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Biography Of J.K. Rowling Essay

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J.K. Rowling has severely influenced fantasy writing forever. Her multi-million dollar empire of the Harry Potter series has sold mililions of copies of books in over thirty five different languages, and the Harry Potter movie series has made over one million dollars in box office sales. She has created a whole new world, a world that millions of people around the world can connect to. J.K. Rowling has inspired many, including me, to write and to make your life the way you want it to be. I would like to spend the day with J.K. Rowling because she's the reason I learned to love reading and writing, and because she could teach me a lot of things.

Joanne Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, England. Even as a child Rowling would write small, short stories. "I would use these short stories to entertain my little sister," said Rowling in an interview for The Biography Channel. Rowling had moved around a lot in her childhood, througout elementary and high school years. She graduated from Exeter University where she earned a degree in French and Classics. After she graduated from college, she moved to Portugal to be an Engilsh teacher. While in Portugal, Rowling met Jorge Arantes, who would become her future husband. They became married in 1992 and they had their daughter Jessica in 1993. After her marriage ended in divorce shortly after her daughter was born, Rowling moved to Edinburgh, Scotland with their daughter Jessica. While struggling to support herself and her daughter, Rowling started to write a book to try and help support their financial needs. The book would be called "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', an idea Rowling had gotten on a delayed train ride on her way to Portugal. She worked on the book for about a year, and after nine rejections, the book would finally be published in America in 1998.

The book's title would have to be changed for its publication in America, so it changed to "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone". Another thing also had to be changed for the publication, and that was Rowling's pen name. The publication company thought if they changed her name, it would attract readers from both genders. After Rowling heard the news that her pen name had to be changed, she changed it to "J.K. Rowling" instead of "Joanne Rowling". She used the...

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