‘Harry Potter’ Stars Wish JK Rowling Happy 50th Birthday

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5 things we love about J.K. Rowling on her 50th birthday.

Rowling had an estimated net worth of more than $1 billion in 2014, according to the Sunday Times’ UK Rich List—a combination of the writer’s impressive book sales and, in no small part, to the success of the “Harry Potter” films.It’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday today (happy birthday Harry!) and although he’s marching on towards the big 40, no doubt he still remembers the first time he unwrapped a chocolate frog on the Hogwarts Express on the way to school and watched it leap out of his hands. Rowling has brought the tales of her beloved characters to fans all across the world, creating an intricate, magical world for readers to fully immerse themselves in. She has written her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy and her first two crime novels, which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

In this clip, Rowling – who began the journey wanting to learn more about her French roots – discovers that following a wartime invasion by German soldiers, her family had a risky, life-altering decision to make. Similarly, the books have grossed more than $7.7 billion and will only grow as publisher Bloomsbury prints editions with new cover designs and full-color illustrations.

She is also founder and president of the children’s charity, Lumos, which works to end the institutionalisation of children globally and ensure all children grow up in a safe and caring environment. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter, real versions have been made of the prop sweet treats by Mary Luther, who worked behind the scenes on the films. In honor of the milestone, we came up with the five biggest things we love about the author. (We probably could have come up with 50, just because she’s so awesome.) We dare you to find a Twitter feed that is more entertaining, insightful or hilarious than Rowling’s. On deciding what to say to the students she asked herself what she wished she’d known at her own graduation and what important lessons she had learned since. Having the courage to fail, she said, is as vital to a good life as any conventional measure of success; imagining ourselves in the space of another – particularly someone less fortunate than ourselves – is a uniquely human quality to be nurtured at all costs.

The Sweets and Treats tour is open until September 6, but for now you can test your Harry Potter prop knowledge from the comfort of your home/train/park/walk along the high street. It’s very sweet. “I could talk about the millions of lives Jo has enriched whether through the stories and characters she’s created or through the millions of pounds she’s given to charity,” Lewis wrote. “She’s a remarkable woman. But it did not quite go to plan. ‘I ask the Costa boy if he had one I could borrow but he actually looked at me as if I was mad (I strongly suspect he thinks a pen is a kind of Italian biscuit). ‘A lady at the next table just took pity on me and gave me a grubby biro (definitely stolen from Argos) from the bottom of her bag.

With locations currently in Orlando, Florida, and Osaka, Japan, and another headed to Hollywood, Potterheads have ample opportunities to sip on a $6 Butterbeer and bask in all that Rowling helped create. The stories she shared and the provocative questions she asked the young graduates have inspired others to consider what it means to have “a good life”. While Universal would not discuss financial details, reports estimate that Orlando’s Wizarding World cost about $265 million to construct and the Osaka-based park cost $442 million. “Full-year revenue increased 17.3 percent to $2.6 billion and operating cash flow grew 16.4 percent to $1.2 billion [for Universal’s theme park segment.] Fourth-quarter revenue increased 29.9 percent and operating cash flow grew 37.6 percent driven by the continued success of Orlando’s Harry Potter, Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said during an earnings call in February.

In daring to take a risk, and perhaps fail, and by harnessing the power of your imagination, we can all begin to live less cautiously and become more open to the opportunities life has to offer. Rowling says in the book: “There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” Talking about the books beneficiary, JK Rowling says she founded Lumos to help end the incredibly damaging practice of institutionalisation. Rowling knows that even though the seventh book came out all the way back in 2007 (oh my god we’re so incredibly old) we still want more Harry, and she’s happy to deliver. Whether she’s telling us characters she regrets killing or just giving us the date of a random character’s birthday, Rowling never minds answering a question or interacting with her fans (and there are QUITE a few of them). That one sale ultimately raised 1.95 million pounds ($3 million) for the charity, and when the book was widely published, in aid of Lumos, it became the fastest-selling book of 2008.

Whether it’s it’s about keeping Scotland in the U.K., LGBT rights, keeping the BBC around or just dealing with everyday bullies, Rowling is a passionate ally for so many causes she believes in. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles.

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