How Harry Potter Rescued J.K. Rowling And Why Harry Potter Isn’t Finished With Her Yet [Opinion]

Harry Potter’s most magical moment by far was that time he saved J.K. Rowling from a life of obscure poverty and made her a billionaire. At some point, we have to ask of the creation and the creator, who made whom?

Before J.K. Rowling, who most recently wrote the screen play for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2, became the author of Harry Potter, she was in dire need. Before the crisis arose though, a solution had already presented itself. Three years before that, J.K. or Joanne encountered Harry for the first time. In a sense, the young wizard was the solution to a problem that hadn’t come about yet.

Harry Potter was soon to make J.K. Rowling a very rare thing. J.K Rowling became a billionaire author as explained by The Motley Fool website.

“J.K. Rowling has now written seven books in the Harry Potter series, which have sold more than 400 million copies. All seven books have been turned into feature films, with eight films having been produced under the watchful eye of Rowling.”

Harry Potter has made J.K. Rowling a wealthy woman, against all odds, according to The Motley Fool.

“The [Harry Potter] franchise also led to the creation of over 400 licensed products, 11 video games, and two theme parks. All told, Rowling created a $15 billion brand. While her net worth is a fraction of that, as it is estimated to be just less than $1 billion, that’s still enough to make her the world’s richest author.”

Harry Potter is done after seven books and eight movies, thought J.K. Rowling. Then there was another Potter book by Rowling. Joanne is currently working on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, but lately, it seems, perhaps the young wizard is back with just a little more.

J.K. Rowling first met Harry Potter on a train from Manchester to London, according to Biography. Joanne Rowling was a single, 25-year-old schoolteacher with her future before her. Perhaps Joanne was already considering taking a teaching position in Portugal, which she did later that year.

Harry Potter was only an idea really, a thought that popped through from the back of J.K. Rowling’s mind on that long train ride as her mind wandered. Here was an idea, in the form of a pint-sized magical schoolboy, bubbling up perhaps from her subconscious, Little did she know at that moment just how life-changing an entity that little wizard really was.

J.K. Rowling apparently didn’t pay much attention to Harry Potter’s bold entry into her brain at the time. Joanne Rowling traveled to Portugal where she taught English, met a Portuguese journalist, and fell in love. She married Jorge Arantes and the two had a daughter, Jessica.

Harry Potter, though, held life-changing powers. Young Potter was only an idea, but J.K. Rowling needed Potter to be more, so Joanne Rowling began to write. When her short first marriage ended in divorce in 1993, Joanne was able to pack three chapters of the first Potter novel into her suitcase, according to the Harry Potter page on Bloomsbury.

J.K. Rowling then traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her then 4-month-old daughter to be near her younger sister. Unable to find work in Edinburgh, J.K. Rowling struggled to support her infant daughter. Joanne Rowling felt she had failed “on an epic scale.”

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is quoted in the Hindustan Times.

“An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.”

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Alone with her tiny daughter, and living in subsidized housing, J.K. Rowling found time to write about Harry Potter. Joanne wrote much of the story out in longhand and made notes on scraps of paper.

Harry Potter was slowly brought to life. J.K. Rowling sat in a second-hand oak chair, part of a mismatched set of furniture that had been given to her for free. That oak chair was sold at an auction in 2016 for $394,000.

J.K. Rowling submitted the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to several publishers. Rowling got several rejections before she got her letter from Bloomsbury, requesting to read the rest of her manuscript. Rowling is quoted on Bloomsbury’s website describing that letter.

“The best letter I had ever received in my life.”

J.K. Rowling has said that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be the seventh and last Potter book, but then, J.K Rowling started revisiting Harry. The New York Times says she’s “never been able to put Harry to rest.”

New Harry Potter stories and new elaborations on Harry’s world often appear on her Pottermore website. Then last year came perhaps the greatest development yet which was announced in the New York Times.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play in two full-length parts that begins previews in London on Tuesday, June 7, opens July 30 and is being advertised as the official “eighth story in the Harry Potter canon.”

J.K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter Novel series

Harry Potter refused to go dormant. His story has not been fully told. The young wizard has not died; he simply came of age and now adult Harry had more stories for J.K. Rowling to tell, according to the New York Times.

“Set 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows, the play imagines Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and focuses on his middle child, Albus Severus, and his struggle to come to terms with his family’s legacy.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child became the eighth book. Will there be more stories about the adult Mr. Potter?

Stephen King ventured an opinion on J.K. Rowling’s desire to revisit Harry Potter to the New York Times.

“There are two things. I think she likes the Harry Potter people, and it’s a little bit hard for her to let go. And she’s aware that there are millions and millions of people who loved those books. Writers feel responsibility to their readers, and some of that is a way of saying to the fans, ‘If you want a little more, I’ll give you a little more.’”

Will J.K. Rowling allow Harry Potter to grow old, perhaps becoming an aged wizard in his own right? Why shouldn’t the young wizard grow to his maturity and beyond as he grows in wisdom and wizardly skills?


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Harry Potter changed the course of J.K. Rowling’s life entirely, so why wouldn’t Rowling allow her wizard to have an extended life?

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