I don’t normally go out of my way to make a fuss about the birthdays of people I only know through their work, and who I will probably never even get the chance to meet in person, but when it’s the author of one of the first books I ever read . . . well, there’s an exception to every rule ^_^
Today, July 31st, marks the 48th birthday of fantasy, magic, and most recently, crime solving author J. K. Rowling, whose fame is not only well deserved, but well earned. She managed to create an entire fictional world full of characters we have come to know and love, and in some cases miss come the end of the series. Just so her fans would not be too down in the dumps without their Harry Potter adventures, she created the Pottermore website so that they could visually and interactively relive the experience they could only read about before!
In order to break away from the genre she had come to be known by, Rowling published a novel called The Casual Vacancy, a novel which was targeted more towards the adult audience as it touched on themes ranging from politics to drugs, prostitution, and even rape. Although it could not fill the void that most of her fans felt after having read The Deathly Hallows, it still did remarkably well, showing readers everywhere that just because you’re good at one genre, that doesn’t mean you can’t give something new a try.
Most recently, it was discovered that Rowling had, in fact, published yet another novel, only it wasn’t until months later that anyone even knew she had been the one who wrote it! Assuming the pen name Robert Gailbraith, she published a novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling, a mystery crime novel which starts off with the a supermodel committing suicide. The novel did not do all that well when it first hit the shelves, but once it was revealed that this literary work was actually the work of non other than J. K. Rowling, I imagine it became quite popular.
We can only hope that she will continue to bless us with her writing talents for many years to come, not matter what other pseudonyms she assumes or genres she dabbles in. There may never be another Harry Potter, but so long as the her pen continues to move, and her fingers continue to glide across her keyboard, the legend shall continue to live on.
Happy Birthday J. K. Rowling!
What are your favorite moments from the Harry Potter series? Let me know in the comments below, and until next time, happy reading!