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Joanne Rowling, best known as J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, philanthropist, screenwriter and film producer.

She is the creator of the Harry Potter Series which is the best-selling book series in history with over 500 million copies sold across the globe in 80 different languages.

J. K. Rowling became the first author in the world to become a billionaire, although she has since lost the billionaire status having donated much of her wealth to charity.

She currently lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Dr Neil Murray, and their two children; David (born 2003) and Mackenzie (born 2005).

More about J. K. Rowling

Born: 1965

Pseudonym: Robert Galbraith

Website: https://www.jkrowling.com

Non Series
  • The Casual Vacancy (2012)
  • Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination (2015)
  • Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (2001)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (2001)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Cormoran Strike Series
  1. The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)
  2. The Silkworm (2014)
  3. Career of Evil (2015)
  4. Lethal White (2018)
Harry Potter Series
  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
  8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (2016)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Casual Vacancy

The town of Pagford is left in shock following the death of Barry Fairbrother who passes on while in his early forties.

It at first seems like a peaceful town, but under the cobbled market square and ancient abbey, lays a town at war.

The rich are at war with the poor, teenagers are up against their parents, wives against their husbands, and teachers against their pupils.

After Barry’s death, an empty seat is left on the parish council; one that soon triggers quite rightly the biggest war the town ever witnessed.

Who will triumph in an election characterized with passion and marred by duplicity and shocking discoveries?

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0316228589
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a passionate and enlightening commencement speech at Harvard University.

Seven years later, it was published for the very first time in the form of a book.

How can we embrace failure?

And how can we use our imagination for the good of not just ourselves but also others?

Very Good Lives is J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom and inspiration for anyone at a turning point in life.

With personal stories of her own post-graduate years, the celebrated author tackles some of life's most important questions.
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0316369152
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

An accredited textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, the masterpiece by Newt Scamander has thrilled wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them offers a thorough introductory insight into the mystical creatures of the wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them first made an appearance as the title of one of Harry Potter’s school books within the novels.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Colin Farrell
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-1338216790
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Quidditch Through the Ages

Quidditch Through the Ages is not only a perpetual bestseller in the world of wizardry but also one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library.

This book contains everything you will need to know about the history, the rules, and circumventing of the rules in the noble sport of Quidditch.

Here, acclaimed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp expounds on the rich history of the game; from its early origins in the medieval Queerditch Marsh, all the way to the modern-day sport that is adored by many wizard and Muggle families across the globe.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-1338125740
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
The Tales of Beedle the Bard

For centuries, The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been the most preferred bedtime reading in wizarding households.

With magic and trickery at every corner, these vintage tales entertain and enlighten whilst still remaining as capturing to young wizards in the present day much like it was in the fifteenth century.

There book itself is composed of five tales: ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers‘; ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune‘, ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart‘, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot‘ and ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump‘ .

Professor Albus Dumbledore further offers explanatory notes in the book; notes which prove that the book is made up of more than just simple moral tales.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1408883099
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Newt Scamander helped with the capturing of Gellert Grindelwald in New York, but the powerful Dark wizard manages to escape from custody; embarking on a mission of gaining unsuspecting followers who he wants to transform into blood wizards who will reign over all non-magical beings.

Determined to bring an end to Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore seeks the help of his former Hogwarts student, Newt, who willingly agrees to assist; oblivious of the dangers that lurk ahead.

But love and loyalty will be tested; not sparing even family and the truest friends.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of a five-film series screenplay written by J.K. Rowling.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0751578287
Publisher: Sphere

Cormoran Strike Series

The Cuckoo's Calling

Having lost his leg after a land mine incident in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is having a hard time working as a private investigator. The creditors are calling and he is living in his office having broken up with his longtime girlfriend.

Then one day, John Bristow walks in with a story that has more questions than answers. His sister, the celebrity supermodel Lula Landry also fondly known as the Cuckoo, fell to her death a couple of months earlier in what police ruled out as suicide. John however believes otherwise; plunging Strike into a world of filthy rich beauties, rock-star boyfriends and desperate designers.

From the book, you’ll discover that there has never been a detective quite like Strike!

Written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0316486378
Publisher: Mulholland Books
The Silkworm

Owen Quine's wife enlists for the help of private eye Cormoran Strike after her husband goes missing. Owen, a novelist, occasionally goes off for a few days all by himself but this is time round something feels amiss.

As Strike buries himself with the investigation, he soon realizes that the disappearance is much more serious than it looks.

Quine just completed a manuscript about poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows; a discovery that could ruin the lives of many people.

His body is however discovered soon afterwards, and Strike won’t rest until he finds the perpetrator behind the heinous crime.

Written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0316206891
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Career of Evil

Career of Evil is the third installation of the acclaimed detective series featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike alongside his assistant Robin Ellacott.

