Currently alive, at 53 years of age.
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1965 – Born on July 31st in Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, England. British author, creator of the popular and critically acclaimed Harry Potter series about a young sorcerer in training.
1986 – Graduated from the University of Exeter.
– Rowling began working for Amnesty International in London, where she started to write the Harry Potter adventures.
1990 – She traveled to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language, but after a brief marriage and the birth of her daughter, she returned to the United Kingdom, settling in Edinburgh.
1997 – Rowling’s first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (American title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), was an immediate success, appealing to both children (its intended audience) and adults.
– The book received numerous awards, including the British Book Award.
1998-2000 – Succeeding volumes—Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—also were best-sellers, available in more than 100 countries and some 25 languages.
2001 – The companion books Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published, with proceeds going to charity.
– Rowling was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in March.