KEY POINTS

  • JK Rowling wrote her first book at the age of 6 and her first novel at 11
  • She conceived the idea of her famed fantasy novel "Harry Potter" in 1990 
  • The book was first published in June 1997
  • In 2001, the film adaptation of the first book was released

Joanne Rowling , better known as JK Rowling, is celebrating her 55th birthday today.  This is also the day when Harry Potter turns 40.

According to Rowling’s official website, the author "grew up surrounded by books." She wrote her first book at the age of six and wrote her first novel at 11. She conceived the idea of her famed fantasy novel "Harry Potter" while sitting on a delayed train in 1990. The book was first published in June 1997 and four years later, the film adaptation of the first book was released.

Rowling has won several awards including the Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award in 2019 and the PEN America Literary Service Award in 2016.

Here are some inspirational quotes by the author on her birthday, courtesy Brainy Quotes - 

  • "The most important thing is to read as much as you can like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary."
  • "If you're holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time."
  • "The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must, therefore, be treated with great caution."
  • "The Knowledge That You Have Emerged Wiser And Stronger From Setbacks Means That You Are, Ever After, Secure In Your Ability To Survive."
  • "Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates."
  • "It Is Impossible To Live Without Failing At Something Unless You Live So Cautiously That You Might As Well Not Have Lived At All – In Which Case, You Fail By Default."
  • "Life Is Difficult And Complicated, And Beyond Anyone’s Total Control, And The Humility To Know That Will Enable You To Survive Its Vicissitudes."
  • "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
  • "I think you have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently."
  • "I think you're working and learning until you die."

JK Rowling J.K. Rowling attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 12, 2017, in London. Photo: Getty Images/John Phillips