J.K. Rowling after receiving an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland on July 6, 2006.

Joanne Rowling, who writes under the names J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, (born July 31, 1965) is a British author best known for writing the Harry Potter series.

She adopted the name "J.K. Rowling" because her publisher thought boys would be less likely to read a book written by someone with a "woman's name". Rowling does not have a middle name but It was felt that "J. Rowling" would not look right. For the middle initial of her pen name she used her grandmother's name, Kathleen.

Profits from the Harry Potter series have made J.K. Rowling one of the richest women in the world, and she is noted for her generous gifts to charitable causes.


The seven volumes of the Harry Potter series:

Other works related to the Harry Potter universe:

  • Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)
  • "Harry Potter Prequel" (2008, short story)
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (2016, e-book)
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (2016, e-book)
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (2016, e-book)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016, movie script)

In May 2020, Rowling began publishing The Ickabog, her first children's book not set in the Harry Potter universe, for free on a dedicated website.

J.K. Rowling has written five non-Potter related novels for adults:

  • The Casual Vacancy (2012)
  • The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)
  • The Silkworm (2014)
  • Career of Evil (2015)
  • Lethal White (2018)

All but the first of these are mystery novels, the protagonist of which is a private detective named Cormoran Strike, and were written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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