J.K. Rowling: The story behind the success of Wizard Fantasy
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only remembered to turn on the light”- J.K. Rowling.
J.K. Rowling the author behind the fame of Harry Potter. The book that made the whole world speculate in the fantasy of the wizarding world, a book that seized the most of the awards and the book that is still at the heart of the children. The success of this book was well known by all of us but the story of the author behind this idea is the most untalked matter. Life of a shattered yet amazing writer J.K Rowling.
An ordinary girl with the power and with a gifted art of writing was born on the 31st of July 1965 to the Rowling family. The first daughter to an aircraft engineer and science technician. Joanne Kathleen Rowling who is now known as J.K. Rowling was fantasized by books and literature.
At a very tender age, her love for books grew to its apex and also her skill of writing. Being a child Jo always wrote down her fantasy in the form of stories that were read out for her little sister Dianne. Jo being a teenager was mesmerized by the autobiography of Jessica Mitford’s who turned to be her first inspiration.
Anne Rowling’s mother to Jo was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which left the teenage little girls to be filled with sadness. Jo’s relationship with her father was weakened which added more to her grief. As a child, Jo attended St. Michael’s Primary school and wanted to go to Oxford University for her further studies for which she even gave an entrance exam but was not accepted.
Jo was married to Jorge Aranets from whom she had her daughter Jessica Rowling Arantes.
Her marriage life fell aloof when the couple was separated on 17 November 1933. J. K. Rowling suffered physical violence and abuse at the hands of her husband for which he didn’t even feel sorry.
All these left J.K Rowling felt miserable which was asserted to be diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. She saw herself as a failure, with a failed marriage, a broken self, and a jobless woman with a child to be taken care of.
She was left in dismay more when her ex-husband walked in again seeking for both herself and her daughter. However, standing up strong she filed a restraining order with a divorce to end the matter forever.
J.K. Rowling had started writing Harry Potter long before she was married. While she was writing the first part of the book her mother died in December 1990 which heavily affected her.
The grief of losing her mother was reflected and inspired her about the character of Harry Potter a child without parents. In 1955, Rowling was all set to publish her first book of the famous series Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The first part of the book was typed on a regular typewriter and was send to 11 publishing houses all of whom rejected the book. The time of fortune arrived when an editor Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury a publishing house of London decided to publish the book.
Daughter of the editor Alice Newton was given the first chapter of the book to read which made her demand more. Along with publishing the book, Barry advised Rowling to find a day job as the chances of a children’s books to earn much was not very high.
But the life of the author whirled its pages after the release of the book. In 1997 Rowling was provided with £8,000 from the Scottish Art Council to continue the writing of the book. Later in June 1977 Bloomsbury Published the second part of the series “Philosopher’s Stone” with a run of 1,000 copies which within five months was awarded Nestle Smart Book prize.
Later an auction was held in the United States for the right of publishing the further parts of the novel which was once turned down by a lot of publishers. Scholastic Inc won the auction for 105,000 US dollars. The path of gaining awards and selling the books was then never stopped for Rowling.
The Courth book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire released in 2000 became the talk of the town as it broke the sales record simultaneously both in UK and US with 372,775 copies sold in a single day. In the US three million copies was sold out in the first 48 hours crushing down all the records of the world.
Later the release of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on 16 July 2005 yet again smashed all the records by selling 9 million copies within the 24 hours of release. Again, on 21st July 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set the record of the fastest-selling novel at the time.
The book that was once rejected is now known as a global brand with an estimate of 15 billion US dollars. Harry Potter and all its series were translated into 65 languages and became the heart of the people. This book held the power of making Joanne Kathleen Rowling into the famous and the most loved writer J.K. Rowling.