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…’

10 Roald Dahl Facts

Think you know all there is to know about Roald Dahl? Think again! Have a look at these fantastic facts about Roald Dahl and you just might be surprised by some of the information.

  1. Most people think that Roald Dahl’s first children’s book was James and the Giant Peach, but it wasn’t. The Gremlins, published in 1943, was his first book for kids.
  2. Roald Dahl received a letter in 1971 from a real-life Willy Wonka. This Willy Wonka didn’t own a chocolate factory. He lived in Nebraska and worked as a postman.
  3. Most people know that Roald Dahl wrote books for both children and adults, but did you know that he also wrote screenplays? Dahl penned the screenplays to the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and the children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  4. Roald Dahl was fluent in three languages: English, Norwegian and Swahili. He learnt to speak Swahili when he was working in Africa for Shell in the 1930s.
  5. Roald Dahl was a giant of a man. At 6’5” (about 198cm) Roald Dahl would have towered over most of his readers and fans.
  6. Dahl loved eating chocolate, though he didn’t much care for chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake. It is said that when he was a young man, Roald Dahl’s hair was the colour of milk chocolate.
  7. One of Roald Dahl’s most treasured possessions was an old, red exercise book. He used to jot down his story ideas in this book so that he wouldn’t forget them.
  8. The anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birthday on 13th September is celebrated in schools and libraries all over the world as Roald Dahl Day.
  9. Roald Dahl died at the age of 74 on 23rd November, 1990. He was buried in Great Missenden with some items that he treasured, including: snooker cues, chocolates and HB pencils.
  10. The grandmother character in The Witches is based on Roald Dahl’s mother, Sofie.