2. She proved that all it takes is one good idea, and a lot of determination.
3. Which led her to become the first billionaire from writing books.
4. But she fell off Forbes’ Billionaire List thanks to all her charitable donations.
5. She keeps on giving, still.
Published in aid of Comic Relief in 2001, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through The Ages raised over £17 million. They have been republished since 2009, and every Bloomsbury copy sold generates a donation of £1.15 towards the charity.
6. She puts her heart and soul into writing.
The chapter plan for The Order of the Phoenix.
7. And she’s committed to the films, too.
At the start of filming the Harry Potter series, Rowling took Alan Rickman to one side and explained Snape’s entire back story - knowing the plot twist would help him inhabit the role.
8. Even after a series ends, she leaves her characters fleshed out.
Like in this list of wrapped up loose ends.
10. She values self-worth over everything else.
13. When asked which house she would be in, she replied:
14. She shares a birthday with Harry Potter - 31st July.
16. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself.
18. And she always takes care of her family.
Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, had an eating disorder as a young teen and found solace in Harry Potter. She wrote to JK Rowling. “I told her how I looked up to her. She wrote back and was like a counsellor. She told me anorexia is destructive, not creative, and the brave thing was not to succumb to it.”
Lynch explained, “I told her I’d love to be in the films and she encouraged that but said I’d need to be well to do so. In the end I think that’s why I recovered.”
19. She released a novel under a secret pseudonym, and nobody found out for three months.
20. Although when promoting The Casual Vacancy, she mentioned this.
Knowing that the manuscript for The Cuckoo Calling would be published in six months.