Author of Harry Potter series the real source of magic
Kay Dee Johansen
Harry Potter may be the wizard-in-training, but it's his creator J. K. Rowling, who is generating all of the magic. Since the publication of her first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rowling has not only inspired children to read again but their parents as well. She has sold an estimated 30 million copies of her books world wide, and was named author of the year at the British Book Awards in London.
Rowling was a struggling single mother when she first came up with the idea for her popular book series.
"I was travelling on a train between Manchester and London and it just popped into my head," she said.
What "popped" into her head is the funny and intelligent Harry Potter, an eleven-year-old orphan who is living with his cruel aunt and uncle in the "muggle" world, when he finds out he is a wizard.
With great excitement Harry attends "Hogwart's school of Witchcraft and Wizardy," and discovers there is a lot he didn't know about himself, including how his parents died and why he has a thunderbolt scar on his forehead.
Rowling's fourth book in the series, entitled Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament, will hit bookstores in July. According to Marilyn Dahl, senior buyer for Amazon, "the still-to-be-published book shot up to No. 1 faster than any other book we've had on pre-sales."
There is also going to be a Harry Potter movie. Warner Bros. Pictures
will start filming an adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone this summer. It will be directed by Chris Columbus, who also
directed Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire.