Bryan (my brilliant son) and I love the Harry Potter series, and he wanted to find out more about the woman who write it. So here, in Bryan’s own words, are some facts about J K Rowling.
Rowling’s first name is Joanne, but her friends call her Jo for short. The ‘K’ stands for Kathleen, which is her grandmother’s name. You would think the name Kathleen would be her middle name, but she doesn’t have one!
Her publisher thought that children wouldn’t read her books because she was a female. Because of that, she hid her gender behind her initials.
J.K. Rowling is still alive! She was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1965.
She first thought of Harry Potter in 1990 when she was 25, and The Philosopher’s Stone was released in 1997 when she was 32. When all seven Harry Potter books were released, in 2007, she was 42.
She started writing at the age of six, and wrote about a rabbit called Rabbit. She thought of Harry Potter when her train was delayed, going from Manchester to King’s Cross, London.
There are lots and lots of people who act in the Harry Potter films, and here is a list of some of them;
Daniel Radcliff – Harry Potter
Emma Watson – Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint – Ronald Weasley
Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort
Tom Felton – Draco Malfoy
Richard Harris & Michael Gambon – Dumbledore
Helen McRory – Narcissa Malfoy
Jason Isaacs – Lucius Malfoy
Imelda Staunton – Dolores Umbridge
Maggie Smith – Minerva McGonagall
Gary Oldman – Sirius Black
David Thewlis – Remus Lupin
Timothy Spall – Peter Pettigrew
Matthew Lewis – Neville Longbottom
Bonnie Wright – Ginny Weasley
Chris Rankin – Percy Weasley
Oliver Phelps – George Weasley
James Phelps – Fred Weasley
Mark Williams – Arthur Weasley
Julie Walters – Molly Weasley
Alex Crockford – Charlie Weasley
Domhnal Gleeson – Bill Weasley
Evana Lynch – Luna Lovegood
Katie Leung – Cho Chang
Warwick Davis – Filius Flitwick
Robbie Coltrane – Rubeus Hagrid
CGI – Grawp the Giant
Georgina Leonidas / Emily Dale – Katie Bell
David Bradley – Argus Filch
Jim Broadbent – Horace Slughorn
Dave Legeno – Fenrir Grayback
Adrian Rawlings – James Potter
Geraldine Somerville – Lily Potter
Ray Fearon – Firenze
Michael Wildman – Magorian
Jason Piper – Bane