Joanne Rowling or J. K Rowling is the British author of the popular Harry Potter books. The books were adapted to film and are considered a huge success. Learn more about J.K Rowling net worth, early struggles, and how she managed to turn her bad situation around – like magic.
Celebrity Name: J. K. Rowling
Nicknames/Pen Names: Jo Rowling, Robert Galbraith
Real Name: Joanne Rowling
Birth Date: July 31, 1965
Current Age: 55
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Birth Place: Yate, Gloucestershire, England
Ancestry: French, Scottish
Parents: Peter James Rowling, Anne Volant
Height: 5’5″ (165cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54kg)
Relationship Status: Married
Husband/s: Neil Murray. Jorge Antes (former)
J.K Rowling Net Worth 2020: $700 million
J. K. Rowling or Joanne Rowling was born and raised in Yate, Gloucestershire. Her sister Dianne was born when Rowling was barely two years of age. When Rowling was four years old, the whole family then moved to Winterbourne. This was when she would write fantasy stories and read them to her younger sister.
Her Teenager Years
During her teenager years, her great-aunt gave her Hons and Rebels, an autobiography of Jessica Mitford. Rowling became a fan of Mitford and she started reading all books of the English author.
She described most of her years as a teen as particularly troubled. Her mother was sick and her father was distant. Rowling created Hermoine Granger based on these unhappy teenage years. It was also this time when she got interested into rock music and she sported a rocker look. Her favorites are the Clash, Siouxsie Sioux, the Smiths, and many other similar acts.
Rowling enrolled at the St. Michael’s Primary School where she met Alfred Dunn. It was implied that Dunn was the inspiration for Albus Dumbledore, the charismatic headmaster in the Harry Potter books. She also attended Wyedean School and College where she met Steve Eddy, an English teacher. Eddy remembers Rowling as a simple girl who was bright and good at English, much like how Hermione is. She graduated at the University of Exeter where she remembers she spends more time reading books from Charles Dickens and J. R. R. Tolkein.
Rowling worked as a secretary and researcher for Amnesty International. It was in 1990 when she thought about the story of a boy attending a wizardry school. This she thought about while on a four-hour train trip from Manchester to London. She began writing the draft for Harry Potter as soon as she reached the station.
Several months later, Rowling would encounter the most trying times of her life when her mother died. She was writing Harry Potter during this period and the loss of her mother was reflected in the first book.
She moved to Porto where she teach English as a foreign language at night while continuing to write on Harry Potter during the day. Not long after, she met Jorge Arantes and they fell in love due to their similar interests in Jane Austen.
The two got married on October 16, 1992 with their baby Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes born on July 27, 1993. What comes next was not as smooth as two people falling in love and living happily ever after. Prior to giving birth to Jessica, Rowling suffered a miscarriage. Many believe that it was due to domestic abuse but not much is really known. Rowling decided to separate from her husband and she brought the baby to Edinburgh, Scotland. She moved to Scotland so she can live closer to her sister.
This was the most difficult time for J. K Rowling. She was jobless, she had a baby, and her marriage was a wreck. On top of that, she had clinical depression and even thought of taking her own life. Nonetheless, these events allowed her to focus and finish writing Harry Potter. The depression she feels inspired the otherworldly creatures called Dementors who are known to suck and rob its victims of happiness. J.K Rowling net worth during this time was low so she had to resort to welfare benefits.
Harry Potter Books
Rowling goes to various cafes to make baby Jessica fall asleep and continue writing the book. She finally finished writing the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1995. Christopher Little Literary Agency was impressed by what they read and decided to help Rowling find a publisher. After a year and having been rejected by twelve other publishers, London-based publishing house Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book.
Initial copies of 1,000 was distributed and got its first Smarties award from Nestle five months later. The book would later receive more awards such as the British Book Award and Children’s Book Award. Aside from that, American publishing company Scholastic Inc., agreed to publish the book under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Rowling released the sequels Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as well as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Both books won the Smarties Prize yet again, making Rowling the first person to win three Smarties awards in a row. On the first day, the fourth book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sold as much copies as the other books sold for a year. Rowling said she had a crisis while writing the novel so she had to rewrite some chapters over and over again.
She released Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2003, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2005, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2006. Her books won plenty of awards and she also earned Author of the Year in various prestigious award ceremonies.
Harry Potter Movies and Subsequent Works
Warner Bros. brought the books into the big screen with films reflecting the same titles as the books. The only exception was that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was divided into two films.
The entertainment company also partnered with J. K Rowling for a series of films expanding the Harry Potter universe. The said series revolve around Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In 2018, they launched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. For now, production for three Fantastic Beasts films are put on hold because of the pandemic.
J.K Rowling net worth in 2020 is now at $700 million.
Inspirational Quotes from J. K. Rowling
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
“You’ve got to work. It’s about structure and discipline. It’s all these deadly things that your schoolteacher told you you needed. You need it.””
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”