The story came to her on a delayed train ride between London and Manchester: a boy wizard who didn't know he was a wizard goes to wizarding school. Following years of thorough story storming and planning, JK Rowling wrote out the story of Harry Potter. Her first of seven books for the series was rejected by dozens of publishers. Once U.K. publishing house Bloomsbury picked up her story for print, and U.S. publishing house Scholastic followed suit a year later, the boy we've come to know as 'The Chosen One' made publishing and film franchise history.
“I sat and thought for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”
July 31st is not only the birthday of Harry Potter, but also the birth of the author, JK Rowling, whom without we would not have Harry and the wizarding world we'd come to love - Hogwarts, The Grangers, The Weasleys, the Hogwarts professors, Butterbeer, and the darker side of magic - Voldemort, the horcruxes, and deatheaters.
Rowling's imagination is what has made our journey with Harry Potter some of the profound memories and experiences of our childhood and adult lives as readers. Her creativity let our imaginations sour and come alive between the pages where Harry Lived, and on-screen where Warner Bros. transformed her world in movie form.
Whether we go back to Hogwarts by page or by screen, where we'll surely be welcomed, we have one astounding woman to thank and celebrate - J.K. Rowling!
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Happy Birthday JK Rowling!