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Welcome to InHonorOfRowling.com! Your first and best source for everything about the woman behind the magic of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. Here you will find the latest news, pictures, videos and more on the "most famous writer in history"! Please feel free to contact us with any contributes or feedback. We hope you enjoy your stay and come back soon!
 
 
The Anne Rowling Clinic (annerowlingclinic.com):

Founded in 2010 & opened in 2013, The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research & clinical trials. 


Founded in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized & disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe & works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems; helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.

Gingerbread (gingerbread.org.uk):

Gingerbread originally known as One Parent Families has helped single parents & their children since 1918. J. K. Rowling has been an Ambassador of the charity for seven years & in 2007 took the honorary position as President.
 
The Latest


The Cuckoo's Calling
Status: Released
Released: April 2013
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The Casual Vacancy
Status: Released
Released: September 27, 2012
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Pottermore
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Tales Of Beedle The Bard
Status: Completed
Released: December 4, 2008 (to the public)
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Comic Relief Series
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them; Quidditch Through The Ages
Status: Completed
Released: March, 2001
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Harry Potter Series
Status: Completed
Released: June 30, 1997
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Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Charity,Events,Gallery,Lumos // Nov 15 2013

Jo has hosted a HUGE charity event benefiting her charity Lumos. Potter actors & other supports came to honor the work Jo is doing with Lumos. Below is an interview Jo gave to BBC & make sure you check out the gallery for tons of pics from the event!

[40] – Public Appearances > 2013 > Lumos Fundraiser

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Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Harry Potter Series,J.K. Rowling // Oct 19 2013

Where is Dobby now? In retirement at a Scottish hotel!

J.K. Rowling has given staff at a Scots hotel an unusual thank you present – the Harry Potter film model of Dobby the house elf.

The millionaire author spent several months at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels near Aberdeen while her father-in-law was in hospital in the city.

And she was so impressed with the way the staff looked after them that she’s sent Dobby to stay with them. He’s now living in a glass case at the hotel.

Dobby had to slave away in the kitchens at Hogwarts but Marcliffe owner Stewart Spence says he’s now happily retired.

And when the hotel closes its doors next November – it’s due to be turned into offices – Dobby will flit to the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen, where Stuart sits on the board.

-Via Daily Record

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Events,Gallery,The Anne Rowling Clinic // Oct 11 2013

Photos of Jo at the grand opening of ‘The Anne Rowling Clinic’ have been added to the gallery! Jo looks stunning in a beautiful red dress! Check back for more & better quality versions :)

Public Appearances > 2013 > The Grand Opening of ‘The Anne Rowling Clinic’

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Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Charity,The Anne Rowling Clinic // Oct 11 2013

“Although the Clinic has been welcoming patients since the very end of last year,” it has official opened it’s doors on Tuesday, October 8th. We at In Honor Of Rowling have begun working on a campaign to help the clinic in any & all ways possible. There is a huge stigma towards all neurological conditions on top of all the hardship patients have to deal with. Together we can achieve great things; fight the stigma until it no longer exists through awareness & education of all neurological conditions, help raise funds for research & clinical trials, & hopefully cures! Please join us in support!

P.S. More details of our campaign coming soon ;)

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: J.K. Rowling,Jo,The Casual Vacancy // Sep 27 2013

Today marks the start of something new, something beyond Harry Potter & our home Hogwarts, & the start of Jo writing for adults. Happy One Year Anniversary ‘Casual Vacancy’! We all LOVED it, Jo! Forget about the critics because your fans (the people who really count) loved it almost as much as Harry! It’s hard to top such an epic series such as our dear Harry but don’t worry, Jo! You did AMAZING! Now, get out your copy of ‘The Casual Vacancy’ & reread it, guys!

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Charity,Gingerbread // Sep 18 2013

Jo has written a very touching messages as president of the single parent foundation, Gingerbread.

