J.K. Rowling

"We do not need magic to transform our world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already, we have the power to imagine better"

©Joanne K. Rowling
©Joanne K. Rowling


Date of birth
31 juli 1965

Yate, England


At just 28 years old, Joanne Rowling left her short and tumultuous marriage. She had to raise her daughter by herself while being diagnosed with severe depression.
She was a single mother living off welfare who at one point considered taking her own life.
Instead, she directed all her energy towards finishing the story she was carrying with her. A story she began writing in 1990 while being stuck on a delayed train for 4 hours.
The stories of Harry Potter had a rocky start at first but were soon picked up and became very popular.
Jo went from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within 5 years.
Years later, the world of Harry Potter has brought about movies, theater plays, theme parks and much more.

I believe that Harry Potter had such an impact on so many people because the stories were relatable. Jo put personal parts of herself in the stories. For example; the dementors symbolized her depression, as both would suck all the life force out of you. And even though it were children's books, she wasn't scared off by subjects like death. As it´s reality to many. The readers were offered an alternate world to live in, where they could connect with her, but also with themselves.

To writers: read and study other writers as much as you can. Make mistakes and imitate your favorite writers, and eventually, you will find your own style.
Try to not fear failure, instead use it to improve.
The road to becoming a successful writer is filled with setbacks, but if you persevere, you can get through anything.

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Disclaimer: I am aware of the commotion surrounding certain statements that J.K. Rowling has made in the past. It does not take away from the fact that she could be a mentor to someone in need of her story.

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