On 31st July 1965, Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, the United Kingdom, to Peter James Rowling(aircraft engineer) and Anne Rowling(science technician). Two years later, her sister Dianne was born in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, before moving to Tutshill, near Chepstow, when Joanne turned nine.
Joanne Rowling grew up in a family that loved and cherished reading. She developed a reading culture, and even at some point, admitted that she lives for books. Joanne grew up wanting to be a writer, which she did at the age of six; a story that revolved around a Rabbit.
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Her School Life
Joanne was a student at Wyedean Comprehensive School before joining the University of Exeter to study French classics. Her French teacher became useful to her when she was writing the script of Harry Potter, which some were based on Latin.
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One morning as Joanne was on a train ride from Manchester to London, she formed an interesting story and started working on the Harry Potter script. Unfortunately, the writing and development process of the story was slowed down by her mother’s death for some time.
Later in 1992, she moved to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language. While she was in Portugal, Joanne met Jorge Arantes, who she got married only to part ways in 1993. The two had a daughter called Jessica Isabel Rowling, who is currently a makeup YouTuber and influencer.
She was devastated about the divorce that she decided to move with her daughter to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her sister. She struggled because she was jobless, divorced, and a single mother with only three Harry Potter chapters. She continued to push on until she found the light at the end of the tunnel.
1995 was when things didn’t work out for Joanne, with 12 significant publications rejecting the Harry Potter script. Despite all these rejections, she never stopped trying, she kept approaching publications, and her effort bore fruit when a small publishing company accepted her scripts and published 1000 copies.
Soon, she won prizes such as the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year. The book reigned for so many years, and as of 2015, it had sold more than 500 million copies worldwide.