J. K. Rowling is the author of Harry Potter. She was born in 1965 and grew up in Chepstow, Wales. She studied French at Exeter University and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BA in French and Classics.бIn 1990, she moved to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language and married Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes in 1992. Rowling returned to the UK in 1993 with her daughter Jessica and worked as a secretary for Amnesty International before writing her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (published as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone outside of North America). She went on to write six more books in the Harry Potter series, which were all bestsellers and have sold over 500 million copies worldwide. The final book was published in 2007, after which Rowling took time off from writing fiction to focus on other projects including producing films based on several of her stories, notably Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016) which starred Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Moreover, Rowling is a philanthropist who has donated millions of pounds to charities including Comic Relief, Lumos, and World Vision. She also founded The Volant Charitable Trust which provides funding for multiple charities around the world.