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  JK Rowling fact file
Updated 27 April 2003, 11.15

Just in case you have forgotten - unlikely! - all the facts about JK Rowling, her career and the books, here is a handy reminder.

  • JK Rowling wrote her first story at the age of six it was about a rabbit who gets the measles.

  • She was head girl at Wyedean Comprehensive in Tutshill, Gloucestershire, where she would tell stories to mates at lunchtime.

  • In 1987, she graduated from the University of Exeter, where she studied French and Classics.

  • JK has worked as a research assistant for Amnesty International, a secretary, and a French teacher.

  • In March she gave birth to her second child, a boy called David Gordon Rowling Murray.

    JK signs a copy of her book
    JK signs a copy of her book

  • She already has a daughter, Jessica.

  • JK married Dr Neil Murray at a secret Boxing Day ceremony in 2001 at their home in Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, published in June 1997, won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal for nine to 11 year olds and was named the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year.

  • When the Prisoner of Azkaban was released in September 1999, The Philosopher's Stone and COS took the first, second, and third spots on the New York Times Best-seller List.

  • The Goblet of Fire became the fastest-selling book in history on the first weekend of it was out in July 2000.

  • The Order of The Phoenix, will be published around the world on June 21.

  • The Harry Potter films have so far made more than 1 billion worldwide.

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