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
They 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.
Related Book Lists
Keep them reading! Build on your student's enthusiasm by directing them to the titles on these Book Lists:
- Beyond Harry Potter — Silly, sad, medieval, contemporary . . . alternate worlds come in all different shapes and sizes. The books on this book list have the same imaginative gusto as Harry Potter, but with their own distinctive flair.
- When You're Not Ready for Harry Potter — Too young for Hogwarts? The fantasy read-alone and read-alouds on this book list are just the thing for wizards-in-waiting.
- All About J.K. Rowling and Her Books — The complete collection of Rowling's work, as well as several informational books about the author.
- Steampunk — Older readers may be interested in this sub-genre of fantasy, featuring books like The Golden Compass and The Keys to the Kingdom.
Additional Author Resources
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.
Harry's first four years at Hogwarts are chronicled in the first four Harry Potter books. In each of those stories, amidst fun and laughter, pranks and pitfalls, mystery and suspense, Harry continues his battle against the evil Lord Voldemort.
Harry Potter has lived a miserable life since his parents' death. Left to survive with horrible relations, Harry has been forced to live in a closet under the stairs. But as his eleventh birthday approaches, all this is about to change.
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.