Ever heard of J.K. Rowling, the billionaire author of the much-loved Harry Potter novel?
Before getting the ultimate fame, what struggle did she went through? Not everyone knows about it. Her success story is nothing less than a fairy tale. Let’s read about the pain, misery and struggle she went through and hear her rags to riches story.
The journey began from Manchester to London when Joanne Rowling started getting Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger in mind. She started getting vision of a young, anonymous boy, and never new the whole world would fall in love with her vision. She continued living in her fantasy world, imagining he world of witches and wizards, and the whole cast of characters started getting a shape.
She had no idea by that time that these characters would take her imagination to the next level and create a magical story that would take her to heights of success. So, she gathered up all her thoughts and published the very first novel of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” This started her journey towards fame and soon she started getting what she had always desired. Before beginning her first novel, she always considered herself nothing more than a failure. She linked all the bad incidents that happened in her novel. The story started gradually in her mind when she was living with her mother and at the age of 25, she lost her mother. Her death shattered her completely.
The Series of Bad Incidents
After 6 months of her starting of the novel, her mother passed away and she regretted her mother never knew that she was writing it. She linked this natural phenomenon to her novel and her character Harry Potter had to suffer the death of his parents too. The situation became even more tense for her when she thought she was a failure and got divorced, leading to her suicide attempt. She wanted a change in her life and in seek of that, she moved to Portugal and started teaching English language. In 1992, she married a journalist named Jorge Arantes, from Portugal.
She gave birth to a daughter, Jessica. This marriage also didn’t work for her and soon came to an end, resulting in getting moved to Edinburgh and the very first 3 chapters of Harry Potter. Situation even became miserable for her as she was the single parent of a newborn baby, with no permanent work, living in a cramped apartment. She went into severe depression and admitted that she even tried suicide. Still, she didn’t give up on what she had always desired. This resulted in invention of evil and dark characters that fed upon happiness and were introduced in her third novel.
he absolutely loves writing, therefore, she spent much of her time writing in cafes only after her daughter had slept.
After her daughter had slept, she spent time in cafes writing her novel and to meet the both ends, she rented out her department and moved to welfare to use the money for her daughter’s needs. It took a time period of almost five years to complete her first book and she was so obsessed with her book that she portrayed the main characters and wrote down the name and magical powers every single student of Hogwarts. Then came the period of rejections and 12 best publishers turned down her book. She already knew that getting it published was not easy at all. Her book was interpreted as too lengthy and difficult to read. She was left with disappointment again and had no idea what to do next.
The Green Light
Finally, there came the green signal, and a publishing house in London named Bloomsbury published her book and for $4000, brought the rights of Harry Potter from the J. K. Rowling. Her book faced an instant hit and won the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the year. In 1998, a US publishing company named Scholastic Inc. brought its rights for $105,000 and the book became famous worldwide.
Its third and fourth edition broke all the records and transformed her life completely. Warner Brother purchased the rights to the first two novels for $1.5 million. She was declared as the wealthiest author in 2011, with a net worth of $1 billion. Her life story teaches us a lesson not to let failures stop us, not to give up on dreams and keep following our passion.
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