J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels, published between 1997 and 2007. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 500 million copies worldwide, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films.
She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos) as well as a screenplay inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which marked the start of a five-film series to be written by the author. The second film, Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald, will have its theatrical release in November 2018, and be accompanied by the publication of the original screenplay.
She has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which opened in London’s West End in the summer of 2016 and on Broadway in April 2018.
In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy news, features and articles, as well as original content from J.K. Rowling.
Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and have since been adapted for a major new television series for BBC1, produced by Brontë Film and Television.
J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.
As well as receiving an OBE for services to children’s literature and Companion of Honour, she has received many awards and honours, including France’s Legion d’Honneur and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. J.K. Rowling supports a number of causes through her charitable trust, Volant. She is also the founder and president of the children’s charity Lumos, which works to end the institutionalisation of children globally and ensure all children grow up in a safe and caring environment.