J.K. Rowling passed through a very harsh phase of single parenthood and divorce, but during this phase only, she finished her manuscript for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” on her old type writer. She gave the book to review to one of her friend and she was very excited about the book, which gave Rowling a very positive vibe.
During that time she became desperate to find a publishing house but from everywhere she got almost the same reply. A year later she came closure to transform her dreams into reality. She met an editor of Bloomsbury, Barry Cunningham. They decided to publish the book and all thanks to little Alice Newton, who was the eight year old daughter of Bloomsbury’s chairman, she was given the first chapter of the manuscript to review by her father. On completing the first chapter she immediately demanded another one. Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book but although Cunningham suggested Rowling to get a day job as he felt there was little chance of making money with children’s book. But in the year 1997, Rowling received a grant of £8000 form Scottish arts council to encourage her for writing more.
In the middle of the year 1997, Bloomsbury published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone” which did great in terms of business. Around five months to this, the book won its first award, “Nestlé Smarties Book Prize”. Few months later, the novel won prestigious “British book award” for Children’s book of the year. In the early 1998, an auction was held to get the rights to publish the book, which was won by “Scholastic Inc.”
The next book of the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” was published in the mid of 1998 and Rowling grabbed the Smarties award once again. Same happened when the third book of the series came to the market, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. Later during the fourth book, Rowling willingly withdrew her name from the Smarties contest. The fourth book, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was released simultaneously in US and UK.
To bring the fifth book in the market, Rowling took 3 years, but when the book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” created a buzz alike other books of the series. During 2005, Rowling came with the sixth book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, this book break all records of time and did outstanding business. The sixth book received the “Book of the year” award at British Book Awards.
The seventh book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” came in 2006 and this was the last book of the series. Rowling gave all her credits to her mother for being an inspiration. Harry potter is not just limited in books; he is present in films as well.