AuthorJoanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She studied at Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh after living in Portugal for a few years.As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.J.K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.ReviewIt is funny how details change so much when they make books into movies. Though the big lines are the same as what was in my head the book had new fresh surprises I forgot over the years. Obviously there are images in your head you have after watching the movie several times and they did pop up while reading the book. On the other hand I found the book less intense than the movie. Still I loved reading the book again after so many years. As you are familiar with the characters it is easy to crawl into the story and go along. I like how the book is not focised on the ending but having enough important things during the story that build up in significance when the book is coming to the end. Still I would have loved to have more details and things happening, a bit more excitiment. For introduction to young children the book is perfect though.