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PostSubject: J. K. Rowling   Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:59 am



Name: Joanne Rowling

Date & Place of Birth: 31 July, 1965 (Yate, South Gloucestershire, England)

Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: British

Genres:
Fantasy | Adventure | Documentary | Family

Notable work(s): Harry Potter series

Publications:

Harry Potter series:
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (26 June 1997)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 July 1998)
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8 July 1999)
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000)
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (21 June 2003)
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (16 July 2005)
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (21 July 2007)


Other books:
* Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (supplement to the Potter series) (2001)
* Quidditch Through the Ages (supplement to the Potter series) (2001)
* The Tales of Beedle the Bard (4 December 2008, also publicly displayed by Amazon.com) (2007)



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Joanne "Jo" Rowling (born 31 July 1965), who writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold nearly 400 million copies.

Aside from writing the Potter novels, Rowling is equally famous for her "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at 560 million ($1.1 billion), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007,and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fandom. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain.


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