“When you dream, you can do what you like.”-Joanne Rowling interview to Newsweek

After years of unfulfilling jobs and trying to meet ends as a single mother, J. K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, can live the life of her childhood dreams and engage herself in the occupation she loves most – writing. Joanne Rowling lives in Scotland and regularly travels around the world. The success of her Harry Potter and tremendous public interest to her own life, was a shock to Joanne. However, to her, Harry Potter still remains a part of her private world.

“I can remember being a kid and being very powerless and having this whole underworld that to adults is always going to be impenetrable. I think that I have very vivid memories of how it felt to be Harry’s age.”
(J. K. Rowling , interview to Time magazine)

At the end of 1999, two years after the publication of her Harry Potter, Joanne Rowling was officially a millionaires. Financially it was a remarkable five-years journey which started from cashing social benefits checks and ended with receiving royalties.

In 2008 Sunday Times Rich List ranked her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eight most powerful celebrity of 2007.

The tremendous financial success does not cover the whole story of the writer Joanne Rowling. Her journey to the publication of Harry Potter lasted much longer than 5 years. This journey was about learning to make mistakes and take risks. Joanne admitted that she had been afraid of failure when she graduated from university. This was the reason that she never tried to publish the stories she had written before Harry Potter.

“I was afraid to risk poverty and disillusionment and devote myself wholeheartedly to the only ambition I had ever had, to be a writer.”- Joanne Rowling

In the most difficult period of her life, J. K. Rowling realized that she had in fact nothing to lose at all. When she became a single parent without a job a with no money, she decided to take an action to find out her value as a writer. The rest of her story is well known.

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