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J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter Fame - Glimpses of Genius

Updated on October 25, 2015
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An interest in authors and their backgrounds and works aroused Audrey's interest in writing about them.

Who Is This Genius?

UPDATE Mrs. Rowling completed a book for adults in 2012 called "Casual Vacancy" on the subject of British class war.This British story deals with addiction, prostitution, bullying and other modern struggles. She is a genius at work again and about to launch a best seller.

J.K. Rowling aka Joanne Rowling of Harry Potter fame, is the most fascinating author in my lifetime. She went from welfare recipient to become one of the wealthiest women in Great Britain in a very brief time in the 90's. How can an unpublished author accomplish such a task? A movie about her life "Magic Beyond Words", showed a fast pace to success. She apparently conceived the idea of "Harry Potter" on a long train ride in 1990 and then hand wrote and later typed her first manuscript on a rickety typewriter from a pawnshop

So who is this tall English blond woman with crisp British accent and breathtaking glamour and what is she like? She has written seven books, all of which became movies, about wizardry. Every child in the entire world probably knows Harry Potter books. He came from an abusive background and then went to a School of Wizardry in the popular fiction books.

Author Rowling Reading a Book
Author Rowling Reading a Book | Source


She graduated from Exeter University, England with a Literature degree and loved reading and writing since childhood. Allegedly, the world of fantasy was her childhood play, and writing about it enthralled her. She grew up drawing pictures of wizards and goblins from her vivid imagination. I don't believe anyone knows if her writing or creativity was prevalent in her family. She did have an aunt who was an avid reader and taught classics. Her mother died when Joanne was in her twenties, and Joanne's first marriage was abusive. It appears that these tragedies come alive in undertones in her books. Many of the characters from her books allegedly come from real life. The books also parallel parts of her life, according to some people. A great resemblance exists between Harry Potter and her current husband with his dark hair and dark horn rimmed glasses.

A Coffee Shop Where the Author Often Wrote

The Elephant House is the coffee shop where J. K. Rowling did much of her writing with baby napping by her side
The Elephant House is the coffee shop where J. K. Rowling did much of her writing with baby napping by her side | Source

Published books

Her first book was published in 1997, and her seventh book in 2007. When she started writing, she had a young child and wrote while her child from her first marriage. napped. She often wrote in a coffee shop near her home with her little one beside her.. At this time, she reluctantly and briefly accepted welfare assistance, while living in Edinburgh near her sister. She says that she worked and supplemented her income with welfare assistance. Conflicting information may be due to changes in the movie version. From there, she rapidly progressed to the heights of achievement.

Author Rowling Doing a Reading
Author Rowling Doing a Reading | Source

Harry Potter Book



Ms. Rowling's books have sold in the millions, first published in England and then in the United States. She has either won or been nominated for many awards over the years. In 2011, she set up a website called, which promotes eBooks from her series. She currently is married to an anesthetist and has three children, residing on a large estate in Scotland. She continues to be a private person like her hero, Harry Potter. She possesses charisma, glamour, perfection in makeup and hair, a look of royalty, and heads turn when she enters any room. Readers will peruse her books for hundreds of years. and she will forever receive acclaim as a true genius.

London - One of JK Rowling's homes

Rowling Scottish Estate
Rowling Scottish Estate | Source

Location Near Rowling Estate in Scotland

Aberfeldy Scotland:
Aberfeldy, Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross PH15, UK

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    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Au fait She is a genius in my book, too. I love her story and know her wealth derived from her talent is enormous. I haven't read anything else by her but hope to some day. Thanks so much for reading this hub and for taking the time to stop by and comment. I enjoy your writing and will stop by again. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      I believe Ms. Rowling is indeed a genius. I love the Harry Potter series. They are written so well. Her characters have depth and there are plots within plots. She is an amazing writer, no doubt about it. Bringing some attention to this great tribute and review again!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Au fait for the read and comments and pin. They are awesome, and the author is so talented. I love the story of her life and how she began writing. It is like a dream come true for her, and she sure makes a tremendous profit. I wonder if it is true her husband looks like Harry Potter. I love your penname, Blessings, Audrey

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      I love the Harry Potter books! I think Rowlings is fantastic at creating characters and plots within plots. The books are great for any age, no, bad language or sex, nothing in them to embarrass a person whether they're 2 or 92. Pinning this to Awesome Hubpages.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Longtime mother = That is the cutest story. I can picture her idolizing JKR and trying to get a message to her. When I read about her, I kept thinking about the author and how she started writing and some sad moments in her story. It is a miracle that she invented Harry Potter and friends and made so much money. It sounds like a fairy tale. Thank you for the read and for your comments. I love these little stories. Blessings, Audrey

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      4 years ago from Australia

      One of my kids is a great Harry Potter fan. We used to live not far from JKR's beautiful home in Edinburgh and even now, when we go back to visit Scotland, she stops at the big metal gates and waves and says a quiet hello in the hope she's peeking through a window and sees her.

