“I have not forgotten the feeling of worrying if you will have enough money to pay the bills. “Not having to think about it anymore is the greatest luxury in the world,” she says.
The fifth book in the Harry Potter series is being released worldwide in English Τζ. K. Rowlingentitled “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”.
The Harry Potter “industry” will turn Rowling into the world’s highest paid writer and make the woman who once was “as poor as anyone in modern Britain without being homeless” a billionaire.
The first Harry Potter book was published in the UK in 1997 and reached the US market the following year. Children and adults alike were fascinated by the story of Harry and his friends, Ron Wesley and Hermione Granger, as well as their adventures at the Hogwarts School of Magic.
Rowling, born in England in 1965, came up with the idea for Harry Potter in 1990, on a train journey from Manchester to London.
That night he began writing the first book, which he finished while living in Edinburgh, Scotland. A single mother, she struggled to make ends meet and struggled with depression.
After a failed marriage that lasted only 13 months, alone with a baby, without a job and without a job, Rowling admits that she even considered suicide. She survived mainly on bonuses and spent her days in a cafe, writing Harry Potter as her daughter, Jessica, slept next to her in a stroller.
When she completed the book, her manuscript was initially rejected by several publishers before she was contracted out by Bloomsbury Publishing in August 1996.
The publishing house asked her to change her name from Joan Rowling to J. K. Rowling, adding “K” from her grandmother’s name, as this would “hide” the fact that she is a woman. Books by female authors are less appealing to the target audience, ie young boys, was the rationale.
Rowling wrote a total of seven Harry Potter books, all of which became bestsellers worldwide, selling more than 500 million copies. They have been translated into 70 languages.
From the books emerged a series of movies, video games and merchandise of all kinds, which made Rowling one of the richest women in the entertainment industry. Her fortune is estimated at $ 1 billion, as Rowling is the richest writer who ever lived and one of the few self-made women billionaires.
The best thing she has gained from her wealth, she says, is that she no longer has to worry.
“I have not forgotten the feeling of worrying if you will have enough money to pay the bills. “Not having to think about it anymore is the greatest luxury in the world.”