Rowling conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until she finished her first novel in the series “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997.
As Harry’s world manifested into being with her every next word and every next page, the hands of the young wizard not only reshaped her own life but put a touch of magic in the lives of millions others across the world. And just like that, just as instantly, Harry Potter came to define an entire generation of young people, kids and grown-ups alike. One woman, beaten down by her own life, changed the world in the most human way. By the sheer force of her imagination. Joanne Rowling.
To the beautiful woman who created Harry Potter and the magical world, Happy Birthday, J.K. Rowling. Thank you for existing.