Welcome to JK Rowling Fan, your number one source for everything Joanne Rowling! You probably know her from her best selling books, Harry Potter series! This site exists as a dedication to Jo and her books and as a source of information for fans around the world! We provide the most up to date information on everything Joanne Rowling!

Light Up Jo's Birthday for LUMOS




J.K. Rowling's birthday is July 31st (just like her protagonist Harry Potter's) and once again it is time to celebrate by helping Light Up Jo's Birthday with a donation to LUMOS, the charity she founded to help children living in institutions and extreme poverty around the world.

For the last 2 years fans have raised over 4,500 and it would be awesome to beat that amount this year!! You can donate several different ways, and yes, your donation can be converted to British pounds (you do NOT have to be in U.K.!)

LUMOS, the charity Jo founded so many years ago has grown into an international foundation which helps children and families in multiple ways. All donations will help them "to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalisation of children."

The second best part is that by donating you will be entered to win some fabulous prizes including a signed copy of THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith! You can also send a message to wish Jo a happy birthday and/or thank her for all she does to improve the world. So, everyone's a winner :)

READ MORE including the fab list of prizes.

And follow @LightUpJosBday for more updates!

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 by Janet

J.K. Rowling Visits Opening of Japan's Wizarding World Themepark

J.K. Rowling visited the new Wizarding World in Osaka, Japan the day before the grand opening. She and her family got an exclusive look at the new park including the Hogwarts Castle replica.

Said Rowling in a statement, The craft and attention to detail across The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan is incredible and I will take away the memory of Hogwarts castle reflected on the Black Lake in particular. Im delighted that Harry fans in Japan and around Asia can experience a physical incarnation that is so close to what I imagined when writing the books.

The Grand Opening of Harry Potter's Wizard World - Hogsmeade in Japan on Tuesday, July 15 was attended by actors from the Harry Potter films, including Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy).






Photos via HYPEABLE.

Read more about the opening including video and more pictures at The Telegraph

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 by Janet

JK Rowling Writes Exclusive Rita Skeeter Pottermore Piece

JK Rowling has published a new short story about the Quidditch World Cup. The story takes place when Harry is 34-years-old and features all of the characters of Dumbledore's Army. The author of the story is of course the notorious Rita Skeeter.

The short story is published on Pottermore, as most of the extra material is, and can be read here!

Enjoy!

Posted on 09 Jul 2014 by Kristen

J.K. Rowling Receives International Writers Award

Joanne K. Rowling was awarded a 2014 International Writers Award at the International Conference of Jurists and Writers on June 23, 2014 along with several other writers and journalists from around the world.
She was chosen by The International Commission of Writers for her contribution to children's literature. Read more Here and Here.

Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by Janet

Robert Galbraith's New Book THE SILKWORM Release

Jo's newest book THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith is available to everyone in the UK on June 19, 2014 (and June 24th in the US and other places). The special 2 chapter preview was released a couple weeks ago, though personally, I have been avoiding it because I want to be able to start reading it and not stop :)

Of course, Jo has been making all sorts of other news, including her donation to Better Together in favor of maintaining a United Kingdom. She explains her choice on her site.
Meanwhile, she is also writing; we know for certain she is working on screenplays for The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series.
There was also a random tweet that referred to a "chapter" so she may also be working on another book, quite possibly another Comoran Strike mystery novel, which apparently will be another 7-book series.
Jo has been very active on Twitter lately, and has shared a lot more writing on Pottermore during the Quidditch World Cup.
We love seeing that she is so productive!
Sorry, updates here have been fewer and further between. JKRFan is going through some changes too, but we are still on Facebook, Twitter and now Tumblr!
Thank you to all the fans who have shared their own news and fanart! Join us for more :)

Posted on 18 Jun 2014 by Janet

JK Rowling News Updates

A lot of announcements today for all thing Jo. She tweeted this morning in support of The Impress Project an Indiegogo project in support of fair and honest journalism in the UK.

On Facebook Jo's page announced that she will be one of the guest editors for BBC 4's Woman's Hour Takeover Week. She will be the guest editor on the Monday, April 28's program, discussing institutions and orphanages in Europe, multiple sclerosis and other topics.

