J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born on 31 July 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. She studied at the University of Exeter and graduated in 1986. This was when the concept of the Harry Potter novels first began.
The idea for her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was thought up during a delayed train journey between Manchester and London. The book was published in 1997.
This first book was transferred onto the big screen in 2001 and became one of the top-grossing movies in the world.
The sequel books were all best sellers too. Her books are now available in more than 200 countries. J.K.'s own real-life fairy tale story of juggling being a single mother with writing her first novel has become a famous tale in its own right in Edinburgh.
By 2008, she was the only billionaire author to reach the Forbes world rich list, and indeed the only British woman to feature in it, coming in 1,062nd place with $1 billion (£504million). Rowling was appointed an OBE in March 2001. In 2009 she was named a chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.
She also received the prize called The Edinburgh Award 2008 as a “thank you” from the capital’s council for raising the city’s profile.
Mr S. Sutton