Rowling and Harry Potter
Joanne Rowling was born in Bristol in England. Joanne always wanted to write and she wrote her
first story when she was only five or six. After leaving the university,she had a variety of different jobs.However, most of all, she wanted to write! One day, during a long train journey, she got the i-
dea of writing about a boy who is a wizard, but doesn't know it.
In 1992, she left England to go to Portugal to teach English. While she was there she got married to a Portuguese journalist and she had a daughter, Jessica. The marriage ended in divorce and Joanne returned to live in Edinburgh in Scotland. She had very little money and she lived in a very small flat, which was often cold. She could not afford to pay to heat it. While she was there, she finished her story about Harry Potter, a young boy who is a wizard. At first, no one wanted to publish her book.Then, one day, in 1997, she found a publisher. She was very excited and happy!
Much to her surprise, her book was an instant success! It sold in millions! It won many awards and prizes! It made Joanne very rich end it made her famous. Her stories have been translated into many languages, and they can now be read all over the world. Joanne Rowling has written several more books about Harry Potter and all of them have sold millions of copies. Some of these books have now bccn made into films.