And, thanks to those keen eyes at Snitch Seeker we learned that the Casting Call for the BBC production of The Casual Vacancy is today too. Filming begins in June and runs through August, so hopefully will be on television this fall in the UK.

Posted on 09 Apr 2014 by Janet

'Tale of Three Brothers' Trailer Released

As we reported last year, the New England School of Communications (NESCOM) has been working on a student production of JK Rowling's short story "The Tale of the Three Brothers". They have released a trailer for the public. Because it is a student film, it will not be released publicly, but if you happen to be in Maine, you can see the screening at The Gracie Theater on May 4, 2014. Congrats to everyone involved, because it looks fabulous smile (I hope Jo gets to see it!)




Posted on 08 Apr 2014 by Janet

JK Rowling Updates Pottermore With Quidditch History

The Pottermore site has a new entry all about the History of the Quidditch World Cup. In the first part of the history, found in the "Campsite" section of Chapter 7, Book 4, Jo gives readers a lot of new details about the popular International Wizarding event that began in 1473. We get to learn about How the Tournament Works and several Infamous Tournaments, including the 1994 game we first read about in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
According to the Pottermore Insider blog, Part 2 will be released next Friday (March 21) and will detail more about the rules of Quidditch and recaps of every tournament.

This is the longest entry Rowling has written for Pottermore so far, with more to look forward to. While it seems that the long-anticipated "Encyclopedia" is being published piece-meal on Pottermore, the interactive site Jo launched with Warner Brothers in 2011, it also looks like Jo is well-immersed in the Wizarding World still. She is supposedly still writing a screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Could we be seeing more after that? Say, perhaps, a Quidditch sports epic about the Tournament that Nobody Remembers? ;) As long as she keeps writing, we are all winners!

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 by Janet

New Robert Galbraith Book Release Dates Revealed


Joanne Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, will release The Silkworm, the second novel of the detective Comoran Strike series on June 19, 2014 in the UK and June 24th in the USA and Canada.

From the Hatchette Books site:
"When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before..."


The new book is already getting big buzz from critics, especially after the well-reviewed The Cuckoo's Calling which Jo secretly published under the male pen name. She recently gave a talk at Exeter College at Oxford in which she discussed writing as a "bloke" and how disappointing it was when her secret was exposed by one of her lawyers.

From The Evening Standard:
You were never supposed to know that it was my eviscerating pen, she told guests. In fact, she said, failure was part of the pleasure. It was fun, from the first rejection letter. You have no idea.

Also announced on the Little, Brown Publishers site:
"Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling will not be available for interview but will be taking part in the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, on 18th July at 7:30pm, in conversation with Val McDermid."

Info for the festival is HERE. There will be signings after the interview.

Looking forward to another great mystery novel from Rowling/Galbraith. smile

Posted on 16 Feb 2014 by Janet

JK Rowling Interview with Emma Watson Released

The now-infamous interview between J.K. Rowling and actress Emma Watson has been released in Wonderland's latest issue. Watson was the guest editor for the fashion and pop culture magazine (which I do not yet have a copy of).
BUT, Thanks to Hypable we can read an excerpt, specifically concerning the Ron/Hermione relationship.

Highlights:
"Rowling: I know that Hermione is incredibly recognizable to a lot of readers and yet you dont see a lot of Hermiones in film or on TV except to be laughed at. I mean that the intense, clever, in some ways not terribly self-aware, girl is rarely the heroine and I really wanted her to be the heroine. She is part of me, although she is not wholly me. I think that is how I might have appeared to people when I was younger, but that is not really how I was inside."

"Rowling: I love Hermione.

Watson: I love her too.

Rowling: Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? Theyll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical."


EVEN More interestingis the part in which the two discuss the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film for which Jo wrote her first screenplay. She reveals the first draft was written in only 12 days!

"I really did have one of those moments that always make you phenomenally excited as a writer; but also that you know is going to end up being a ton of work. I thought, "Oh my God, a whole plot's just descended on me!" But I wanted to do it as I was really excited about it.

They also joke about secretly being in costumes in the background of the FBAWTFT film, so I for one will have my eyes peeled when it comes out!

Copies of WONDERLAND magazine are available to order

The official JKRowling site now has a transcript of the FULL INTERVIEW

Posted on 08 Feb 2014 by Janet

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