12 Facts About J.K. Rowling

Here are some interesting facts about the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling.

  1. Her earliest memory is of playing with playdough when her sister was being born.
  2. Both of her parents loved reading, and she remembers her father reading Wind in the Willows to her when she had the measles.
  3. She loves tropical fish.
  4. She was born in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol.
  5. J.K. Rowling attended a village school in Tutshill. One of the teachers at the school was one of the individuals who influenced the character of Severus Snape.
  6. Her best friend at school was called Sean Harris. J.K. Rowling dedicated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to him. Ron Weasley is apparently very much like Sean Harris.
  7. As a child J.K. Rowling’s favourite book was The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
  8. The idea for the Harry Potter books came to her on a train journey from Manchester to London. During the journey she came up with the characters of Harry Potter, Hagrid, Ron, Peeves and Nearly Headless Nick.
  9. J.K. Rowling planned out the entire seven-book series before she started to write the first one! She nearly always writes complete histories for all of her characters. Much of this information and detail does not actually end up in her books.
  10. By her twenty-eighth birthday, just after the birth of her daughter, Jessica, she had completed the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  11. The first Harry Potter book (the first ever published book by J.K. Rowling) came out in July 1997.
  12. Her first ever fan letter was from a reader called Francesca Gray. She thought J.K. Rowling was a man and started her letter, ‘Dear Sir…’

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