|JK Rowling signs books for all of her fans. ( Axel-Lute, Miriam)|
July of 1965 Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born to the parents of Peter and Anne
Rowling, little did they know that their daughter was going to grow up to be
what many consider the author of the generation.
After attending Chepstow, and Exeter
University, JK Rowling traveled from her first real job in France back to
London. On that delayed train she thought of the most marvelous idea she ever
had; Harry Potter. After sitting on the train for four long hours, JK Rowling was
finally able to get Harry Potter down on paper. That December, 1990, her mother
died, from multiple sclerosis. Anne Rowling had been battling the illness for
quite some time. After six months of
writing the first book, Philosopher's Stone, Rowling's first thoughts
death of her mother helped Rowling connect to her character. Harry's parents
also died and now Rowling could fully understand what her character would feel
like. "Death became the central theme"
Rowling said during an interview with Elizabeth Vargus. She also said
that one of her biggest regrets was not telling her mother about Harry Potter
before she died. Her mother would have
loved the books and loved to know that her daughter was well off.
Desperate for a change, JK Rowling moved
to Portugal and became an English teacher. There she got married and had her
first child, Jessica. After leaving her husband of two years, Rowling and her
daughter moved back to London. This time in Rowling's life is one of her most
depressing times. She struggled with clinical depression for many months. When
ask about her depression in "A Year in the Life," an Elizabeth Vargus Documentary ABC NEWS, she stated, "All color was drained
out of my life." These moments in her life, gave life to the dementors in the
Harry Potter series, terrible creatures that live off the misfortune of others.
If you come across a dementor they will drain all of the happiness from your
soul. "We were as snick as you can be,
without being homeless," JK Rowling stated earlier in the interview.
|Posing with Harry Potter ( Pahwa, Kiran)|
Not only was JK Rowling poor but she was trying to
support her daughter, and write at the same time. Rowling would write while Jessica took naps
in a small cafe. Finally after many months of writing, Rowling sent the final
chapters of her first book to a small publisher in Britain. Little did she know that her life was about
to change forever. "Harry turned my life around completely," Rowling said in the
same interview with Elizabeth Vargus.
Harry Potter was published in Britain JK Rowling received a call telling her
that a Harry Potter bidding war was going on the United States. Scholastic
bought Harry Potter and is the American publisher of the books. Harry Potter
has been translated into 67 languages and on the first day the last book was on
sale, books stores sold over 7,000 books per minute. Astounded, JK finished her last sentence in the last
book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and said "so
much expectation from the hard core fans I am not sure I will ever be able to
match up to it." She also said she was so lucky for having the idea.
Harry Potter himself could be a hero
to many people; however he is a fictional character. He was the boy that lived;
JK was the girl that gave him life. I
have always believed that a hero needs to be someone like no other. They must
be brave and strong, courageous and bold. Superman for example was what I
thought every hero should be like. JK
Rowling doesn't save the world from the Joker or shoot webs out of her hands
but she is brave, strong, courageous and bold.
Rowling is my hero because through her entire life she never gave up on her
ideas. She took events that happened in her life and made them part of her Harry
Potter world. People always say things happen for a reason, well in JK Rowling's
case things did happen for the right reason. Without her train being delayed
she might have never thought of Harry Potter. If the train was not delayed then
I would have had to find something to entertain me my whole childhood, much like
Harry Potter did.
JK Rowling's life was far from
perfect, she has lost contact with her father, she no longer has a mother, she
is supporting three children and trying to give them a normal life when hers is
so crazy. That is another reason for why JK Rowling is the perfect hero. She has
a crazy life much like my own. Balancing school and sports and other after-school activities, sometimes I feel like I need to slow down. Harry Potter was my
way to forget my own crazy life. I would get lost in the books for hours,
reading until early morning. JK Rowling has the power to make people forget themselves
and feel like they have no troubles in the world.
JK Rowling never gave up on Harry
Potter, she wrote for her pleasure, not for what others wanted to read. Having
such a hard core fan base can be very challenging. You want to keep them happy
but more importantly you want to keep yourself happy and write a novel you can
be proud of. JK Rowling is a primary example of how to do this. She killed
favorite characters, changed locations and times, but she also made her readers
This past year the final Harry
Potter movie concluded, which meant Harry Potter was over. The final book was
released in 2007 so there were no more movies to come. People lined the streets
for hours to buy movie tickets, people waited at the premier in London for up
to 8 days. No one besides JK could have thought of this wonderful book. JK imagined
new words, and stretched the boundaries of writing. She never stopped doing what
she loves and she turned her idea into 7 incredible books and 8 great movies. The
Era that so many people loved is unfortunately ending. The books may be pushed
to the back of the shelves, the movies may become less watched and the theme
park may be less visited but JK Rowling's imagination will always but
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