|J. K. Rowling Quick Info
|5 ft 5 in
|Date of Birth
|July 31, 1965
J. K. Rowling is a British author, film producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist who has gained global acclaim for her work Harry Potter, a 7-volume children’s fantasy series published from 1997 to 2007. Her bibliography also includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Casual Vacancy, Cormoran Strike series, The Christmas Pig, and The Ickabog. Apart from that, J. K. Rowling has also been vocal about her opinions on transgender people, which have been criticized as transphobic by LGBT rights organizations and some feminists but have received support from other feminists and individuals.
J. K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith, Jo, JKR
Yate, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
J. K. Rowling went to St Michael’s Primary School. At the age of nine, she got admission to the Church Cottage in Tutshill, Gloucestershire. For her secondary-level education, she got enrolled at the Wyedean School and College.
She had ambitions of attending Oxford University and even gave the entrance exam but wasn’t accepted and as a result, she joined the University of Exeter from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Classics.
Novelist, film producer, screenwriter, philanthropist
- Father – Peter James Rowling (Rolls Royce Aircraft Engineer)
- Mother – Anne Rowling (Science Technician)
- Siblings – Dianne Rowling (Younger Sister)
- Others – Ernest Arthur Rowling (Paternal Grandfather), Kathleen Ada Bulgen (Paternal Grandmother), Stanley Georges Volant (Maternal Grandfather), Louisa Caroline Smith (Maternal Grandmother)
J. K. Rowling has been signed by Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership.
Fantasy, drama, young adult fiction, tragicomedy, crime fiction
Her net worth has been $1 Billion according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Rowling has dated
- Jorge Arantes (1992-1994) – Rowling met television journalist Jorge Arantes in a bar in Porto. They had a mutual passion for Jane Austen’s work, which eventually brought them close. In October 1992, they got married in a small ceremony. In July 1993, she gave birth to a girl, Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes. Rowling had endured a miscarriage before the birth of her daughter. In November 1993, they separated and it was later reported that she had endured domestic abuse in course of her marriage. Eventually, Arantes followed her to Scotland and she had to take out a restraining order against him. In August 1994, she filed for a divorce.
- Neil Murray (2001-Present) – After dating nearly for a year, Rowling got married to Neil Murray, a doctor in December 2001 in a private ceremony. She even had to use a disguise to buy her wedding gown. In March 2003, she gave birth to a boy, David Gordon Rowling Murray. She gave birth to her second daughter, Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray in January 2005.
Race / Ethnicity
She has English, Alsatian German, Scottish and French ancestry.
36-24-35 in or 91.5-61-89 cm
4 (US) or 36 (EU)
8 (US) or 5.5 (UK) or 38.5 (EU)
Anglican / Episcopalian
Best Known For
Having authored the famous Harry Potter book series, which has gone on to sell more than 400 million copies.
In 1997, Rowling published her debut fiction book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
First TV Show
In 1997, Rowling made her first TV show appearance in 1 episode of the family show, Blue Peter.
Contrary to 2007 rumors, which claimed that Rowling relied upon yoga and running along with a diet devoid of saturated fats to lose weight, she had claimed in her interviews that she doesn’t follow any set diet and neither, she is crazy about any workout routine.
J. K. Rowling Favorite Things
- Childhood Book – The Little White Horse (By Elizabeth Goudge)
- Movie – The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
- Hero – Robert F. Kennedy
- Harry Potter Movie – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
- Author – Jane Austen
- Book – Emma
- Most Influential Writer – Jessica Mitford
- Early Influences – Manxmouse (By Paul Gallico), The Little White Horse (By Elizabeth Goudge), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (By C.S. Lewis)
J. K. Rowling Facts
- She wrote her first short story, titled Rabbit, at the age of 6. She gave it to her mother to read and after getting a compliment for her work, she got the thought of getting it published.
- Her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was rejected by 12 publishing houses before Bloomsbury decided to take a gamble on her.
- Bloomsbury Publications decided to publish her book after 8-year-old Alice Newton, who was the daughter of the publication’s chairman got hooked on it after reading the first chapter.
- Rowling adopted the ‘J.K.’ pen name after the publishing house advised her to go for an ambiguous name as they felt a fantasy story written by a female author won’t attract many readers.
- During her struggling days, she was diagnosed with clinical depression and even thought about committing suicide. She also suffered from insomnia.
- After seeing an advertisement for an English language teacher in The Guardian newspaper, she moved to Porto, Portugal. She used to write during the day and take language classes at night.
- She wrote her first novel entirely on a typewriter at the various street cafes in Edinburgh. She was often accompanied by her infant daughter.
- In 2002, an American writer Nancy Stouffer filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Rowling in the New York court, alleging that Rowling had copied ideas from her book, The Legend of Rah and Muggles.
- In September 2002, the judge dismissed Stouffer’s case after it was found that she had tampered with the evidence and had lied to the court.
- Rowling’s lawyers manage to force Chinese publishers to pay unspecified damages after unauthorized sequels to the Harry Potter series were discovered in China. These copies were poorly written works by Chinese ghostwriters.
- After she signed a publishing contract for the first Harry Potter book, the representative from publishers asked her to hold onto her day job as she might not be able to earn enough money from her books.
- In 2008, the British publication Telegraph placed her in the 14th position in the list featuring the “100 Most Powerful People in British Culture”.
- In December 2007, she managed to finish in the 3rd spot behind Al Gore and Vladimir Putin (first spot) in the Person of the Year list compiled by TIME magazine.
- In 2000, she was included in Queen Elizabeth II‘s Birthday Honors List as she was honored with O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her achievements in literature.
- She has had a strained relationship with the press and has filed lawsuits and complaints against various publications and has even accused them of blackmail and phone hacking.
- In 2000, she founded the Volant Charitable Trust, which works to address social inequality and poverty. The Trust also works closely with children and family-based charity organizations.
- In December 2007, a handwritten and illustrated copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was bought for £1.95 million by the online retailer, which made it the most expensive single book sold at an auction.
- Her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in her memory, Rowling has donated millions of pounds to fund research and treatment of this condition, including a donation of £10 million to Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
- She has pledged all the money earned from royalties of The Cuckoo’s Calling to the Army Benevolent Fund, which provides work to veterans as well as supports their families in time of need.
- Due to the success of the Harry Potter series, she has become the first writer in history to have sold more than 500 million copies of a single fiction series.
- In 2022, Rowling received a potential death threat after she tweeted about Salman Rushdie‘s attack in New York as a reaction tweet.