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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
1 - a sister. Her only sibling is her younger sister, Di.
$105,000. Arthur is the editorial director for Scholastic Books and they say that this amount was an unprecedented figure for a first-time children's author. It was also retitled, (in the American edition), as Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone".
Jane Austen. Although these are all great authors, her favorite is Jane Austen. She loved Noel Streatfield, Paul Gallico and C.S. Lewis' 'Narnia' books as a young girl.
October 16. They were married for about a year and conceived one child together, a daughter, Jessica.
On a train. She was on a delayed train for four hours when she thought of Harry Potter. (The last name Potter was her friend's last name back in Winterbourne.)
Peter and Anne. Her father Peter was an engineer for Rolls-Royce.
Joanne Kathleen. Joanne Kathleen Rowlings was born in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol (England). Kathleen isn't her real middle name however. When her first book was published, the publishers felt that little boys wouldn't like a book by a female author, so she used the initials, J.K., (J for her first name and the K for the name Kathleen which is her grandmother's name).
|Who did Rowling dedicate "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to?||J.K Rowling
Her daughter Mackenzie. Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray is J.K Rowling's youngest child (with Neil Michael Murray), she dedicated her sixth book to Mackenzie who was born on January 23rd 2005.
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|What is the name of the person who is claimed to be the inspiration for the "Harry Potter" character Albus Dumbledore?||J.K Rowling
Alfred Dunn. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, is the headmaster of "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" and was portrayed in the first two "Harry Potter" movies by Richard Harris. However, after Harris died he was portrayed by Michael Gambon for the rest of the series. Alfred Dunn, Rowling's headmaster at St. Michael's Primary School, is said to be the inspiration for Albus Dumbledore's character.
|What is the name of Rowling's second husband? ||J.K Rowling
Neil Michael Murray. J.K Rowling married Neil Michael Murray (born on June 30th 1971) on December 26th 2001. This was Murray's second marriage as well. Murray was married to Dr. Fiona Duncan before; they got divorced in summer of 2001. Rowling and Murray have a son together named David Gordon Rowling Murray who was born on March 24th 2003, they also have a daughter named Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray who was born on January 23rd 2005.
|In what year did "Warner Brothers" purchase the film rights to the first two novels from Rowling?||J.K Rowling
1998. "Warner Brothers" purchased the film rights of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in October 1998. The first movie was released on November 16th 2001 and the second movie was released on November 15th 2002. Both were directed by Chris Columbus.
|What was the first award that Rowling won for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"?||J.K Rowling
Nestle Smarties Book prize. Bloomsbury finally published "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in June 1997. Five months later Rowling won her first award for the book - the "Nestle Smarties Book" prize. After that, in February 1998, she won the "British Book Award" for "Children's Book of the Year" and later on she won many other awards for her books.
Multiple sclerosis. In December 1990 Rowling's mother lost her ten year old battle with MS (Multiple sclerosis). Rowling says that she was writing Harry Potter when her mother passed and that she had never told her mother about Harry Potter. The loss of her mother affected Rowling very much and she claims she knew how it felt to lose a parent, and that is why she introduced so much detail into Harry's loss of his parents.
|Rowling claims that the idea of the "Harry Potter" series occurred to her in her trip from which city to London?||J.K Rowling
Manchester. Rowling claims that the idea occurred to her in 1990 when she was on a train trip from Manchester to London. She says when she arrived in her flat near Clapham Junction (in South West London), she began writing instantly.
1965. She was born on 31 July 1965 in Yate, South Gloucestershire in England to Peter James Rowling and Anne Rowling. When she was only four years old they moved to Winterbourne village. She went to St Michael's Primary School there.
|In "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" movie which character was J.K. Rowling asked to play?||The Life of J.K Rowling
Lily Potter. Rowling was asked to play Harry's mother Lily, in the scene where Voldemort kills her, and in the mirror of Erised. She refused because she said she would probably mess it up!
The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. J.K Rowling wrote on a marble bust that she had finished the book there. Fans from all around the world visit it. It is known as "The J.K Rowling Suite".
Mackenzie. Joanne and Neil's third daughter is Mackenzie. She was born on January 23, 2005.
Dr. Neil Murray. They were married in J.K Rowling's house. They had a private ceremony. Joanne's daughter Jessica was one of the bridesmaids. Neil was previously married and has a son called David.
On a train. She got the idea for Harry Potter on a delayed train. She said that Harry just walked into her head. Her pen had run out of ink and she was too shy to ask anyone for one. She began writing as soon as she got home.
Wyedean School and College. J.K Rowling attended Wyedean School and College. There she met Sean Harris. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is dedicated to Sean.
Television journalist. Jorge and Joanne got married October 16, 1992, in Portugal. They had a baby girl together called Jessica on July 27, 1993. They got divorced in November 1993. Joanne and Jessica moved back to Edinburgh together.
Multiple sclerosis. Anne died of multiple sclerosis on December 30, 1990 aged 45. J.K Rowling said she never told her about "Harry Potter". She was writing about it the moment Anne died.
Dianne. Dianne Rowling was born on June 28, 1967. Her nickname was Di. Di married Roger Moore.
Yate General Hospital. Her parents were Peter and Anne. Jo was born on July 31, 1965. She shares her birthday with Harry Potter.
|When did J.K. Rowling give evidence to the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking?||J.K. Rowling
November 2011. J.K. Rowling gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking on the 24th of November 2011. Rowling said that a journalist had put a note into her daughter's school bag, remembered photographers camping on her doorstep, and also an attempt to blackmail her into revealing a manuscript.
|Which disease did Rowling's mother have before her death?||J.K. Rowling
Multiple Sclerosis. Rowling's mother suffered from multiple sclerosis and Rowling has said that she always regretted not telling her about Harry Potter before her death. Rowling still contributes to societies that try to deal with multiple sclerosis.
|Which spell from Harry Potter is used instead of the full name of Rowling's charity, the Children's High Level Group?||J.K. Rowling
Lumos. Rowling, along with Emma Nicholson, founded the Children's High Level Group (now known as Lumos) which helps with the welfare, education, health, social care and family support for children and young people.
|At a Harvard commencement address in 2008, Rowling said that failure was a stripping away of what?||J.K. Rowling
The inessential. Rowling said that failure was a stripping away of the inessential and that she realised that she needed to finish the work that was important to her. She realised that if she had succeeded at something else, then she would probably never have found the motivation to finish the one thing that really mattered to her - Harry Potter, and writing.
|The 2008 "Sunday Times Rich List" listed Rowling as being where on the list of Britain's richest people?||J.K. Rowling
144th. Rowling initially refuted claims that she was a billionaire. "Forbes" named her as the first person to become a US-dollar billionaire by writing books, the second richest female entertainer, and the 1,062nd richest person in the world.