      Once I suggested she drop a note in the letter box, but was informed she'd be writing another book and would be way too busy to read it. lol.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Peg Thank you so much for reading my hub and commenting. You are right that her genius quality is a true example for us. Her creative ability amazes me in her Harry Potter books. Her ability as a child to have such imagination is unique. I am glad you admire her as I do. Good luck with your own writing, and stop by again.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Brakel2. Your admiration for Ms. Rowling is clear and well justified. I love her work as well and she has a true genius when it comes to the written word. An example for us all as aspiring writers. Nice story. I never got to finish the movie about Magic Beyond Words. I'll have to go back and look it up now that you've peaked my interest.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Wilderness - Thank you for reading and commenting on my article about Ms Rowling. I believe she has a fascinating life and an active imagination. Her story intrigues me. I think she has a new book not related to the Potter series. In fact, I believe it is an ad on this hub. I thought that I saw you are in the apprentice program. Good luck in your writing and in that program. I wish I could apply for it, but it sounds very time consuming, but a worthwhile experience.. Maybe I will one day. Take care.

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      Dan Harmon 

      6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Most interesting; I have enjoyed the Harry Potter series even at my age, but know nothing of the author except she was British and is now very rich. Fun to find out a little about Rowling - thanks!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thank you for reading my article. You are right. She does rank up there with the famous authors you mentioned. I know she has made millions. I have seen a picture of her husband, and he does resemble the Harry Potter character. I would like to read more about her and read one of the Potter books. I heard she has bought a summer home but forget where - another country, I know. I am glad that you found HubPages and hope you will return to visit or join us. Good luck in your endeavors.

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      6 years ago

      I agree that Joanne Rowling is a genius. The Harry Potter series is inspired by that genius. Your article is right-on. I wonder how JKR would rate in a list of famous and recognized authors. IMO, she is in the company of Dickens, Hemingway, Christie, Swift, Poe, Twain, and Melville.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thank you James for reading my article. Your comments have meaning, as I know you are a good writer. Your hubs have many comments. I enjoyed researching the life of Rowling, as she seemed almost magical. Her imagination is unbelievable, and young and old read her stories. It makes you want to delve further into your imagination to see what might appear. Continued good luck in all your endeavors. I hope you will stop by again.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for publishing this fascinating article about this fascinating person. I am going to look for the "Magic Beyond Words" film. I enjoyed your excellent and pithy Hub very much.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi LuxmiH - Thanks for reading my hub and commenting on my covering the story. I love to give descriptions, as I am a visual person. The writer has so much to offer in her Harry Potter books that she is phenomenal, as you mentioned. I never read her books, but I would like to do that. I can tell you are a good writer from your comment. Good luck, thanks for kind words and I have read a hub of yours today.

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 

      7 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      A beautiful, concise glimpse of a writer who's time had come. Talk about a quantum leap! Your coverage of her phenomenal rise is inspirational and obviously you have many of her qualities or you would not have recognized them in her!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Ruffridyer - Thanks for reading my hub. I recently researched the author and am now a fan. I believe when writing about a person, that you need a true picture of the individual, slmost so that you can visualize him/her. This point is emphasized in public speaking and writing. That is why I write these descriptions. I will look for your hubs. Happy writing, and thanks again.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Nils I learned about this author through researching her info. I am very impressed. I knew that some schools wanted her books banned but that never happened. Thank you for reading about her in my hub. I really believe she is a genius. I want to know more about her. I will look for your hubs.

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      7 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Your last two sentences indicate your love for her. You might want to tone it down alittle.

      I am also a big fan of her work.

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      Nils Visser 

      7 years ago from Brighton UK

      As a teacher, I absolutely adore this author, she has gotten untold kids back into the habit of reading.


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