Harry Potter – The new ugly duckling.
Everyone has heard of J.K. Rowling’s books about Harry Potter, who has gone their triumph over the world. The books have achieved a total sale exceeding 35 million copies in more than 35 languages, is very thick, but they are swallowed by children and adolescents who can’t get enough.
Everyone knows the story of the little sorcerer who must go through much evil in the human world to find happiness at Hogwarts School for wizards. Hogwarts is in a parallel world which is populated with strange creatures and it offers a lot of exiting adventures. In this world, Harry leads the fight against the mean Lord Voltemort with his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley which is the name of his best friends. Lord Voltemort, who fights for the power in the wizard world, exposes Harry for ...view middle of the document...
She was born in 1965 as the daughter of a Scottish French mother and an English father. By all accounts the met each other at King Cross Station, which is the starting station for the train that sends wizard students from the Muggler world to Hogwarts. Joanne had a safe childhood but by the age of 15 her mother was diagnosed with sclerosis, which had an impact on her later on. She had among other things depression.
In 1987, she successfully graduated from the University of Exeter, located in southwestern England. She had studied French and classical litterateur. She moved to London and worked for a short period of time at Amnesty International. She didn’t have a lot of money, so when she got the idea to Harry Potter in 1990, she couldn’t afford a computer or a typewriter. She had to keep her ideas in the head. 1990 were also the year she lost her mother.
The year after Joanne moved to Portugal to teach in English. It was here the great ideas for the first Harry Potter book began whose first chapters she rewrote 10 times. She married a Portuguese man whom she met at one of the English course. She had a child, Jessica, who she took with her to Great Britain, when she got a divorce in 1993. The Harry Potter book half-filled the suitcase when she moved home.
Joanne moved to Edinburgh in Scotland were her sister, Dianne, lived. Joanne read the stories loud for her sister, who loved them. Meanwhile Joanne lived in a one-roomed apartment and she couldn’t afford to have her daughter taken care of. She was often unemployed so she had to write on small pads of cafes while her daughter slept in her stroller. She couldn’t afford to copy the finished book, so she wrote them in twice on an old typewriter. Then she went to the library and found a list of agents, of whom she selected two which she sent the manuscripts to. Afterwards her happiness was made and Harry Potter, as we know him, became a part of our consciousness.