J. K. Rowling

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Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series of children’s fantasy books, which tell the story of the orphaned boy-wizard Harry Potter and his fight against the evil Lord Voldemort. Each of the seven books in the series have outsold each other, the most recent (and last in the series) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows having also become the fastest selling book of all time.

Rowling’s parents, Peter James Rowling and Anne Volant, met in 1963 as eighteen-year olds on a train out of King’s Cross Station whilst they were on their way to join the British navy, and married a year later. Joanne Rowling (minus a middle name) was born soon after, in July 1965, to the young …

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Citation:
Nagy, Victoria. "J. K. Rowling". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5879, accessed 31 August 2015.]

Articles on Rowling's works

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Related Groups

  1. Young Adult Literature