J.K. Rowling is the mind behind the seven “Harry Potter” novels. With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” releasing in theaters this week, here is an overview of the popular author who created Harry’s world.
What was J.K Rowling’s life like before the publication and popularity of Harry Potter?
Prior to the publication of any of the Harry Potter novels, Rowling had been dealing with the loss of her mom, being a single mother, and living on welfare. According to CNN, Rowling had been diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. Instead of acting on her thoughts, Rowling used her loss and depression for inspiration in Harry Potter. She included the emotion she experienced after the loss of her mother by explaining Harry’s loss of his parents in his story. The dementors, highlighted in “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban,” were inspired by her battle with depression. Often writing in cafes, Rowling wrote about Harry Potter while dealing with the many difficult aspects of her life.
How has J.K. Rowling’s life improved?
Following the immense popularity of the Harry Potter series, Rowling’s life has drastically changed from her prior-Harry Potter life. She is a very wealthy woman. The BBC reported in 2003 that Rowling had surpassed the Queen of England in wealth. Now, according to Forbes, Rowling is one of the world’s richest self-made women, accumulating more than a billion dollars. In an interview with Oprah, Rowling said “the greatest gift money has given her is the freedom from worry.”
What controversies has J.K Rowling faced with the Harry Potter series?
The Harry Potter novels have created many controversies for their focus on magic and witchcraft. Her books have been banned in some places. People have associated her with the occult and called her a witch, claims that Rowling denies. Many aspects of Harry Potter actually have Christian themes and images. Rowling is currently involved in a plagiarism suit against her. According to the AP, it is alleged she borrowed portions of her book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” from a book called “Willy the Wizard.” Rowling maintains that she has never read the story.
Will J.K Rowling write any more about Harry Potter?
Although Rowling has continually stated that Harry Potter’s story is complete, she has left open the possibility of returning to his world in the future. An encyclopedia of Harry’s world, similar to the book Hermione commonly refers to in the books — “A History of Magic” — may eventually be published. “Tales of the Beetle Bard,” a book of stories discussed in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” has also been released. Rowling has stated that she will always continue to write, which gives hope to fans that she may eventually write again about her magical world.
How has J.K. Rowling changed literature?
Although amazing books for children and young adults existed before Rowling, the Harry Potter novels have had a wonderful influence on literature. Children, young adults, and adults were excited for her novels. Her books made a huge impact on the “coolness” level of reading and inspired all her readers to expand their imagination. For those who had lost their desire to read, Rowling made it fun again.