J. K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series and several crime fiction novels, celebrates her birthday July 31st. A real-life “rags to riches” story, Forbes ranked her as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity in 2007. Take a look with us as we explore ten facts you might not know about the beloved author.
1. There’s More Harry Potter Material On the Way
In 2007, Rowling announced that she plans to make an encyclopedia, compiled from various notes and writings, on the world of Harry Potter. She plans to donate the proceeds to charity, and Rowling said the project could take ten years to complete.
2. She’s Generous
Rowling has donated ten million pounds to a research clinic at the University of Edinburgh. Named the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, its memorializes Rowling’s mother, who passed away after fighting multiple sclerosis.