Quote and Person of the day- J.K Rowling
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
Pre Harry Potter, Rowling struggled with her mental health and poverty whilst single handily raising her child as a result of her marriage breaking down at 25 years old. Her circumstances plunged her into deep clinical depression for a few years, while she fought for her daughter’s survival, obtaining only the bare minimum from government benefits.
Her creation of the dementors later in the book series is her putting depression onto paper. The dementors were the creatures that fed off of the happiness of the living; hollow, torturous beings that suck life out rather than create.
Rowling first had the idea for Harry Potter while delayed on a train travelling from Manchester to London King’s Cross in 1990. Over the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the series. She wrote mostly in longhand and amassed a mountain of notes, many of which were on scraps of paper.
The first manuscript of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was produced by Rowling while sitting in small cafes around Edinburgh. Excited about the work, Rowling bound it up into a folder and sent it off to a publishing agent whom she believed could bring it to the rest of the world. Rowling tells of how she was sent back nothing but a slip that read that the agent’s list was full and they were not interested.
Eventually publishing house Bloomsbury, took a chance. The decision to publish Rowling's book owes much to Alice Newton, the eight-year-old daughter of the Bloomsbury's chairman, who was given the first chapter to review by her father and immediately demanded the next.
Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life in which she progressed from living on benefits to being the world's first billionaire author. She lost her billionaire status after giving away much of her earnings to charity but remains one of the wealthiest people in the world.