Nearly twenty years ago (it’s a shock to me to write that, because it still seems quite a recent occurrence) I became a single parent. Like the vast majority of single parents, this had not been my plan. My much-wanted daughter had been conceived and born while I was married, but the failure of that relationship saw me living shortly afterwards on state benefits in the coldest winter Scotland had seen in quite a few years. I had been living in sunny Portugal prior to my return to the UK and the snow was merely the first shock to my system.

I had imagined that I would be back at work fast. Indeed, it was because I expected to be employed outside of the home again that I was working so hard to finish the children’s novel I never told anyone I was writing (not wishing to be told that I was deluded). As it turned out, my belief I would shortly be back in paid work turned out to be a much bigger delusion than the hope that the novel might be published.

I was a graduate and I had been in full-time employment all my life; I did not want my daughter to grow up in poverty, but my district health visitor told me that I would never get state-funded childcare ‘because you’re coping too well’; free nursery places for very young children were reserved at that time for children deemed ‘at risk’. I can’t argue with the prioritisation of children whose mothers weren’t coping, but I had nobody else to look after my daughter. My sister worked full time, my mother was dead, I was in a strange city: where was my daughter supposed to go while I earned a living?

I ended up working a few hours a week at a local church, where I overhauled the filing system and did a bit of typing. The (female) minister let me bring Jessica with me. I was paid, deliberately, exactly that amount that I could keep without losing benefits: £15. For all of this, I was immensely grateful.

My overriding memory of that time is the slowly evaporating sense of self-esteem, not because I was filing or typing – there was dignity in earning money, however I was doing it – but because it was slowly dawning on me that I was now defined, in the eyes of many, by something I had never chosen. I was a Single Parent, and a Single Parent On Benefits to boot. Patronage was almost as hard to bear as stigmatisation. I remember the woman who visited the church one day when I was working there who kept referring to me, in my hearing, as The Unmarried Mother. I was half annoyed, half amused: unmarried mother? Ought I to be allowed in a church at all? Did she see me in terms of some Victorian painting: The Fallen Woman, Filing, perhaps?

Single parents were not popular in certain sectors of the establishment or media in the mid-nineties. I could not raise a smile over the government minister of the time singing a merry ditty about ‘young ladies who get pregnant just to jump the housing queue.’ Newspaper articles discussed single mothers in terms of broken families and anti-social teenagers. However defiant I might feel about the jobs I was doing round the clock (full-time mother, part-time worker, secret novelist), constant bombardment with words like ‘scrounger’ has a deeply corrosive effect. Assumptions made about your morals, your motives for bringing your child into the world or your fitness to raise that child cut to the core of who you are.

Then, in a sudden, seismic and wholly unexpected shift, I found myself in the newspapers.

There was still no escaping the Single Parent tag; it followed me to financial stability and fame just as it had clung to me in poverty and obscurity. I became Single Parent Writes Award-Winning Children’s Book/Earns Record American Advance/Gets Film Deal. One of the first journalists to interview me asked me whether I hadn’t felt I ought to be out looking for a job rather than ‘sitting at home writing a novel.’ By some miracle I resisted the almost overwhelming temptation to punch him and subsequently decided to channel my frustration a little more positively by becoming a Patron of what was then called the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread).

In spite of the fact that I became a Married Mother again in 2001, I remain President of Gingerbread, a superb campaigning organisation for single parents and their children. Unfortunately, their work is as necessary as ever today, in a recession much worse than the one I faced when I returned to the UK in the 90s.

According to a Gingerbread survey in 2011, 87% of single parents think there is a stigma around single parenthood that needs to be challenged and one in three say that they have personally experienced it. I find the language of ‘skivers versus strivers’ particularly offensive when it comes to single parents, who are already working around the clock to care for their children. Such rhetoric drains confidence and self-esteem from those who desperately want, as I did, to get back into the job market.

