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Creator: J. K. Rowling
"Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."

Joanne ("J.K.") Rowling, born in 1965, is one of the richest and most influential women alive today (she holds the distinction of being the first novelist to become a billionaire in US dollars solely through writing), and is the author of the Harry Potter heptalogy. Her published works so far include:

Outside of the Harry Potter story arc, but set in the same universe, she wrote three books for which all proceeds are donated to charity:

Rowling's biography is quite famous — the Potter-related details of it, at least. The first idea for Harry Potter "fell into her head" as she was riding on a train, and the idea seized her — but she had nothing to write on and was too shy to ask a stranger to loan some paper. However, early into the writing process on Philosopher's Stone, Rowling's mother passed away, which "changed her world and Harry's forever", intensifying Harry's feelings of being orphaned. Further intensifying Harry's loneliness is the fact that Rowling was very poor when she began writing — she and her baby girl lived on food stamps, at a time of high government cuts. The image of Rowling writing in a cafe with her baby at her side is one born of necessity — her apartment had no heating, but the cafe did.

After that, history took its course. Harry Potter is one of the biggest brands in existence today; in an age of The Internet, Video Games and mass Television saturation, Harry made reading cool again. This may be Jo Rowling's most important contribution of all.

Rowling has a very distinctive Signature Style (though apparently she's also good at hiding it). If you're reading one of her books, expect a story set Twenty Minutes into the Past with an Intro-Only Point of View, a Plot Triggering Death, Loads and Loads of Characters with Meaningful Names (just don't get too attached to them), Said Bookisms, plenty of lampshaded Narm, and plenty of Foreshadowing for her overstuffed Chekhov's Armory.

Her next novel was The Casual Vacancy, released on 27 September 2012. It is not a Harry Potter book and was marketed as her "first novel for adults." After mixed reviews, Rowling followed up with the hardboiled crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, with the added twist that she used a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, and managed to stay under the radar for four months until she was outed.

On Septermber 12, 2013 Warner Bros. announced they will produce a new series of Harry Potter Spin-Off films based on Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with the book's fictional author Newt Scamander as the protagonist. It will take place in the same world as Harry Potter but set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Rowling has agreed to write the screenplay for the first film.

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alternative title(s): Robert Galbraith
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