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11 Facts About J.K. Rowling You Never Knew – #4 is Jaw Dropping!

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.

  1. She based the character of Hermione Granger on her eleven-year-old self.

via Slate.com
via Slate.com

2. She wrote her first story when she was six; it was called ‘Rabbit’ and was about a rabbit.

via Sciencenordic.com
via Sciencenordic.com

3. Before becoming a novliest, she worked as a human rights researcher for Amnesty International and as an English teacher in Portugal.

via Amnesty.org.uk
via Amnesty.org.uk

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.

via Zeroproject.org
via Zeroproject.org

5. She was runner-up in Time’s Person of the Year issue in 2007, losing out to Vladimir Putin.

via Independent.co.uk
via Independent.co.uk

6. Her parents met when they were 18 on a train from King’s Cross Station.

via Collider.com
via Collider.com

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.

via Studentcrowd.com
via Studentcrowd.com

8. The advance she received for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was £1,500.

via Amazon.in
via Amazon.in

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.

via Ecoutureclothing.com
via Ecoutureclothing.com

10. She’s a big fan of Minecraft and often plays it with her son, David.

via Store.xbox.com
via Store.xbox.com

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.

via Walesonline.co.uk
via Walesonline.co.uk



James Gibson
I'm a Classics graduate and have been writing for over three years. Hopefully going to go into novel writing some day. I'm mostly interested in theme parks and roller coasters - I've been on 300 coasters and plan on going on lots more!

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