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FC: The Life of J.K. Rowling | By: Jill Fisher

1: Joanne Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, England. For college, she atteneded Exeter University and earned a degree in French and classics.

2: Rowling had always loved writing since she was a little girl. Before she wrote Harry Potter,she wrote 2 adult novels but didn't believe they were good enough to publish

3: She married, and then divorced after 2 years. She has a daughter named Jessica. She never revealed her husband's name because it was a private time in her life.

4: Rowling moved to Northern Portugal and taught English. While in Portugal, she filled one whole notebook with notes just about the game Quidditch, the game Harry loves to play at Hogwarts.

5: Rowling's first book was originally Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It was changed from philosopher to sorcerer for publishing in America. It took her 4 full years to finish her first book.

6: Her first book was rejected many times before it was published. Scholastic paid $100,000 to publish her first book in America.

7: The publishing company asked her to use her initials for the book cover to attract to more male readers. She used "K" for Kathleen s her second initial to honor her grandmother.

8: After publishing her first book, she then wrote down her plans for 6 more books. Scholastic and Bloomsbury (European publisher) signed contracts for the entire series, before she wrote them.

9: She found names for her books from all kinds of places. Some came from folklore and others are made up. She once had best friends named Ian and Vicki Potter. That is where she got Harry's last name, Potter.

10: Going through hard times, with her mother dying and her sister depressed, she still continued to think about Harry Potter.

11: The Deathly Hallows, her seventh book, sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. Rowling said she didn't expect success with her books but just wrote what she likes to read and didn't think her books would even publish.

12: She won british Children's book of the year in 1997 for her first Harry Potter book. She eventually became wealthier than Queen Elizbeth.

13: The Harry Potter series is translated in 68 different languages and is distributed in over 200 countries and territories. She once read her book for 15,000 people in a sports arena.

14: -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban -Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix -Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows | Books by J.K. Rowling

15: Summary Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone | An orphan boy was sent to live with his aunt and uncle after his parents were killed in a battle with the evil Voldemort. Ten years later and Harry is eleven. he is hated by his aunt, uncle, and his cousin. Harry gets a letter and his uncle refuses to give it to him. Then Harry receives hundreds hundreds of letters. Then the Keeper of the Keys at Hogwarts comes to their house to personally give him a letter of acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hagrid and Harry go to London to shop for school supplies. Harry is off to

16: the train station and meets Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on the trip. The students were assigned to houses and Harry was in Gryffindor. Harry had broom flying lessons was so good he was asked to be on the Quidditch team. Ron and Harry are finding more information about Nicolas Flamel. Harry receives an invisibility cloak for Christmas. The 3 kids are questioning the Sorcerer's Stone. They go for the stone and get past the 3 headed dog named Fluffy. Then they play an intense game of chess to reach the stone. Voldemort is trying to get the stone from Harry. You will have to read the book to find out what happens next.

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