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J.K. Rowling - Author

J. K. (Jo) Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. She attended the University of Exeter in Devon where she studied French. Her parents hoped that by studying languages, she would enjoy a great career as a bilingual secretary. But as Jo recalls, 'I am one of the most disorganised people in the world and, as I later proved, the worst secretary ever.' She claims that she never paid much attention in meetings because she was too busy scribbling down ideas.

When she was 26, she went to Portugal to teach English, which she really enjoyed. Working afternoons and evenings, she had mornings free to write. When she returned to the UK, Jo had a suitcase full of stories about Harry Potter. In 1996, one year after finishing the book, Bloomsbury bought Jo's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A few months after 'Harry' was accepted for publication in Britain, an American publisher bought the rights for enough money to enable Jo to write full time.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling
In Book 3 of the series, Harry Potter is a wizard in his third year at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With an escaped mass murderer on the loose, the school is being guarded by the prison guards of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2014
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The Hogwarts Library Boxed Set
J.K. Rowling
The Hogwarts Library is an essential collection for any wizard or Muggle home. Eager seekers of wizard learning will find within a treasure trove of magical facts, additional notes from the esteemed Professor Albus Dumbledore, and illustrations from J.K. Rowling....
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Format: Multiple copy pack | Released 08/11/2012
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Harry Potter Boxed Set Signature Edition
J.K. Rowling
This is the perfect opportunity to own all seven Harry Potter titles in the latest 'Signature' edition livery. All are encased in a smart gift box. Like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter ? Then you'll love The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter Audio Boxed Set Signature Edition read by Stephen Fry
J.K. Rowling
This is J.K. Rowling's complete, internationally best-selling, Harry Potter series brilliantly brought to life by Stephen Fry who reads them on these recordings. From Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to his final battle with arch-enemy...
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Format: CD-Audio | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
'His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J.K. Rowling
It is Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort's sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes more and more clear to Harry that he will soon...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling
In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last......even getting...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2010
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Harry Potter Hardback Boxed Set
J.K. Rowling
February 2010 Guest Editor Robert Muchamore on Harry Potter. Occasionally writers get to leave the house. Often it's some kind of party. Chatter, wine, nibbles. At one of these I was accosted in the toilets by an elderly...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2007
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Harry Potter Hardback Boxed Set
J.K. Rowling
A fabulous opportunity to own all seven Harry Potter titles in a fantastic boxed set. Like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter ? Then you'll love The History Keepers - click here.
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2007
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Harry Potter Boxed Set, Children's Edition
J.K. Rowling
Chosen by the public through a survey to coincide with the 10th birthday celebrations of World Book Day 2007, this title is one of ‘the ten books the nation can't live without'. Have you read them all? Below are...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2006
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