J.K. ROWLING, a British author and screenwriter is best known for her seven-book Harry Potter children’s book series. The series has sold more than 500 million copies and was adapted into a blockbuster film franchise.
She first had the idea for Harry Potter while delayed on a train travelling from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990.
Over the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the series. She wrote mostly in longhand and amassed a mountain of notes, many of which were on scraps of paper.
Since the series started in 1997, 500 million copies of Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide and Forbes estimated her fortune to be around $650 million in 2017.
In an interview in 2018, Rowling writes: “I’ve just finished the fourth Galbraith novel, Lethal White, and I’m now writing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts 3. After that I’ll be writing another book for children.”
In the latest news, Rowling has shown her support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd.
The Harry Potter author last week announced the release of her new children’s book The Ickabog and encouraged her young fans to submit drawings of its characters, resharing her favourites on Twitter.