Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 at Yate General Hospital near Bristol, and grew up in Gloucestershire in England and in Chepstow, Gwent, in south-east Wales.

Her father, Peter, was an aircraft engineer at the Rolls Royce factory in Bristol and her mother, Anne, was a science technician in the Chemistry department at Wyedean Comprehensive, where Jo herself went to school. Anne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Jo was a teenager and died in 1990, before the Harry Potter books were published. Jo also has a younger sister, Di.

✦ Harry Potter Manuscript was Rejected 12 Times.

✦ JK Rowling went from being unemployed to becoming a multi-millionaire in five years.

✦ In 2013 she released a crime novel under the pen name “Robert Galbraith.”