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J.K. Rowling

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and the magic in her writing J.K. Rowling Mini Biography The life of...

-J.K. Rowling J.K.Rowling - full name Joanne "Jo" Rowling
- The “k” stands for Kathleen (Grandmother's name)
- her father was Peter James Rowling and her mother was Anne Rowling
- born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England
- british novelist
- from a young age wrote fantasy stories
- she took a BA in French and Classics at the University of Exeter
which she graduated from in 1987
- she moved to London to work as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International
- best known as the author of THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
which gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies; making her a billionaire
- Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year,
which was based on the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given
her fans
- Rowling is a notable philanthropist; supports such charities as Comic Relief,
One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group)
- On September 27, 2012, Rowling published her first adult book, The Casual Vacancy
- She has 11 books; 3 of them are supplement to The Harry Potter Series J.K. Rowling and her feelings about writing... " The stories we love best do live in us forever. So, whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." J.K. Rowling's Rowling's Works 1997 1998 1999 2012 2000 2003 2005 2007 Passage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Favourite Passage From: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Why J.K Rowling? I chose J.K. Rowling because I knew about her ever since I was eight years old. I used to see my brother spending his whole day reading the Harry Potter series and so since my brother was reading them, I wanted to read them too. The Harry Potter series was basically my childhood. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the first novel I ever read and as soon, as I started reading it, I fell in love with it. I'm the person, especially when I was a younger,who was completely into magic and wizardry. Not only did I choose her because she was considered 'my childhood', but also because her books taught me many things. The Harry Potter series is not only a book about magic, witchcraft and wizardry but also talks about love, demonstrates true friendship, shows the struggle between good and evil, and the impacts of death. I, personally, learned many life lessons through these books, for example, I understood what true friendship is, after reading about the friendship and the type of bond between Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. Rowling relates to me personally because she incorporates her own life experiences in what she writes. When I write my journal entries, I tend to write about my own experiences or make stories based on them. She also is influenced by many authors and uses their writing as references and relates to it in her writing. When I read different authors' works, I often use ideas that relate to their writing in what I write. I believe that she relates personally to me and my journey towards finding my authentic voice because I believe we follow the same BASIC steps in order to develop it. The four basic steps are planning, writing, rewriting and editing. I believe through these steps, I can develop my writing and make remarkable stories that one day may be published. J.K. Rowling once said, ""What you write becomes who you are…so make sure you love what you write!" I believe that through this, I can develop my own authentic voice. If I love what I write then the one reading what I write will know automatically what kind of authentic voice I have. I start thinking what she's thinking and that is... "You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." "Writing for me is a kind of compulsion,
so I don't think anyone could have made
me do it, or prevented me from doing it." "I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. " "I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity. There's no formula" http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3599502.htm J.K Rowling wrote her first story when she was six years old. She used to write fantasy stories when she was a child and used to read it to her little sister, which was basically the start of her writing. She says, "I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do ever - was write novels."J.K. Rowling's books were mainly based on fantasy and imagination. She has an intuitive approach to constructing the plot and has self-confidence in her ability to tell a story. She says, "I don't think about who the audience is for my books." She had a thought process of being both a reader and a writer. She basically writes a story for herself rather than having a particular audience in mind. She was influenced by many different authors such as Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Kenneth Grahame and etc. Shakespeare's Macbeth, Jane Austen's Emma, and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows influenced her writing and was incorporated in The Harry Potter Series. Certain events and her experiences in her life impacts her writing. When she was writing the first Harry Potter book, her mother died (she didn't even know about her daughter's books) and so death heavily impacted her writing, making one of the main themes of the Harry Potter books, death. Every aspect of her life was somewhat incorporated in what she wrote. For example, the character, Hermoine, in the Harry Potter series, was based on herself during her adolescence. Her books are not all just about "magic" which is a part of her imagination but also include her logic, morality, themes, and sense of humour. Rowling's four basic steps for her writing process is planning which is the first step; Rowling demonstrates this throught the fact that she planned the Harry Potter series for five years. The second step is just writing and letting your writing flow. The third step is rewriting; Rowling rewrote the opening of the first book 15 times and the last step is editing. J.K. Rowling has demonstrated that if you use these basic steps, you can can write a good story. Rowling says,"I've been writing my entire life, and I'll always write." Writing Style and Process "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. " "I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write. " "In a novel you have to
resist the urge to tell
everything." It's no secret that the best place to write, in my opinion, its in a café. You don't have to make your own coffee, you don't have to feel like you're in solitary confinement and if you have writers block, you can get up and walk to the next café while giving your batteries time to recharge and brain time to think. "There appears to be something to do with vehicles and movement that stimulates my writing." "The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary. " "Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. " Harry lost his parents when he was a baby; the only life that he can remember is his miserable and lonely existence in the home of his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, and his spoiled and unbearable cousin, Dudley. But life changes suddenly and surprisingly on his eleventh birthday: Harry discovers that he is a wizard, and is whisked off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers a strange and wonderful world of magic and wizardry, the world where he truly belongs. Harry realises that he is no ordinary wizard, but the only one who can withstand and defeat Voldemort, the most powerful - and evil - wizard of them all. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third of the seven Harry Potter books. This book focuses mainly on the supposed crazed murderer Sirius Black who has just escaped the high security prison, Azkaban, and is rumored to be coming after Harry to kill him...Harry also finds out this 'murderer' has pretty close relationship with him and his parents! The last book, it is basically about the final battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Harry is looking for the horcruxes which are a part of Voldemort and destroy them so he can get weaker but little does he know that one of the horcruxes are actually... A local election in a small town named Pagford, whose steeple-spiked skyline against a blood red background illustrates the back cover. When one parish councillor dies unexpectedly, someone needs to take his place and Pagford’s finest begin plotting against one another. The elections reveal what a snobbish, narrow-minded and largely contemptible set grown-ups are. Simon Price is a wife-beater. Howard Mollison is grotesquely obese and treats people like they’re chess pieces. Gavin Hughes is a hypocrite. Mike Mollison is an overgrown baby. Using these adults, Rowling spends 500 pages describing the town’s petty politics and the uncharitable nature of a parish obsessed with appearance and class. " you think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him" said Dumbledore. This reading is significant because it shows that the book is not only about magic and imagination. This passage demonstrates true love that never fades even after the death of the person that one loves. This reading is also significant because it explains the purpose of Harry Potter and what he needs to do in order to save everyone from both the wizard and human world from Lord Voldemort and finally establish the peace that they are longing for. The meaning of this passage is it shows the love Snape has for Lily even after her death by protecting her son who is Harry Potter from harm. Also, his love is shown by the fact that he has the same patronus (reflects your personality, feelings, and thoughts) as Lily which is a doe, showing that he never forgot about her and still loves her. The other meaning to this passage is that for everyone to be saved, Harry must die since he has a part of Voldemort's soul within him. This passage shows two major themes that J.K. Rowling's books are about: Death and Love. This is my favourite passage because I believe it applies in reality. When one dies, they don't really leave you because they are in your memories and they will always be treasured in your heart. The ones who've died are constantly watching over you from above, or atleast that's what I believe. They are never truly gone if they exist in your memories which is a part of who you are. "What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children -- children's books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it."
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