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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

J K Rowling : The Harry Potter Goddess...

Do you remember the last time when you were waiting on a long queue on a festival day to watch your favourite stars movie???.. The kids here in London had a similar waiting i.e. on July 16th, not to watch a movie but to catch hold of a copy of the book "Harry Potter and the half blood prince". It seems that the person who got the first copy had to stand in front of the waterstones book shop outlet for almost 14hrs together.

What is behind all this hype for a book?.. Its all because of the splendid writing by a person called Joane Katheline Rowling shortly J K Rowling. J K Rowling's Harry potter series has acclaimed so much familiarity among the kids through out the world.

All this because the character what she depicts is a young boy named Potter. Why the name Potter??.. the question rises in every one's mind. It seems she is fond of this name, which happens to be the family name of a neighbour hood person,when she was a child. J K Rowlings story is motivating.



Above Image: J K Rowling revisiting her home in Bristol


Rowling was born to a English couple in a place near Bristol in the UK. She grew up as a mischevious child, always fighting with her younger sister named Diane, shortly called as Di


While Rowling wishes to be called as Jo. Ada namma Jo (Jothika) .illapa...!!!!!
She still remembers an incident of throwing a battery over Di's head, that made a permenant mark on her head till date.

What would you do (if you were a mischevious child), if you find a small hole in the bench of your class room, left by your senior. You would deepen it..am i right?? Yes.. she too did the same. She dig deep with the help of a compass, so that her finger could pass through it. She always had a flair for writing. It seems she wrote her story named "Rabbit" at the age of 6, with some imagination characters in it..

But there were also moments when both Rowling and Di played together. Rowling always plays wild characters in the games they play and these sort of games still continue these days between Rowling and Di, while Rowling's 9 year old daughter Jessica, would just be a silent observer...

She did her graduation at the University of Exeter,studying French. So that it could earn her a job as a bilingual secreatary. After her graduation, she joined a firm in London as Secreatary.She herself admits that she was the worst ever secreatary !!!!. Huh.. it takes great heart to admit like this!!! Though she did the secreatary job, she was always interested in writing short stories.

Later she moved along with her boyfriend to Manchester. The story of Potter seeped out of her mind, while she was travelling from Manchester to London.By the end of the week end, she had a lot of ideas about the story and started taking the notes for the growing story.

She broke up with her boyfriend and moved to Portugal,taking a lecturer job over there. She did her lecture in evenings, so that she can find some time to write her story in the morning hours.This way ..the story of Harry Potter grew up..She got married to a Portuguese journalist named Jorge Artantes and they had a daughter named Jessica. Marriage proved futile to her.She moved to Scotland along with Jessica to be along with her sister Di.

It is only here that she found it hard to pull on her life as a jobless,single parent. But she kept writing her story.




Left Image: hmm.. Now she could find time to write at the cafe ....

When ever Jessica went on for a nap, Rowling would rush to the nearest cafe to continue writing her story.Though she finished her story. She could not publish the book due to lack of funds.The Scottish Arts council came to her rescue, giving her a grant of 13K USD.

She tried searching for literary agents to publish her work. But none of them came forward to publish it. This went on for almost one year. At last, Christopher Little referred her book to Bloomsbury, which published the book in June 1997. After that there was no looking back for her. All of her books sold in millions, that made her now the richest writer in the world with money worth 5 million UK Pounds.

Though the Harry Potter series encourages the reading habbit among children,there is a wide spread criticism that it only teaches witch craft.

At the stroke of 12'a.m. on the 16th of July, Rowling appeared in front of 80 children (Potter Maniac's!!!) selected from through out the world. These children woke till the midnight just to hear JKR to read a chapter from the new book "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince". I'm just wondering...if they would ever wake up like this..for their exams!!!

Recently the Queen Elizabeth met J K Rowling in an interview at the BBC. Does that reiterate that "The Pen is mightier than the Sword "...???

Some more facts about J K Rowling,

· The first five books in the series have sold more than 17 million copies in the UK alone, with a value of over £100m.


· Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been the UK's best-selling fiction author between 1998 and 2005.


· The fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, sold 1.8 million copies in the UK within 24 hours of publication in June 2003, making it Britain's fastest-selling book.


· More than 265 million Harry Potter books have been sold in 200 countries, written in 62 languages.


· More than 1.1 million cassette and CD recordings of the Harry Potter series of novels have been sold.


· The three Harry Potter movies have taken a combined income of £1.35bn at the worldwide box office.


· Movie versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban broke all UK box office records.


· Released in May 2004, The Prisoner of Azkaban movie made more than £408.2m at the global box office.


· The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie is due to hit UK cinemas in November, with plans already in place for the fifth and sixth films.


· Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the UK's fastest-selling DVD, selling more than one million copies in two days.


· JK Rowling has become the world's richest author and the richest woman in the UK.


· The 2005 Sunday Times Rich List estimated her fortune at £500m.

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