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Joanne "Jo" Rowling OBE (born 31 July 1965), who writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

Harry Potter series

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (26 June 1997)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 July 1998)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8 July 1999)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (21 June 2003)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (16 July 2005)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (21 July 2007)

Other books

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (supplement to the Potter series) (2001)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (supplement to the Potter series) (2001)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (supplement to the Potter series, also publicly displayed by Amazon.com) (2007)


  • "The First It Girl: J.K. Rowling reviews Decca: the Letters of Jessica Mitford ed by Peter Y Sussman", The Daily Telegraph 26 July 2006
  • Introduction to "Ending Child Poverty" in Moving Britain Forward. Selected Speeches 1997–2006 by Gordon Brown, Bloomsbury (2006)
  • Foreword to the anthology Magic, edited by Gil McNeil and Sarah Brown, Bloomsbury (2002)
  • The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, J.K. Rowling, Harvard Magazine, 5 June 2008
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Quick Tip by . June 22, 2011
Not the most talented writer in terms of pure literacy, but she knows how to weave a complex and imaginative story. When you're an author, that's what counts most if you're not trying to impress academic eggheads. The Harry Potter series is classic because it tells an imaginative story with unexpected twists that, ultimately, everyone can relate to when stripped of the elements that make it HARRY POTTER.
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