J.K. Rowling [31-July-1965]

47 years ago today, Joanne Katherine Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She is one of the most prolific authors in history and one of the most influential people living today. In 1990, while on a train trip, she received the inspiration for the character Harry Potter and the fascinating magical world he lives in. As soon as she got home, she started putting those ideas to paper and, well, the rest is history. The seven books in the HP series have become some of the most successful publications ever, and they’ve been adapted to the screen in eight (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) movies that are critically lauded, loved by the people and revitalized British cinema. She beat poverty and is now the richest woman in the UK, even wealthier than the Queen. Today also marks the birthday of her famous Harry, one of the most iconic literary characters in history. He turns 32.

Happee Birthday Harry (and J.K!)