Writing Life of J.K. Rowling
The writing life of J.K. Rowling began in 1995 when Rowling finished her first manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on an old manual typewriter. The book was then passed on to12 publishing houses and got rejected by all 12 of them.
However, after much efforts, Rowling got her first contract with Bloomsbury, a small London based publishing house. The first book came out in 1997 and was an immense hit with the masses with the copies today valued between £16,000 and £25,000.
This set the beginning of a never ending Harry Potter saga for Rowling and her writing career shot her from rags to riches, with the big screen adaption of all of her Potter books.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the start of Rowling’s career and it was first released on the 30th of June, 1997 in the United Kingdom. It was the birth of Harry as we know him today.
It introduced Harry and his world of wizardry, magic and awe-inspiring events to the world. Harry’s past and present are illustrated before he goes on to enroll in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Originally thought of as a children’s book, Harry Potter’s world began attracting older readers as well and diversified its target audience.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The second installment of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released on the 2nd of July, 1998. Once the world of Harry Potter had been revealed to the readers, the people were now introduced to the depths of the personality of the villain-in-chief; Lord Voldemort.
Harry faced challenges within the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the story takes a relatively darker turn from the first installment as Lord Voldemort’s evil intentions were shown and Harry battled a monstrous Basilisk within the Chamber of Secrets in the school.
Another prominent character, Professor Dumbledore, was shown in greater detail and his importance was emphasized.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry became a third year student at Hogwarts and learnt about his mysterious godfather, Sirius Black; a notorious, convicted felon blamed for murdering Harry’s parents.
This dark sequel to the Chamber of Secrets was first released on the 8th of July, 1999. By this time, Harry Potter had appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and had morphed into a global frenzy.
The third book started showing deeper familial connections into Harry’s life and made it clear that Harry Potter was not an exclusively adolescent oriented book. It showed the series’ potential for attracting multiple age groups as readers.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
One of the most memorable Potter books was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry is shown growing up into his fourth year and his teenage angst and romantic inclinations were also hinted at.
This book was released on the 8th of July, 2000. People had started to queue outside bookstores before its release which showed the intensity of its fan following. Harry was shown competing in a tournament against wizards and witches from other schools in a tournament.
One of the characters died in this installment which marked the initiation of the darker parts of the story. It also marked the reincarnation of Lord Voldemort which signaled the start of Harry’s battle against the dark forces.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released on the 21st of June, 2003. This showed Harry’s battle against Lord Voldemort and the formation of the Order of the Phoenix, which was a secret society created for the sole purpose of battling Voldemort’s designs and his followers.
Another major character was killed in the book and Harry’s love life was illustrated for the first time. It showed how Harry was growing up into adulthood.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The sixth installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was released on the 16th of July, 2005. The book was anxiously awaited and it showed the first few losses in the war against Lord Voldemort.
Professor Dumbledore was also shown in a lot more detail and this book was no stranger to tragedy either. Although the Harry Potter series is rank with plot twists, the Half Blood Prince was one of the most prominent ones.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The final book in the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on the 21st of July, 2007. It marked the closure of the series and the final battle against Lord Voldemort.
The book was the darkest in the series and it set the tone for adult readers as well. The final book revealed the deaths of several important characters and marked the closure of a ten year frenzy which is still celebrated today. The Deathly Hallows referred to several previous books and is being adapted into film as we speak.
Supplementary Books by J.K. Rowling
Because of the intricate details, the life-like characters and the mind-blowing nature of the creativity that Harry Potter’s world exhibits, several books had to be released to shed further light on several areas of the magical creation. These books were:
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A creature guide to the Potter world.
- Quidditch Through the Ages: An illustration of the wizard sport of Quidditch.
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard: A children’s book referenced to the Deathly Hallows.