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J. K. Rowling

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(1965–), born in Yate, South Gloucestershire, she took a degree in French at Exeter University. On a long train ride in 1990, the idea came to her of a series of children's books ...

Rowling, J. K.

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World Encyclopedia

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..., J. K. ( Joanne Kathleen ) 1965 –  English writer . She is the author of seven children's books about the adventures of Harry Potter , a young wizard, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ( 1997 ). The books broke many bestseller records and were converted into a series of...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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...with readers of all ages. See also Fantasy ; Lewis, C. S. ; Tolkien, J. R. R. ; Witches ; and Wizards . Barbara Carman Garner Billone, Amy . “The Boy Who Lived: from Carroll's Alice and Barrie's Peter Pan to Rowling's Harry Potter.” Children's Literature 32 (2004): 178–202. Fraser, Lindsey . Conversations with J. K. Rowling . New York: Scholastic, 2000. Gupta, Suman . Re-Reading Harry Potter . Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave, 2003. Nel, Philip . J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide . New York: Continuum, 2001. Zipes, Jack . Sticks and...

Rowling, J. K.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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Literature
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..., J. K. In 1997 , with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , J. K. Rowling joined a well-established tradition of British fantasy for children, a bookshelf populated by authors such as Lewis Carroll , E. Nesbit , C. S. Lewis , T. H. White , J. R. R. Tolkien , Roald Dahl , Diana Wynne Jones , and Philip Pullman . Rowling has left an indelible mark on children's and young adult literature, both its literary landscape and its marketplace. Beginnings Born Joanne Rowling on 31 July 1965 , Rowling (rhymes with “bowling”) chose...

Rowling, J. K.

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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..., J. K. ( Joanne Kathleen ) ( 1965–  ) CH, OBE, FRSL, born in Yate, near Bristol, educated at Exeter University. Her seven-part series of books about Harry Potter , beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ( 1997 ), has been phenomenally successful worldwide, as have the accompanying films, computer games, and merchandise. From the publication of book four, The Goblet of Fire ( 2000 ), sales of Rowling 's crossover books have broken all records, with unprecedented levels of media coverage and security surrounding the...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., J. K. ( Joanne Kathleen ) ( 1965– ) OBE, FRSL. Her seven-part series of books about Harry Potter , beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ( 1997 ), has been phenomenally successful worldwide, as have the accompanying films, computer games, and merchandise. From the publication of book four, The Goblet of Fire ( 2000 ), sales of Rowling 's crossover books have broken all records. In many ways the books, which largely take place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, are school stories with a fantasy twist ;...

Rowling, J. K.

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Shira Wolosky

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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..., J. K. (Joanne Rowling, 1965– ) British children’s book author whose seven Harry Potter novels, published from 1997 to 2007 , have broken all children’s book publishing records. In addition, all the novels have been adapted for the cinema from 2001 to 2010 with great success. Neither the novels nor the films are fairy tales, but their magic is closely (spell)bound with fairy-tale elements. Above all, the power of the fairy-tale ‘family romance’ plays a major role in the phenomenal success of the series: the outcast child living with horrible...

J. K. Rowling

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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...0J.K. J. K. Rowling 1965 –   English novelist . On Rowling: see snicket , film lines dumbledore : It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) choices that show what we truly far more than our abilities We are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras, do they? They go for the main characters. Well, I do. interview, Channel 4 Richard and Judy 25 June 2006 dealing with pure evil here don't target extras don't target ...

J. K. Rowling

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0J0K J. K. Rowling 1965 –   English novelist and writer for children, creator of ‘Harry Potter’ . On Rowling: see byatt There are all kinds of courage…It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997) ch. 17 all kinds of courage stand up to our enemies stand up to our friends stand up to our friends Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), opening words Harry potter was an...

J. K. Rowling

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0J0K J. K. Rowling 1965 –   English novelist dumbledore : It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) There is no good or evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997) There are all kinds of courage…It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our...

