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J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, one of the most popular book and film franchises in history! Learn 50 interesting facts about this successful writer.

1. Full name: Joanne Rowling.

2. She is a successful British writer.

3. Born in Yate, England, on July 31, 1965.

4. Her nickname is Jo or JKR.

5. Rowling grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.

6. She wrote her first story called "Rabbit" when she was just 6 years old.

7. It took her 17 years to finish the Harry Potter series!

8. Her favorite color is pink.

9. She likes to eat Sushi.

10. Her least favorite food is tripe.

11. She likes to listen to the sound of sea and her husband's snoring.

12. She likes to play Quidditch.

13. Her hobbies are to draw, listen to music, cook, bake.

14. Bravery is the quality she admires the most.

15. Joanne Rowling adopted her pen name, J.K., incorporating her grandmother's name, Kathleen. Rowling doesn't have middle name.

16. She is a graduate of Exeter University where she earned a French and Classics degree and spent one year on Paris to study.

17. Rowling is a former English teacher.

18. She oved to Portugal in 1990 to teach English.

19. In Portugal she met and married the Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes but marriage ended in divorce.

20. Couple had one child. Arantes and Rowling's daughter, Jessica, was born in 1993.

21. In July 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire saw a first printing of 5.3 million copies and advance orders of over 1.8 million.

22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold 6.9 million copies in the United States in its first 24 hours, the biggest opening in publishing history.

23. Rowling is now Britain's 13th wealthiest woman. She is wealthier than even the Queen.

24. A film version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, directed by Chris Columbus, was released in November 2001.

25. December 26, 2001, J.K. Rowling married again. She married anesthetist Dr. Neil Murray at the couple's home in Scotland.

26. Couple has two children, David and Mackenzie.

27. Rowling's first book for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012.

28. In 2013, Rowling broke into a new genre which is crime fiction.

29. In 2014, Rowling published a short story about grown-up Harry Potter and a Hogwarts school reunion on her website Pottermore.

30. Rowling herself is actually a participant in Pottermore.

31. Previously Rowling worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs.

32. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King's Cross train journey.

33. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief.

34. J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian AndersenLiterature Award.

35. Rowling has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA.

36. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

37. J.K. Rowling has also written The Cuckoo's Calling (Little Brown), her first crime novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

38. J.K. Rowling is currently writing the screen play, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

39. She is 5'5" tall.

40. She writes all of her books in longhand, rather than with a computer.

41. She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors List for her services to literature

42. Is one of only two contemporary authors to have a novel spend more than a year on both the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists

43. On 3 April 2003, she and Time Warner successfully sued Dutch publishing company Byblos in the Amsterdam High Court.

44. In 2003 unauthorized Chinese-language "sequels" to the "Harry Potter" series appeared for sale in the People's Republic of China.

45. She is a big fan of the rock band The Smiths

46. Is a huge fan of "Monty Python" and claims to put some of their humor into her books.

47. The day she signed her contract for the first "Harry Potter" novel, the publishing representative told her she would not make any money selling children's books.

48. Based Hermione on herself.

49. Is the first author billionaire, according to Forbes magazine, 2006.

50. Rowling now lives in Edinburgh with her family.

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