ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ Her real name is Joanne Rowling. England .Yate. Gloucestershire. She started using JK as a codename fearing that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman Her mother s name was Kathleen Was born in 31 July 1965 .

He got the measles and was visited by his friends. which she would usually then read to her sister. ƒ . Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. including a giant bee called Miss Bee. Rowling often wrote fantasy stories.As a child. ƒ "I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it.

She told The Boston Globe that "I really don't know where the idea came from. When she had reached her Clapham Junction flat. It started with Harry. while she was on a four-hour-delayed train trip from Manchester to London. .ƒ In 1990. she began to write immediately. then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head. the idea for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry "came fully formed" into her mind.

JK moved to Scotland. . her mother died.ƒ ƒ ƒ While JK was writing Harry Potter. in 1993. after her ten-year battle with multiple sclerosis. She moved to Porto (Portugal). and in the same year. married Jorge Arantes. "I was writing Harry Potter at the moment my mother died. I had never told her about it. had a daughter (Jessica). The marriage didn t work.

and a big idea. because my greatest fear had been realized. soul-sucking creatures introduced in the third book ƒ I was set free. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.During this period Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression. and I had an old typewriter. ƒ . ƒ It was the feeling of her illness which brought her the idea of Dementors. and I still had a daughter whom I adored. and I was still alive. and contemplated suicide.

Bloomsbury published Philosopher s Stone 1998: Chamber os Secrets 1999: Prisoner of Azkaban 2000: The Goblet of Fire 2003: Order of the Phoenix 2005: Half-Blood Price 2007: Deathly Hallows .ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ In June 1997.

University of Edinburgh. Gold Award for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 1999: British Children's Book of the Year. inaugural award winner. Harvard University . Edinburgh Napier University. winner for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 2007: Blue Peter Badge. University of Exeter. Gold. Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema for the Harry Potter film series. winner Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2006: British Book of the Year. Author of the Year. 2003: Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers. Honorary degrees: St Andrews University. Gold Award for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1998: Nestlé Smarties Book Prize.ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ 1997: Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. winner Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1999: Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. presented by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Concord. 2003: Premio Príncipe de Asturias. cast and crew. winner Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2000: British Book Awards. 2008: British Book Awards. winner Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1999: Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. 2010: Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. 2011: British Academy Film Awards. 2000: Order of the British Empire. Gold Award for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1998: British Children's Book of the Year. Officer. Outstanding Achievement. 2009: Légion d'honneur. shared with David Heyman.

ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (26 June 1997) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 July 1998) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8 July 1999) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (21 June 2003) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (16 July 2005) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (21 July 2007) Other books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (2001) ƒ Quidditch Through the Ages (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (2001) ƒ The Tales of Beedle the Bard (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (2008) .