Robin Ellacott is shaken by the discovery of a woman's severed leg inside a mysterious package sent to her. Cormoran Strike on the other hand is surprised but not necessarily alarmed.

Four figures from his past quickly come into mind and Strike believes that any one of them is more than capable of such brutality.

As the police narrow down to one of the suspects, Strike and Robin turn their sights on the remaining three men.

But far more unspeakable acts are yet to come.

Written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0316349895
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Lethal White

Detective Strike is deeply troubled after Billy, a troubled young man, walks into his office requesting for help about a crime he believes he witnessed as a child. Although Billy isn’t mentally stable to remember vital parts of the story, there is a genuine and truthful aura to his story.

With the help of his former assistant Robin Ellacott, who now works as a partner in the agency, the two embark on a thrilling investigation that will take them through the backstreets of London and deep into the countryside.

Written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0316422772
Publisher: Mulholland Books

Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

All Harry Potter has ever known with the Dursleys is a life of misery. His aunt and uncle are terrible, as is their son who is spoiled and bullish. He lives a despondent life in a small closet at the foot of the stairs, and hasn't had a birthday celebration in a staggering eleven years.

Harry Potter had never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry so when strange letters start arriving on his doorstep, his aunt and uncle doesn’t waste any time in seizing the letters.

Everything however changes on his eleventh birthday when a strange man storms in with some life-changing news that Harry Potter is a wizard; on course to study at Hogwarts.

With this, the first Harry Potter adventure begins.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-1338299144
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Reissue edition
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Dobby, a house-elf, has been sending Harry Potter stern warnings all through the summer holidays that followed his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The creature warns that disaster will strike if Harry returns to Hogwarts.

When Harry returns to school to commence his second year, he begins hearing strange whispers echoing through the corridors.

It doesn’t take long before the strikes begin.

Dobby’s horrifying prophecy is coming to pass.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0439064873
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The feared fortress of Azkaban had for twelve long years been the home of a notorious prisoner named by the name Sirius Black. Cast into Azkaban for destroying thirteen people with a single curse, many believe that he is the heir to Voldemort—the Dark Lord.

But Sirius Black escapes from prison, and is going after Harry Potter.

Professor Trelawney, during his first Divination class, sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves.

Even more unsettling is the fact that the Dementors patrol the school ground looking for new victims.

It turns out that Harry Potter isn't safe, even within the confines of his magical school.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0439136365
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

With the Triwizard Tournament about to take place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the most apparent rule is that only wizards above the age of seventeen are allowed to participate.

So for Harry Potter, it’s something that he can only fantasize about winning.

But when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection on Hallowe’en, his name is surprisingly selected out of the magical cup.

Facing dangerous tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, Harry will have to count on his friends for help in order to stay alive.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Director: Mike Newell
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Robert Pattinson
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0439139601
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter is convinced that he is next on Voldemort’s target list after the Dementors attack his cousin, Dudley.

Even though many have not yet accepted the return of the Dark Lord, Harry isn’t alone, as a secret order is meeting at Grimmauld Place to defend against the Dark forces.

Harry Potter’s mind is however continuously haunted by Voldemort’s assaults which are growing more brutal by the day.

To survive, he must allow Professor Snape to teach him on how he can protect himself.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, David
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0439358071
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Dumbledore’s wand hand ends up blackened and shrunken one summer night when he arrives at Privet Drive to pick Harry Potter, and he refuses to reveal why.

When rumors start running riot throughout the wizarding world, it becomes a general feeling that Hogwarts itself could very well be under threat.

Harry Potter on the other hand believes that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark. Could a Death Eater surely be amongst them?

He will not only need powerful magic but also true friends as he embarks on the dangerous mission of investigating Voldemort’s darkest secrets.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0439785969
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter is on his way out of Privet Drive for the last time.

As he makes his way into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they shoot to the skies, he knows all too well that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will be closely monitoring them.

With the protective charm—one that has shielded him from danger now broken—Harry knows that he can’t keep hiding from the Dark Lord who is relentlessly breathing fear into everything dearest to him.

As such, Harry must trace the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them if he is to end Voldemort’s reign of terror.

He will have to face his sworn enemy in an epic final battle.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David The
Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0545139700
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two

Harry Potter’s life has never been easy, and things aren’t any easier nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Nowadays, Harry is not only a husband and a father of three school-going children but also an overburdened employee at the Ministry of Magic.

As he struggles with a personal history that just won’t stay in the past, Albus—his youngest son—has to cope with the burden of the family legacy he never solicited for.

When the past unites with the present, both father and son will discover that evil sometimes comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—the work of J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne—is the eighth installment in the Harry Potter series.

The play, which is scripted Jack and directed by John, is the first ever Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Author: J. K. Rowling
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1338216660
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books