A statement by a government minister late last year that ‘people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks – they’ve got least to lose’ speaks to a profound disconnect with people struggling to keep their heads above water. In some cases – and I was once one of those cases – what you might lose is enough food to eat, a roof over your head: the fundamentals of life and existence, magnified a million-fold when it is your child’s health and security you stand to lose.

In the midst of all this, a further uncertainty is looming large for families already on the brink: the spectre of universal credit, the government’s flagship reform of the welfare system. Already Gingerbread is highlighting serious concerns. It’s all in the detail: the gaps in childcare provision for many of the poorest families, single parents under 25 to lose vital support for their children, the harsh truth that more single parent families will lose than gain under the new system – including many who work. This detail becomes hugely important if it’s the difference between eating three meals a day or going without.

Meanwhile the government mantra that work is the best route out of poverty is ringing increasingly hollow, with nearly 1 in 3 children whose single parent works part-time still growing up in poverty. Rather than focusing on ever more ‘austerity measures’, it’s investment in single parent employment that will allow single parents to work their own way out of poverty and secure real savings from the welfare bill. Nothing outlandish: affordable childcare , decent training, employers embracing flexible hours, and a long, hard look at low pay. I certainly identify with the results of a survey among single parents conducted last year which revealed that childcare costs remain the biggest barrier to work, closely followed by a shortage of flexible jobs: exactly the problems I faced when Jessica was young.

Government has the potential to change the lives, not just of single parents, but of a generation of children whose ambition and potential must not be allowed to dissipate in poverty. In the meantime, I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life. Yes, I got off benefits and wrote the first four Harry Potter books as a single mother, but nothing makes me prouder than what Jessica told me recently about the first five years of her life: ‘I never knew we were poor. I just remember being happy.’

-Via Gingerbread

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Harry Potter Series,J.K. Rowling,Other Works // Sep 12 2013

Jo just updated her official Facebook page with some magical news!!!

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Harry Potter Series,Interviews,J.K. Rowling // Aug 30 2013

Can you believe it’s been 15 years?! It feels like yesterday! Anyways, Jo has given a special little message on “Good Morning America” about the character she misses the most & it isn’t Harry!

-Via Good Morning America

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Jo,Lists,The Casual Vacancy,The Cuckoo's Calling // Aug 15 2013

Even though “The Causal Vacancy” didn’t go over as well as we hoped & this list was made soon after (probably before ;) Jo was outed as the author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, she has made it onto Forbes list. Congrats, Jo!

J.K. Rowling: $13 million
After navigating the tricky transition from children’s books to adult fiction, Rowling has rediscovered her mojo, with “The Cuckoo’s Calling” (published secretly under the pen name Robert Galbraith) topping the hardcover best-sellers list while “The Casual Vacancy” is No. 1 among paperbacks. -Via Forbes

Written By: Michaella // Filed Under: Articles,Reviews,The Cuckoo's Calling // Aug 10 2013

Could the American rap star from “The Cuckoo’s Called” be based on Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am? This reviewer thinks so.

The good news is that The Cuckoo’s Calling, written by JK under the name of Robert Galbraith, has not only inevitably gone to number one in the best seller lists but that it bloody well deserves to. It’s really, really good – beautifully written with a terrific plot and a main character (a one-legged detective) with the brilliant name of Cormoran Strike (very Harry Potter, that) who is a joy to meet.

Cormoran is huge, heroically lost his leg in Afghanistan, modest, self-deprecating and often very funny. He is the illegitimate son of a major rock star he’s never met (so a cuckoo in the nest – geddit?) whose rich and beautiful girlfriend has thrown him out of her posh Mayfair flat so that, penniless, he has to sleep in his tatty office.

Cuckoo’s Calling tops the best seller’s list
The murder he solves involves lots of gorgeous models, camp fashion designers and an American rap star who, I think, is surely based on Will.i.am. It’s a terrific read, gripping, original, and funny.

Sorry Jo but I’m rather glad you were outed or I would probably never have heard of “Cuckoo” let alone read it. Please, please give us more of Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike. I can’t wait for the next.

-Via Express UK

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