Joanne Rowling
Biographical information
Birth Name

Joanne Rowling[1]


31 July, 1965[2]



Current nation of residence




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  • Peter Rowling[1]
  • Ann Rowling[1]
  • Dianne Rowling[1]
Also known as
  • J. K. Rowling[1]


Joanne Rowling (b. 31 July, 1965[2]) is the author of the Harry Potter series[1].


Early lifeEdit

Joanne Rowling was born on 31 July, 1965[2] in a suburban neighbourhood called Yate, just outside of Bristol, to Peter and Ann Rowling[1]. The family later moved a few miles down the road to Winterbourne[1]. Her parents found her to be a disappointment, as they had hoped for a boy[1].

When Jo was nine years old, the family moved to a village just outside of Chepstow, on the edge of the Forest of Dean[1]. Jo found peace in the forest, noting that it was impossible for her to imagine a crowd in a forest, although she also found it a bit spooky[1]. She wrote stories from an early age, never running out of ideas for names as they lived next door to a graveyard[1]. She and her sister Di earned pocket money as part-time cleaners at the local church, St Luke's; they could not overstate how cold it got in the winter[1]. She was baptised there at age eleven, and was the only one to attend church services regularly[1].

Adulthood and first marriageEdit

When Jo was twenty years old, her religious beliefs were severely tested when her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis[1]. Ann Rowling died in 1990; this was to have a profound affect on Jo's writing[1].

Honours and AwardsEdit

J. K. Rowling has won the following honours and awards[3]

  • Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2001
  • Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur: France, 2009
  • Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, Spain, 2003
  • The Edinburgh Award, 2008
  • Honorary Degrees from the University of Exeter, University of St Andrews, Napier University, University of Edinburgh, Dartmouth College, USA, Harvard University, USA, University of Aberdeen.
  • Commencement speaker, Harvard University, USA, 2008
  • James Joyce Award, University College Dublin, 2008
  • Author of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, British Book Awards,1999 and 2008
  • Booksellers Association Author of the Year, 1998 and 1999
  • W H Smith Fiction Award, 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, South Bank Show Awards, 2008
  • Blue Peter Gold Badge, awarded 2007

Notes and referencesEdit

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