Rowling, J. K.

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., J. K. [ Joanne K. Rowling ] ( 1965–  ) British children's author Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [US: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone , 1998 ] ( 1997 ) Children's Fiction Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ( 1998 ) Children's Fiction Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ( 1999 ) Children's Fiction Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ( 2000 ) Children's Fiction Quidditch Through the Ages ( 2001 ) Children's Fiction Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ( 2001 ) Children's Fiction Harry Potter and the Order of...

Rowling, J. K., The Bible in the Work of

Rowling, J. K., The Bible in the Work of  

Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible: Digital Collection

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... Adler, Shawn . “Harry Potter Author J. K. Rowling Opens Up about Books’ Christian Imagery.” MTV.com, 17 Oct. 2007. http://www.mtv.com/news/1572107/harry-potter-author-jk-rowling-opens-up-about-books-christian-imagery/ . Bell, Luke . Baptizing Harry Potter: A Christian Reading of J. K. Rowling . Mahwah, N.J.: Hidden Spring, 2010. Betz, Hans Dieter , ed. The Greek Magical Papyri in...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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44 words
Rowling, J. K.

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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48 words
Rowling, J.K.

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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38 words
J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling  

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(1965–),born in Yate, South Gloucestershire, she took a degree in French at Exeter University. On a long train ride in 1990, the idea came to her of a series of children's books about a boy who is a ...
15 Children’s Books

15 Children’s Books   Reference library

Andrea Immel

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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5,066 words
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...international corporations (e.g. Walt Disney Enterprises) and publishers (e.g. *HarperCollins , *Scholastic ) on a scale not envisioned by the Victorians. Dr Seuss, Potter’s *Peter Rabbit books, Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories, C. S. Lewis ’s Chronicles of Narnia, and J. K. Rowling ’s *Harry Potter series have all become the basis for literary brands. These books are then periodically repackaged, exploited for merchandizing spin-offs, adapted for television and film versions, and promoted through highly sophisticated interactive websites. 3 Children’s...

20c The History of the Book in Britain from 1914

20c The History of the Book in Britain from 1914   Reference library

Claire Squires

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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4,043 words
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Oxford University Press

...of the century. These were marketed for the growing population of newly literate readers, which Penguin also sought in the 1940s with its *Penguin Classics . Another instance of change is the global phenomenon of the * Harry Potter series in the 1990s and 2000s . J. K. Rowling ’s stories illustrated the overwhelming commercial potential of the British book, founded on packaging, brand management, *rights sales, merchandizing, and relations with other media. Yet, some 100 years earlier, Beatrix Potter’s * Peter Rabbit books employed the same...

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies   Reference library

Paul Goldman

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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...and avant-garde, nearly all non-fiction trade books were routinely illustrated by photographic means. The only genre of imaginative book to attract illustration today as a matter of course is that of young children’s books, while works aimed at teenagers, such as J. K. Rowling ’s *Harry Potter series, remain unillustrated. Some publishers like the *Folio Society still commission new illustrations for their high-quality reprints. Such books are printed in commercial numbers, though theoretically limited, and hence are available relatively...

42 The History of the Book in Japan

42 The History of the Book in Japan   Reference library

P. F. Kornicki

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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...It is also true that there has been a decline in sales of new books and in the number of bookshops (though there are still more than 8,000). On the other hand, the number of new titles published each year has continued to rise (74,000 in 2002 ), and when a translation of J. K. Rowling ’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in Japan, the first printing was of 2.3 million copies. This may suggest that Japanese publishing follows global trends, but the globalization of Japanese books still has a long way to go. It may be easier to buy them now...

Harry Potter

Harry Potter  

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Phenomenally successful British children’s book series by J. K. Rowling published 1997–2007. The seven titles, starring the boy wizard Harry Potter, began their publishing lives modestly, with ...

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