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The Life and Obstacles of J.K. Rowling

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Callie Jones

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of The Life and Obstacles of J.K. Rowling

Born on July 31, 1965, in Chipping Sodbury, England
Moved around a lot as a kid, started in Winterbourne, England then moved to Yate where she met her two best friends Vikki and Ian Potter who became the inspiration for Harry Potter's last name
She always loved reading in school, but did not enjoy participating in sports
Her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and died in December of 1990
J.K. Rowling moved to Portugal and married Jorge Arantes in 1992 and had a daughter with him
Divorced in 1993 and moved back to England as a single mom
In 1996, a publisher agreed to print her first book,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
and paid 1,500 Euros upfront
Single Parenthood
After the divorce of her first marriage with Jorge Arantes, J.K. Rowling moved from Portugal back to England
Single mother of Jessica Arantes
Moved to be by sister Dianne for support
Struggled with finances with her low income
Diagnosed with clinical depression and even contemplated suicide
Started to write down ideas for Harry Potter and sold her first book in hopes of helping financially
Found overnight success with the selling of
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Saved herself and was able to find outstanding success
J.K. Rowling's Greatest Efforts
J.K. Rowling has had phenomenal success and chooses to use that for the benefit of others struggling
She is the president of the charity, One Parent Families, now known as Gingerbread
Donates to several charities created to help those going through similar obstacles that J.K. Rowling faced
Her writing career has had overwhelming success, but her charitable efforts have been her greatest feat
By donating 10 million Euros, the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic was founded
Dealing With Death
J.K. Rowling's mother had multiple sclerosis for 12 years
Died on December 1990
Took a hard toll on her life and her father's and sister's lives
She gave a donation of 10 million Euros to form the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
Her mother's death was inspiration for writing about the death of Harry Potter's parents in her books
She has found closure with her mother's death, but she still regrets that her mother never got to know Harry Potter
by Callie Jones
The Life and Obstacles of J.K. Rowling
Over 400 million copies of Harry Potter have been sold worldwide placing J.K. Rowling on the Forbes Billionaires List.
Because J.K. Rowling has donated an estimated amount of $160 million dollars to charity, she is no longer officially a billionaire. It never concerned her and she is happier being beyond generous and using her wealth to help those less fortunate.
J.K. Rowling's Generosity
In Conclusion
J.K. Rowling had several obstacles in her earlier life
Was not until selling her first book that things picked up
She has managed to use her success to help others less fortunate through charity
Overcoming these obstacles helped her change the world through her work
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