With the release of the last book about Harry Potter we got to know the end of the remarkable fairy tale. But not so many people know how it actually began…
The idea to write a story about a young wizard Harry came to in the train ‘Manchester-London’. She was going to the capital, where she worked as a secretary in the ‘Amnesty International ‘. It was boring and crowded there, when suddenly an image of a thin dark-haired boy with glasses appeared in her head. All her way there she amused herself by adding new details to the appearance of her new character. That was the beginning of a long story. Then Joanne moved to Portugal to work as a teacher of English, where she got married and gave birth to her daughter. Later the writer confessed that she wanted to let her child read something exciting about magic. As we see she managed to implement it.
In Portugal she worked in the day time, and wrote after. Soon our character got his own history, friends, enemies and a magic world around. Many of Rowling’s characters were copied from her friends or just familiar people, and sometimes she took some features from herself. For example, a nerdy Hermione Granger is very similar to Joanne when she was 11, and Professor Snape looked like one of Rowling’s school teachers.
Original names for the characters and objects around were looked up in the books about plants and medieval saints, Joanne rummaged in the maps and dictionaries of different languages, she even walked around the monuments to the victims of war. For example, Severus Snape was named by a small English village. But some names came into her mind when she was thinking about her old friends. Rowling said, Harry got his family name when after her playfellow – John Potter.
It should be pointed out that the first book was created not in the most pleasant conditions. She had a hard time after her divorce, didn’t have that much money and was alone with her little daughter. But almost every evening Rowling visited the nearest cafe, where she created her novel chapter by chapter with the cup of hot tea. By the way, now one can see a memorial plaque with the words: “JK Rowling wrote the first few chapters of ‘Harry Potter’ on the second floor of this building.” The current owner of the bar is going to arrange a museum there.
So, nine publishers rejected her first book, calling it “a sentimental tale from a housewives.” And only the last one, “Bloomsbury” decided that the book was worth while publishing. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was released in June 1997 and became a sensation: a novel was recognized the best children’s book of the year in Great Britain. The book started its travel all around the world. Later Joanne wrote 6 more book about Harry Potter and four more books reated to that magic Potter’s world (‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘Quidditch Through the Ages ‘, The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ and ‘Harry Potter Prequel’). Her books have been translated into 67 languages, even into Latin and Greek.
For now Rowling is the richest writer in the world. She’s busy with her first novel for grown-ups, called ‘The Casual Vacancy’. Good luck with it, Joanne!