J.K. Rowling was not one of those very talented authors through history that developed their passion for writing successful books at a young age, such as novelists Follett, Drouet and Keller who were famous before their twenties. The creative genius behind the most famous wizard saga of all time was not one of them. J.K. Rowling reinvented magic and exposed it as a human talent while she was becoming a mother. She wrote small stories when she was young, but Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book of the successful story took seven years to be completed in 1997.
Rowling is recognized as a millionaire writer; however, she once was broke. There are many stories about how she came up with the very elaborated plot for Harry Potter. Circumstances, such as hunger or a train leaving too early were some of the reasons to blame for such a fascinating story. Either way, she had the audacity and entrepreneurial skills to open up her mind to the entertainment market. Carefully evaluating what it had to offer for the franchise, from merchandise, booklets and theme parks, in association with Universal Studios, to webcasts, book reading sessions and Pottermore, a website dedicated to young children who can enjoy a unique experience online beyond the books.
Like many other authors, J.K. Rowling needed a place to magically hide and reinvent herself. The fame that the Harry Potter franchise gave her as a writer was a label she could hardly escape. She wrote eight successful books around the same storyline and two complements entitled, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages, after which, Rowling was eager to write about something different.
After a few years writing non-commercial children books, she decided to change genres and switch her identity. The Cuckoo’s Calling was born of that reincarnation in 2013 under the pen of Robert Galbraith, her new alias for crime novels. It did not take long for someone at her law firm let the secret out about the pseudonym, but she decided to keep it. A new book is scheduled to publish by the end of the year under Galbraith’s pen because male names for crime novels are more appealing to readers.
Rowling has received many awards and has been involved with institutions that provide early education for disadvantaged children like One Parent Families. Once she saw how children in small European countries lived with little education privileges and slept in caged beds, she co-founded Lumos. Since then, she has put a lot of effort towards children education and health, making substantial donations to the Edinburg University Clinic for research on neuro regeneration.
The Harry Potter author shows interest for a variety of things. She could live with her family anywhere in the world, but she prefers to live and pay taxes in Edinburg because Scotland gave her so much when she had nothing. Now she is going up the ladder taking a strong position against her nation’s independence. Rowling is leaning towards being stronger by uniting countries.
The famous writer can now taste what it is like to be loved for her books and hated for her political position. It seems like J.K. Rowling can make magic like Harry Potter to reinvent her world while pleasing the readers, regardless of the name she uses or the plot she writes about.
By Margot Carvallo