J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter books, first published between 1997 and 2007. The idea for Harry Potter famously came to her during a delayed train journey, and she wrote the story while living in England, Portugal and finally Scotland.
The adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. Alongside the book series, she wrote three short companion volumes for charity: Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Fantastic Beasts later became the inspiration for a new series of films, also written by J.K. Rowling and featuring the magizoologist Newt Scamander. The latest film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, came out in 2018.
J.K. Rowling continued Harry’s story as a grown-up in a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which she wrote with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, and which has been playing to great acclaim in theatres in Europe, North America and Australia.
She also writes novels for adults and, under the pen name Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Strike crime series, which has been adapted for television.
J.K. Rowling has received many awards and honours, including the Order of the British Empire and Companion of Honour; the Legion d’Honneur, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, and a Blue Peter Gold Badge. She supports a number of causes through her charitable trust, Volant, and is the founder of the children’s charity Lumos, which fights for a world without orphanages and institutions, and reunites families.
For as long as she can remember she wanted to be a writer, and is at her happiest in a room, making things up. She lives in Scotland with her family.