J.K. Rowling, beyond the Harry Potter 
I discovered J.K. Rowling few months back while listening to her speech at Harvard from 2008. Of course I knew the fact that she’s the author of the "Harry Potter" series – (who doesn't?) but nothing more than that. So I put on research and found out that Joanne Rowling has a life story often characterized by the phrase “from rags to riches”- from poverty to one of the richest people in the world. Follow this lesson for an insight into her life.

by Adela Sescu
2 years, 1 month ago
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Let’s begin by saying that Joanne Rowling, pen name JK Rowling, is a British novel writer and from an early age, she had an ambition to be a writer. After leaving Exeter University, where she read French and Classics, she started work as a teacher in Portugal. There she met her first husband, had a baby, Jessica, and divorced after only two years. In 1994, she returned to England and finished her first book. It was in 1990, that Rowling first conceived of the idea about Harry Potter, on a long train journey from London to Manchester. Here is Rowling’s journey into becoming the most famous contemporary fiction writer in the world, with her Harry Potter series of children’s book.
J.K. Rowling official website. Welcome to J.K. Rowling's new website, the home ...
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J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life (2007) is a documentary made by James Runcie, a British writer and film-maker. As Runcie confessed, he wants to find the secret of Jo Rowling’s success: how does she done it? and where has it all come from? This documentary is an insight, one can say, into what life is like for well-known "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling as she finishes the final book in the series. 
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J.K. Rowling was invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2008. Her speech “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” spokes of lessons learned from her own discoveries, of personal failure ‘on an epic scale. Tremendous experience and insight communicated in the most accessible way possible, one said.

My favorite quotes: 

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. 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.

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…
J.K.Rowling at Harvard Commencement. Read more at http://goo.gl/ZpPS2
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Here’s the first meeting between with Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling, at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh where Rowling used to stay and write her Harry Potter books. Oprah said it's one of the most fascinating interviews she's ever done. During this interview, author Jo Rowling talks about her life, about the difficulty of getting published and why she was pleased with her rejection letters.
J.K. Rowling tells all about her life and Harry Potter at The Balmoral Hotel ...
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J.K. Rowling wrote her first adult book, after the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy launched in September  2012. Far from her usual wizard descriptions of fantastical battles between good and evil, this tale is said to be full of sex, violance, swearing, drug addiction. Coming back to Rowling, the film-maker James Runcie is trying to understand this new novel with some very grown-up themes. 

Harry Potter is one of the most successful publishing phenomena of our time, selling 450 ...
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