You might be the biggest Harry Potter fan ever, but how much do you know about the boy wizard’s creator? Check out these 11 facts about J.K. Rowling you never knew and learn a bit more about one of the world’s most successful novelists.
She based the character of Hermione Granger on her eleven-year-old self.
2. She wrote her first story when she was six; it was called ‘Rabbit’ and was about a rabbit.
3. Before becoming a novliest, she worked as a human rights researcher for Amnesty International and as an English teacher in Portugal.
4. Though she became the first US dollar billionaire by writing books, she’s since lost her billionaire status thanks to the many generous donations she’s made to charity.
5. She was runner-up in Time’s Person of the Year issue in 2007, losing out to Vladimir Putin.
6. Her parents met when they were 18 on a train from King’s Cross Station.
7. She took entrance exams for Oxford, but failed to get in and ended up getting a B.A. in French and Classics at the University of Exeter.
8. The advance she received for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was £1,500.
9. When shopping for her wedding dress, she wore a disguise so she could shop without attracting attention, but she hasn’t worn the disguise since.
10. She’s a big fan of Minecraft and often plays it with her son, David.
11. She hasn’t read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ because she promised her editor she wouldn’t; she doesn’t feel like she’s missing out on anything, though.
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