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Author - J K Rowling

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire in 1965. She went to Exeter University before becoming a researcher for Amnesty International based in London. Around this time she began working on the Harry Potter series.

After a move to Portugal and a failed marriage, Rowling returned to the UK and lived in Edinburgh. It was then that her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997. Six more followed in the next ten years making Rowling the most successful children’s author of our time, with approximately 400 million copies of her work sold. In 2012 her first book for adults was published, The Casual Vacancy, and in subsequent years more have followed under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

She is possibly the most farmous author today, but how much do YOU know about J K Rowling? Find out in this quiz!

  1. In the Harry Potter series, what is Hagrid's first name?
    Hagrid was played by the Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane in all eight of the Harry Potter films
  2. After Richard Harris died in 2002, who took over the part of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films?
    Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  3. In 1990 J K Rowling's mother died after a 10-year battle with which illness?
    Joanne helped to fund the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in her mother's memory
  4. In the Harry Potter series, how many players are there in a Quidditch team?
    One Keeper, two Beaters, three Chasers and one Seeker
  5. The Hogwarts Express, in the Harry Potter series, leaves from which London station?
    It leaves from platform nine and three quarters
  6. What is the title of the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series - Harry Potter and...?
    It tells the story of the final confrontation between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort
  7. How was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone retitled for release in the USA - Harry Potter and ...?
    It was thought that an American audience would think the book was about philosophers rather than wizards with its original title!
  8. In which English county was J K Rowling born?
    She was born in Yate, 12 miles northeast of Bristol
  9. What does the K stand for in J K Rowling?
    Joanne has no middle name. Kathleen was her paternal grandmother’s name and was added at her publisher’s request who thought that initials, rather than a feminine name, would be more appealing to Harry Potter's target audience of young boys
  10. Who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films based on J K Rowling's books?
    Rupert appeared in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe as Harry and Emma Watson as Hermione

 

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