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J. K. Rowling, late-twentieth- and twenty-first-century author of children's books which are phenomenally popular and appeal to all ages, has published the fastest-selling series in history and has made a fortune from her writing. Her Harry Potter series features an alternative world mapped out in elaborate detail, in which magic of all kinds is a serious practice and the focus of an intricate school syllabus, and in which her boy hero and his friends confront the forces of evil. She has now begun parallal new careers in detective fiction and in the literary novel with a social conscience.
31 July 1965 Joanne Rowling (who later wrote as JKR) was born at the Cottage Hospital in Yate in Gloucestershire, near Chipping Sodbury, the elder child of parents both aged twenty, who had got married that March. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 June 1997 JKR's first book, a novel for children called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published by Bloomsbury after many other publishers had turned it down. The initial print run was just 500. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 November 2001 The film of JKR's first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, directed by Chris Columbus and produced by David Heyman, premiered in the UK to great fanfare, opening a wildly successful series. Bibliographic Citation link.
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