J.K Rowling, founder of the Harry Potter series. This series has earned over $400 million dollars in book sales, but getting there was a long and difficult road for the author herself. Her experiences with grief, failed relationships and unemployment only inspired her to keep going after the thing she wanted most in life that to be a “writer”. On 31 July, the whole world will be celebrating Harry and Jo’s Birthday. So I’m writing this blog as a tribute to this wonderful lady who has definitely changed lives of many people including mine! I hope she inspires you all too.
After conceiving the idea for the series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. She was immediately pulled away from her work by the devastating death of her mother. Her death heavily affected her writing and she channeled her own feelings of loss in greater details. Soon, she ended with a failed marriage too and a baby daughter she now had to raise alone. She came back to nothing. She had no job, no finished product and two mouths to feed. As she struggled with depression, raising a child on her own she resumed work on her book in cafes while her daughter was asleep. J.K Rowling went from being a jobless single mother to one of the best selling authors of all the time. But it didn’t happen over night. She faced rejection and constantly strived for success. She was the first female to become a billionaire author!
If you have a dream or any passion and you keep getting rejected or running into failure, don’t let that stop you. If you’re going through a tough time in your life, but working on something you really believe in, don’t give up. If you do you’ll never know what could have been, who knows you might end up breaking records.
J.K Rowling once said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all-in which case you fail by default”. Rowling didn’t stay on Forbes list of the billionaire for long due to her generous nature. She has been actively supporting a wide variety of causes. She even co-founded Lumos, a children’s organization devoted to making sure children in institutions are able to have a real family life. In 2011, she launched the website ”Pottermore” and in 2016 she brought ”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”-this time to the London stage.
“No stories lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love the most do live in us forever so whether you come by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
J.K Rowling is truly an inspiration. A hero is someone who not only succeeds in his or her own life but who also uses that success to help others. People like her have the ability to change the world. This woman has done so many great things with her fame. She inspires children and adults and reminds them that reading and imagination are Gifts! Happy Birthday, Jo! The woman who made my childhood so magical and now my adulthood too. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to stick with Harry, ‘until the very end’.