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'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' nabs 'Harry Potter' director

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' nabs 'Harry Potter' director

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) --"Harry Potter" director David Yates is in talks to helm "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," author J.K. Rowling's "extension of the wizarding world."
Annie Martin
J.K. Rowling releases new story set in 'Harry Potter' universe

J.K. Rowling releases new story set in 'Harry Potter' universe

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) --J.K. Rowling posted a new, biographical short story about "Harry Potter" singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck on the Pottermore website Monday.
Annie Martin
Lindsay Lohan to address past lovers, drug use in autobiography

Lindsay Lohan to address past lovers, drug use in autobiography

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been meeting with several publishing houses in London to finalize a deal for her upcoming tell-all book.
Veronica Linares
Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

Harry Potter kills Voldemort, solves racism

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) --New research suggests those who read Harry Potter books and identify with Harry are more likely to empathize with immigrants, homosexuals and refugees.
Brooks Hays
UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Scottish expatriates seek referendum vote

Scottish expatriates seek referendum vote

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 28 (UPI) --Voters in Scotland will participate in an independence referendum in September, and some expatriates are angered they are ineligible to vote.
Ed Adamczyk
J.K. Rowling has at least six more Cormoran Strike novels planned

J.K. Rowling has at least six more Cormoran Strike novels planned

HARROGATE, England, July 22 (UPI) --J.K. Rowling says her Cormoran Strike crime novels will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books.
Annie Martin
Daniel Radcliffe not ready to reprise Harry Potter role as J.K. Rowling releases new story

Daniel Radcliffe not ready to reprise Harry Potter role as J.K. Rowling releases new story

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) --Daniel Radcliffe says he's too young to play a grown-up version of Harry Potter for an adaptation of J.K. Rowling's new story.
Kate Stanton
J.K. Rowling pens short story about grown up Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling pens short story about grown up Harry Potter

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) --J.K. Rowling has written a new short story about the adventures of a grown up Harry Potter.
Veronica Linares
Scottish group supporting unity with U.K. gets donation from Rowling

Scottish group supporting unity with U.K. gets donation from Rowling

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 11 (UPI) --Author J.K. Rowling gave a $1.67 million donation to a group supporting Scotland's retention of its position in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
Ed Adamczyk
Stephen Colbert enters Amazon-Hachette battle

Stephen Colbert enters Amazon-Hachette battle

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) --Comedian Stephen Colbert, an author with Hachette, spent a segment on his show Wednesday night discussing the controversy surrounding Amazon and the publisher.
Ananth Baliga
'Fantastic Beasts' movie gets a release date

'Fantastic Beasts' movie gets a release date

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) --"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a "Harry Potter" spinoff movie, is to open in theaters Nov. 18, 2016, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.
Karen Butler
J.K. Rowling to produce 'The Casual Vacancy' miniseries for HBO

J.K. Rowling to produce 'The Casual Vacancy' miniseries for HBO

LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- J.K. Rowling plans to produce an HBO miniseries adaptation of her novel, "The Casual Vacancy."
Annie Martin
J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' to be movie trilogy

J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' to be movie trilogy

March 30 (UPI) -- "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" to be made into a movie trilogy written by J.K. Rowling.
Danielle Haynes
J.K. Rowling releases new 'Harry Potter' story online

J.K. Rowling releases new 'Harry Potter' story online

March 14 (UPI) -- J.K. Rowling returns to the Harry Potter universe in a new story released on her website Friday.
Annie Martin
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British author JK Rowling attends the World premiere of "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" at the Odeon and Empire Cinemas at Leicester Square in London on July 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE (born 31 July 1965), better known as J. K. Rowling ( /ˈroʊlɪŋ/ roh-ling), is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies and been the basis for a popular series of films, in which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment.

Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. As of March 2011, when its latest world billionaires list was published, Forbes estimated Rowling's net worth to be US$1 billion. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007, and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named 'Most Influential Woman in Britain' by leading magazine editors. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group).

Although she writes under the pen name "J. K. Rowling", pronounced like rolling (/ˈroʊlɪŋ/), her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply "Joanne Rowling". Fearing that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself "Jo" and has said, "No one ever called me 'Joanne' when I was young, unless they were angry." Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business.

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