As we wish J. K. Rowling a very happy 50th birthday today, we finish our series celebrating the renowned author with some facts you may not know about her.
She wrote her first story when she was six
The story about a rabbit called ‘Rabbit’ was, according to J. K. Rowling, “a work of towering genius… I gave it to my mother who said, ‘That’s lovely,’ as a mother would. ‘That’s very, very good.’ I stood there, thinking, ‘Well, get it published then.’ Bit of an odd thing for a child of six to think. I don’t know where it came from…”
She said ‘no’ to Michael Jackson
The king of pop wanted to make Harry Potter the Musical but J. K. Rowling wasn’t keen. She told Oprah Winfrey she was reluctant to expand the Harry Potter empire further.
She based Hagrid on a Hell’s Angel biker
Robbie Coltrane, J. K. Rowling’s first and only choice for the role of Hagrid, has said that his character was “based on a Hell’s Angel she knew in the West Country. …He was just huge and terrifying. And then he would sit down and talk about his garden and how his petunias had been very bad that year.”
She was going to appear in an episode of Doctor Who
Doctor Who’s head writer, Russell T. Davies, first wanted J. K. Rowling to write an episode, but when she declined he came up with the idea of her starring in it instead. However, David Tennant thought a Harry Potter universe would be “too spoofy” and keeping the then Doctor Who happy was more important.
She writes great crime fiction under a pseudonym
A lover of detective fiction, J. K. Rowling wanted to try writing a contemporary whodunit while longing to work without expectation or hype. Robert Galbraith’s third book, ‘Career of Evil’, is out in October.
She now thinks Hermoine and Harry should have ended up together
In an interview with Emma Watson, J. K. Rowling admitted Hermoine and Ron’s relationship was a mistake. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
She wrote a song for Nearly Headless Nick that didn’t make the final edit
‘The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick’ appeared in the first draft of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and supposedly while she agreed it was “superfluous to requirements” it was difficult for J. K. Rowling to cut it.
Do you know any other interesting facts about J. K. Rowling?