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10 Things You Didn't Know About J. K. Rowling

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10. She Shares Her Birthday With Harry Potter

Joanne Rowling shares her birthday with Harry Potter. She was born the 31st of July in the year 1965 and her protagonist Harry Potter was born the 31st of July in the year 1986.

9. She Published Harry Potter From 1997 To 2007

Joanne Rowling published Harry Potter from 1997 to 2007 starting with the first book in 1997 and the last book in 2007.

8. Her First Book Got Rejected

Joanne Rowling's first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was rejected approximately twelve times before her publisher gave the first few chapters to his granddaughter who immediately demanded the next and this was how her career began.

7. She Doesn't Have A Middle Name

Joanne Rowling doesn't have a middle name but because her publishers feared that young boys wouldn't read a book by a woman they encouraged her to disguise her gender with a middle initial and she took the letter K for her paternal grandmother.

6. Oxford Rejected Her

Joanne Rowling aspired to be a writer but she was rejected from admissions at the University of Oxford. Instead she attended the University of Exeter where she graduated with a degree in French in 1987.

5. She Was A Single Mother

While writing the first Harry Potter book, J. K. Rowling was a divorced mother, living in a flat in London, with a young daughter, Jessica.

4. She Was Told Not To Quit Her Day Job

She was told that children writers don't make that much money and she would be advised to not quite her day job. She became a billionaire.

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3. She Lost Her Billionaire Status

Joanne Rowling lost her billionaire status because of all her charitable donations. She's know just a millionaire.

2. Her Mother Passed Away

While writing the first Harry Potter book her mother passed away.

1. Her First Novel For Adults

She published her first novel for adults titled The Casual Vacancy.

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