David Rowling Murray
University of Exeter
Wrote her first post-Harry Potter novel, titled The Casual Vacancy
Final film in Rowling's Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" released; Yates returned as director
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" released; David Yates returned as director
Released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels
Published Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series
Penned Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the Harry Potter series; film released in 2007 and directed by David Yates
Penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find, a book written to benefit the British charity Comic Relief
Published Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the Harry Potter series; film released in 2005 and was directed by Mike Newell
Published Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series of books; film released in 2004 was directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the first two novels for a seven-figure sum; "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released in 2001 and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in 2002; both directed by Chris Columbus
Published Philosopher’s Stone in the U.S. under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with an initial print run of only 1,000 copies
An auction was held in the U.S. for the rights to publish the novel, and was won by Scholastic Inc., who paid Rowling more than $100,000
Signed with Bloomsbury publishing house
Was on public assistance for nine months in 1994; during time completed what became her breakthrough book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for publication in the U.S.)
Developed the idea for a story of a young boy attending a school of wizardry
Moved to London to work as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International
Received an £8000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council to enable her to continue writing
Moved to Porto, Portugal to teach English as a foreign language
Rowling, along with Nelson Mandela, Al Gore, and Alan Greenspan, wrote an introduction to a collection of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's speeches, of which the proceeds were donated to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory.
Rowling contributed money and support for research and treatment of multiple sclerosis, from which her mother died in 1990.
In June 2000, Queen Elizabeth II honoured Rowling by making her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.