationality British
Alma Mater University of Exeter
Other Names Jo Rowling

Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE FRSL, pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

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  • Neil Murray
    Married 2001 - Present
  • Neil Murray
    Married 2001
  • Jorge Arantes
    Married 1992 - 1993


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J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
Age 49


  • Peter Rowling
    Peter Rowling
    Father, Age 70
  • Anne Volant Rowling
    Anne Volant Rowling
    Mother, d.1990


  • Dianne Rowling
    Dianne Rowling
    Sister, Age 47


  • Jessica Arantes
    Jessica Arantes
    Daughter, Age 21
  • David  Murray
    David Murray
    Son, Age 12
  • Mackenzie Murray
    Mackenzie Murray
    Daughter, Age 10


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1965 Birth Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French and half-Scottish. Her parents met as strangers on a train departing from King's Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964. They married on the 14 March 1965. … Read More


1982 16 Years Old In 1982, Rowling took the entrance exams for Oxford University but was not accepted and read for a BA in French and Classics at the University of Exeter, which she says was a "bit of a shock" as she "was expecting to be amongst lots of similar people – thinking radical thoughts." … Read More


1986 - 1992 3 More Events
1993 27 Years Old In December 1993, Rowling and her daughter moved to be near Rowling's sister in Edinburgh, Scotland, with three chapters of Harry Potter in her suitcase. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old Rowling was left in "despair" following the arrival of her estranged husband in search of herself and her daughter. She obtained an order of restraint and Arantes returned to Portugal, with Rowling filing for divorce in August 1994. … Read More
1995 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She began this course in August 1995 at the Moray House School of Education, at Edinburgh University, after completing her first novel while having survived on social security. … Read More


1996 - 1999 5 More Events
Rowling was named author of the year in the 2000 British Book Awards. … Read More
2001 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2001, Rowling purchased a 19th-century estate house, Killiechassie House, on the banks of the River Tay, near Aberfeldy, in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. … Read More
2003 37 Years Old Rowling's and Murray's son, David Gordon Rowling Murray, was born on 24 March 2003. … Read More
2005 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Rowling's youngest child, daughter Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray, to whom she dedicated Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was born on 23 January 2005.


2006 40 Years Old In 2006, Rowling revealed that she had finished writing a few short stories and another children's book (a "political fairy story") about a monster, aimed at a younger audience than Harry Potter readers. … Read More
Rowling plans to write an encyclopaedia of Harry Potters wizarding world consisting of various unpublished material and notes. Any profits from such a book would be given to charity. During a news conference at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre in 2007, Rowling, when asked how the encyclopaedia was coming along, said, "It's not coming along, and I haven't started writing it. … Read More
In March 2008, Rowling confirmed that her "political fairy tale" for children was nearing completion.
2009 43 Years Old …  In 2009 Rowling was awarded the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. … Read More
2010 44 Years Old In April 2010, Rowling published an article in The Times in which she heavily criticised Cameron's plan to encourage married couples to stay together by offering them a £150 annual tax credit. … Read More
Rowling, producers David Heyman and David Barron, along with directors David Yates, Mike Newell and Alfonso Cuarón collected the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2011 British Academy Film Awards in honour of the Harry Potter film franchise.
On 23 February 2012, Rowling's agency, The Blair Partnership announced on its website that Rowling was set to publish a new book targeted at adults. … Read More
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