- Shocker right? Before being picked up by Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 publishing houses.
2. Rowling completed the first draft of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1996 on a manual typewriter.
3. The ideas for Harry Potter came to Rowling while waiting for a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. She even penned them down on a piece of napkin.
4. the Dementors, creature introduced in the third book were based on the experience the author went through when she was struggling, unemployed and suffering from clinical depression in her late 20s.
5. Rowling’s advance payment for her first Harry Potter book was only £1,500, and today, her net worth is around $1 billion, making her the richest author in the world.
6. When J.K. Rowling turned 45-years-old – which was the age her mother died from multiple sclerosis – the author donated £10 million to the University of Edinburgh to open the Anne Rowling Degenerative Neurology Clinic in honour of her mum.
7. J.K. Rowling says she no longer minds if people mispronounce her name. But just to be clear, her name rhymes with “bowling” not “howling”.
8. Yes, it’s true that Quidditch has become an actual sport sans the flying in the muggle world. There are teams at various universities and even a world cup tournament.
9. Her first adult fiction book was The Casual Vacancy
10. Rowling, for a brief time, taught English in Portugal. It was in Portugal’s second city that she spent much of her free time writing early drafts of the seven-volume global blockbuster that made her a literary legend.