52 Things We Love About J.K. Rowling
Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling
We’ve assembled a list of the 52 things we appreciate most about J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter and the reigning literary queen of Twitter.
1. She does not suffer bullies.
2. She’s funny.
4. She gives huge donations to charity.
So much that it knocked her off Forbes‘ billionaires list.
5. She touts great social causes on social media.
6. Her Easter egg-loaded website is amazing.
Laid out like the Marauder’s Map, JKRowling.com features a timeline of Rowling’s projects as well as personal background.
7. She’s kind to her fans.
Rowling always seems ready to answer their questions, no matter how random or specific.
8. She’s still apologizing for the series’ most tragic moments.
We miss you, Snape. Always.
9. She comes up with the best character names ever.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, anyone?
10. She stood up to publishers and retained her own ebook rights.
Her choice to self-publish the Harry Potter ebooks forces retailers to forgo their commission when fulfilling sales of the ebooks.
11. She has a weakness for photos of pets dressed up as Harry Potter characters.
12. She took all the young actors from the movies under her wing.
If you have 50 minutes to spare, this conversation between Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe is definitely worth a watch.
13. She cares about children in need.
In 2004, she founded the organization Lumos, to help children who have been unfairly institutionalized get better care.
14. She and Harry share a birthday.
Harry, for his part, would be 37 today.
15. She did her research when coming up with the names of spells.
They're not just nonsense. Rowling looked at alchemy and the history of languages to craft her magic words.
16. She did the same thing when figuring out how wands would work and studied the lore behind different woods.
Harry's holly and phoenix feather wand wasn't random!
17. She supports Hufflepuffs.
Hufflepuff haters, sit down. She's even said on Pottermore that in many ways, it's her favorite House.
19. She invented Quidditch and supports the Muggle version of the sport!
Learn how to play here.
20. She’s a great artist.
21. She finished the first Harry Potter on a manual typewriter.
22. She pushed for all the film actors to be British.
So the movies' perfect casts were all Brits.
23. She writes under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, and sometimes tweets at him.
24. She’s invited die-hard fans to her house.
Even better than a visit to the Burrow!
26. She wrote the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The script was then published for fans to read.
27. She proved anyone can take control of their life.
At one time, Rowling has said, she was “literally as poor as you can get in Britain without being homeless.” Thanks to work ethic and imagination, she went on to become a celebrated author.
28. She wrote much of the first Harry Potter while sitting in coffee shops, on the backs of napkins.
Probably while she sipped a warm Butterbeer.
29. Though she didn’t write the script for The Cursed Child, she considers it part of the Harry Potter canon.
30. She’s completely mastered Twitter.
For someone who very rarely makes public appearances, she makes herself accessible to her followers.
31. She built a circular stone "Hagrid Hut" on the grounds of her Scottish estate.
Presumably she eats tea and rock cakes in the real-life version of Hagrid's on-campus digs.
32. After the final Harry Potter book was finished, she created six hand-written, hand-illustrated copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
She gave them to the people most closely involved in the series. (A seventh handmade copy was auctioned for charity.)
33. Books within the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, were actually both published.
Proceeds from the books' sales went to Comic Relief; they raised millions.
34. She hasn't read Fifty Shades of Grey.
"Just think how many books I could have sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand," she said once.
35. She’s not-so-secretly addicted to reading whodunits.
And she's written some, too!
36. She once gave the best commencement speech we’ve ever heard.
37. She says that she’d want to be sorted into Gryffindor...
...and admitted that she might have specifically answered Pottermore questions so she’d be sorted that way.
38. She said in a parallel universe, she’s Zayn Malik.
She really did!
39. She plays Minecraft...
...with monsters on.