Joanne  Rowling

JK Rowling

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JK Rowling aka Murray, Arantes
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Joanne Rowling was born 31 July 1965 in Yate, England, to James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Volant, a science technician. Her parents met on a train departing from King's Cross Station in 1964. [1]

Rowling grew up with her parents and sister, Dianne, in Gloucestershire. She spent her teens living in a Grade II listed building which she remembers as, "not a particularly happy time in my life," possibly owing to her mother being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and a strained relationship with her father. [2]

Joanne is best known for her writing of the Harry Potter series under the pen name J.K. Rowling. The books won worldwide attention, sold 400 million copies and won several awards. They've become the best-selling series ever and were the basis for movies that became the highest-grossing film series in history.

J.K came up with the idea for her Harry Potter novel whilst on a train ride from Manchester to London in 1990. It took her seven years to complete Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone during which time she suffered through her mother's death, divorce from her husband and poverty.

Her story is one of rags to riches. In five years Joanne went from living on state benefits to being a multimillionaire. In 2007, Forbes ranked her as forty-eight most powerful celebrity. In October 2010, leading magazine editors named her the "Most Influential Woman in Britain".


  1. Births index (CR). England. Sodbury, Gloucestershire. 3rd Q. 1965. ROWLING, Joanne. Vol. 7B. p. 965. Ln. 161. familysearch : accessed 22 March 2018.
  2. Farr, Emma-Victoria. (2012). JK Rowling: 10 facts about the writer. The Telegraph. 27 Sep. : accessed 22 March 2018.

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On 27 Aug 2015 at 15:18 GMT John Riley wrote:

I always wanted to ask if you wandered through a Riley family graveyard in Bolton, England and pick up useful miscelaneous names like Potter and Scrymgeour? Funny coincidence! John Francis Riley (45 removed from you by way of Acadian mother)

On 19 Aug 2015 at 15:15 GMT DK Clews wrote:

Please add the following:

"Category: Who Do You Think You Are (UK)" and "Category: Who Do You Think You Are (US)".

Her UK episode aired 17 Aug 2011, BBC. Her US episode (same, edited) aired 2 Aug 2015 on TLC.

Also, IMDb: J.K. Rowling link:


On 13 Aug 2015 at 22:37 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Rowling-62 is Peter J Rowling

On 31 Jul 2014 at 17:24 GMT Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby wrote:

Father was Peter J Rowling and parents married in Islington district of London in the first quarter of 1965.

Queen Elizabeth II JK is 34 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 58 degrees from Stephen Hawking, 32 degrees from Jamie Nelson and 28 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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