J.K. Rowling is famous for introducing the world to a boy wizard in 1997 through today in England. The “boy who lived” first sparked to life in the imagination of J.K. Rowling when she was riding a train from Manchester to London in 1990. Rowling’s own mother was dying of an illness at the time, which influenced her tale of an orphaned boy and the villainous Voldemort’s quest to conquer death. Low on money and raising her daughter alone, Rowling released her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.) seven years later, followed by six sequels. Her creation spawned blockbuster movies and even a theme park. She’s now one of the England’s wealthiest people and possibly the most famous English author since William Shakespeare.


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