J.K. Rowling Author Study
J.K. Rowling is the world-famous author of the Harry Potter series. Use these activities and resources to learn more about Rowling and to extend students' love of Harry Potter into other areas of the curriculum.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
J.K. Rowling was born on July 31, 1965. In addition to giving life to the world of Hogwarts in the seven Harry Potter books, this celebrated author is also the force behind the whimsical companions Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Readers young and old the world around have been enchanted by Rowling's writing and an author study is a wonderful way to translate that passion into in-depth learning. Start your author study by reading a short biography of J. K. Rowling and selections from or the entire Harry Potter series. Then use the activities and lessons below to take students' love of Harry Potter into other areas of the curriculum.
Websites to Explore
- Visit J.K. Rowling's website to learn more about the author and her work, read her answers on book FAQs, and more.
- Students can visit Scholastic's Official Harry Potter Site to stretch their imaginations and have fun testing their knowledge about the book series.
- Pottermore.com is a unique and free-to-use website which builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.
- Start a Harry Potter Reading Club.
For Parents of Potter Fans
Parents and teachers alike may be interested in some Harry-related reading of their own.
- An Expert Talks About Harry Potter: A psychologist and child development expert shares her opinion on the series.
- Parent Guide to Book Genres: Fantasy: A writer and parent discusses why this genre is worthwhile and gives tips on books to try.
Additional Author Resources
Enrich your future author studies by taking advantage of our collection of biographies and interviews with the best-loved authors in children's literature.
More on J.K. Rowling
Take your class to Edinburgh, Scotland, in this virtual visit with author J.K. Rowling as she discusses Scotland and how her hometown inspired the Harry Potter series.
J.K. Rowling reads aloud the short story "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" from The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
On February 3, 2000, classrooms across America went online to ask author J. K. Rowling their burning questions about Harry Potter. Read the transcript from that interview.
Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children.
Harry Potter Activities
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Harry Potter Book Resources
Find interviews with author J.K. Rowling, illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, film director David Yates, and more in this video playlist all about the books, the films, and the Boy Who Lived.
Explore the fun and laughter, pranks and pitfalls, mystery and suspense of Harry's first four years at Hogwarts.
In the first book of the series, Harry Potter is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
Take a closer look at the magical world of Harry Potter with these engaging discussion questions.