J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

Writer. Author of the Harry Potter Series
Born Jul 31, 1965

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

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of J. K. Rowling.


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


1986 - 1992 4 More Events
1993 27 Years Old In December 1993, Rowling and her then-infant daughter moved to be near Rowling's sister in Edinburgh, Scotland, with three chapters of what would become Harry Potter in her suitcase. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old Rowling was left in despair after her estranged husband arrived in Scotland, seeking both her and her daughter. She obtained an order of restraint and Arantes returned to Portugal, with Rowling filing for divorce in August 1994.
1995 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She began a teacher training course in August 1995 at the Moray House School of Education, at Edinburgh University, after completing her first novel while living on state benefits. … Read More


1997 - 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. … Read More
2003 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Their 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. … Read More


2006 40 Years Old In 2006, Rowling announced 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.
In July 2007, Rowling said that she wanted to dedicate more time to her family, but was currently writing two works, one for children and the other for adults. … Read More
In May 2008, bookseller Waterstones asked Rowling and 12 other writers (Sebastian Faulks, Doris Lessing, Lisa Appignanesi, Margaret Atwood, Lauren Child, Richard Ford, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Michael Rosen, Axel Scheffler, Tom Stoppard and Irvine Welsh) to compose a short piece of their own choosing on a single A5 card, which would then be sold at auction in aid of the charities Dyslexia Action and English PEN. … Read More
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
By 2011, Rowling had taken more than 50 actions against the press.
2012 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2012, Rowling was featured at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London where she read a few lines from J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan as part of a tribute to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. … Read More
On 17 February 2014, Rowling announced that the second Cormoran Strike novel, named The Silkworm, would be released in June 2014. … Read More
2015 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, Rowling stated on Galbraith's website that the third Cormoran Strike novel would include "an insane amount of planning, the most I have done for any book I have written so far. … Read More
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